Colby thought he'd never let anyone close again after being betrayed by everyone he loved, but one closeted, stubborn oilfield worker with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy seems determined to out himself and win Colby's heart. It's as if Hunter Talamentez walked right out of Colby's fantasies and into the convenience store where Colby works.
But Hunter is closeted, and he's never considered changing that. He's got his homophobic cousin with him, a family that he knows won't support him if they know the truth about who he is and a job where being out could get him hurt. He resigned himself to spending his life alone until he gets to know Colby. Then he embarks on a journey with Colby that will change their lives if only they both find the strength to take a few chances.
Nothing comes easily, and learning to give from the heart when that heart has been shattered twice before might be more than Colby is capable of. He isn't sure about having more than a fling with Hunter, yet he can't seem to stay away from the man, either. What was meant to be one night together turns into more, and Colby loses his ability to keep Hunter at the safe distance he'd wanted.
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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 For a European reader, some of the scenarios presented seem outdated by thirty years.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
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