26 January 2015

A Prairie Dog's Love Song by Eli Easton

 Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.

Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".
I’m close to the opinion that Eli Easton is an automatic win for me. If she writes it? I’m gonna love it. The Prairie Dog’s Love Song is a sweet story of Joshua and Ben. Ben has been in love with Joshua for years and Joshua has liked Ben but figured he’d get around to things in time – plus, as a cowboy, one didn’t just shake their gay’ness in others faces. Only – he’s too late. Ben was outed as having done porn by a nasty individual in town and split, moving to Las Vegas to stay. After Joshua watches every single one of Ben’s porn vids, he feels the weight of waiting and also that he let his best friend, Ben’s brother Chet, down by not looking out for the younger man.

Like I said, I LOVED this story. It had humor, romance, two wonderful cowboys, quirky sidekicks, cowboys, Stetsons, cowboys, townies who bring up the historical accuracy of homosexuality among cowboys,  horses, oh, and did I mention cowboys? The only part where I would have loved to kick Joshua in the butt was when he and Ben got together. True, they didn’t do the whole shebang, but I would have thought he would at least worry a little about Ben’s health – as in ‘are you clean?’ But that was just one bump – the story more than made up for it.

Truly – READ Eli Easton. You’ll thank me later. (And who knows that movie quote?)


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