Review: A Prairie Dog's Love Song by Eli Easton

Ben Rivers always was a showman. He won awards in 4-H and rodeo competitions from the time he could walk, and he’s happiest in the spotlight. So when he got the chance to be a star—in porn—he took it. He still loves Montana and everything about being a cowboy, but when news of his alternate identity leaks out, he figures he’s lost the town’s goodwill forever. Clyde’s Corner would never accept an openly gay cowboy, even a hometown boy born and bred.

Joshua Braintree always had the notion that he and his best friend’s kid brother, Ben, would end up together. Ben’s always been a diehard cowboy, just like him: they need the land and its freedom as much as they need air. So when Joshua learns Ben moved away from their small Montana town to be a porn star in Vegas, he can hardly believe it. He’s determined to finally declare himself and bring Ben home.

Despite his longtime crush on Joshua, Ben won’t be as easy to tame as Joshua’s “lost cause” horses. It will take a lot of heart and holiday spirit for Joshua to convince Ben that even old prairie dogs can learn new tricks in the name of love. 

This little story sure does pack a punch!  I wanted to read a heartwarming story to clear out all the angst from prior reads so, after hearing about how sweet this one was supposed to be I decided to give it a try.  I’ve never read a book by Eli Easton before.  I have no idea why I waited so long.

Joshua and Ben grew up together in Clyde’s Corner, a small town in Montana.  Well, more accurately, Joshua grew up with Ben’s big brother Chet and watched Ben grow up behind him.  Both have carried a secret love for each other around for many, many years.  Ben thought his love was unrequited and Joshua was waiting for Ben to grow up.  They almost missed their chance at love.  Almost.

Ben, in a bid to “find himself”, decides to try out gay porn.  He has been in the industry for two years now and no one was the wiser.  Until now.  After an altercation at the diner wherein he was outed to the entire town he flees to the safety of his porn persona in Vegas. 

Joshua finally realizes that Ben is all grown up now and decides to hunt Ben down and make him come home.  He reveals his attraction for Ben to him which culminates into one afternoon of joyous lovemaking.  But is it enough?  Will Ben come home?  Will Joshua have the love he’s always wanted at last?

This book was one I enjoyed very much.  I loved the MC’s as well as the secondary characters.  I especially loved the “hick” talk.  There were quite a few one liners and descriptive sentences that were laugh-out-loud funny.  And the story kept me entertained throughout. 

And even though parts of this story broke my heart it did end up being quite heartwarming.  I would recommend this book and I will certainly be reading more of Eli Easton in the near future. 

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