Review: You Can Leave Your Boots On by Irene Preston

November 7, 2015 Review 0

Review: You Can Leave Your Boots On by Irene Preston

In the heart of Texas...

Liberal Austinite Travis Boyd recycles, shops local, and is partner in a successful green-building company. After his last disastrous relationship, he'll never again date a man who's not out. A little discretion while working for ultra-conservative clients in west Texas is hardly the same as being in the closet. Anyway, the only person he's interested in being indiscreet with is the client's macho son. Not happening, Trav.

Bo Vargas is a cowboy-boot-wearing, meat-eating, truck-driving ode to masculinity. He's not gay. The men he picks up on business trips are just anonymous diversions. Travis isn't anonymous. And there's something about him that makes Bo want to expand his relationship options. Maybe.

When a popular dating app sends Bo and Travis on the same blind date, the night explodes in passion. One night isn't a problem. But what will each man be willing to risk the morning after?

Title: You Can Leave Your Boots On
Author: Irene Preston
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: A Taste of You, Vespers, Bonfire
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 10 November, 2015
Genres: Erotic Western Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 92
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

What a cute and sweet story that took a serious right-hand turn into true romance after the initial set up.  Travis is out and while he’d like a relationship, he’s not into dealing with those men who are in the closet or so far out of it they will cause difficulties for his business among the more conservative of his clients.   But then…

Bo works for his family business, and they have brought Travis in for his expertise in green solutions. Bo is a typical uber macho cowboy type with big trucks, bold belt buckles and boots.  He’s kept his family (or so he thought) in the dark about his sexuality, preferring anonymous moments to relationships, and since they are just diversions he isn’t gay, just adventurous.

Of course, it’s family that stirs the pot to start this story down the path to steamy, and in this case it’s Bo’s sister suggesting an online app to Travis.  Assuming that he’s got nothing to lose, Travis tries his luck, and ends up on a very awkward first date with Bo. So freaking cute, they were busy explaining why this wouldn’t work, but the attraction between them was too strong.  First date, first kiss, first encounter and the awkwardness after were all played neatly. Travis’ unwillingness to ‘hide’ who he is and not be willing to accept less from a partner sets Bo on a collision course with self-acknowledgement and acceptance.

Deftly, Preston takes us through Bo’s changes that arrive when he realizes that he does not want to let Travis go.  From admitting he cares, to falling in love and even sharing his new normal with his family, this story brought moments that take ordinary to wonderful: developed characters, clearly presented relationship with the growth (if quick) detailed and honest, two characters that are well matched, a touch of good intentioned interference and lots of heat. The one scene that I think required more depth was Bo’s coming out to his family, the scene was short with a quick resolution, far quicker than Bo’s initial reservations would have indicated. Yet, all in all, this story packs some surprising punch in just under 100 pages, sure to please readers who like M.M romance, and those wanting to try the genre.


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