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Eight Second Cowboy by Piper Kay

Eight Second CowboyEight Second Cowboy by Piper Kay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

It’s Rodeo Roundup time in Houston. Undefeated bull riding champion, Matt Stevens, runs into longtime nemesis, Lance Loskey. Matt is intense, his focus and drive sustain him, but seeing Lance with his carefree attitude rages a plethora of feelings to the surface. This mellow cowboy is in position for more than just the championship after a freak accident paves Lance’s way. This is an opportunity for bull riding opponents to embrace their destiny. Will they succumb to fate, or will stubborn pride end the 8 second ride in tragedy?

So what did I think?

This book has heaps of strong reviews (on Goodreads), averaging 4.4 stars as I write my own review. I think I must have missed something here because, although I liked the story, there were quite a number of things that I found off putting. I would suggest you check out the reviews of others before deciding on this book based solely on my review because it seems I might be the odd one out (I haven’t yet read the other reviews as I never read them before writing my own review but I will check some out later to see what others picked up on that escaped me). Anyway…

Firstly, I did like reading the book, the story wasn’t bad and it was nice way to while away some time. It wasn’t earth shattering, just a story about a guy who discovers he has unexpected feelings for another man after never having felt that way about a guy before. In this gay-for-you/enemies-to-lovers story, Matt is fearful of coming out on the rodeo circuit which threatens his relationship with Lance. I just had a few minor issues that prevented this book from reaching over 3 stars for me.

I think the main thing that I struggled with from the beginning was the first person, present tense POV. Instead of it providing a deep connection to the character of Matt, I found it somewhat uncomfortable reading. Probably just a personal thing…

Another pet peev of mine is the use of some language that appeared in this book, the sort of language that I find unromantic or lacking in true passion. There was overuse of the word ‘pucker’ and I didn’t like statements like “I squirt my hot juices..” or “..several little squirts, and then a huge discharge..” – it all sounded too clinical and like a festering wound!

At one point, Matt makes a confession about something traumatic in his past. I just didn’t feel the emotion which was similar to other parts of the story where the conversations appeared a little stilted without a natural flow. Plus I found it unbelievable that a bull-rider not only had never ridden a horse but was scared of them!

So all-in-all, it was okay for a quick read, so long as you enjoy the first person present tense and aren’t as adverse to some of the language as I am! And it was only $0.99 so maybe I shouldn’t complain so much. :

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To find out more about Piper Kay and her books visit her website.

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Chasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores

The Provincetown Series:

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Chasing the SunChasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

So what did I think?

I struggled a little bit rating this book. I think it was because my expectations were so very, very high based on the first book, when Love Takes Over.  This book was very different, enjoyable but maybe not to the level of it’s predecessor.

The best thing about this story was that it involved an older man. I love to read stories of people finding love later in life and people finding love after making changes in their lives. This is the case with Gil, who comes out after years of marriage. He has two children (including Zach from the first book)and needs to face the prospect of letting them know he has a boyfriend – Zach’s childhood friend Tom.

Gil hadn’t felt comfortable with his old group of friends since his separation from his wife, he is concerned about his kids and he is worried about the huge age gap between him and Tom. Tom has no hesitation and knows that Gil is the man for him, after having pined for him for years and waiting for the right moment to strike up a relationship.

It’s a nice story, dealing with some very real issues. I wanted Gil and Tom to be happy and liked the moments they were honest with each other and of course, the public declarations. However, I didn’t really like the small presence of Zach and Van in the story. They didn’t feel like the same characters from the first book so I felt slightly disappointed.

Was it also a little strange that the series is called Provincetown but the book was set elsewhere?

It gets a couple of extra points for romance too – I could just picture Gil and Tom dancing to Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance?”

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To find out more about Jacob Z. Flores and his books visit his website

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Buy Chasing the Sun from Dreamspinner Press