Saturday, July 3, 2010

Barbed Wire and Bootheels

Title: Barbed Wire and Bootheels
Authors: Lorne Rodman, BA Tortuga and Vic Winter
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: none listed
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Barbed Wire and Bootheels is an anthology, and as the title suggests, is composed of three short stories about cowboys and the land and men that they love.

Life on the Land by Vic Winter - 3.5 Nymphs
Jason loves his ranch and is proud of what he’s been able to accomplish with the help of his lover Robin.

Mr. Winter does a nice job presenting Jason’s willingness to work hard, the background of his struggle to succeed and the love he feels for Robin, and it’s done with caring and realism. I liked these two characters and wouldn’t mind seeing them again in the future.

Ride 'em Cowboy by Lorne Rodman - 3 Nymphs
While staying with family, Hubert visits the local fairgrounds and when he comes across blue-eyed Chase, its lust at first sight. Hue has seen the cowboy he wants and is ready to ride.

There isn’t much of a physical description of Hue but in the first portion of the story, the author does a nice job describing what’s been going on in his life. The story touches briefly on the death of Hue’s parents and coming to live with an aunt and uncle, where he feels like a fish out of water. His character brightens when he meets Chase and from there, the pace of the story picks up speed, ending with blistering hot sex and a hope for a little more.

File Gumbo: Too Careful by Half by BA Tortuga - 3.5 Nymphs
This short follows Beau and Sam, two cowboys from the Roughstock series and what’s going on during Sam’s recuperation period after his bull riding accident.

For a follower of the Roughstock series, it was nice seeing these two lovers again and reading about what is going on in their lives. Sam is healing from his injury and BA Tortuga did a nice job expressing the almost palpable frustration he feels in regards to the months of therapy he’s undergone. These two men are just as good together now as before Sam’s injury and when the frustrated cowboy demands sex, Beau doesn’t think twice, giving his lover exactly what he needs, and in a way that can only be described as HOT! This reader wants to see more about this couple again in the future.

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