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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

2014 Lambda Literary Award Nominee: Gay Romance

It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn't enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light - and it's no longer shining on Tripp.

Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well...almost. He's never loved anyone before and isn't quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.

But no matter Tripp's intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.

©2013 L.C. Chase (P)2015 Riptide Publishing

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Cowboys & A Love Story

There are cowboy's in the story named Marty and Tripp. The story is narrated by Dorian Bane. Even though Marty and Tripp are cowboy's they still love each other. I didn't like Tripp at first for how he acted but once you knew why I found that I liked him. There is a lot of angst in this story but the love story is well worth reading. Dorian Bane is a wonderful narrator. I wish more books were narrated by him. I really liked this book.

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Cowboy Up

This is a favorite series of mine. This was done right. Mr. Bane is spot on

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 12-30-15

Sexy cowboys

Would you consider the audio edition of Pickup Men to be better than the print version?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

so hard to pick. I loved Marty, Tripp but I loved the accent of Eric

What about Dorian Bane’s performance did you like?

everything.Dorian has a smooth, mesmerizing voice. He hits all the inflections perfectly giving excitement, drama and humor to the story. I liked how he changed his voice enough that each character had a life of his own. He also has a deep timbre that when reading the sexual parts was so sensual and sexy.
I started this in the afternoon and couldn’t shut it off it was so good and I already had read the story so I knew how it went and ended!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The hoofbeats in Tripp's head though the sex scenes were so sensual and sexy. I also thought Marty's feelings were very well conveyed throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

I will be looking for more of Dorian Banes performances

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Perfect narration!

Marty is out and proud in a world where that’s just not done. He’s been secretly dating Tripp – the hottest bull rider on the circuit and thinks he’s pretty happy – though he’d rather be out of the closet. When Marty saves Tripp’s life, and ends up critically injured and Tripp doesn’t even come over to thank him for his troubles for fear of looking “too gay”, Marty knows he can’t keep being the “dirty little secret” for Tripp anymore.

After Marty breaks up with Tripp, Tripp starts to re-evaluate his life and his priorities and realizes that he has a lot of past history to reconcile before he can be the man Marty needs.

After clearing some old ghosts from his past, Tripp decides he’s finally able to be the man Marty needs, but a lot can happen when a rodeo star outs himself in a bigoted world…
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This was an excellent book. I had read book two in the series and heard good things about book one but from reading the blurb I didn’t know if I could handle the angst and … there’s a LOT of angst in this book.

It’s definitely not an easy read and there are a lot of melancholic moments but the love story between Tripp and Marty is very sweet and romantic and the coming of age part of the story as Tripp grapples with his past and present is very moving.

Audio

OMG. Dorian Bane just moved up from “unknown to me” narrator to one of my favorites! He is AWESOME! He has this fabulous “western” accent for Tripp and a slightly different one for all the other cowboys. He does the growly alpha male perfectly and the sweet and sexy parts are swoon-worthy! His dialog is my favorite part – he does the humor, the twang and emotion perfectly.

I loved the book and the narration and give it 5 of 5 stars!

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Well Told Poignant and Passionate Cowboy Romance

If you could sum up Pickup Men in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, Complex, Satisfying

What did you like best about this story?

I couldn't possibly narrow that down to one 'best'. The plot, the characters, the setting, the narrator, the hard-fought romance. You pick.

Which character – as performed by Dorian Bane – was your favorite?

Bridge, Marty's best friend. He was so protective of Marty and interesting around Eric. Loved his grumbling teddy bear no-nonsense voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One man has to lose it all before he can become the man he needs to be to get it back.

Any additional comments?

Story engages the senses and has heart. The complexities of the situation of Tripp and the twists in that romance made for an amazing story.

And I will totally be hunting down more of Dorian Bane's work. He has cowboy characters down cold.

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  • CK
  • 02-18-18

4.5 stars for narration, 3.5 for story

I love Dorian Bane's voice and narrative style, he does a great job of differentiating the characters and inbuing emotion without overdoing it. I hadn't read the book previously, but feel the narration helped bring the story to life and made it more enjoyable for me.

The story was good and drew me in. I liked the main characters and things moved along at a good pace, making this a listen that was worth my time. But while the story was good, it didn't "wow" me. However, I liked it enough to listen to the next two in the series, if just to hear Dorian Bane!

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Pickup Men

Audio - I enjoyed listening to Dorian Bane’s narration of this book he did a really great job and I am looking forward to his narration of the next two books in this series as well. He’s got such a deep and sexy voice that sounded perfect to me for all of the different cowboys in this book.

Cover – I don’t normally talk about the cover on books, but I LOVE the cover. The guy on the book is sexy with the best face and bone structure and is the perfect looking cowboy. He was a really Great pick for this book cover. And I like how the horses and Bull are incorporated at the bottom as well. This book is really pleasing to look at.

Book - Alright, now let’s talk about the main characters in this book. I Freaking Hated Tripp, like with a passion hated him. His character is written well, be he is just not a likable character and he’s lucky he kind of redeems himself with like 5% left in the book. He is such a Jerk to Marty throughout the entire book, I just wanted to smack him over and over again. Lol. Marty puts up with a lot of BS thrown his way not only from Tripp, but from other cowboys as well since he is one of the first “out” cowboys in their rodeo circuit. I liked Marty’s character and I know he Loved Tripp and that’s why he put up with so much, but I struggled with how he let people treat him, he didn’t stick up for himself as much as he should have. But at the same time I am really glad he had some great friends that totally had his back during the book. The story was alright and the narration was good and the cover is great. I liked this one overall.

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great read

best book I read/ listened to date. can't say enough about the book I would recommend this to anyone

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  • VivL
  • Bay Area CA
  • 06-15-18

Truly enjoyable

I’m glad I decided upon this series. I really enjoyed the struggle of their love for one another and their passion. Relationships alone are hard, theirs are even more so with everything else going on around and within them.