Tyler is a young man who is still struggling with the idea of being gay and a submissive. Maybe he would be able to digest the first part of the concept, but he was abused as a submissive, and so he has not the wrong concept that trusting someone else with your body and mind is dangerous and not worthy it at all. Tyler knows that Clint is different, but knowing it on a logical level, and letting it arrives to his emotions is something completely different.
For once I liked that the main issue in this cowboy romance was not the main characters being gay; sure it’s not easy for them, and they will have to overcome some minor obstacles, but all in all, they have more trouble in finding the right balance between dominant and submissive than admitting they are gay and in love with another man. Between them then there is no issue at all, Tyler finds out Clint is gay from the first moment, while Tyler doesn’t deny he doesn’t neither advertise, and instead more or less Clint says it up front, even before starting a real conversation. But Clint is no interested in a one night stand, if Tyler didn’t let it out his submissive nature; I think Clint wouldn’t have though twice to their meeting. Clint understands Tyler’s needs even better than Tyler himself, and like he is good with skittish horses, he is even better with reluctant submissive like Tyler.
The BDSM side of the story is an important one, but not so overwhelming to obscure the characters and above all the supporting characters (in particular Tyler’s family is a nice surprise): I would recommend this romance to the BDSM fans to, for once, read a story where the dominant is as good as the submissive (truly, I usually tend to prefer the submissive, but that is not the case) and to the newbies of the genre to approach it with a milder version of the story.
Amazon: The Cowboy Poet
Amazon Kindle: The Cowboy Poet
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 30, 2010)
Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bott