Author: Lexxie Couper
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/21/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Not all cowboys ride horses.
Jeremy Craig is on the cusp of being named the deputy prime minister of Australia. Which means he’s got to play his cards right and stay deep in the closet. Australia is a lot of things, but there’s no way the country is ready for a gay prime minister. So far, it’s been an easy ruse to maintain. Until he meets Ryan Taylor. Then all bets are off.
Ryan is sick of the Brokeback Mountain jokes. For starters, he’s an Australian stockman, not an American cowboy. For another, he spends most of his working days alone in a helicopter, not on the back of a horse. As Wallaby Ridge’s only contract heli-musterer, he gets to escape any small-town scorn high in the sky. He’s happy up there. Lonely, but happy. Who needs passion and wild sexual pleasure in their life when they have the boundless skies of the Outback, right?
Then Jeremy Craig climbs into his chopper…
First things first, Bare for You is part of a mixed coupling series. I have not read the first two titles in the series (which are both M/F, I believe). However, Bare for You stands just find on its own as a fully encompassed story. To be honest, I couldn’t even tell you if the “other couples” showed up in it or not. I was too focused on Jeremy and Ryan.
Hot is about the only word I can use to describe this story. It isn’t deep. It isn’t hard to follow. It is one highly closeted politician in a lust-at-first sight situation with a hot as hell, out and proud, Australian helo-stockman. From the first sight, they are both picking their tongues up off the ground. It quickly escalated and much heat ensues. Both in the form of some serious sexual tension and finally some serious sex.
There isn’t a ton of plot with which to work. They have to deal with the fact that they live in two completely different worlds. They also, of course, have to deal with Jeremy’s personal struggle with whether he should live his life as who he is or as who people expect him to be. Jeremy has political aspirations, but he has to weigh those with being who he is and who he wants to be. Ryan is kind of a take or leave it type guy.
It is a life-changing few days for both men. The ending is more of a happy for now than a happily ever after, but there is plenty of bow tieing for those who don’t like loose ends. I enjoyed the story for what it was — a hot diversion. I would certainly be open to another M/M story from Couper.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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