elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Best Gay Contemporary Erotica (1° place): Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan

Also Best Characters Development (3° place)

I have to give credit to this novel, it made me change idea in the span of less than 150 pages and I think that is a record.

It’s probably no news to who reads my ramblings that Idon't care so much for the sex, it doesn’t bother me but it’s not really what I’m searching in a book. Give you a totally unrelated example? I once was looking at a movie, and there were two pretty guys “having fun” (do you know what I mean right?) on the floor, and I was fixated with the glass of wine on the nearby sidetable… they didn’t explained why that glass of wine was there, it was not part of the plot, and I was wondering why it was there… while the two guys were being pretty intense on the floor.

So when the author of this book had the two men becoming pretty intense more or less from step 1, I was like, “all right, buckled up, this is going to be a sex ride”. And the kind where one of the two likes to get hurt, nothing serious, but on the line of, I want to feel you the morning after… again something I’m not really fond of. Sure, it was not done without a meaning, on the contrary, it was quite clear that Roe needed the “physical” hurting as a way to forget a reality that was even more hurting, since it went directly to the heart, squeezing it until it was almost impossible to bear. It was also clear that Roe is a good guy but he wanted to be treated like a whore, i.e. without love, since everyone he loved told him he was bad, and so if also strangers do that, then it was real, then it meant his family was right, then he could still love them since it was not like they betrayed him.

Are you beginning to understand what the author did? She gave me detached sex at step one to then, step by step, weaving a net of love and trust, a net that will wrap around Roe, until the moment he could not get free, neither when the nightmare reach him again.

The story is pretty much centered around Roe, but sometime Travis has his spotlight, and that is enough to make him one of the nicest men you can come across. He is not perfect, and I think he has his own issues when talking about commitment, but he is basically a good man, maybe a little gruff on the edge, and not really “talkative”, above all not around the love word, but he is one of those men you can trust, that will never let you down.

By the way, this is also an erotic turning into family romance. I will not arrive to say it’s sweet romance, the sex is plenty and explicit, but I think that also the more romantic readers will enjoy it: give it a chance, there are even two cute puppies and an even cuter baby.


Amazon Kindle: Nowhere Ranch
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (February 15, 2011)

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading%20list&view=elisa.rolle

Cover Art by April Martinez

Tags: author: heidi cullinan, genre: contemporary, length: novel, rainbow awards 2011, review, theme: bondage submission, theme: cowboys, theme: may december

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