Author: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press April 2013
Blurb: Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.
For one thing, Cody is ten years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody’s season slumps. While they’re apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.
Review: If you know nothing about the sport of bull riding, but are interested, and you have a great love of M/M romance this is the book for you. You also need to have patience and a hard case on your e-reader for when you throw it across the room several times.
First, I liked this book. It’s about cowboys and the rodeo, it’s hard not to like it. The author, does a tremendous job of detailing both the side of the bull rider, and that of the bull fighter. I was very impressed with the detail. I could almost smell the dust coming off the shoulders of the bull Cody is riding, and getting thrown off of.
I enjoyed getting to know Johnny and Cody along with Cody’s family. But Cody pissed me off. That man is one selfish prick, and for the majority of the book I wanted to be his mama and so I could get in his face about his behavior.
Johnny is a runner. He is young and falls hard for Cody, but doesn’t trust his heart or his partner. This is where the book takes a crazy turn, one I wasn’t expecting. I know the blurb says he walks away. But he really does. They break up and move on..mostly. It really is the journey of both of them finding their own strengths and weaknesses, accepting them, growing up, and then becoming strong men. Apart.
This book is about two men, not a couple. Cody and Johnny are individuals who have to get their heads straight before they can get their love straight. And I respect that. I love that Johnny doesn’t give in easily and I love that Cody finds humility (finally).
The secondary characters gave this book depth. I became invested in more than Johnny and Cody, but also their friends and family and even their hook-ups. The sex in the book is down and dirty and full of passion. Sometimes the pendulum swings into raunchy, but also to the other side where you see two people connecting emotionally.
It’s a good book. Yes, I cursed them out several times. Yes, I had to put the book down, because if Cody did one more thing I was going to smack him. Yes, I kept picking it back up because I had to see how the story was going to resolve itself.
And resolve itself it did. You just have to be patient and the reward is a satisfying conclusion.
Reviewed by Beans