Title: Busting the Greenhorn
Author: C.C. Williams
Genre: Gay Erotica/BDSM/Western
Release Date: October 26, 2011
Jade’s Rating: 5 stars
Tech blogger, Jake Landon, is on a mini-vacation. Having escaped San Francisco for the quiet Russian River, Jake seeks nothing more than a relaxed three-day-weekend getaway. Stetson-wearing horseman, Chet Hairston, is an old hand at stallion breaking, He’s used to having things his way . . . or else.
Crossing paths one night in a restaurant, the two men begin a game of cat and mouse. Each unfamiliar with their opponent, neither man is sure of the ultimate goal . . . just his own raging desire. Can the strong, masculine rancher rope in Jake’s passion? Could a willing and adventurous city boy be the one to fill that void in Chet’s bed?
Busting The Greenhorn rides hard and puts you away wet!
I absolutely loved this book! The M/M sub-genre is admittedly my favorite of the romance genre and I think cowboys are so sexy, so of course I loved it. But from a more objective standpoint, Busting the Greenhorn is a very well-written erotic romance about two men who each have a need and unexpectedly find it in each other.
Jake is working too hard after the bad economy began to affect his job, and he desperately needs a vacation and companionship other than his dog. He sets out to find both on a weekend visit to the quiet countryside away from the hustle and bustle. As he is relaxing by the river, he is (happily) interrupted by a cowboy astride a horse and wearing a classic Stetson cowboy hat. Jake is instantly attracted to the man and makes some inquiries as to who he is, glad to find out that he lives nearby. They not-so-coincidentally run into each other at a restaurant, and after clearing up a misunderstanding about who the cowboy came with, hit it off together quite well…well enough that Jake ends up tied up and dominated and loving every second of it. What starts as a weekend fling turns into something more as they meet again when Jake heads to Chet’s ranch for a horseback ride. He discovers that he wants Chet, and not just in his bed. Jake wants him all the time and is surprised to learn that Chet feels the same way about him. The cowboy has a romantic surprise waiting for Jake as they take a break in their ride, and not long after, he gets another chance to “bust the greenhorn.” I don’t want to say more about the plot of the story for fear of giving away something important, but suffice it to say that the last line of the book blurb pretty much says it all – this book “rides hard and puts you away wet!”
Which brings me to one of my favorite things about this book. Even though it is a short read, there is a good balance of erotic and non-erotic scenes. At least I think so. I have read other stories similar in length and have been disappointed in the lack of plot and what comes off to me as simply gratuitous sex. Not so with Busting the Greenhorn. As I summarized above, there is a plot which the story follows. It isn’t a complicated one but it doesn’t have to be. The emotional and sexual tension adds another layer to the plot so that it isn’t just another boy-meets-boy-and-boy-falls-in-love-with-boy story.
Each of the erotic scenes in the book is essential to furthering the plot and enhances the story for me. I don’t think it likely that you would read a scene where two people share a kiss before deciding to turn their lives upside down for one another and find it to be a plausible story. No, you need to see how the intimate moments shape both their thoughts and their emotions before such a decision would seem plausible. Busting the Greenhorn accomplishes this as we follow both Jake and Chet through their sexual experiences, when Chet realizes how much he enjoys breaking in this “young colt” and Jake is led to rethink some things about himself.
That leads me to my next point. Both of the characters are relatable, and the situation in which they find themselves, as well as the ways they each respond to it, is very realistic. They each have inner struggles and insecurities about what the other sees in him and why the other is attracted to him. Jake finds himself nervously saying things around Chet, stumbling over his words, while Chet admits out loud that Jake has him all “discombobulated.” Jake took a chance to have some fun, got more than he bargained for, and stuck to his newfound way of taking risks to gain more than he would have imagined possible if someone had asked him from the relative comfort of his townhouse back in San Francisco.
I thoroughly enjoyed Busting the Greenhorn. It was a fantastic read that held my attention from the first word to the last and was both tender and sensually hot at the same time. I will be looking to read the author’s other books as soon as I can. I highly recommend this book to any reader who is a fan of gay romance, gay erotica, BDSM, cowboys, and/or touching love stories.
*Please note: I won a copy of this book in a contest hosted by the author and chose to write this review.