Long Tall Drink

L.C. Chase
Long Tall Drink
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Loose Id
Release Date
August 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Fourth generation rancher, Ray Ford has lived a lie for nearly forty years. Having seen what can happen to an openly gay cowboy in small town America, and not willing to risk Ford Creek's legendary reputation, he keeps that part of himself tightly locked down. Everything changes one Sunday morning when Ray, out of character, picks up a handsome hitchhiker looking for work. Hiring the enigmatic cowboy stretches the bounds of Ray's control and forces him to question just how much he's willing to risk for that one true love.

Travis Morgan learned a hard lesson early in his life – love was conditional. Even though he's a world-class horse trainer in high-demand, he lives the life of a drifter, moving from ranch to ranch like the wind. He'll play when the opportunity arises, but he won't invest himself emotionally. But when he takes on the job training horses at Ford Creek Ranch, the stoic rancher with the sexy five o'clock shadow just might change all that – if Travis can take the risk and stick around long enough to find out.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Nov 04, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
I was excited upon receiving this book. I mean, who doesn't love cowboys with their swagger and the sexy drawl? Much like with shifters, this is one subject I can always read about. So why the low rating? I'll do my best to explain.

Ray is a closeted ranch owner who saw how hard the life of a gay cowboy could be. Afraid of irrational hate and losing his ranch, he keeps his desires far away from home. In comes Travis, a known horse trainer who has rumors following him almost like a relentless storm cloud. He is a drifter, leaving when the rumors and hostility become too much, but never giving up on the one thing he loves best, horses.

It so happens, Travis finds work at Ray's ranch. From the first shared look, they are aware of the attraction between them, but both have reasons for ignoring it.

I would never say this is a badly written book. In fact, I kept on reading without a pause for more than half of it when I realized that nothing was happening yet. I kept trying to reach the interesting part, development of that initial attraction to something more, but the truth of the matter is that the more I read, more bored I got. The pull and push between the two guys is shockingly lifeless, but to make it worse, it's also annoying. Hot and cold situations get old pretty fast and are the easiest way to make me lose interest. By the time something actually happened between Ray and Travis, I couldn't believe in the happily ever after anymore.

Then came the main bit of conflict, which wouldn't have been bad if I haven't already seen it in almost every cowboy book. But in addition, it flew by so fast it failed to even leave a vague impression.

The ending of this book was the only time when I actually sat up straight and thought to myself – this could be interesting. And it was to a point, enough for me to consider rating this book with an extra star. Of course, there is another ‘but' coming – Ray's fears were the main focus of this book, something that got built on after every page, but when the ending came, all of it seemed almost unfounded. I felt that he went with the flow too easily and it was obvious he perceived all the people he'd known for most of his life wrongly. That bit of unresolved plot is what decided on the final rating for me.

I wish my expectations were surpassed with this story, because I do feel bad for not liking the two cowboys more, so I can only hope others find what they are looking for in this book.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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