Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.
Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others.
Pickup man Cory Ackerson has suffered his share of harassment, but his light still burns bright. He doesn’t let anything or anyone keep him down, so when he meets the rugged cowboy with a battered chip on his shoulder and regret in his dark eyes, all he wants to do is help.
As their unlikely friendship grows into something deeper, Scott must overcome his past to be the man Cory deserves, or lose his best chance at his own happily ever after.
This was a great story. Scott has been so conflicted throughout his life by what happened when he was a kid with his parents and then how it followed him into adulthood. Cory has never been ashamed of who he is and is more than willing to give Scott the chance to prove that he isn’t what he used to be.
Their relationship starts slowly and Cory really gives Scott the opportunity to get comfortable in his own skin for the most part. I could just feel how Scott was struggling during the book and the acceptance he was looking for from those around him.
This is the first audiobook I have ever listened to. I had read the other books in the series and had this one sitting around awhile and figured this would be a great chance to actually get to the book. I loved being able to listen to the story while at work and around the house. The narrator did a great job of showing the characters personalities during his reading and just added to the story with the different voices he used.
Cover art by LC Chase is great and I wouldn’t do anything different.
Published March 24, 2016 (ebook first published September 1, 2014)
Original Title: Pulling Leather
Series: Pickup Men #3