Title: Shane Thorpe Knew Jesus and Rode Bulls (States of Love)
Author: George Seaton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Genre(s): Cowboy Romance
Page Count: 137
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.38 stars out of 5
Eighteen-year-old Joe Vasquez leaves Denver for Texas with Harley Bray, the cow kid who never fit in at their high school. In spite of discovering there’s another side to Harley’s nature—occasional “withdrawals” from roadside convenience stores, a nefarious skill he teaches Joe—Joe shares Harley’s dream of riding bulls and a life together on the Texas plains outside of Abilene. A life that will hopefully see the fulfillment of another of Joe’s dreams—to become a veterinarian.
When a rank bull kills Harley in a rodeo in Longview, Texas, Joe accepts an offer from another bull rider, Shane Thorpe, to partner up and ride the circuit together. The problem is that the blond-haired, blue-eyed Shane found Jesus a long time ago, and he’s torn between his faith and his attraction to Joe. As they make their way across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona to their final stop on the circuit at the National Western Rodeo in Denver, Joe bides his time for what he hopes will be a relationship with Shane as fulfilling as the one he’d had with Harley. His hopes for the future, however, are challenged along the way when he discovers that his “withdrawals” have captured the attention of a dedicated Texas Ranger.
This book drove me up the walls and put me on the edge of my seat. Honestly, between Harley’s father and the Texas Ranger, I wanted to reach into my kindle and smack one and trip up the other, in that order of course! I really did not like how the Harley’s father acted in the book. Really, your son died and his partner is taking care of everything and you offer nothing and want the truck back.
Such an a**; end rant.
When reading this book, it starts off in a past that includes Harley when he was alive with Joe. It is actually a sweet, sad and light-hearted moment. Then the story fast forwards to a time where Harley has already past, and Shane and Joe are together going around circuit as redo partners. Next the author goes back once again to tell Joe’s and Shane’s beginning, separate from one another until merging back together to the present time. I have to say that I took the word “withdrawals” to mean something completely different from robbing convenient stores. So when I came upon this while reading, well I was completely thrown for a loop. Call me naïve I guess.
The author does a good job with the mood and direction of the story. In addition, he took his time building the story around Joe and Shane while also giving us a glimpse of Harley’s life. So when Texas Ranger Tom Bonner, comes into the picture to track down the one and/or two perpetrators’ robbing convenient stores, I was like, “no I don’t want the story to be Thelma and Louise’ish’”; you know where they are surrounded and drive off the cliff. I will be nice, just in case your mind went there as well, and say don’t fret. With all that said, I was very happy how the George Seaton ended the story.
In the end, Shane finally let’s go and allows himself happiness with Joe. For me, the ending is more in-between a HEA and HFN. It left me with hope that both Joe and Shane have found their peace and happiness together.