Another novel, set in the world of the cowboy, about homosexual love... at this point I'm wondering if all the cowboys are gay (Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, Bareback by Chris Owen, The Tin Star by J.L. Langley... the examples are increasing). By the way I have read of a new reality in which a girl has to live with a bunch of beautiful cowboys, gay and not, and her goal is not to fall in love with the wrong cowboy!
But this romance, like the others I have mentioned, is a tender and enthralling novel: Les and Randy are characters that's hard to classify. According to the common standards Les would be the alpha male and Randy the beta, but has their story develops and Randy grows more self-aware and confident in his strength, parts seem to exchange.
Les comes from a wealthy and happy family of the East. Before the accident he was a good looking and well mannered guy, with a tall and slim figure; and even now that he carries the scars from the terrible accident that ended his career, his carriage and manners still distinguish him amid a crowd. But his handsome former partner has abandoned him telling him that he was "useless", and that's why Les developed a sense of inadequacy.
Randy instead is the typical cowboy, quick and muscular (he rides bronco horses), with his swarthy sunburnt face, he is not attractive in a standard way. Also he is as screwy as an abused thoroughbred, and he has to learn to trust once again, or even better to start trusting somebody.
At first Randy is the one, rejected by his family and society, looking for shelter in Les arms. But Les protective and reassuring attitude, hides a past of pain and rejection. Randy is an outcast because of his homosexuality, Les, since he has being physically injured. Two lost souls who meet and share their loneliness.
Les' healing is almost completed , his bruised soul is recovering and he is ready to love again; Randy still aches for his father's rejection and he is indifferent to everything. Because his father didn't accept him, he his sure that no one else will, so he guard himself by being in the closet. But when he meets Les, he slowly understands that life can be something more than clandestine meetings, and little by little he leaves the shades. But his way will be long and difficult, but Les is waiting for him and supporting him. Les doesn't push him, he doesn't force him "to come out"; he understands that as his wounded horses need time to heal physically and trust men again, Randy needs time to experience love, again.
And when finally Randy starts coming out from his shell, he understands that Les also has an extreme need of love, and he is ready to satisfy such it....Continua