Book Reviews

Sparrow (Rebel Sky Ranch 2) by Kelly Fox

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-December-2021

Book Blurb

I like horses better than most people. After years of supporting our local equine rescue, it’s safe to say that I have a certified hate-on for the rodeo. So why is Luke McCall, injured rodeo diva, in my training paddock?


I feel bad that he was outed by the media, and I get the need to regroup out of the spotlight. I might even be willing to admit that he’s a little more vulnerable than his Rodeo King persona would suggest.

But, seriously—why does he have to recover in my bunkhouse?


I thought volunteering at a queer-friendly horse ranch was a stroke of brilliance—I’d get to hang out with horses while rebuilding strength and mobility after my injury. Win-win, right? Wrong.


Rebel Sky’s gorgeous foreman hates my guts on sight, even if he is willing to protect me from the bigots who just want a shot at the fallen cowboy.

What would it take to get him to see that I’m a good man with a soft heart and a helpful little rope kink?


Book Review

“It's the ropes and the reins, and the joy and the pain. And they call the thing rodeo.” ~ Garth Brooks


Luke McCall, of ‘Sparrow’ by Kelly Fox, was on the top of the world as a famous rodeo star until a severe accident almost took his life. If his accident weren’t humiliating enough, Luke was outed spectacularly when the jumbo screen displayed gay-themed tattoos for everyone to see.


Sparrow has to go to the rodeo he disdains to put up “help wanted” ads for the ranch. He runs into Luke but doesn’t know who he is. When Luke is injured, Sparrow is more concerned with the animal than the man. When Luke turns up at the ranch to volunteer his time while rehabbing his injured shoulder, Sparrow goes ballistic. Just the thought of having the spoiled, shallow man working with them sets his hair on fire. His hostility towards Luke is unjustified, but that doesn’t stop Sparrow from being nasty to the man. He judges him on his rodeo persona instead of the man and doesn’t allow himself to get to know him. What angers him more is that everyone else sees Luke as a nice guy. No one understands why the usually chilled Sparrow is acting the way he is. As time passes, Sparrow has to admit that he has been wrong about Luke. Beyond that, Sparrow has to face his attraction to him.


Luke doesn’t understand Sparrow’s hostility. No matter how hard he tries, Sparrow continues to mistreat him. He is at his wit’s end, and all he can do is hope that Sparrow will change his mind. Yet, when Luke is recognized and accosted by a homophobic patron, Sparrow stands up for him. Luke is surprised by the outpouring of support. Other than his friend, Colt, it’s the first time, in a long time, that someone has done something for Luke without wanting anything from him in return. The camaraderie at the ranch feels a lot like family, something he has never had. Now that Sparrow has shown his hand, Luke wonders if there is a way to get even closer to him.


Sparrow was a surprise. I knew he was passionate about animals but thought he would be more mellow.  His hostility surprised and distressed me. I felt bad for Luke. He was such a nice guy, caught up in a web he couldn’t escape. Everyone wanted something from him, so he kept pushing until he couldn’t anymore. I don’t understand rope kink, but I acknowledge Luke’s need not have to be “on” all the time. Sparrow was able to give him that release, and they could put their misconceptions aside and find happiness together. Thanks, Kelly. I look forward to the next book in the series.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 298 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-September-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
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