Title: Let it Ride (Pickup Men #2)
Author: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 26, 2014
Page Count: 172
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.
When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.
The second book in L.C. Chase’s Pickup Men series tells the story of Pickup Man Bridge Sullivan and EMT Eric Palmer.
Bridge, despite a single male hookup in collage he brushes off as an experiment, has always been straight, but ever since he met Eric, he finds himself drawn to the man. When he starts having erotic dreams about Eric, he starts to seriously consider the possibility that he could be gay, or at least bi-sexual. The next time he sees Eric at a rodeo function (they do not live in the same area) he plans to discuss this with him.
Eric, who has always been gay, has a big ‘ol “everyone who has ever said they loved me has left me” chip on his shoulder. When Bridge expresses his feelings, Eric must decide if the possibility of losing Bridge’s friendship, along with the friendship of their five man tight-knit circle of friends, is worth being Bridge’s “gay experiment.”
There it all is in a nutshell. We get to watch as Eric introduces Bridge to the joys and wonder of seriously hot gay sex, and let me tell you, it was smokin’! Bridge was almost too perfect, but damn, gotta love a sweet, hot, well mannered cowboy who only has eyes for one man. Eric’s woe-is-me attitude grated on my nerves a bit, but I understood that plot point to move the story forward and bring these boys to their explosion of angst, which was painful and heartbreaking, but made their HEA taste so much sweeter.
I did read the first book in the series, but I honestly don’t think you’d need to read it to understand what is happening here. As long as you understand that Bridge, Marty and Kent all grew up together on neighboring farms and are best friends that work the rodeo together, you’ll be fine. And here is an explanation of a pickup man.
I can highly recommend this book to M/M romance readers, especially those that enjoy gay-for-you and cowboys. This one was delightful, romantic and the epilogue was sappy sweet perfection.