There were some things that were good in the story, like the depictions of the bull riders and the competitions. The initial parts of their relationship were okay. They did discuss some of their expectations. But a lot of it didn't work for me. Curt was flip-flopping about being out. He berated Levi for being concerned about the opinions of homophobes in a bar, even after they were attacked and even thought Levi was ashamed of being gay. Yet he didn't want their relationship public around the other riders and had never told his parents he was bi. Then there are the continual references to him still enjoying "p***y" and although demanding exclusivity and exhibiting jealousy, won't offer any commitment to any future with Levi. Then after his stroke, he suddenly decides to say "I love you". His relationship with his parents was terrible but after a few hours visit, it's all fine, he's out and it's roses and sunshine. Nothing seemed genuine or logical with the way his character was written. The sex scenes were also flat and uninspired and Curt's so-called dominance was pretty silly.
Levi Bond had one thing on his mind, The Bull Riding World Championship. Being gay on the bull riding circuit was not easy, but that was his life. For Curt Walsh, riding bulls and watching his friend Levi ride was the life. What would happen if the two were combined? Could Curt ride bulls and have Levi in his life and his bed?
I loved this story. It was full of passion and drama that could occur in the macho world of bull riding. Bull riding is supposed to be a "man's" sport. Someone would not think two men would hook up in this kind of environment. Sandy did an amazing job showing life happens everywhere.
**I purchased a copy of Falling Hard by Sandy Sullivan on my own and this is my honest review. A complete recommend**
I enjoyed this book, despite the misspellings, sometimes repetitive plot, and lots of repetitive or predictable sex scenes. It was all wrapped up quickly with a "happy bow" at the end. I wish all parents were as accepting of their gay children as these two families appeared to be....glad the author included that gay marriage is now legal in Oklahoma! I love cowboys, too, Sandy....looking forward to the next in this series. Use a better editor, though.
m/m Sandy Sullivan writes sexy reads. That being said I was a little overwhelmed (as were our heroes Levi and Curt) by the amount of sex at the beginning of this book. It was like they were hitting it whenever they weren’t eating, sleeping, driving or riding a bull. However, just as I was getting ready to give up they started talking and the story grew legs and carried me away. This is a fun cowboy story with a whole lotta hot cowboy on cowboy loving.
My first bull riding story and I love it, Curt is a force all his own. He decided that Levi would be his and he got him. Even if he was not looking for a long term relationship, there was no way he let someone else have Levi. Levi is just so damn sweet until you push the wrong button with him.
What's hotter than 2 sexy bull riders? Two amazing men falling for each other and neither one is ready to admit to it! Curt and Levi ride hard in the arena and the bedroom as they discover their true feelings and desires for each other.
Sandy Sullivan does amazing with this beginning to a new series. I can't wait for more!
BLURB: Meet two champion bull riders--macho, muscled Marlboro Men, confident, cocksure cowboys--from their struggle for survival in the rodeo arena, and 8 seconds of fame on the back of a 2000 lb bull to their most private encounters behind closed doors where their world is about to explode…
Levi Bond is a seasoned pro, competing for the World Championship. Bull riding is what gets his adrenaline pumping, his heart racing, and makes him feel like a million bucks. That, and the idea of getting it on with Curt Walsh, one of the up and coming stars of the bull riding circuit. Powerfully attracted, Curt’s confused and unsure which way he wants his life to go. Will Levi still be around, available and interested when the final decision is made?
Get set for a wild ride in this cowboy romance, sizzling with intense desire, unbridled passion, and unexpected emotion as Levi and Curt, drawn together like mega magnets, battle not only life threatening, white knuckled action in the arena, but cruelty and bias outside it. The prospect of falling in love is as terrifying as staying on the bull without it killing them!
Well, lets see. First off I ABSOLUTELY love BULL RIDERS. This being Male/Male put the icing on the cake for me. Levi Bond is one hot cowboy. Walking around the arena is Curt Walsh. He is also one hot cowboy. They are both macho men but who doesn't love that. Bull riding is one of the toughest sports and competitions out there. Sandy wrote what truly happens on the circuit to a tee. She really did her research & explained what each rider goes through on a daily basis. Yes, this book is fiction but a lot of it is fact. It really is all about that 8 seconds that feels like a lifetime to a bull rider. Having the struggles of being gay on the circuit is something Levi & Curt had to deal with. I believe that Sandy wrote a great story of these two sexy men. One of my favorite lines was that Levi thought of Curt as the Marlboro Man. FYI, when I was little that was the man I secretly wanted to marry. So that was a special to me.
Every bull rider lives for the adrenaline rush of getting on that 2000 pound bull! The excitement is what drives me to love the book. It was constantly a page turner. The only part that I didn't like was the book ended. I wanted more & more. Never wanted it to end. I was actually sad when i turned to the last page. I hope to see Levi & Curt cross over in other books in this series. I don't think their story is done. Least I hope it isn't. I do expect to see more bull riding books to come in the future for this author. I think she did an amazing job & this could be a great new series for her.
Not to give away anything at all. Wait to you find out what the bull's name is for championship ride.
I have always Been A sandy fan but I have to say this book is in a league of its own. The story and characters are exceptional and her writing in this book is off the charts! She hit this one out of the ball park! Very well written and enjoyable story! I can't wait for more in this series!