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.
I am a huge Barbara Elsborg fan! So when I found out she had written a new book, I knew I had to read it! She is a genius, I mean nobody does PNR the way she does it, and Inigo is still one of my all-time favorite characters. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I am talking about…go read “Bloodline” !! Actually, you should read that whole series, because Ezra is pretty awesome as well…All Barbara’s PNR books are favorites of mine!
Now that’s not to say that I only like her PNR books because I have also read and loved her Fall or Break series. And what I have learned from reading all these books, is that Barbara knows how to write angst…the right kind of angst that is. The kind that makes you want to crawl inside the book and throttle some people!
She sure served up a dose in this book !! I love when that happens…What can I say, I am weird like that. 😛 Anyways, in this book we get introduced to yet another character, that will go on my “all-time favorites“ list. His name is Pasha and he rocks!!
Pasha is a 23 years old Russian model, who is sent to work on a cattle ranch as a form of punishment, by his father. Pasha’s father took away everything he owns and left him with absolutely nothing, no place to stay, no money, not even a passport…and so he has no choice but to agree, and do as his father says.
But Pasha being Pasha, he makes sure he arrives at the ranch on his own terms…in style and with his eyeliner still on! Like I said…Pasha is freaking awesome…And Levi seems to agree with me. 😉
Levi is 25 years old, and he is one of the cattle ranchers, teaching the Russians how to be cowboys. He owns his own ranch in Montana (America) with his brother and father. Since his brother is a big homophobic piece of shit, trying to get him into conversion therapy (again), Levi has agreed to take the 6-month job of teaching the Russians on the ranch. Russia might not be so acceptable either, but at least nobody on the ranch knows he’s gay.
When Pasha arrives at the ranch, it gets harder and harder for Levi to hide who he truly is. Especially when he sees everything that Pasha has to endure. Pasha is not his normal type, but he can’t help but be intrigued by this sweet, funny and very beautiful man.
When things get too dangerous for Pasha, Levi offers him a safe place. Levi soon finds out that Pasha might be more “his type” than he first thought. Slowly these two get to know each other better, and not just physically…though I really appreciated that part. 😛
But both of them are only on the ranch temporarily and both of them have complicated lives they left behind…
I absolutely loved this book. It was long, but I never felt bored. Pasha made me laugh on so many occasions and I just wanted to jump into the book, grab him and put him in my pocket. He was so wonderful and I was literally in awe of him. This book made me laugh, cry, swoon, curse and fan myself…what more does someone need, I ask?
I highly recommend this book, especially to those who are fans of hurt/comfort! 💗