Saddle up ‘n Ride by Remmy Duchene is a novella about two best friends who fall in love and become lovers.
Rusty Hunter and Jack Malone have been best friends and pen pals for seventeen years. They’ve been through it all together, so when Rusty suddenly stops writing, and then breaks all communication with Jack, he’s understandably devastated.
Jack is determined to find out why Rusty has ended their friendship, so he takes a leave of absence as a Texas Ranger, and flies to Canada to confront Rusty and get the closure that he desperately needs.
Rusty has been having erotic dreams about Jack for some time now. They’ve progressively gotten more graphic and frequent and every time he starts to write or communicate with Jack he can’t stop thinking of being with Jack, and making love to him off of his mind. He knows he’s in love with Jack, and this presents a problem. Since everyone else that he’s loved in his life has left him, he figures Jack will too. So, Rusty decides to preserve what pride he has left and stops writing Jack with the hope that Jack will just disappear quietly without a confrontation.
Rusty has no such luck. When Jack arrives in Canada, he immediately goes to Rusty’s ranch and confronts Rusty and his negative behavior. When Rusty doesn’t say much, Jack leaves the ranch and tries to find a flight back to Texas, but since he must wait, he checks into a hotel until the next available flight.
Rusty realizes that he needs Jack in his life and how foolish he’s been. He calls Jack and meets him at the hotel, and does what he can to convince the hurting Jack to take a chance on a love that either man can deny any longer.
For a novella, I thought this book was pretty interesting. I liked Jack and Rusty as heroes and I thought they were well matched together. But, I would have liked to read more about them. There is just a quick mention of their pasts and where they both came from as individuals that I would have liked to have read more about. The ending seemed rushed, and it would have been enjoyable to see how they’ve progressed in life together. After all, Jack did give up everything for Rusty, and the book left me curious about how well they really blended in together after the excitement of being around each other wore off.
It’s still a good novella and I enjoyed the chemistry the two men had together. I just wish there was more of it.
I really liked the easy style of writing Remmy has. The sex scenes were hot, and the story moved along quite quickly. I admit that Remmy is a new author to me, and I look forward to reading many more books written by him.
Rusty Hunter and Jack Malone have been pen pals for years; seventeen years to be exact. There isn’t much that happens in each other’s lives that the other doesn’t know about. The first person Rusty came out of the closet to was Jack and vice versa.
When Rusty’s letters stop, Jack feels alone and rejected. When he drops everything to visit the Charro Ranch to check on Rusty, he gets more than he bargains for. Rusty’s reason for stopping writing is nothing but chivalrous, but what if Jack doesn’t want to be protected?
Rusty Hunter knows that even though he’s been friends with Jack for so long, he must let Jack go. For the past two years, Rusty finds himself wanting more from his long distance friend than friendship. He’s been having some rather steamy dreams of the handsome Texas Ranger, so when Jack shows up on his doorstep Rusty knows he really is in trouble.
Length: HeatSheet (10K words)