M/M ARC Review: Drawing the Devil by Jon Keys

drawDrawing the Devil by Jon Keys
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Review Source: Publisher
February 3, 2015
My Rating: 3 of 5

Synopsis:

A heart can live a lifetime in eight seconds.

Ever since his father caught him with another boy and threw him out at the tender age of sixteen, Dustin Lewis has been fighting his way up the national bull-riding rankings. He’s on the brink of qualifying for the National Finals when he draws Diablo, a notoriously rank bull—and the ride goes bad.

When bullfighter Shane Rees frees Dustin from the rigging of the same bull that nearly destroyed his face, he comes dangerously close to dropping his guard. Shane knows the potential consequences of being gay in a sport loaded with testosterone-overdosed cowboys, and the resulting scars of mind and body have left him with little self-worth.

Their near-death-by-bull first meeting sparks an attraction that awakens every last one of their personal demons. Yet as the National Finals draws closer, so do they. But they’ll have to overcome emotional highs, near-tragic lows, and bone-crushing danger before love can bust out of the chute.

Warning: Contains man-on-man boot knocking, rawhide and raw emotions, badass cowboys and even badder-ass bulls. This ain’t your old man’s rodeo.

My Thoughts:

This book was a good book about two cowboys with a plot that wasn’t too strife with anxiety or stress, and that was a relief. The characters were believable and reacted as a real person would, and the romance (especially in the beginning) was not full-to-bursting with perfect “love at first sight” as some other books, which was also refreshing. It also addressed the homophobia that is still embarrassingly prevalent in more southern/country/traditionally masculine occupations. It was a pleasant mix of peacefully developing relationship and real-life trouble.
My main problem with this book is a problem that very likely is specific to me as a person. Both of the men in this book came off with a certain level of . . . immaturity. Neither of them are people that I would be dying to hang out with in real life, and I found it quite annoying. This is, however, probably very intentional in creating a believable down-home southern cowboy, and should probably be seen as a mark of a good writer, especially in the character Dustin, who struggles with ADHD. If you like completely realistic cowboys, this is the book for you. I, however, am going to have a kitten if I ever have to read words such as “jizz” a single time more.

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