Coming to Grief by Dale Chase ~ Book Review by Lirtle

coming-to-grief-cover-1Title: Coming to GriefSeries:

Author: Dale Chase

Publisher: Wilde City

Cover Artist: Wilde City Press

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/26/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Erotica, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Historical, Western


Thrown together on the road between Laramie and Cheyenne, cowboy Johnny Anglim is smitten with the powerfully masculine Laz Kincaid, who’s grieving for the horse he’s had to shoot. Doubling up, the two reach a town where passion ignites, yet Laz, despite the intimacy, remains distant. Eventually the pair reach Cheyenne where Deputy Wade Rowley warns Johnny off Laz, declaring only he can reach the walled-off Civil War veteran. Johnny realizes he’s caught in a triangle that may prove dangerous, yet he refuses to let Laz go, bringing on further grief.

My View:

The Wyoming territory, and Johnny Anglim is between cattle drives, a young man in his early twenties doing his thing. He’s our narrator of this tale.


Lazarus ‘Laz’ Kincaid is… well, he’s a mystery, to be honest. He fought in the Civil War and is living with the mental and emotional trauma of that.


Men with years on them have the feel of experience and sometimes the look, life written in creases and lines or, on occasion, the eyes.

This is the kind of gem you can often find in a well-written Western, erotic or otherwise. Lucky for us, this is definitely erotic. Westerns are unique in many a sense except, of course, for the emotions these human characters experience along the dusty main streets, even dustier saloons, and long rides atop trusty mounts. I love me a good Western.

Johnny is that mix of seriousness and a healthy streak of wildness many of us have or had that age. He might be a cattle driver, and enjoy rolls in the hay, but he seems to naturally lean towards a different existence in the category of relationships. He’s also encountering what could be called his first bout with love and what drives it.

Laz. Yeah, he’s still a mystery. We don’t learn much about him, except what Johnny observes and the conclusions he draws, or demands to know. There’s something about Laz that Johnny can’t shake. It takes Laz a bit longer to admit to the same.

Given the setting and time period, this is a rough and tumble world. Same goes for the characters and the ways some of them treat each other, for better or sometimes certainly for worse. The sexual interactions are often of the same fabric, just be aware. Moral ambiguity is an ingredient in this story.

On the flip side, there are some hot as all git out times that Johnny and Laz share. Also?  There is an unmistakable romantic streak woven throughout this yarn and its name is Johnny.

I’ve read a number of Dale Chase’s Western erotica stories and I think this is my favorite so far. Well written, emotional, sexy, frank in expression, and with some good ol’ fashion action to round out the experience.


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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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