Reviewed by Morgan
Title: A Prairie Dog’s Love Song
Author: Eli Easton
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Heroes: Joshua Braintree and Ben Rivers
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 95 Pages / Audio – 2 Hours, 5 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 1, 2013 / Audio – october 29, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.
Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.
Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love.
Review – Book: Ben wants something more from life. He finds the “more” in Vegas, where he does gay-for-pay porn, figuring no one from home would ever see him there, it’s a way he can quietly make some money while figuring out what he wants to do in life. But… of course, someone at home does see him. Now he figures he can never go home again, because even though he “isn’t gay”, it was still gay porn.
Josh had been biding his time, waiting for Ben to grow up, then he figured the two would have a quiet, clandestine relationship like all the other gay ranchers he knows. But when he sees the porn, he realizes he may need to act fast or lose him forever.
Josh chases Ben to Vegas, they hook up spectacularly, but then Ben breaks Josh’s heart when he tells him he doesn’t want to live in a closet and won’t go home to be his dirty secret. Josh is a rancher, he can’t leave the small town he’s known forever, and he doesn’t think he can leave the closet.
Josh has to convince Ben that he can come home and that being home will be everything he needs. To do this, he has to admit a lot to himself and the town.
This is a short, sweet, vaguely holiday-themed OFY/cowboy/porn star story. Yup. It’s all that. And a bag of chips.
Eli Easton, one of my top three all-time favorite authors, does another amazing job of packing a whole lot of story into a small package. She’s a master at conveying deep emotions and telling a broad story with a few well chosen scenes to move the reader along. You don’t ever feel cheated, sure you wish it were longer (what good book do you ever want to end?), but it is still an infinitely satisfying story with a very solid HEA.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 4.75 of 5 stars. (I had to deduct a teensy bit because I wanted to see them at least one more time as a couple before saying good-bye.)
Review – Audio: Michael Stellman did a very nice job with the narration. He didn’t do a lot of fancy voices, but his voice is crisp and clear, he is easy to listen to and is the type of narrator that lets the story shine through. I enjoyed his narration here and in others and would not hesitate to listen to him in the future.
4 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*