Roped In, Marie Sexton, L.A. Witt
Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA
I didn’t realise this was a re-release. Usually I love L A Witts writing, and that’s why I requested without looking further.
I didn’t realise it was so short, my bad, I should have checked. I’m not a fan of shorts, they feel too much crammed into too short a space usually, and this was what happened here IMO. Its 109 ebook pages and there’s such good potential here with the absolute opposites that Graham and Kaz are but I just felt there was far too much conflict to get solved in such a short novel.
I couldn’t really feel the romance between Kaz and Graham, lust yes but I didn’t really get the sense there could be more. They were such total opposites its hard to see how they could meet and the ending just felt a little too simple, given the absolutes they were. I felt Jackson had more potential than Kaz for Graham 😦
I’m a horse lover/owner but not a fan of the part of rodeo that involves calf tying, bull roping/riding etc. I can see though how for Graham it was an essential part of his business, the advertising of him as a brand almost, but there has to be other ways of doing that. I didn’t feel Kaz really understood that – I would have had more respect for him if he’d suggested alternatives rather than the “its all cruel” mantra. Likewise Graham didn’t really seem to grasp why Kaz had such a passionate hatred of the industry, even if he didn’t actually understand parts of it.
I’m with Kaz, hate anything that causes such stress to animals just for entertainment. We had hunting here in the UK for many years, another industry that supplied jobs for many, and I was always opposed to it as a sport. Chasing and/or killing animals for fun is abhorrent to me, but there is an alternative in drag hunting, chasing a scent trail. It would take a huge change to get Rodeo banned though, and Kaz and his friends weren’t achieving anything in their protests, just antagonising the cowboys by their ignorance of how the animals were treated.
There’s a huge potential here IMO for a great read, but the differences between them were so vast it needed to be a solid, full length book where we could really get to know the characters and see changes in action.
Still, shorts do it for many readers and if some hot sex, and a quick read is what you want its a five star read, but for me I needed a bit more.
Stars: Three, a bit short for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher