13 March 2015

Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots by Bailey Bradford

Lessons learned from past betrayals can protect Colby Vincent’s heart, or cost him a chance at happiness he never thought to have.

Colby thought he’d never let anyone close again after being betrayed by everyone he loved, but one closeted, stubborn oilfield worker with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy seems determined to out himself and win Colby’s heart. It’s as if Hunter Talamentez walked right out of Colby’s fantasies and into the convenience store where Colby works.

But Hunter is closeted, and he’s never considered changing that. He’s got his homophobic cousin with him, a family that he knows won’t support him if they know the truth about who he is and a job where being out could get him hurt. He resigned himself to spending his life alone until he gets to know Colby. Then he embarks on a journey with Colby that will change their lives if only they both find the strength to take a few chances.

Nothing comes easily, and learning to give from the heart when that heart has been shattered twice before might be more than Colby is capable of. He isn’t sure about having more than a fling with Hunter, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the man, either. What was meant to be one night together turns into more, and Colby loses his ability to keep Hunter at the safe distance he’d wanted.
Colby one of the only out and proud gay men in this small town that is full of oilfield workers and bigoted small minded people, including his own family, works the nightshift in a convenience store just to stay away from people. But one night two oilfield workers come in and one starts harassing him while the other tries to calm the situation down.  Hunter, a deeply closeted gay man and the cousin of the idiot that won’t leave Colby alone, also can’t stop thinking about Colby. But is he willing to step up and step out? And Colby, been hurt, been used too many times has resigned himself to a life of loneliness. Is he ready to heal?

Gosh, my heart just breaks for Colby. Having not only to deal with his bigoted father and family but also basically the whole town and area, his self imposed prison of working the nightshift or an early morning cook just so people won’t see him and therefore won’t harass him. And Hunter, a stronger version of Colby but no less sad, both finding each other and happiness in each other arms. But because neither one have had an out relationship just unsure of what to do. The secondary characters really help round this out to make it a beautiful story.


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