Author Name & Publisher: Catt Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 3, 2016 – 161 pgs
Bull rider Trey Stuart voluntarily ties himself onto the back of a 1,500-pound animal for fun and money. But however tough he is in the ring, Trey is too scared to take a chance on love, especially when the man he wants is star rider Smoke Carter. Trey and Smoke have been hooking up for years, but Trey denies there’s anything serious going on between them.
Joining them at the gay rodeo are their friends Dolly and Alex. Wanting the same happiness for their friends, the two women try to convince Trey that Smoke is just as interested in him. While Trey works to help Dolly succeed in covering her first bull, another man tries to come between him and Smoke. When Smoke challenges Trey to cowboy up, he has to decide if the ride is worth the risk.
This is a friendship to love, hook-ups to partners story. The gay rodeo provides a colourful, exuberant setting for a story full of friendship, humour and drag queens.
With Trey and Smoke, the author challenges many of the conventions of m/m Cowboy stories. Refreshingly, our heroes are as comfortable grinding in a bra and a denim thong as they are covering dangerous bulls. Their lesbian friends Dolly and Alex are written as interesting, complicated and talented women.
This is a great low-angst read. After hooking up for a long time, Trey and Smoke are more attached to each other than they care to let on. Pride, jealousy and matching competitive streaks make the relationship complicated, but these two already have a solid friendship and great sex – they just need the courage to make things official.
The rodeo is exciting, the story is fun and the attention to detail is exquisite. Miss Demeanor, the drag queen presenter, adds a silly, saucy contrast to the dangerous sport and Dolly adds a female perspective.
I really loved this and I’m hoping more Western writers take a cue from Catt Ford and exchange tired Brokeback tributes for a little flamboyant pride more suited to the twenty-first century.
Bulldozed started out a little slow for me but by the time I got to the rodeo part the story had picked up and I was hooked. It was a great story about Trey, who was afraid to commit and Smoke who was in love with Trey. There were times I wanted to smack Trey for being so dense and then Smoke, not sure why he didn’t just tell him how he felt. I liked how they finally connected to each other and I loved their plan for the future.
A great story with an exciting rodeo and two men working to find happiness. ,
Catt Ford lives in front of the computer monitor, in another world where her imaginary gay friends obey her every command.
She likes cats, chocolate, swing dancing, sleeping, Monty Python, Aussie friends, being silly, spinning other realities with words, and sea glass. She dislikes caterpillars, cigarette smoke, and rude people who think the F-word (as in faggot, or bundle of sticks) is acceptable.
A frustrated perfectionist, she comforts herself with the legend about the weavers of Persian rugs always including one mistake so as not to anger the gods, although she has no need to include a mistake on purpose. One always slips through. Writing fiction has filled a need for clever conversations, only possible when one is in control of both sides, and erotic romances, where everything for the most part turns out happily ever after.