Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.
Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.
When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.
This is one of those books that started out well, then took a weird nose dive?
Trevor, at twenty-four is still living in his parents home. He’s got some money coming in drawing comics and is designing his own. But really just spinning his wheels.
Charlie, from the area but moved away years ago, works in high finance, comes back every year for the Stampede.
This year, Trevor’s sister drags him to the opening parade and he makes eye contact with Charlie. Over the next couple of days Charlie and Trevor have an affair of sorts.
During this affair we get bits of information about Trevor, nothing much about Charlie. So other then a sexual connection, which is a little D/s (just words and actions) I’m, as a reader, not getting a lot of deep feelings for these characters. But you see in the writing that Trevor is, and is trying to stop it. Past issue, makes Trevor nervous.
Then one night we run into an old, old flame, Mathieu. All the sudden we have an MMM. And I’m still feeling any connections. But apparently, all three men are. Then the book ends.
I do have to add, Trevor does work out some misguided issues between himself and his parents. The writing was well done. But I needed more connection.