Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jump starts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.
When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Pickup Men series, but Marty and Tripp were a totally different couple. I spent a lot of time in that book being mad at Tripp. I grew to like him, but it took a while and L.C. Chase had to work really hard to get him to win me over. There was also a lot of outside forces working against Tripp and Marty. In Let it Ride, the forces keeping Bridge and Eric apart were internal, but given everything Eric had been through, they were totally legitimate.
The differences between Eric and Bridge were obvious, but they were drawn to each other. Bridge was the kind of guy who went after what he wanted full force, no questions asked. He’d never considered himself gay, but he never questioned his feelings about Eric. To him, love was love – end of story. Eric wanted what Bridge was offering, he just didn’t trust it. He was used to the rug being pulled out from under him. He also didn’t want to risk losing the first real friends he’d ever had.
Eric’s story came out slowly, in bits and pieces and the more that was revealed about his past the more my heart broke. I don’t want to believe that there are people in the world like Eric encountered, but I know that there are. There were parts that were hard to read. There were moments when I would have been right beside Bridge trying to battle all those ghosts of his past. Yeah, this series is one that makes you feel, and I like that.
It wasn’t all sad though. I was drawn in by Bridge and his friends and family. I loved the way that they wanted to protect Eric from Bridge, even though he was the new guy. The characters definitely make this series. The next book in the Pickup Men series is Pulling Leather and it centers on a character that was introduced in Let it Ride. He was a great addition and I can’t wait to get to know him better.