The Real Thing

Title: The Real Thing (2nd Edition)
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, cowboy, dream come true, short story
Page Count: 60 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

2nd Edition

Bryan Mills has fantasized about cowboys all his life. Real cowboys, that is. He even dresses in what his roommate calls “cowboy drag” when he visits his favorite bar, in the hope of attracting the attentions of a genuine cowboy. But all he usually finds are posers and guys his own age.

Then one night, to his surprise, Curtis Hansen buys him a beer, and Bryan has no doubt this is the real thing. Curtis is a rugged, gorgeous man who is every bit a cowboy. He even owns his own ranch. What follows is about the most amazing night of Bryan’s young life.

But can they move beyond a night of incredible sex when Bryan admits to Curtis that the only horse he’s ever ridden was a birthday party pony? And that he’s nothing but a poser himself? Maybe, just maybe, Curtis can find the real cowboy inside Bryan, and they can ride off into the sunset together!

First Edition published as The Real Thing in Riding Double by Dreamspinner Press, 2011.

What a great short story about dreams coming true.

Bryan has dreams and hopes that one day the of meeting an older cowboy that is not fake and is truly a cowboy will come true.

Thus far that has not happened but he has not given up hope. After graduating high school Bryan went a little wild until an unfortunate incident that changed it all and made Bryan realize that he was not going to settle any longer for less then what he truly wants.

One night his dream of finding that perfect person for him just may come true when an older cowboy named Curtis takes an interest in Bryan. At first Bryan is overwhelmed but he was not going to pass up the chance to get to know and possibly even more with a man that he admired from afar in the past.

As the night continues and both Curtis and Bryan get to know one another better they decide to continue their night togther at Bryan’s apartment.

The chemistry between these two men is off the charts and they truly enjoy one another’s company. Bryan begins to think that his dreams are finally coming true when Curtis invites him to spend the the next weekend at his ranch with him. Bryan is both excited and terrified because he has yet to own up to Curtis that he is not a real cowboy but was only dressing as one. Even though Bryan dreams of one day being a real cowboy he may lose his chance with the real cowboy of his dreams when he tells the truth.

Will Curtis forgive Bryan’s lie by omission or will he leave and never talk to him again?

This was a sweet story about having a dream and making that dream a reality. It is also a story about being true to yourself about who you are and to the one you want to spend your time with. This is a feel good read that I really enjoyed.

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Galley copy of The Real Thing provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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