Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ARC Review: Pickup Men by L.C. Chase

Pickup Men
From the blurb:

It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn't enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light- and it's no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well... almost. He's never loved anyone before, and isn't quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light. 
But no matter Tripp's intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.  

Heather's rating:

"Pickup Men" is a sweet, light cowboy romance that didn't quite hit the mark for me.

This is my second L.C. Chase book and I don't know if I mesh well with her writing style. There is something kind of haphazard about the way that she writes that puts me a bit out of sorts. One moment we are here and the next we are there... the transitions are jumpy and it throws me off. Putting that aside, there were a lot of nice things about this book.

To begin with, I liked the chemistry between Marty and Tripp. I felt their connection and got the reasons that they fought for each other. I thought that Marty's friends were great characters (got to love platonic guy friends in m/m books!) and I liked the backing from Marty's family. I also understood where Tripp was coming from with his background with a homophobic, abusive father. There were lots of nice elements the led to a pleasant read. I like doing strictly spoiler-free reviews so I'll just say that one of my favorite scenes was when Tripp goes to San Fransisco. Everything that happened during that chapter worked for me.

However, I had some... cheesiness issues with this book.

Grunts and groans and harsh breaths rose and fell, creating discordant yet somehow beautiful music. The rich chorus seeped into Tripp's chest, and its echo set the dark hollows of his mind alight with each well-played note.

Now, I don't know how that scene sounds to you, but I immediately rolled my eyes when I read it. I just like my sex to be a bit more... let's say, rough around the edges. The sex scenes did next to nothing for me in this book, which is a shame. And in general, there are a lot of overzealous declarations of love that seemed out of place with what any guy would say, much less a pair of stoic cowboys. I found the prose to be a bit too effusive for my tastes.

I also thought it was kind of weird how Eric became BFF with all of them, almost overnight. It was odd how quickly he integrated into their very close circle of childhood friends.

I think if you like cowboy books, you should give this book a try. I enjoyed it enough while I was reading it but it won't be a book that stays with me for long afterwards.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Riptide!**

Expected publication date: July 8th, 2013
Pre-order from the publisher: Here

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