Friday, November 6, 2015

ARC Review: Tempted in Texas by Sara York #MM #Romance #LGBT

Genre: Standalone M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2015

Description: Rusty Briggs knows his chance of finding a man while living outside of Sweetwater, Texas are slim to none. Few know about his little secret, but his ranch hands have run out on him and the folks in town aren’t as hospitable as they were before the incident. He’s resigned himself to the fact that working his ranch will have to be enough or he will need to sell and move to the big city…that is until he meets Trent Anderson.

On the outside Trent appears to be a man with full access to silver spoons and caviar dreams, but his parents cut him off and tossed him out once they discovered he was gay. After living on the street, selling himself, then ending up in a destructive relationship, Trent pulled his life together and came out on top, all by using his compassion and intelligence—or so Trent thinks. Recently, Trent’s grandfather passed away and left him his ranch, as long as he meets a few conditions, like living in Texas for ninety days. But Trent’s secret benefactor, Reed, is dissatisfied that Trent isn’t living in Atlanta and wants him back. The only issue for Reed is that Trent is involved with Rusty.

Money, greed, lust, and power work to keep Rusty and Trent apart. They are forced to trust each other when life falls apart, but can they actually become close enough in ninety days to create a solid, trusting relationship, or will old relationships come between them?

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The setup: A tough Texan rancher with confidence to spare, an abused and down-trodden LGBT youth center worker, and a 90-day will stipulation that forces Trent to live on his recently deceased homophobic grandfather’s land if he wants to inherit.

Rusty, with his long legs and big muscles, is exactly what Trent needs to get him through 90 days of living in Sweetwater on his grandfather’s ranch. From the moment they meet, the electricity between them shoots of the page. It was a joy to watch Rusty help Trent build back his confidence and begin to flourish in the relationship that develops between these two men. The sex is hot and fresh, and the love between these two men is brave and genuine. Here’s one of our favorite passages:

Trent ran a hand down Rusty’s chest, sending shivers over his body. “You’ve not tried to change me, not once. When I eat pizza with you, you don’t tell me that I’ll get fat. Do you know how many times I heard that in Atlanta? ‘Don’t eat that, you’ll get fat and no one will want you. Don’t eat bread or you’ll lose your figure. No one wants fat boy toy.’”

“Fuck, you could gain weight or not. That’s not the only thing sexy about you. Sexy isn’t a body size. It’s a personality trait.
As always in Ms. York’s books, the issues faced by many LGBT youth and adults is not glossed over or only hinted at. No, as the story unfolds, we are made very aware of what has happened to Trent up to this point.  The events depicted aren’t at all a departure from reality.  Rather, sadly, they figure far too often in the coming-out stories of LGBT people.

Tempted in Texas is a story of coming into oneself, of accepting yourself and your past so that others can accept you too.   It is a story of triumph.

OUR RATING: 4 stars!