Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Edge of Forever
Author: Barbara Elsorg
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 279 Pages
Publisher: Barbara Elsborg
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: When you stand on the edge, you might just find yourself falling.
Teaching Russians how to be cowboys? Levi thinks his father is joking when he tells him that’s what he wants him to do for the next six months. Working in the frozen desolation of southwest Russia he’ll earn enough to buy a new barn for their Montana ranch. But there’s a deeper agenda for sending him to the edge of nowhere. It will stop him sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars and clubs for threesomes with strangers.
Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote ranch in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing at his disposal but a suitcase of designer clothes and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. But de-prived of money, phone, and access to anyone who might help him, he’s screwed and not in a good way.
Levi’s counting down the days till he can return to the States and his Saturday night hook-ups. Then Pasha arrives at the ranch wearing eyeliner, retching every time he walks into a barn, and Levi is amused, irritated—and attracted. After a vicious attack on Pasha throws them into close quarters, both men are forced to re-evaluate not just who the other is, but whether they truly want to return to the lives they left behind.
When you stand on the edge, you just might find yourself falling in love.
Review: I was a tiny bit skeptical about this from the blurb, though there were a lot of things that sounded interesting. But, seeing as it is written by Barbara Elsborg, that hesitation didn’t last long. I’m glad I followed my instincts! This was a great story!
This centers around a program where American ranchers are employed to share their knowledge and skills at cattle ranching with the Russians. They have the money to set up a top notch cattle facility, but lack the know how. Levi is one of the American ranchers who took the opportunity to get away from his homophobic brother and earn money for a new barn at the same time.
Pasha is a young Russian model who has pushed his father too far one too many times. He was involved with his friend’s father since he was thirteen, and it has been quite abusive at times, but he still went back. When he finally decided to stand up for himself, it didn’t go over very well. Needless to say, he needs to get away. When Pasha’s father believes he is the reason he lost out on a big deal, he retaliates by sending him away to the ranch for six months.
These two are total opposites. Levi is a rugged cowboy who has no trouble passing for a straight guy. He has no interest in a relationship and has no experience with having one. Pasha has never hidden himself and makes no excuses. He is a flashy, high fashion, eyeliner wearing, super sweet and often misunderstood guy. He has had a bit of a rough life, though it doesn’t appear so on the outside.
What at first seems like the world’s worst torture, Pasha decides being at the ranch might be the best thing for him to figure out his direction in life. He never really gets over his queasiness with the smellier/messier side of the business but he works hard and makes the best of it. It doesn’t take long for Pasha’s humor, relentless questions and overall attractiveness lure Levi in and their friendship to grow.
These guys shared some great conversations and were definitely smoking in the chemistry department. Levi was up front about his intentions from the get go, so there were no surprises there. I fell in love with Pasha right away and couldn’t wait to find out how they would end up together. There are a few twists before that can happen and a few heartbreaking moments to get past, but it’s worth the pain in the end. Another super enjoyable story by Ms. Elsborg you won’t want to miss.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*