Pickup Men (Pickup Men #1) by L.C. Chase

PickupMenIt takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.

Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.

But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.

This was a hard one to read. Not because of the romance, even though it was pure frustration, I can deal with that. The hard part for me was the prejudice and hatred. That’s not uncommon in M/M Romance, or any LGBT book because unfortunately, that’s reality. The scenario that this book posed however brought the ‘Mom’ in me out in full force.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Before anyone even thinks that I am bashing the author for writing the characters the way she did, I’m not. I think one of the main reasons why I started, and continue reading M/M Romances is because tough issues are handled and I like being thrown outside my comfort zone from time to time. I think it’s a good thing to ‘feel’ when you read a book, no matter what that emotion is.

The great thing about Pickup Men was that there was enough good to balance the bad. Tripp and Marty were true opposites when it came to support from loved ones. I loved Marty’s family and his friends were amazing. I’m kind of glad that this one is going to be a series because I really would enjoy getting to know some of these guys a little better.

It would have been really easy to hate Tripp for the way he treated Marty. He came a long way by the end of the book and even though he stumbled along and had a few set backs I was still rooting for him regardless. I’ll be watching for the next book in the Pickup Men series and hopefully they’ll include at least some glimpses of Marty and Tripp because I just felt like their story wasn’t quite over yet. I guess only L.C. Chase knows for sure. 😉