Tuesday, November 10, 2015

You Can Leave Your Boots On by Irene Preston

Title: You Can Leave Your Boots On
Author: Irene Preston 
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Bo and Travis
Release Date: November 2015
Publisher: -
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Description:

In the heart of Texas...

Liberal Austinite Travis Boyd recycles, shops local, and is partner in a successful green-building company. After his last disastrous relationship, he'll never again date a man who's not out. A little discretion while working for ultra-conservative clients in west Texas is hardly the same as being in the closet. Anyway, the only person he's interested in being indiscreet with is the client's macho son. Not happening, Trav.

Bo Vargas is a cowboy-boot-wearing, meat-eating, truck-driving ode to masculinity. He's not gay. The men he picks up on business trips are just anonymous diversions. Travis isn't anonymous. And there's something about him that makes Bo want to expand his relationship options. Maybe.

When a popular dating app sends Bo and Travis on the same blind date, the night explodes in passion. One night isn't a problem. But what will each man be willing to risk the morning after?

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My Review:
This is not a very long book, but it's a fabulous, complete story with so much depth and romance and emotion, I never felt like it was lacking anything. 

This book is about two men who work together. Bo is from El Paso and is an executive for a large construction company. Travis is from Austin and helps develop environmental friendly projects. They've worked together for a few months in El Paso. Although Travis is extremely attracted to Bo, he's never seen any sign that Bo is gay. That's because Bo is deeply in the closet. His Catholic family wouldn't understand and he's never met anyone who was worth risking his family over. 

The two guys meet on a blind date and things explode from there. Seriously, I cannot convey to you just how much I loved this story. Bo is this big alpha who is used to being in charge, but to a certain extent so is Travis. They are both bigger than life characters and their chemistry reflects that. I loved the two of them together. Bo is pure Texas...red beef and cowboy boots. Travis is pure Austin...vegan and bicycle rides across town. 

On paper they are so different, but they mesh so well. I'm from Texas and I could relate to both these guys so well because I know these guys. Irene Preston has crafted a gorgeous romantic story here that struck all my hot notes. The absolute best scene in the book is Bo firing up the grill for...corn, and thinking about how long it's been since he had meat. I loved him and how he's actually okay with that because it makes Travis happy. In fact they are both about compromises to make their relationship work. For two alphas that isn't the easiest thing to do, but it made me believe so much in the health of their relationship.

This book was amazing. I highly recommend it and plan on re-reading it again. If you like your guys alpha with a side of sweet and sexy Texan, you're going to like this one, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Travis hesitated. “I wasn’t expecting . . .” He trailed off.

“Me?” It made sense. He had been careful not to give anyone a reason to think they even played for the same team.

“No, I—” Travis gave an embarrassed little cough. “No, I definitely wasn’t expecting you.”

It sounded like there was more to it, though.

And then Bo got it. Discretion.

A wave of disappointment washed over him. Since his last trip to Austin, Travis had been his secret fantasy. Not just Travis himself, with his cute boy-next-door charm and idealistic save-the-planet philosophy, but the whole lifestyle he represented.

 He remembered the talk he had overheard at
Ecotecture’s office in Austin. Travis’s friends worrying about him because he had broken up with his longtime lover. Coworkers who knew he was gay and accepted him.

The conversation had brought home to Bo the reality of his own life. No one who mattered knew that side of him. He barely acknowledged that side of himself. Men were just a diversion, something he did on business trips. His Aunt Mags never drank anything stronger than a glass of wine with dinner except on vacation, when she sucked down rum like a pirate; Bo never screwed men except when he traveled. He had suddenly realized how fucked up that was.

The more he worked alongside Travis, the more he had found to like about him, and the more he had envied that easy openness. Except some of that openness had been missing lately, hadn’t it? Ever since Travis had come to El Paso, in fact, he had seemed a little subdued. Not about his work. No, he was still passionate about planet-friendly architecture, would talk your ear off if you let him. But unlike the Travis he had met in Austin, the El Paso Travis was all business. No gossip over coffee breaks. No drinks after work with the staff, despite the fact that Travis already seemed to know more about the people who worked for Bo than Bo did.

“You didn’t expect anyone who might know you,” Bo said. That felt true, but . . . “Why? You’re out. You’re single. Why would it matter?”

Travis just stared at him, a deer in the headlights. Bo sat still and let all the pieces of the puzzle rattle around in his head until the niggling difference in Travis’s behavior lately clicked into place.

“You didn’t want anyone here to know you’re gay.” He knew it was the right answer as soon as he heard himself say the words. He just didn’t understand. “Why? You don’t make any effort to hide your orientation in Austin.”

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About Irene Preston
Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one.  As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe.  Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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