Rough Riders by Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Length: Short Story (54 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis
Playing by different rules can lead to heartbreak, but changing the game plan can be the tiebreaker.
Luke Briscoe has a good reason to stay in the closet with his team, the Rough Riders. Bitter past experience has taught him to be cautious around athletic teams. But after Mario, his teammate and lover of ten years, leaves him, tired of the secrecy, Luke is forced to confront his fears, especially since the sexy and confident new member of the team, Derek Grimm, has no problem with being out and proud.
Derek has wanted Luke from the first moment he saw him. But he knows the timing is all wrong, and vows to let Luke have the time he needs to recover from his breakup. As time goes on, though, Derek becomes frustrated with Luke’s determination to stay in the closet.
Derek and Mario are out, and the team is fine with it. Why is Luke still holding back? Derek wonders if any amount of time will ever be enough. Maybe it’s time to try a different game plan...
This is a touching story of one man’s struggle to overcome his fear in order to have the unconditional love he longs for.
Luke Briscoe is the co-captain of the Rough Riders, a recreational sports team. He’s suffering one of the worst days of his life. His co-captain, Mario, decides to quit the team and their ten year relationship. Luke has violent incident in his past that keeps him from coming out as gay to his fellow teammates and his inability to do so caused Mario to end their relationship. Only minutes after suffering this heartbreak, a ray of sunshine comes to his rescue in the form of a man, Derek Grimm.
Derek is a gay man living his life out in the open for all to see. Derek is a very confident character who doesn’t hide who he is. When he comes upon the most beautiful man he has ever seen he is taken aback by the instant attraction he feels.
Derek joins the Rough Riders and Luke is constantly fighting his attraction for the other man. Derek does his best to be a positive influence for Luke and show him it’s okay to by gay, not something to be ashamed of. What Derek doesn’t know is Luke has suffered violence his past at the hands of his college teammates when they discovered he was gay.
Unaware of Luke’s past, Derek keeps pushing him to come out so they can be together. In doing so he just keeps pushing Luke further away. Luke has to decide for himself if his fear is stronger than the love he is starting to feel towards Derek.
Rough Riders is an excellent and fast read. It is a short story but is written with enough vivid detail that you can fully relate to the characters and understand them. This is the first book I have read by Devon Rhodes and I can truly say I look forward to reading more by this author.