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.
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To be fourteen years old again, for a second chance ...
B.G. Thomas’ novella depicts a widowed husband , forty-five year old Neil Baxter, who has secrets he has held to himself, he has always been attracted to men, since he was a teen! He married a woman and denied another side of him - ever existed! Neil plans to keep on pretending - he is straight - after his beloved wife EM has passed away! To deal with his grief, his sister-in-law Amy convinces Neil to join her family’s summer week vacation at a Dude Ranch.
Upon the family’s initial arrival for their week of horse back riding, cattle drives, bar-BQ meals, hiking trails, swimming, over-night camping and sport games, Neil is startled to learn their family group’s Dude Ranch Guide is this twenty five year old gorgeous GAY, “out and proud” - COWBOY HUNK - Cole Thompson. Geez - internal fire and sparks ignite between the two men. Cole whispers, “IF you’re interested?” ... unsettling .. Neil’s libido !!!
B.G. Thomas spins a wonderful romantic game of discovery between his principal protagonist Cowboy Cole and an unprepared Neil, who must answer to his own spiritual solution of WHO HE IS; WHAT HE WANTS; WHO HE LOVES; WHO Neil, maybe, finds his own future real life partner ... in his own ring of emotional fire ... and desire ...
“DO ... YOU ... TRUST ME ?”