Title: Pickup Men
It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.
But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset
Author: LC Chase
Series: Pickup Men
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Let it Ride, Pulling Leather
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: July 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance, Western Romance
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Pickup Men by L.C. Chase dove into the very masculine world of the rodeo, where anyone not of the norm could be shunned or hurt. Tripp Colby is very deep in the closet. He knew he was homosexual, had a relationship with Marty Fairgrave, but would not come out of his closet and chance exposing himself. Both men work for the male dominated sport of rodeo; Tripp as a bull rider and Marty as a pickup man. Marty very secure with his homosexuality, Tripp not.
Ms. Chase delivered passion and acceptance, denial and self-loath in this poignant tale. Each of the characters written brought something very unique and different to the story. Marty, loving and carefree, an accepting family was very much any man’s dream. Tripp, self-loathing and scarred from a childhood trauma, doubted his self-worth, but knew he loved Marty, even in his own way.
At times I felt that Tripp was portrayed as a selfish man, but without the portrayed attitude, I don’t believe the story could have taken the turns that it did. Ms. Chase gave Tripp the expectant amount of recrimination and allowed him to mature and develop into a man worthy of love and acceptance. I eventually endeared myself to his character.
Ms. Chase conveyed Marty with an easy going and tender attitude that made me want to wrap him up and hold him tight. Marty had a beautiful soul.
Pickup Men spoke volumes in a homophobic profession where a man’s life can be dependent on another, so secrecy was the name of the game. With books such as Pickup Men messages could be delivered and attitudes changed. A must read.