Title: Do You Trust Me?
Author: B.G. Thomas
Release Date: 02-03-2017
Genre(s): M/M Bisexual, M/M Western/Cowboys, M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out
Page Count: 220
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The path to happiness starts with acceptance, and sometimes the chance for a bright, loving future means letting go of the past.
All his life, Neil Baxter has buried a large part of himself—the part that’s attracted to other men. He married a woman and denied that side of him existed. And he plans to keep right on pretending to be straight after his beloved wife has passed away.
To help him deal with his grief, Neil’s sister-in-law convinces him to vacation at a dude ranch. There, Neil meets Cole Thompson, a young, gorgeous, unabashedly gay wrangler—who is unabashedly attracted to Neil. And try as he might, Neil cannot deny he feels the same way. But desire soon becomes something more profound as the two men get to know each other. Cole is much more than a sexy cowboy: he’s kind, spiritual, and intelligent. In fact, he’s perfect for Neil… except he’s a man, and Neil isn’t ready to let go of a lifetime of denial. If he cannot find the courage to be true to himself, he might let something wonderful slip through his fingers.
First Edition published as Trust Me by Amber Quill Press, 2011. (less)
***5 stars for the newly improved 2nd edition!***
Amy and Neal have both suffered the tremendous loss of their spouses. Amy decided to honor her husband by continuing the family tradition of going to the Black Bear Guest Ranch as her husband would have wanted her to do. Neal is Amy’s brother in law. Neal just lost his wife Em, to a sudden aneurysm. Both Amy and Neal are in pain but Amy is determined to not allow their mutual pain to consume them. Amy drags Neal along on the annual family trip and here my friends are where the adventure really begins!
I read the first version of this story about three years ago and I absolutely adored it! As a matter of fact, I loved the story so much I wanted to buy a paperback just so B.G. Thomas would sign it. Sadly, a paperback was not available however, B.G. Thomas revealed some interesting news! While on a panel in Chicago, Thomas mentioned his intent to expand my beloved novella into a bigger story. Was this girl excited? HELL YEAH! I already loved the story and couldn’t really imagine it being improved upon but whatever! I couldn’t wait to see what Thomas would do with it.
For two years I shamelessly begged this poor man for the expanded version, half excited and half fearful that the story would lose it’s “happy feeling”, the unique je ne sais quoi that initially drew me in. Needless to say, the new expanded version in one word is brilliant! B.G. added more depth to what was already there! He made the world richer by incorporating more about the ranch and more importantly about the romance building between Neal and Cole, the much younger, sexy MC that Neal falls for.
This story will make you laugh it will make you cry and most importantly it will make you appreciative of those you treasure in your life and serve as a reminder to cherish every bit of happiness you’re fortunate to experience in this thing called life. It’s heart-wrenching and agonizing in certain places, the pain of loss, sadness (and hope) is palpable. Keep tissue on hand
This was so well worth the wait! And of course, I was an angel, patiently waiting for this revised version. I didn’t put the poor author on the spot at all asking when? When? WHEN? Pffffft! 🙂