Book Reviews

A Wild Ride by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-April-2013

Book Blurb

Dante Rivers just lost the rodeo by two one hundredths of a point: he’s frustrated as hell, needs to get laid, and he knows just where to go. That night he meets Ryan Abbott and catches his eye—Ryan watched the rodeo and is still riding high on the rush. The chemistry between them ignites, but Dante, unable to deal with complications, leaves while Ryan’s asleep.

Ryan figures he’ll never see Dante again, but they’re fatefully reunited when Dante’s grandfather, Hy, hires Ryan to help straighten out some old investments. The attraction between Ryan and Dante still sizzles. Sex slowly turns to more, but obstacles abound: Hy’s failing health, Dante’s homophobic sponsor, an attack on Ryan, and Dante’s own struggle with his identity. Any one thing would be enough to separate them permanently… unless they both decide to hang on for the wild ride.

Book Review

A Wild Ride is the perfect title for this story – because the main character faces an uphill battle to win the rodeo, and because both main characters don’t have an easy relationship, but one that contains obstacles in every area imaginable. From health issues, to homophobic villains, to attacks and inner doubts, they face it all. And yet, the connection and chemistry between Dante, the rodeo rider, and Ryan, the stock broker from Houston, is hot enough to burn the sheets, and they're both stubborn enough to keep going until they get it right.

Dante is a tough cowboy, and his image of what it means to be a man is to be in control at all times.  Which is probably why riding bulls, being in control of the uncontrollable even if it is for only eight seconds, has such appeal for him. There is only one problem: in his personal life, specifically, in the bedroom, he enjoys himself best when he can give up control. He is ashamed of it, because he thinks it is wrong and makes him less than a man, but it is the truth and he knows it. He just doesn’t want to admit it. It takes him a long time to learn to fully trust Ryan with that side of himself. Outwardly, he is all about facing the ride of his life for the second time when he tries to obtain the title he missed by two one hundredths of a point; but his internal battle to accept who he is rages just as hard.

Ryan is floored by the attraction to Dante, but he understands his issues and gives up on ever seeing him again. When circumstances let them meet again, Ryan proves he can be just as stubborn as Dante, and an epic battle ensues, both in and out of the bedroom. Ryan being who he is, he hangs on for the ride, and I loved that.

If you like cowboys and rodeos, if you enjoy reading stories about men who fight their own nature only to learn it’s far more rewarding to accept themselves the way they are, and if you're looking for a hot read that is also full of emotions and a great love story, then go buy this book. I loved it!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/60938 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-April-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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