Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots

Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots

by Bailey Bradford

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ISBN-13: 9781784304768
Publisher: Totally Entwined Group Limited
Publication date: 03/13/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeStar This is a very sweet story. A small story in the best possible way. In a genre cluttered with impossibly beautiful soldiers, cops and cowboys, there is clearly space for the story of a very ordinary convenience store clerk and an oil rig labourer. For the most part, this story stays real and very well observed. I could feel the claustrophobic Texas heat and imagine the similarly claustrophobic atmosphere in the small town. Both Cody and Hunter’s struggles with isolation and poverty made them loveable and I genuinely felt for the two main characters and their circumstances. Which brings me to the problems I have with the story. There is a fine line between a m/c evoking sympathy from readers and a m/c who comes across as pathetic. I’m not sure the lines are always clear in this story - which is fine, but much different from the usual m/m romance. It is impossible for me to know how real the homophobia portrayed in the book actually is in small town Texas. I would hate for it to have been exaggerated as a plot device. For a European reader, some of the scenarios presented seem outdated by thirty years. My final cringe is the trip to the medical clinic used to create tension - this is an enduring cliche in the m/m genre and I found myself disappointed. This book felt original up to this point. I was disappointed the author couldn’t imagine beyond the ordinary. Having voiced my concerns, I’m back to praising the author for crafting a gentle little story about two endearing men and their struggles for love, friendship and survival in rural Texas. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
Colby one of the only out and proud gay men in this small town that is full of oilfield workers and bigoted small minded people, including his own family, works the nightshift in a convenience store just to stay away from people. But one night two oilfield workers come in and one starts harassing him while the other tries to calm the situation down.  Hunter, a deeply closeted gay man and the cousin of the idiot that won’t leave Colby alone, also can’t stop thinking about Colby. But is he willing to step up and step out? And Colby, been hurt, been used too many times has resigned himself to a life of loneliness. Is he ready to heal?  Gosh, my heart just breaks for Colby. Having not only to deal with his bigoted father and family but also basically the whole town and area, his self imposed prison of working the nightshift or an early morning cook just so people won’t see him and therefore won’t harass him. And Hunter, a stronger version of Colby but no less sad, both finding each other and happiness in each other arms. But because neither one have had an out relationship just unsure of what to do. The secondary characters really help round this out to make it a beautiful story.  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many Review