Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance, Western
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Feb 15 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Aubrey Klein is in real trouble—he needs some fast money to save the family ranch. His solution? A weekend job as a stripper at a club in Dallas. For two shows each Saturday, he is the star as The Lone Rancher.
It leads to at least one unexpected revelation: after a show, Garrett Lamston, an old friend from school, approaches the still-masked Aubrey to see about some extra fun… and Aubrey had no idea Garrett was gay. As the two men dodge their mothers’ attempts to set them up with girls, their friendship deepens, and one thing leads to another.
Aubrey know his life stretching between the ranch and the club is a house of cards. He just hopes he can keep it standing long enough to save the ranch and launch the life—and the love—he really hopes he can have.
The Lone Rancher was a friends to lovers with some secrets to spice it up. I found the difficulties these guys found themselves having to be humorous even as they are painful the think about dealing with in reality. Over bearing mothers are a nightmare and these guys have them in spades. The story Andrew Grey weaves was a great entertaining read and I always look forward to more of his work. The details he has for his characters and the scenes are very vivid and clear. I can always picture the story I'm reading down to the dirtiest detail. Aubrey and Garrett steam up the pages quite a bit. And the hiding and secret keeping gives the book some tension making the reader anxious to know how it will end. I recommend this book for all romance lovers.
Is writing characters who are still navigating their way with their sexuality and hiding it from the world and sometimes themselves one of your favorites? Is it for the educational purpose of it that a reader can get out of your books or because it makes for a very good read
Many people have to go through some sort of journey in order to figure out who they are. People with different sexual identities must go through an extra layer of that self-discovery in order to figure out who they are and their place in the world. For some people that journey can be difficult especially when they are determined to deny who they are or if the answer that they come to isn’t going to be accepted by those they love. This self discovery makes for good stories.
As an author one of the hardest things is for our characters to grow and change. And one of the ways we do that is through coming to accept who we are. At that point we are coming into our own. Unfortunately some people never reach that place. But when someone does, it’s a pretty amazing experience for them and it affects the direction the rest of their life will take. It’s those kind of moments and journeys that writers love to portray. I think they make for a very good story, but also I feel telling about someone’s journey also helps others with theirs. So to answer your question, it’s probably a little of both.
In the tiniest of thongs that left nothing to the imagination, he stepped down off the stage and out into the crowd. A sea of bills popped into the air, and he collected them slowly, one at a time, tucking them into his pouch. He got a few grabs and gropes—that came with the territory, along with the money—and when the music finally died as the last bills were stuffed home, the Lone Rancher, wearing only a thong, a mask, and a smile, climbed back to the stage, turned, and gave them a farewell hip thrust.
That’s when Aubrey saw him, second row off to the right. Garrett stood right there, eyes glued to him. Aubrey was covered in sweat, but he was instantly cold, a bone-deep chill so ferocious he wondered if he’d ever get warm again. He gave a final wave and hurried off the stage, stumbling down the steps in order to get away.
“Fuck,” he groaned when he made it back to the changing area and began pulling the bills from everywhere they’d been stuffed. Part of the trick was to do it carefully so he didn’t end up with paper cuts anywhere important.
A bottle of water was placed on the table in front of him by one of the stage guys as he hurried by. Aubrey didn’t see who it was; he was too preoccupied with the fact that Garrett had been out front. Well, that answered one question, but it raised a hell of a lot more. Did Garrett know who he was? God, he sure as hell hoped not. His heart raced and he grabbed the bottle, gulping down the water as one of the other guys brought him the clothes he’d stripped off.
“You looked really good,” Hank the Hunk told him, handing him the stack with a flip of his long blond mane. “They always go for you.”
“It’s the mask,” Aubrey answered. He only took it off in the club when he was alone in the bathroom and needed to wipe his face. Otherwise, none of the guys knew what he looked like, and for the most part they all respected his privacy. They all had things about their lives they didn’t want spread around.
“Are you doing the next show?” Hank asked as he stepped into a pair of fireman’s pants and then pulled on a fire coat before slapping a fire helmet on his head.
“Yes. I only get here on Saturdays, so I try to do both shows.” Aubrey was feeling much more normal. The sweat that had built up while he was on stage had evaporated, and he was hydrated once again. He began dressing in his costume for his second appearance in the show, where all the guys would dance together. When he was ready, he went to stand in the wings. Usually he watched the other guys to see if there was anything new he could learn, but this time his gaze was drawn to the audience, where he could see Garrett. He seemed to be watching the show only part of the time and craning his head around the rest of the time.
Aubrey was getting ready to go back on when he saw Garrett weave his way back through the crowd, and he breathed a small sigh of relief. Maybe Garrett was getting ready to leave for the night? He sure as hell hoped so.
“Gentlemen, letches, and perverts everywhere, it’s time for the finale, so let’s bring out all the boys!” The club plunged into darkness, and they all took their places. Then the lights strobed on, and they went into their routine. Shirts and pants came off in unison, working the crowd into a frenzy. The music built and the taller guys bent over so the smaller guys could roll over their backs, legs in the air for three beats, and then they were all on their feet, hips gyrating in unison, chests pumping, playing up all their “assets.” The music reached a crescendo and then the lights went dark. When the music stopped, the walls shook as the men applauded, pounding their feet on the floor. Aubrey and the others hurried off stage as the master of ceremonies thanked everyone for coming.
They all got a rest while the crowd filed out and the club was cleaned up so it could get ready for the second, longer, and more expensive show of the night. Aubrey dressed and left the club so he could get some fresh air.
He stepped out of the back door into a night that felt as though he were breathing soup. Aubrey looked up at the sky and hoped the rain he was smelling on the air was going north through home.
“You’re the Lone Rancher, right?”
Aubrey knew that voice and turned around slowly. “Yeah,” he said, lowering his voice slightly and hoping it didn’t sound too fake. Garrett would know his voice in an instant.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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