Author ~ Francis Gideon
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 11th March 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M/M Romance
Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.
Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.
When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.
I loved this book from the very beginning. It's not your typical cowboy story. Trevor Dunn is a recluse. Not completely, but he's twenty-five years old, still lives with his parents and spends all of his time in his basement taking online classes, which his parents insist on, and making comics. He's very talented and has an unrealized dream of becoming a comic book writer and artist.
The story begins with Trevor's sister Madeline insisting that he get out of the house and take her to the Stampede parade in their hometown of Calgary. The Stampede is a ten day event that brings out the cowboy in everyone. Trevor is completely uninterested in the festivities and is ready to leave when a cowboy wearing a green hat, catches Trevor's eye. The man motions for Trevor to follow him into a gay cowboy bar, called the Tail. This is the beginning of Trevor's adventure.
Charlie introduces Trevor to so many things he never had the interest or the nerve to try. He brings him out of his basement, so to speak. These two men, despite their differences, including their ages, have terrific chemistry together. Charlie brings out the best in Trevor and pushes his boundaries.
While they are at the Tail that first night, they watch a singer on stage that turns out to be the one that got away from Trevor. Mathieu and Trevor dated right after high school, and had made plans to get out of Calgary touring with Mathieu's punk band. Trevor chickened out in the end and he hasn't seen or heard from Mathieu in five years.
This is where I thought it was going to get weird, but it didn't. Mathieu keeps popping up and I thought that he was going to be a thorn in Trevor and Charlie's burgeoning relationship, but the author flawlessly added him into the sexy mix and it works. Threesomes can be weird. Not in bed, that's kind of hot. I had a fear that Charlie would decide that Trevor was better off without him and would leave him with Mathieu to live their dreams. I won’t give it away.
The author took us and Trevor on a journey, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mathieu, the one that got away, gave me a little anxiety at first, only added positively to the mix. They were all very dynamic characters. We got to know them along the way, and liked them. I really liked Trevor's sister Maddie too. There wasn't a lot of angst, but, there was enough conflict or internal struggles that made this book interesting.
My only wish is that we would have learned more about Charlie. We know he's a financial analyst, which comes in handy. We also get to know his personality, but we don't know his history, or what makes him tick, other than taking care of Trevor. Not a complaint, at all.
This is the first novel I have read from this author, and I am looking forward to reading more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes cowboys, musicians, or artists, and enjoys a good adventure with a happy ending.