BLURB: 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.
I didn’t like this as much as I loved the previous books I’ve read from Eli Easton but it still has that signature light feels style from the author. I loved the fact that it was not overly angsty or dramatic. It was just right. The whole premise about becoming a porn star was still a bit puzzling for me – I still don’t get whatever happens to Ben? I mean, why, how and why?! It feels like he’s got so many choices but didn’t utilize them although I’m not saying that what he did was an awful thing but I think his choices weren’t exactly the best for him. It also pains me that it took forever for Joshua to finally do something about Ben. There was the little age gap yes and there was the friendship with Ben’s brother and the town’s scrutiny but cmon’ man – really?
I really liked what Joshua did for Ben at the end though. Although they’re becoming pretty annoying midway, I was glad that it picked up a little bit through the end. It was just a happy ever after for both although I would’ve like it for more drama to ensue but this was a Christmas story after all – no need for heavy drama and everything’s all good. In the end, I’d say that this was still a pretty solid holiday story.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Published December 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press