The Shearing Gun

December 19, 2014

23004152Another book by Renae Kaye, so automatically a favorite of mine. This book is also set in Australia, this time in an area with a lot of sheep.

Hank is 25 years old and owns a piece of land in South West Australia. When Hank revealed to his father he is gay, his father kicked him out of the house. And because Hank makes his money by shearing sheep, and no one will hire a gay shearer, he has remained in the closet all this time.

That is, until Elliot comes along. Elliot is the new doctor in town. Fresh from the city and still trying to find his ground in this small town. Hank comes to Elliot with a small injury and the attraction is instant between the boys. But can they keep the relation a secret in this small town? And is it really necessary to do so? In the end, do we choose love or life?

The story is great, the build up slow but sure. The relation between the boys is slowly developing, starting out with glances and ending in very explicit sex scenes. Both boys must decide what they want to do and if they want to stay together or remain in the closet.

I don’t know the first thing about sheep or shearing, but that didn’t bother me in this book. Some things are explained, but everything only serves as a background for the story. I adviced you again to read this story and enjoy it.

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing.  Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.

Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship.

Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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