Title: Drawing the Devil
A heart can live a lifetime in eight seconds.
Ever since his father caught him with another boy and threw him out at the tender age of sixteen, Dustin Lewis has been fighting his way up the national bull-riding rankings. He’s on the brink of qualifying for the National Finals when he draws Diablo, a notoriously rank bull—and the ride goes bad.
When bullfighter Shane Rees frees Dustin from the rigging of the same bull that nearly destroyed his face, he comes dangerously close to dropping his guard. Shane knows the potential consequences of being gay in a sport loaded with testosterone-overdosed cowboys, and the resulting scars of mind and body have left him with little self-worth.
Their near-death-by-bull first meeting sparks an attraction that awakens every last one of their personal demons. Yet as the National Finals draws closer, so do they. But they’ll have to overcome emotional highs, near-tragic lows, and bone-crushing danger before love can bust out of the chute.
Author: Jon Keys
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: February 3, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Western Romance
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I knew from the opening paragraph that I was going to enjoy Dustin and what he brought to Drawing the Devil
Nothing made Dustin feel more alive than sitting on a ton of beef and balls that ate cowboys for lunch. The rush was almost as good as sex. Almost. He was going to get a hell of a buzz from the bull he drew today.
Hardheaded cowboys make for a fun read. Both Shane and Dustin are firmly in the closet. Dustin has experienced hate over his sexuality from the people that should have loved him the most in his life. Shane hasn’t experienced what Dustin has but he still remains there because he has seen the hate that can come from the men he has to work with at the various rodeos that he bullfights at. When a ride gone wrong puts these two men together they can’t seem to stop themselves from exploring the attraction that seems to be more than just a one time thing.
Traveling the rodeo circuit together keeps Dustin and Shane in tight quarters for extended periods of time. It doesn’t take long for both men to realize that they each have some insecurities that may bother them personally but the other just doesn’t get it. Shane’s self-esteem has been at an all time low ever since his face was left scarred by a bull. Dustin has a whole other set of problems that he tries to keep in check so he doesn’t annoy those around him. Some days are better than others and he knows that Shane is the reason the good days are growing in number.
Drawing the Devil had a slight different feel to it than most gay romances that I read. I do believe that it is because of the author being a man. Men doing what men do in all parts of life written by a man was noticeably different from many of the other gay romances I’ve read recently. I liked this. Shane and Dustin and their interactions always appeared to be the natural thing for these cowboys. I enjoyed this book and I will definitely add Jon Keys to my lengthy list of authors to check out at another time.