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Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Mumbling - Ride 'em Cowboy

I know there are many readers who have a cowboy fetish and I used to think I did. I have read some m/m stories with cowboys I've loved, but I find in general, the whole homophobic atmosphere of the world most cowboys inhabit, is not something I enjoy reading about. However when that is not the main feature (sneaking around, living in terror that someone will find out you like guys), then I enjoy it. I like the concept of a rough tough hot cowboy who looks like the one above, however maybe it works better for me in m/f, and I grew up in Western Canada, and most of the cowboys I met didn't look like that guy above. LOL So a few I have enjoyed are:



Seriously, who could not fall in love with Jamie and Ethan of JL Langley's Tin Star. Le sigh. I also enjoyed the Broken H, but Jamie and Ethan are probably always going to be my fave cowboys.


I enjoyed the whole Home Series by TA Chase. 

This one was a bit different as it was a cowboy in competition paired with an English rider. I like mixing in the English with the Western sometimes. 

So tell me. Are you a cowboy fan or more of a guy with a suit? If you like the cowboys, what are some of your favourite cowboy stories. 

24 comments:

Leontine said...

I'm always lovin' me up some cowboys in m/m. I think it's the working on the land, sweat dripping of ripped bodies and horseback riding guys who just sizzle me up.

JL Langley is a series I've read and enjoyed as well but the other one...oh yeah, going on the wishlist :)

Erotic Horizon said...

I lub lub lub cowboys and just to be contrary - I lub lub lub suits as well...

All the books you mentioned worked for me - However I must say T.A. series is just the business - especially the first book.. Love It

I can't think of a book or a series now but I will be watching this post for more books to add to my pile..

:) -

Tam said...

I think you'll enjoy TA's cowboys Leontine. Very hot and sexy.

Tam said...

Yes, TA's books were great EH. I just have to be careful and I suppose stick to authors whose cowboys I know I'll like, unless someone I trust recommends.

I know lots of people love Bareback but it didn't work for me, however I just reviewed another cowboy short, Added Money, by Chris Owen last week that I enjoyed. So I don't steer clear of them, just cautious.

Val said...

Tam, yes, Bareback didn't work for me either. How refreshing. You and I must be the only ones on the planet to feel that way!

I also agree with you on The Tin Star -- very fun book, and one of the first m/m I ever read.

I think the whole contemporary cowboy thing has been a huge favorite for everybody since Brokeback Mountain.

K. Z. Snow said...

No cowboys. I guess I'm really burned out on stereotypical hero types--too, too many of 'em, and the storylines have become repetitive (gay guy paired with straight or in-the-closet tough guy, resistance then surrender, blah-blah-blah).

I loved Brokeback Mountain, but that was about as much of a cowboy fix as I could take. Just to test myself, I read two other cowboy m/m romances. They pretty much put me off raunchy ranches for good. (And -- guess what? -- the aforementioned book was one of them, so y'all aren't alone.) I would still like to read Victor Banis's Longhorns, though. From what I've heard, it's something of a genre classic.

Tam said...

We are definitely in the minority Val. We should start a club. LOL

I've never seen Brokeback Mountain, I don't like movies/books that end badly, so I'll pass. The allure of the cowboy lives on, even though the "old west" is not so old anymore.

Tam said...

Yes, I think you're right KZ, too often the cowboy theme is very much a stereotype and you can only read many before it could start to grate. Or I suppose it hits all the right buttons everytime. I fall in the "it depends" camp.

Hey, you can join Val and my club. :-)

I've heard good things about Longhorns, but historical combined with cowboys I think isn't for me.

Chris said...

Not a cowboy fan. I've been too chicken to read Bareback, based on what I've heard. :)

But I do have those two JL Langley books, so maybe sometime...

Tam said...

They are good books Chris, especially if you like JL Langley's style. There is some of the "us against the town" aspects to them, but it's not all about that, as there are also supportive people in their lives. I liked the Tin Star better.

Kris said...

'No Going Home' has to be one of my fave cowboy reads, but otherwise I'm not a HEEEUGE fan. Having said that, I do like 'em when they have veterinarians in them. I love me a vet story.

Ingrid said...

Longhorns is very good. It is not your typical cowboy story at all. Nothing in the closet, all is out in the open. It's a chase or slow surrender depending on your viewpoint.

IMO, JL cowboys stories don't compare to her scifi-regency ones. I like those much better.

Tam said...

Mmm. Yes, animals and boys are always a good combo Kris. Maybe that's part of the appeal of cowboys, they love their horses. Maybe I'll do vets next week. I have a few fave vets as well.

Tam said...

See, I'm the opposite Ingrid, I didn't really get the appeal of the Regency-Sci series. I've never found Nate all that appealing but the Alpha-male BSDM thing has never been my thing. I prefer the beta boys. :-)

Polt said...

Not a fan of Cowboys. But your hottie of the day is SO freakin' cute, he hurts my eyes!

HUGS...

Tam said...

Isn't he cute? And a good head of hair to grab on to.

Eyre said...

I love cowboys as long as they don't have stupid accents and say things like "crick" instead of "creek."

Tam said...

Or have names like Booger and Potato. :-)

Eyre said...

Did you read the one with the cowboy called Poot? I can't remember who wrote it.

Tam said...

Oh yeah, that was it and no, I did not read it because he was called that. I think that's a BA Tortuga special. :-)

Lis said...

Mmmmm cowboys!! You just made my morning a little better. Now I wish I didn't have knights coming over so I could get my cowboys out and ridechoughread them!

Tam said...

I knew you'd like the cowboys Lis. ;-) Have fun with your knights, at least they ride horses.

Lis said...

LOL not these ones, unfortunately! ;-) Though it was a lot of fun!

Karul said...

Oh my, those pics ARE yummy. LOVE cowboy romances. I'm actually in the middle of a day long marathon. Unfortunately, J.L Langley just doesn't do it for me. I couldn't finish either of the two books you mentioned. I did finish 'His Inconvenient Husband,' and I liked it but I wasn't wowed.

I strugged with Chris Owen's 'Bareback' and eventually put it down. I went back to it after a few days, and after skipping around, found it interesting again and I really enjoyed it. I may read it again, in its entirety one day.

Instead, I like the following books/authors:

Andrew Grey - The 'Love Means' series.
There are currently five books, all based around a ranch owned by a gay couple. Each book features a new couple coming to/hooking up on the ranch. Warm and loving romance. VERY, VERY GOOD.

Carol Lynne - The 'Cattle Valley' series. Not all of them are about cowboys. There are currently 23 books in the series.

Claire Thompson - The Cowboy Poet. Cowboys and kink. BDSM warning.

Dakota Flint - Seeing You.

Kiernan Kelly - Judas Steer

Victor J. Banis - Longhorns
Totally second/third?? :-) this recommendation. Lovers of Brokeback Mountain will love this one. It's a 'cowboys out on the range story'. VERY GOOD.


Jan Irving and Cameron Dane also have a couple good cowboy books. Won't go on and on. Just wanted to share these. Enjoy!

You know what they say, "Save a horse...ride a cowboy." :-)