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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Acting Out by Julia Talbot

Acting Out by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Short Story (15 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Bullrider and adrenaline junkie Colby is mid-jump in his ATV when his old rooming buddy Sean drives back into his life, sending him flying off his vehicle. Sean wants Colby to come to Hawaii for a charity event. Colby agrees to attend, but only if he and Sean can share a room again, just like in the old days.

Can these two rough-riding cowboys recapture a piece of the past, or can they do even better this go-round?

Colby knows what he wants and is bound and determined to get. A bull rider, he’s used to getting bumps and bruises, but a broken heart is not something he wishes to suffer through. He pulls out all the stops in trying to get Sean back.

Colby was written as a sweet fun loving character and all his efforts make it hard for Sean to deny him for long.

Sean is a retired rodeo star that isn’t quite out of the closet. He’s conflicted because he wants Colby but not sure if he is ready to risk their careers on that desire. I really liked Sean. He was the more adult of the two and always wanting to put Colby’s best interest first.

The chemistry truly leapt off the pages between these two men. The story is only fifteen pages long but enough to whet your appetite for strong and rough cowboys, trying to find love on the neverending road of rodeo life.

Ms. Talbot wrote realistic characters that fed my imagination. Her descriptive writing drew me in and I became invested in these men. The ending was sweet and tugged at my heartstrings. My only wish was that this story was longer, just so I could see what happens after the rodeo. Where do Colby and Sean go from there?

Acting Out was a light-hearted story well worth a read. A perfect treat when you’re short on time and need a daily dose of romance!

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