Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shining Star Award: Belt Buckles & Cowboy Boots by Bailey Bradford

Title:  Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total –E-Bound Publishing
Pages: 159
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Lessons learned from past betrayals can protect Colby Vincent’s heart or cost him a chance at happiness he never thought to have.
Colby thought he’d never let anyone close again after being betrayed by everyone he loved, but one closeted, stubborn oilfield worker with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy seems determined to out himself and win Colby’s heart. It’s as if Hunter Talamentez walked right out of Colby’s fantasies and into the convenience store where Colby works.
But Hunter is closeted, and he’s never considered changing that. He’s got his homophobic cousin with him, a family that he knows won’t support him if they know the truth about who he is and a job where being out could get him hurt. He resigned himself to spending his life alone until he gets to know Colby. Then he embarks on a journey with Colby that will change their lives if only they both find the strength to take a few chances.
Nothing comes easily, and learning to give from the heart when that heart has been shattered twice before might be more than Colby is capable of. He isn’t sure about having more than a fling with Hunter, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the man, either. What was meant to be one night together turns into more, and Colby loses his ability to keep Hunter at the safe distance he’d wanted. 

Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots by Bailey Bradford is a must read book. I couldn’t stop reading this one.  There is so much heart and soul in this book. It made me laugh, cry, and smile as I read it.  I love how this author brings two wonderful characters together and makes me fall in love with them both.
Colby where do I start, he is an amazingly sweet character.  He has been through so much but still retains his loving sweet nature. He has a heart that will make you cry it is so sweet. He is a hard worker, and he loves equally as hard.  Considering all that he has been through that is a miracle.
Hunter he is a closeted gay man. He thinks he will lose his family and friends if he comes out. He is not completely wrong, but he has never had anyone in his life to make him want to risk it all for. That is until he falls for Colby.  Hunter is the kind of hero you know is flawed but love anyways. His kindness and strength progress as you read this story. I really admired him by the end.
Over all this is one of those stories that kept me engaged, and smiling. I loved both men and the story itself is amazingly well done. When you want a modern kind of cowboy who will steal your heart this is the book to pick up. 

                       Five Shooting Stars and a Shining Star Award

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