Title: Bully for You
Author: Catt Ford
Narrator: Cory Lord
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 2 hours and 11 minutes
At a Glance: Catt Ford did a great job with this super short story, but the narration missed the mark.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: What could be hunkier than a cowboy? Not much, according to Martin Du Bois. He convinces two friends that a visit to the rodeo is every gay man’s wet dream, and so the three of them gaily (and I do mean gaily) set off to watch cowboy asses in action.
A visit to a bar after the event gets Martin closer to the action than he ever thought possible, and he meets Jesse Cumberland, the man who caught his eye in the ring and made his rhinestones sparkle. Instant attraction leads to a one-night stand that gets under Martin’s insouciant skin and causes him to rethink his determination not to get involved emotionally. When Jesse invites Martin to his ranch, the visit is almost derailed by Martin’s realization that they lead very different lives. As a flaming city queer, he sees no way to fit with the solid, athletic Jesse. It’s up to Jesse to see if he can change Martin’s mind.
Review: Martin Du Bois is very over-the-top and fun, and his friends seem to be along for any wild and crazy ride that Martin subjects them to on a regular basis.
Jesse Cumberland is a typical cowboy, and though I do struggle with short stories a bit because it is hard to make me love the characters, his story definitely kept me interested in the outcome.
Bully for You isn’t my favorite of Catt Ford’s stories, but it was well done and I enjoyed the writing. This author is very talented in the ways of a short story, and that did shine through the somewhat lackluster narration, which I did not enjoy at all. It was a bit all over the place and so over-the-top to the point that it made even flamboyant Martin seem ridiculous. I don’t know if Cory Lord was just confused by how to portray Martin’s character, but he missed the mark.
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