Book Reviews

White Hat/Black Hat by Kiernan Kelly at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2013

Book Blurb

In 1968, Dallas and Stone are two young men from Texas cow country who've left horses and cattle behind to pursue their dreams of stardom. They meet for the first time on a Hollywood soundstage, where they've been cast to star in a television western.

Attracted to one another from the start, they live in a time when same sex relationships, particularly those of lead actors, are kept in the closet, and they go to great lengths to keep theirs a secret by necessity. As the years pass, they continue their charade, until they are ultimately faced with the decision to either slink away into anonymity, or come out and declare their love for each other to the world.

Also available in the Fever anthology.


Book Review

A cowboy drama in three acts, this story shows the history of Stone and Dallas who played the sheriff and the villain in forty-five years of TV's most successful Western series. Nicely framed by a prologue and an epilogue (which are set in the present), the meat of their history together comes in three segments from 1868, to 1974 (one for their discovery, one for the subsequent coverup). I really liked that, no matter what the outside world thought or did, these two stuck together. And the present-day ending? Absolutely perfect!

Dallas is the more outspoken of the two men. Maybe he is more courageous, or cares less about the consequences, or, quite possibly, the heat of the moment makes him do stupid things. He knows as well as Stone, especially in their early years, that they cannot possibly come out without risking their careers. Still, he almost gets them caught.

Stone is quiet, determined, an will not risk his (or Dallas's) career by letting the media spread the truth about their love. He is as dedicated to Dallas as Dallas is to him but Stone worries more. His little escapades are more in the area of not quite following the dress code at Emmy Award ceremonies.

If you like stories about two men who are deeply in love and dedicated to each other, if you enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations they've had to go through over the years to hide their love, and if you're looking for hot, emotional read, then you will probably like this short story. These two men and what they ultimately did deeply touched me.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 26 pages/6600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-June-2013
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