Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cowboy Waltz

Title: Cowboy Waltz
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-434-7
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

It’s not easy to get a job working the rodeo when you’re a greenhorn.  Luckily for Booker, Jed’s desperate and doesn’t have a choice. 

Cowboy Waltz is an interesting new story by author Cameron Dane.  This is a story that centers around two young men; one just starting out on his own, another wise to the world around him, especially the rodeo.  The characters and story are well-written and will pull the reader in.  As the story covers a period of several years, the author does a good job building the friendship between the two men.  As the story starts, only Booker is gay.  His fear of how others, especially Jed, will react means he stays in the closet. His eagerness to learn makes him easy to like and readers will not be able to help rooting for him.

Jed, on the other hand, is a hard working cowboy who has been working the rodeo circuit for some time.  While he is not always happy with his boss, he loves the freedom and responsibility his job gives him.   He’s also straight, which makes him wonder why he keeps having fantasies about his young co-worker.  Jed is a not as easy going as Booker and, while readers are sure to like this character, he does have a lot of rough spots. 

Cowboy Waltz is divided into three parts and each covers an important part of the men’s relationship.  For me, the first two parts, at times, moved a little slow.  It was not that I did not find the story interesting; I just wished things would move a little faster.  It was the last part of this story that really shines, however.  All the angst and emotions that Booker and Jed bring out in each other comes across so strongly that sometimes I was close to tears.   I really did not see this story ending well and was ready to be upset but the author does not disappoint.  Fans of Cameron Dane really should not miss this story, as it is very well done. 

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