Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others.
Pickup man Cory Ackerson has suffered his share of harassment, but his light still burns bright. He doesn’t let anything or anyone keep him down, so when he meets the rugged cowboy with a battered chip on his shoulder and regret in his dark eyes, all he wants to do is help.
As their unlikely friendship grows into something deeper, Scott must overcome his past to be the man Cory deserves, or lose his best chance at his own happily ever after.
I really love this series. Pickup Men got me hooked and since that book I’ve waited patiently for each new installment. Pulling Leather turned out to be one of my favorites, and that was totally unexpected.
Why? Never did I expect to come close to sympathizing with Scott. He was one of the ‘bad guys’ in Pickup Men, so I totally understood why the other guys were so hesitant to accept his total turnaround. L.C. Chase did a great job of making readers understand where this character was coming from and his back story was all it took. Cory on the other hand was easy to love. I admired his honesty and his strength. Their story wasn’t an easy one, but it was definitely worth it.
There was a lot to love about this book. Even though it was a romance, there was a lot more than that. It was more a book about coming to terms with who you really are through self-discovery and accepting it. The supporting characters did as much to bring that point home as Cory and Scott. And yes, I fell in love with Tripp all over again for a lot of reasons. There were also a few new characters that I’d really like to get to know better. I have no idea if there are any more books left in this series, but if they are I guarantee that they will make it to my TBR list.