Author ~ Carol Lynne
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 3rd January 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
It isn’t easy to cling to teenage promises when you become one of the forgotten.
For Eli Barron, Jesse Clooney has always been the one. From their first day of kindergarten through their high-school graduation, the pair were inseparable. So, when a situation arises that splits the two men apart, it’s up to Eli to keep the home fires burning as Jesse sets off to follow his dreams on the rodeo circuit. But how long can a man continue to stoke the fire before the flames die out?
Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Unconventional in Kansas City anthology with Pride Publishing.
Freya’s Book Brief
Eli and Jesse have been in love, like, forever. Both boys had plans to join the Rodeo circuit, but the death of his father made Eli head of the ranch with younger siblings to look after. Eli stayed at home. Jesse followed his dreams to the circuit.
A few months later, the boys meet up, but Jesse makes it clear that no one knows about him and that nothing physical can happen. That is the start of Eli’s hurt. Years pass with only the odd get together with Jesse, and Eli wonders if it’s time to give him up, whether he can give him up or would Jesse move on without him? All those questions get answered by the end of the story.
The loyalty Eli has for Jesse is beautiful and heartbreaking. When the boys are together, it’s sweet and touching, and the love between them is absolute. Though, only Eli’s family witness the effects of Jesse leaving each time. There sure are several lumps in the throat moments.
Whether the boys end up together or not, you’ll have to read to find out. What I will say is that events happen in those years apart. Some bring them closer and others widen more than physical distance.
The author has kept this story compact by not drawing out periods between the boys meeting up. It’s a case of they meet, here, here, and here, and this is what happens. I liked that a lot. It is also technically excellent, and I loved that there are none of the phrases or words that make me cringe.
Kiss Me, Cowboy may be a shorty, at 46 pages, but it does not disappoint. I found it to be an emotional rollercoaster for both Eli and me.