Drawing the Devil by Jon Keys ~ Buddy Review by Beverley and Brandilyn

I don’t know a lot about rodeo and I didn’t really know a lot more by the end of this short novel.

91QuameValL._SL1500_Title: Drawing the Devil

Author: Jon Keys

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Beverley’s Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Brandilyn’s Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Blurb:

A heart can live a lifetime in eight seconds.

Ever since his father caught him with another boy and threw him out at the tender age of sixteen, Dustin Lewis has been fighting his way up the national bull-riding rankings. He’s on the brink of qualifying for the National Finals when he draws Diablo, a notoriously rank bull—and the ride goes bad.

When bullfighter Shane Rees frees Dustin from the rigging of the same bull that nearly destroyed his face, he comes dangerously close to dropping his guard. Shane knows the potential consequences of being gay in a sport loaded with testosterone-overdosed cowboys, and the resulting scars of mind and body have left him with little self-worth.

Their near-death-by-bull first meeting sparks an attraction that awakens every last one of their personal demons. Yet as the National Finals draws closer, so do they. But they’ll have to overcome emotional highs, near-tragic lows, and bone-crushing danger before love can bust out of the chute.

Warning: Contains man-on-man boot knocking, rawhide and raw emotions, badass cowboys and even badder-ass bulls. This ain’t your old man’s rodeo.

Beverley’s View:

Who doesn’t like some hunky cowboys occasionally? I was looking forward to an intense cowboy tale. I didn’t get that. This novel follows a few months in the lives of a young bull rider, Dustin and Shane a slightly older bullfighter who hook up one night and…I like hunky cowboys what I do not like is unbelievable instant love.

Dustin felt an emotional connection he’d never enjoyed before. Shane was incredibly sexy too.

This is in the third chapter when Dustin is going over all his feelings for Shane. They’d had one hook up at this time, and didn’t get down to anything until the next morning as they were both drunk and passed out. In his cogitations, Dustin concludes Shane is pushing him away like everyone else because of his ADD. Seriously? They had only been around each other sober long enough to establish what their hair colour was. Despite several mentions of how people leave him because of his ADD, it is never mentioned by anyone else. My second dislike is a book which has no plot to speak of, just a series of excuses to end up with a sex scene. The sex here is also doubled because they always seem to get off separately, so we go through each sex scene twice. We also have the ubiquitous hospital scene three or was it four times. I understand rodeo is dangerous so injuries are likely but we had injuries outside of the rodeo as well.

There was also a plot hole that was very roughly repaired towards the end of the book. Dustin was thrown out by homophobic parents at sixteen and had lived with his friend Todd and Todd’s parents ever since. However, much of Dustin’s worries concern how to approach the fact that he was gay to his friend Todd and his parents! What did they think they were taking him in for? Do people just ‘adopt’ other people’s children without contact or question? Too unbelievable for me.

I’m sorry I rate this novel 2.5*, but if you like a lot of sex and descriptions of Bulls twisting and turning then this is the book for you.

Finally, having checked this with my buddy reviewer who is a resident of Texas, there are very few times in the year when you can throw yourself naked on the bonnet of a car and have sex in Texas if you want to have all your skin intact after the act.

Brandilyn’s View:

From the first words, Jon Keys paints an adrenaline-fueled picture of the life of a bull rider. Unfortunately, I found the opening action scene to be the only compelling part of this story.

The interactions between the main characters felt stilted and forced more than the sweet, loving vibe that the author was likely trying to portray. The characters were two-dimensional caricatures of cowboys and M/M romance heroes. I had no frame of reference for Dustin’s life before the beginning of the story. No idea how much his parents’ rejection affected him. In short, I had no connection to or affection for Dustin. As for Shane, I never cared one way or another about him.

While, I never understood the connection between Shane and Dustin. When they were together, there were snippets of intriguing interactions and dynamics. I just wish they were more than snippets. What there was a lot of is sex… on every surface imaginable and some that would result in… umm… injury in real life.

If you like hot cowboy on cowboy action and even hotter cowboy on bull action, Drawing the Devil is likely worth the read.

Buy Links


Amazon US
Amazon UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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