Title: The Man I Know
Gene Hardy’s lover, deputy Bud Silvey, is a good man. An honest man. A man of the law. Or is he?
When a detective rides into town claiming that Bud is in fact the wanted outlaw Trace Warren, Gene begins to look at his lover in a new light and question the man he thought he knew. Because for an outlaw, where better to hide than behind a badge?
What secrets is Bud keeping? Is he the courageous deputy he claims to be, or a train robber on the run? And is his love for Gene real… or just another lie?
Author: Dale Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Lonely as God, Coming to Grief
Published by Wilde City Press Source: Publisher
Published: June 19, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace, Male Male Romance, Western Romance
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The Man I Know by Dale Chase was an erotic western, raw and gritty, sans the flowery prose but still with underlying sentiment. The book contained so many more facets that I had originally anticipated as the characters were intertwined in an interesting web.
Gene, a rancher was in a sexual relationship with the town deputy Bud, but Bud was carrying a very big secret that soon found the men caught in a tangled affair. Bud, just may be an outlaw, on the run and hiding out in the small town.
Ms. Chase delivered an interesting mix of personalities and scenarios. I appreciated the way she characterized both Gene and Bud-men who were in love with each other, but also a rare sentiment that was not always spoken in the old west. Additionally, I was amazed at the amount of sex that had taken place between males, long before someone placed a name to it and found it taboo.
The story dealt with multiple partners, not necessarily together for relationships but for relief and survival, an end to justify a means- a well-developed plot that flowed with each scene.
This reviewer believes that it is very difficult to write a true old time western and not desire to want to interject modern speak; Ms. Chase hit the mark. She utilized short phrases, gritty language and inner monologue that spoke of wild west men who above all wanted happiness and love.