The Bullriders series:
- A Wild Ride (book #1) – in this review
- A Daring Ride (book #2) – click here for review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dante Rivers just lost the rodeo by two one hundredths of a point: he’s frustrated as hell, needs to get laid, and he knows just where to go. That night he meets Ryan Abbott and catches his eye—Ryan watched the rodeo and is still riding high on the rush. The chemistry between them ignites, but Dante, unable to deal with complications, leaves while Ryan’s asleep.
Ryan figures he’ll never see Dante again, but they’re fatefully reunited when Dante’s grandfather, Hy, hires Ryan to help straighten out some old investments. The attraction between Ryan and Dante still sizzles. Sex slowly turns to more, but obstacles abound: Hy’s failing health, Dante’s homophobic sponsor, an attack on Ryan, and Dante’s own struggle with his identity. Any one thing would be enough to separate them permanently… unless they both decide to hang on for the wild ride.
What did I think?
I really enjoyed this story of Dante, a bull rider who is juggling so much in his life (nearing the end of his career, looking after his ill grandfather and hiding his sexual identity) and Ryan, who has been struggling with his own sexual leanings.
Ryan is openly gay but an event in his past means he has been leading a ‘vanilla’ sex life. He meets Dante in a bar and immediately knows that they each have something the other wants (I am not exactly sure what Ryan saw in Dante that made him think this way but anyway…) “He could see what Dante needed and he could give it to him. Dante needed it, he needed it too, and heaven help him, Ryan wanted it. He’d denied this part of himself for so long he simply couldn’t do it any longer.”
What I liked about the story was the light dominance/submission (nothing too heavy) which suited the book and seemed natural for these characters, the portrayal of strong family love and the inclusion of some drama. Things don’t go smoothly for Dante and Ryan – they need to overcome the impact of the reaction to Dante’s coming out which includes violence.
This is one of Andrew Grey’s books that I have enjoyed the most. Maybe the sweetness level was turned down to the right level for me in this book?
3.5 stars (rounded to 4)
For more information on author Andrew Grey and his books visit his website.