Title: Bent Arrow
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Pages/Word Count: 82 Pages
At a Glance: I enjoyed this book, and I especially liked the setting.
Reviewed By: JJ
Blurb: Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.
Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.
Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?
Review: Luther is a small town guy, and as a result of being afraid of coming out to his parents, he moves out and starts working on the oil fields. At the man camps, Luther discovers another environment where he doesn’t feel comfortable being open about his sexuality. Though he has sexual encounters, he doesn’t have feelings for another guy until he meets Erik, a hockey player who also works on the oil fields. Erik has experienced a hate crime against him, so they both know they have to hide their relationship. They treat what they have as casual, so when Luther start’s having feelings for Erik, he doesn’t know how to express what he feels.
I enjoyed this book, and I especially liked the setting. Since I had the distinct feeling of being on the oil fields, I’m sure the author did a lot of research in order to capture this life style. Both Luther and Erik are very appealing characters. However, since they are both closeted and both trying to play the tough guy role, true intimacy evades them. Luther cannot see love when it is staring him in the face.
I thought this book was sexy, and though I wasn’t very emotionally invested in the couple, I really liked the ending. I recommend Bent Arrow to anyone who enjoys M/M romance with coming out themes.
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