?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas
Bisexual Historical Romance
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (June 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620045737
ISBN-13: 978-1620045732
Amazon: A Hard Ride Home
Amazon Kindle: A Hard Ride Home

It's hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon. But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett's troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett's father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?


This story felt like an alternate take on the old West. All the characters, heroes and villains alike were interesting, their faults and aspirations realistic and heartwarming. A great read!

Well, this was a novel that was entertaining, funny, and sexy in a way that was totally refreshing. A less-talented author would've made a mess of a story about a Sheriff and the male sex worker he falls for in the Old West. I also liked how the women were portrayed in a positive light without making them come across as saintly. Finally, I can only begin to imagine that some people might take issue with the fact that there are several shortish M/F (and, in one instance, an M/F with a M as a voyeur) scenes. For which I have to give this author lots of kudos. Given the setting (a very small town) and the fact that one half of the pairing is a sex worker, it only makes sense that there would be those kind of scenes in a book some people would consider an M/M. I liked that those scenes were not degrading to the women or unnecessary. All in all, this is definitely one of my favourite books I've read this year.  This is a book set in the town of Silver Creek sometime in the Old West era. Emmett Grady is the newly appointed Sheriff. He keeps running into Jesse Taggart, one of the sex workers for Ms. Devaux. There's a lot of banter as Jesse flirts with Emmett while keeping himself just out of Emmett's reach. But not everything is OK in the small town and soon Emmett discovers that it all leads back to the town's Mayor: his father. I hadn't expected for this book to be so much of a thrill ride (but it was!). Though just a smidgen short--it would've benefited from one transitional chapter between the final chapter and the epilogue--I really have very little to criticize. The one thing that bugged me was that no one in the book had any problems with men seeking out male company for sex. I'm not sure if this was because the Mayor himself was one of these men or if the author thought that adding a homophobic angle was too much. It's a smallish detail, really, but there we are. There was no question that this story happened in the Old West. I might've not been sure of which state Silver Creek was in (it could've been Colorado or Wisconsin, really), the author did a great job of making this novel an immersive experience. I felt the heat when people rode to and from the city, could feel the grit, and enjoy the naughty chaos of the brothel. A novel like this could only shine because of the wonderful characterization: everyone behaved like real people. For example, Emmett was a good person, but he wasn't perfect. Evelyn, his sister, came across as someone cold and calculating in the beginning, but she was also fair and ready to protect her girls and lend a helping hand when needed. Warren, Emmett and Evely's father, was brilliant in his horribleness. He was a villain through and through. My favourite character was Jesse. He was a flirt as well as stubborn, but he had a lot of heart and the kind of inner strength that can move mountains. I also enjoyed that he was happily bisexual, that he tumbled in bed with women with the same kind of enthusiasm as with men. He didn't apologize for his profession (if anything, he was blunt about it, at least with Emmett--probably to scare him off). The rest of the characters (Josephine, Delia, Christine, Roscoe, etc) had moments to shine as well. I can't quite my finger on what it is, but I really loved the narrative style of this novel. It was conversational without trying too hard, funny without being obnoxious, tender and loving where it needed it, and sharp during the action scenes. This novel is by a new-to-me author and, sometimes, it can take a bit for me to get into the story. But I was front and center before the end of Chapter 1. And a big reason for that was the prose style. Very clean and a joy to read.


This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4653200.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.

Appointments


2016 LGBT Rainbow Awards

2016 Guidelines
2015 Winners

In the Spotlight

Top 100 Gay Novels List - Simple
Top 100 Gay Novels List - Wanted

Art

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Gay Themed Movie

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

The Inside Reader

Previous Appointments Visual Summary
Top 100 Inside Readers Novels

LGBT Fashion Designers

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Check out my books

Gay Romance Challenge


Gay Commercial


Around the World



visited 20 states (8.88%)
Create your own visited map of The World

visited 15 states (30%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Gay Classics

Previous Appointments Visual Summary

Romance History

Previous Appointments Visual Summary


Main Tags


Characters: Alpha Males, Cinderfellas (from rags to riches...), Friends (with benefits), Multicultural Lovers, Pretty... Men! (hustlers) & Virgins (at least in one way)
Dream Lovers: Cowboys, Pirates & Sheikhs
Erotica (M/F)
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical & Paranormal
Length: Short Story, Novella & Novel
Men in Uniform: Cops / Detectives / PIs, Firefighters & Military
Non Conventional Lovers: Elves, Gods, Deity & Witches, Furry Lovers, Shapeshifters & Vampires
Otherwordly Lovers: Angels, Demons & Ghosts
Possible Futures: Apocalypse Now & Back to the Future
Relationships: Bondage / Submission, Breeches Rippers, Coming of Age, Disability, Gay for You, Male Pregnancy, May / December, Ménage a trois (or more...), Silver Romance & Twincest
Settings: Art World, College, Medical Romance, Office Affairs, Seasonal Romance, Show Business & Sports
Yaoi (manga)
From Movie to Novel (and viceversa)
Top 100 Gay Novels List

Secondary Tags


Activist
Actor
Artist: illustrator, painter, photographer, sculptor
Author: novelist, playwright, poet, screenwriter, writer
Dancer: dance, choreographer
Designer: architect, costumer, fashion designer, graphic designer, hairstylist, makeup artist, set designer, tailor
Director: director, stage director
Eccentric: aristocrat, art collector, drag queen, explorer, female impersonator, heir/heiress, hostess, lover, muse, prostitute, socialite, spy, survivor
Essayist: anthropologist, archivist, biologist, columnist, critic, editor, educator, historian, journalist, lecturer, librarian, linguistic, philosopher, professor, psychoanalyst, psychologist, psychotherapist, publisher, reporter, researcher, scholar, sexologist, sociologist, teacher, theorist
Leader: commander, emperor, judge, monarch, officer, politician, senator, statistician, warrior
Model
Musician: arranger, composer, conductor, lyricist, pianist, singer, songwriter, violinist
Producer: producer, manager, entrepreneur
Sport

Preditors & Editors Poll






Amazon Profile




My Associate Amazon Store

Goodreads Profile


Top reviewer
Best reviewer
Top user
Top librarian
Most followed


Library Thing Helper Badgers


(Gold Medal) Helper for contributions to any area of LibraryThing
(Gold Medal) Common Knowledge for contributions to Common Knowledge
(Gold Medal) Work Combination for help maintaining LibraryThing's work system
(Silver Medal) Author Combination for help combining author names together
(Bronze Medal) Distinct authors for splitting homonymous authors into distinct authors

Publishers


List of LGBT publishers (for reviews look the Tags section)
Detailed List

Ego Surfing


Who links me



Statistics




ClustrMaps



Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings
Country Share

Country Share




Site Meter
Site Meter





Disclaimer


All cover art, photo and graphic design contained in this site are copyrighted by the respective publishers and authors. These pages are for entertainment purposes only and no copyright infringement is intended. Should anyone object to our use of these items please contact by email the LJ's owner.
This is an amateur blog, where I discuss my reading, what I like and sometimes my personal life. I do not endorse anyone or charge fees of any kind for the books I review. I do not accept money as a result of this blog.
I'm associated with Amazon/USA Affiliates Programs.
Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. However, some books were purchased by the reviewer and not provided for free. For information on how a particular title was obtained, please contact by email the LJ's owner.

Latest Month

May 2019
S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow