Why I read this book:
We were given an ARC as part of L.C. Chase’s virtual book tour in exchange for an honest review. I am also a fan of her other books as well as her cover art.
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 jumpstarts 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.
Do you ever stop what you are currently reading cause you NEED something without major drama or angst? I did that with this book. Why, you ask? I just wanted a hug and I knew I would get that with this author. So yeah, I put down the book I was in the MIDDLE of to read this one. And you know what……I have NO regrets.
I absolutely LOVED these two. I sometimes have a hard time reading a book where one of the MCs realizes he is not so straight after all. But when done right, I love them. And this is one of those. Yep. Bridge doesn’t do labels. And looking back he knows why and embraces it. No this is no bi-curious cowboy, he’s just “bi.” And that doesn’t bother him one tiny bit.
Now my sweet, sweet Eric, this momma wanted to wrap him up and tell him “I LOVE YOU.” But I guess I will leave that for Bridge to do. I honestly hurt for him and at the same time yelled at him, because what he always wanted, Bridge was offering…take it!!!!! Oh but the heart and mind are not always in sync with each other.
Now Bridge and Eric together? Well that’s just plain hotness. Oh. My. Goodness. The chemistry they share is proof that friends to lovers really CAN work. I loved the take charge, balls to the wall attitude Bridge had. He was like “I see what I want and I won’t stop till I get it.” Again, another point to the hotness factor. And Eric, trying so hard to keep Bridge at arms length, and the vulnerability to let himself trust or even hope for his HEA? Well that just added to how much you root for him and Bridge.
Is there angst and drama? Yeah, but just the right amount. Enough that you don’t want to put it down because you JUST.HAVE.TO.KNOW what happens. This book kept me up late and got me up early to finish it. Yep. Its just that good.
Now here is the only issue I have with this book and I can’t even say its an issue with the writing. Because it IS written beautifully. It’s smooth and easy to read. Nope. My issue is ALL on me. This is book 2 in the series, and I have yet to read book 1, Pickup Men. I know, shame, shame. And normally I would have read the first one, cause I HATE reading books out of order. But this is one that I just could not pass up the chance to read for the virtual tour. Now, that being said, can it be read as a stand alone? Yes it can, BUT you have characters from book one in this book and I think it would help to have read the first. And there are parts in this book that are someone spoilerish. And the first is on SALE right now but today is the last day, so yeah, go get it and this one because I promise you, it won’t disappoint you.
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