Genres: MM Romance, Cowboys, Erotica, Favorites
From New York Times bestseller Lorelei James…
Rancher Creston Grant retreats from the world after he loses the love of his life… Can his former flame, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson prove he’s a changed man who can give Cres a second chance at love?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My rating…5 Stars!!…to “Strung Up” Blacktop Cowboys, #7.5 by author Lorelei James….
I loved this addition to the Blacktop Cowboys series! And luckily, Lorelei keeps them “coming”…no pun intended…..:)
For a short story this packs an emotional much. Although Lorelei has had some MM “lovin” in past novels, (Rough Riders series) this is her first MM only (that I’m aware of). I know there are some readers that are not into the male on male action. Truthfully when I read my first MM I hesitated not sure I would like it. Well almost every one I have read so far I loved, so I am definitely a fan of that genre. To me…romance is romance AND love is love!
“Strung Up had a bit of a dark edge to it. No, there was no suspense. Yes, there is a bit of angst. But the darkness in this story stems from the heartbreaking and horrific events of Cres and Breck’s pasts. Each experienced their own personal, emotional pain.
Preston Grant is a rancher. After he loses his first love he retreats into himself separating himself from from everyone and everything. After nearly two years of living this way, Cres’s older brother forced him out to an event with the rest of the family. It is here he runs into a man he had a week-long hook-up with.
Breck Christianson was formerly a cocky, arrogant, a**hole. He was a player, that used women to hide his true sexual nature. Breck was a rodeo champion. Being gay or even bisexual was not a little frowned upon; to that community, it was the worst sin. It broke my heart what happened when Breck was exposed. There was no going back to rodeoing from that disaster. Even more heartbreaking was the fact that he couldn’t even seek support from the people who should love him unconditionally. I was really pissed off at that moment in the book. I mean f***ing pissed!!!
Breck and Cres slowly and hesitantly reconnect with each other. Yes, the chemistry between them was lava-liscious (yeah, I made that word up) from the beginning. However they each had their own private fears and worries about letting their hearts get involved. I will say that I absolutely loved this novella! I fell in love with both of these men equally. When they found their HEA, I closed my eyes and literally let the emotions I was feeling out. I cried briefly, happy and relieved tears. I am totally serious!
This book is going on my “favorites” list as well as “book boyfriends.” I don’t care that they are gay: they are in my heart! Like I said…love is love…!!!