Book Reviews

Cowboy and Indian by Rob Rosen at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Cowboys / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 10-June-2013

Book Blurb

Jed is on his way from Tombstone to the rodeo just outside of Tucson for a chance at the fifty dollar bronco bucking prize. Halfway there he encounters a lone Apache warrior, Taza. The two form an instant bond, so Taza decides to accompany Jed on his journey and also try for the prize. Except, as they soon find out, Indians can't normally ride in a rodeo. Then again, at this particular rodeo, normal is thrown right on out the window. And the fifty dollars isn’t the only reward in store for these two lovers, who, when it comes to cowboys and Indians, are far from normal themselves.

Also available in the Fever anthology.


Book Review

This may not exactly be the traditional "cowboy and Indian" story, but this tale had me smiling from the start. The cowboy's horse has as much personality as one of the main characters, the "dangerous" Apache warrior turns out to have some unusual interests, and the scene in the outhouse had me laughing and cringing (think of the smells!) in turn.

Jed is a cowboy on a mission, He needs money, and the rodeo near faraway Tucson may be just the thing. Fifty dollars, in those days, was a lot of money, and he wants to buy his horse, Betsy, a new saddle, amongst other things. Except, he has to get there first and Betsy needs to be convinced. His "discussions" with her were hilarious. Meeting an Apache warrior, just after the Apache wars are over, is not what he expected, and he is ready to fight for his life. As it turns out, the warrior has other ideas.

Taza defuses the threat to his life quickly and effectively. Once he convinces Jed that giving each other pleasure is much more fun than fighting, the two of them get along famously. To the point where Taza accompanies Jed to Tucson, thinking he can also ride in the rodeo. Turns out that takes a bit of doing, and the outcome is somewhat different from what he and Jed expected, but Taza takes it all in stride. 

If you like unusual angles on otherwise traditional story plots, if you enjoy reading about men from different cultures who are curious about each other for more than, um, a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and concepts, and if you're looking for a fun, hot read, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 20 pages/5800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-June-2013
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