Thursday, September 8, 2011

Long Tall Drink

Title: Long Tall Drink
Author: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-61118-499-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Ray Ford’s lived on a ranch his entire life and for most of those forty some years has lived a lie. Knowing what can happen to a gay man in a rural, ranching community, Ray keeps quiet to protect his life and Ford Creek’s legendary reputation. His world changes when he picks up a sexy hitchhiker, Travis Morgan, a renowned horse trainer heading for his ranch. He’s a man who threatens Ray’s control and makes him want things he’s keep tightly hidden. 

Travis might be in high demand as a horse trainer but he still lives the life of a drifter, moving from ranch to ranch, without getting attached or emotionally involved. When he agrees to train at Ray’s ranch, his good intentions go out the window. The standoffish but sexy rancher gets under his skin like no other man and he’s suddenly willing to risk his heart and hide by taking a chance on what might happen between them. 

Long Tall Drink is the first book by L. C. Chase that I’ve read. It’s a tension filled story with so much angst between Ray and Travis, it’s nearly palpable. I like these guys and hated how gay bashing/hate crime ruled their lives. She’s written a compelling story that isn’t filled with sex scenes. That doesn’t mean there aren’t snippets of passion and tenderness between Ray and Travis…but due to their circumstances, restraint is their watchword. 

The story grabbed my attention from the beginning and the simmering attraction between these two men kept it ‘til the end. The characters created are believable and well rounded and if asked to pick a favorite…I couldn’t. Both are equally likable and have compelling personalities and their past hurts make them discontented figures that deserve some happiness. At least Ray has found a balance of sorts on the ranch, but not so for Travis, who’s all alone…so I guess I feel far worse for him. Its here Ms. Chase did such a nice job. She took these two scared and hurt men, fighting their attraction, put them together so they couldn’t deny it and pushed…and pushed them some more. 

Overall, it’s a well written and plotted story, with vivid characters, good flow and with a nice description of horse training and what it means to live on a ranch. And I loved Dottie, the woman who takes care of Ray and runs the household. She a hoot but she also cares deeply for his happiness. The huge twist…the black moment near the end came out of left field but it served its purpose in showing Ray just how much Travis means to him, now and forever. Good job L.C.

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