Title: A Wild Ride (The Bullriders #1)
Author: Andrew Grey
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com A Wild Ride
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5+ stars
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: A beautiful love story that builds slowly and refuses to give in to cheap emotionality.
Blurb: Dante Rivers just lost the rodeo by two one hundredths of a point: he’s frustrated as hell, needs to get laid, and he knows just where to go. That night he meets Ryan Abbott and catches his eye—Ryan watched the rodeo and is still riding high on the rush. The chemistry between them ignites, but Dante, unable to deal with complications, leaves while Ryan’s asleep.
Ryan figures he’ll never see Dante again, but they’re fatefully reunited when Dante’s grandfather, Hy, hires Ryan to help straighten out some old investments. The attraction between Ryan and Dante still sizzles. Sex slowly turns to more, but obstacles abound: Hy’s failing health, Dante’s homophobic sponsor, an attack on Ryan, and Dante’s own struggle with his identity. Any one thing would be enough to separate them permanently… unless they both decide to hang on for the wild ride.
The Bullriders series
Review: Hold onto your hat, I am about to make a bold statement. Sometimes, it is really nice…extremely satisfying, just to read a well-written love story. No real angst, no real deep, underlying mystery that is seeming insurmountable…just a sweet and gentle love story that shows men with all their flaws.
Welcome to A Wild Ride by Andrew Grey. The slow build of these two characters into a secure couple is simply delightful to watch. Yes, Dante struggles with the fact that he is a rugged, macho bull rider that seems to need to just let go, lose control in the bedroom. Most assuredly, Ryan fears his dominant side, having had a previous lover carry it way too far and leaving Ryan decidedly shell shocked and uncertain as to whether he can control himself and keep his partner from going too far.
So, these two unsure and skittish men come together and, in each other, find the needed strength to venture into a relationship where they can bare their weaknesses and, by doing so, grow strong. However, real life, as it almost always does, intervenes, and the fragile hold they have on one another seems to falter and begin to derail any ride these two can take together.
A sweet romance, a budding friendship and partnership, a bit of tension and lots of loving all add up to one fine novel by Andrew Grey. He has such a way of telling a story that draws your heart into the mix, allows you to enjoy real and tasteful dialogue, invites you to care about his richly drawn characters and admire his lush settings. He is a storyteller who does not cheat you with silly phrases or constant sex mixed with a bit of plot line. No, A Wild Ride was complete, and, again, just undeniably satisfying to this reviewer’s palate.
If you are a fan of cowboys, of romance, of real men who struggle with their weaker sides but know that by embracing them they are truly strong, well, then, you should pick up this novel, A Wild Ride by Andrew Grey. It will not disappoint you, dear reader, it is a completely satisfying ride.