The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye ~ Buddy Review by PizzyGirl and Beverley

The Shearing Gun Title: The Shearing Gun

Author: Renae Kaye

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars (Pizzygirl)

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars (Beverley)


At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.

Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

PizzyGirl’s View:

I love Renae Kaye’s writing style. Her works are fast paced and easy to read. The tone of voice is humorous while still being meaningful. Her stories are well written and well crafted from start to finish. I always feel satisfied after finishing her novels and this one was no different.

In addition, I always learn something new with each of her novels. I learned about blind folks toys in her last one, and I learned about raising and breeding sheep in this one. I learned about fleece and shearing and all that. It was unique and I like that it was not a career or setting that has been overdone. It was very interesting learning about this lifestyle and the characters involved. The different dialects were well done and I loved seeing Elliot interpret Hank. I read this in one sitting and was disappointed when it ended. It was another great read from this talented author.

However, the story premise itself was pretty common. Hank is afraid to come out because his profession is super manly and he is afraid his career will end if others know about him. Doc Elliot is out but is trying to be understanding. Then, they fall in love and coming out is more important that losing the other. Its been done to death, yes, but Renae Kaye made it her own. I liked watching Hank gradually become comfortable with himself and slowly but surely become OK with others knowing he loved Elliot. His coming out was not only because of Elliot, but because of his own self esteem. It was nice to see their friendship grow into lovers into love into a satisfying HEA. I love Hank’s nickname for Elliot.

Once again, I enjoyed reading Ms. Kaye’s novel. She is very talented and I look forward to more from her.


Beverley’s View:

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

I loved this story of rural Australia. I know a lot more about shearing than I did before but all the information was necessary to get the best from the story and presented in such a humorous and entertaining way. The characters are always a very strong element in Renae Kaye’s novels and this one is no exception. Hank the ‘woolly headed’ farmer is hunky, honest and down to earth and a little lacking in self esteem. Elliot (Quackle) the new doctor is all heart and intelligence. They are two sides of the same coin and together present us with a story about attitudes, sheep and the ‘mate’ culture of the Australian rural farming community.

The writing in this story is humorous and has great integrity. The characters and location do not pander to stereotyping and because of this it feels different even though the plotline is a familiar one. It could not be a story in any other country than Australia and that is one of the reasons I love Renae Kaye’s books so much. There are many romances produced which have become generic United States. In a genre where we celebrate diversity why do authors shy away from their homelands, their cultures and use of language. I do not want to read watered down American. I want English writers to sound English, Scots to sound Scottish and as here Australians to sound natural and talk about things important to them and Australia.

This is an incredibly endearing tale about Hank, Quackle, preconceptions, sheep and farming. It is also about learning to appreciate who you are and your place in the world. Combined with this love story is a story of ‘coming out’ and what that means to your life, but more importantly it is about allowing friends to really know you and then make their own judgments. It gently tells us not to take away the opportunity for people to choose well.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press

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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