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"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 navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some "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 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.


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"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 navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some "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 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.

30 review for Pulling Leather

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    OK, when you are reading a book as part of a series, it is quite reasonable to expect that the story line will be pretty similar to the books that preceded it. I have read and reviewed both of the first two Pickup Men books and enjoyed them both very much. Given that fact, I was very excited to read this book, knowing I'd be getting more of the same goodness that I enjoyed from the first two books. But that didn't happen here. This book wasn't anything like the first two and I ended up feeling c OK, when you are reading a book as part of a series, it is quite reasonable to expect that the story line will be pretty similar to the books that preceded it. I have read and reviewed both of the first two Pickup Men books and enjoyed them both very much. Given that fact, I was very excited to read this book, knowing I'd be getting more of the same goodness that I enjoyed from the first two books. But that didn't happen here. This book wasn't anything like the first two and I ended up feeling cheated and just a bit let down. I'm going to spoiler tag the difference for those that want to read the book with fresh eyes. (view spoiler)[ Call me a smut lovin' fool, or whatever else you feel the need to, but I really, really, really enjoy the good M/M sex in my extracurricular reading material. I have been known on many occasions to completely skip a highly touted book for the simple reason that it contained little to no sex. *shrugs* Girl's gotta have her standards! In Pickup Men the MCs are fighting for most of the book and I wrote in my review that there wasn't much sex in the book but that it wouldn't be missed because the makeup sex was MIND BLOWING. And it was. In Let it Ride one of the MCs wasn't sure if he was gay, straight or bi-sexual, so the other MC spent the vast majority of the book teaching him the ways of gay sex to help him come to a decision. Fuck, that was hot. Now, with Pulling Leather we have MC Scott fighting against his gay sexuality kicking and screaming. He's not in the closet, he's in back of the closet. Pickup man MC Cory is attracted to him and the two dance around each other for half of the book before Cory finally kisses him. Then Scott runs away again. Between the 50% point and the 95% point, our MCs enjoy one fast-and-furious blowjob (Cory giving) and one fast and furious frottage. Then they have the huge breakup, then makeup and then... That's it! The story ends. The fuck? Where's the sex? If you want to count those two scenes as sex, fine, but they barely registered on my radar as even warm. *sigh* And on top off the lack of sex, (hide spoiler)] Scott "am I gay or am I straight?" was so uptight during the vast majority of the book, I wasn't able to feel the chemistry between him and Cory. And there were only a few, short scenes in the rodeo ring, which was a great addition to the previous two books. I'm not able to recommend this book based on my enjoyment of the first two Pickup Men books. And actually, not even as a stand alone. There wasn't enough heat, energy and excitement to hold my attention. I hope the next addition in the series mirrors the first two!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    It's been a year and a half since I finished Book 2 in L.C. Chase's Pickup Men series. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters and the smexy love scenes in Let it Ride (far more than I enjoyed the plot and characters in Book 1, quite frankly), but once I learned that Scott Gillard was going to be the main character in Pulling Leather, I was turned way, way off this series. So much so that I honestly didn't plan on ever reading this book; I was just going to let this series sit unfinished It's been a year and a half since I finished Book 2 in L.C. Chase's Pickup Men series. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters and the smexy love scenes in Let it Ride (far more than I enjoyed the plot and characters in Book 1, quite frankly), but once I learned that Scott Gillard was going to be the main character in Pulling Leather, I was turned way, way off this series. So much so that I honestly didn't plan on ever reading this book; I was just going to let this series sit unfinished on my TBR shelf until I finally got so sick of seeing it there that I deleted it in a fit of pique. For those of you that know me and my Type A soul, you'll understand that this would have caused me physical pain to do so, but... Scott Gillard? I just couldn't. In case you've forgotten, Scott was the self-loathing leader of the homophobic asshole brigade in Pickup Men. He was the guy that hurled insults like this gem: “Christ,” Scott bit out. “That fucking sissy and his fag stags are here. Ought to be a fucking law to keep them out.” And this one: “Oh, I get it.” His tone was low and menacing. “You got a thing for that yellow-bellied faggot.” And then (view spoiler)[Tripp - his friend, mind you - came out out of the closet and immediately went missing. He showed up a few days later beaten to shit and clinging to life in a nearby hospital and Scott was on the scene acting aggressive and shifty as fuck. I drew the conclusions that Chase wanted me to - and I hated Scott's guts. This man had crossed a line that there was no coming back from. His character was irredeemable and I wanted no part in reading about his happily ever after. (hide spoiler)] This weekend, in a moment of weakness, I decided to give finishing this series one last shot. I would read a few pages and if I still found Scott irredeemable, then I'd toss the book and delete it from my TBR file guilt free. But as I started to read Pulling Leather - a book told from Scott's perspective - his recollection of two years ago didn't jive with my angry memories of Book 1. I had to go back and read the relevant scenes to see if the author had pulled a fast one on me or if she had just realized how totally morally bankrupt and unlikable her character was and changed the narrative - established facts from the previous book be damned. Turns out it was the first one and what I thought I knew had happened in Book 1 hadn't actually happened (kudos, Ms. Chase, you got me!). Scott was still a self-hating homophobic prick that had done and said horrendous stuff in the past, but he hadn't crossed the line of no return - at least as far as I am concerned (other readers may feel differently). Knowing this made reading this book and rooting for his redemption much easier. In the end, Ms. Chase managed to make me feel sympathy towards a character I never expected to elicit that sort of response from me. This made me like the book. But the book had no sex, a cheesy and completely out of character grand gesture at the end, and a fairly realistic but less than satisfying 'HEA.' So, the book was good, but it wasn't great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JR

    Scott Gilliard has spent his life denying the man he really is inside. Bull riding is his life and being a gruff, hard nosed cowboy, is the coat he wears on the rodeo circuit. In the aftermath of the indictment involving Trip, he has disappeared from the circuit. He's trying to get his life back in order, and understand the secrets he harbors. Scott gets back into the circuit with the help of Trip. Scott is not prepared for the asteroid that comes crashing into his new world by the name of Cory Scott Gilliard has spent his life denying the man he really is inside. Bull riding is his life and being a gruff, hard nosed cowboy, is the coat he wears on the rodeo circuit. In the aftermath of the indictment involving Trip, he has disappeared from the circuit. He's trying to get his life back in order, and understand the secrets he harbors. Scott gets back into the circuit with the help of Trip. Scott is not prepared for the asteroid that comes crashing into his new world by the name of Cory Ackerson. Cory is a sun in Scott's dark world. Cory is not about to let this somber, sad cowboy get away. This is a tale of hate, loss, faith, redemption, and most of all love. If you are interested in the world of rodeo, the good and bad of it, then I recommend this. If you just want to read a great story, then it's right here. I give it an arena full of stars. ******5 star audio, really brings this book to life, his voice is whiskey rough and oh so good*********

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    For this third installment of the Pickup Men series, I was on the edge of my seat with excitement. There are just some situations that lend themselves to be tension-packed and curious before a book is even opened or listened to such as when a writer takes a very unlikable characters and sets them up as the hero of the story. This book takes the story of angry, hating, and mean Scott Gillard from book one and sweet and gentle Cory from book two and makes a romance of it. With that said, it shouldn For this third installment of the Pickup Men series, I was on the edge of my seat with excitement. There are just some situations that lend themselves to be tension-packed and curious before a book is even opened or listened to such as when a writer takes a very unlikable characters and sets them up as the hero of the story. This book takes the story of angry, hating, and mean Scott Gillard from book one and sweet and gentle Cory from book two and makes a romance of it. With that said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I recommend reading the books in order. The book opens with a few years past the events of book one, Pick Up Men, and the very next rodeo season after book two, Let It Ride. Scott took time away from the rodeo to get his head on straight. What happened with Trip gave him a wake up call about where his hate, anger, and self-loathing took him. Trip's career as a pro bull rider was over and he was partially responsible. With the help of his best friend, Brandy, who is also a skilled therapist, he has come to terms with a few things and on his way to coming to terms with a few others. He is gay, even if he's not ready to admit that to others. But as a first step toward the new life he is determined to have, he must approach Trip and Marty and apologize and ask for their forgiveness. The meeting with Trip leads to a surprising result. Trip gave his forgiveness, but also offered Scott a change to get back doing something he loved though it will test him. Trip wants him to help with the clinics at the gay rodeo and the pro tour rodeo. This will not be easy both because it will be a step closer to coming out and to confronting all those who knew him as a Class A Jerk. Brandy and Trip both encourage him so despite his own inner dragons and the hostility of others, he ventures forth. And right away there is a bright, sunny cowboy who grabs his attention, but at the same time Scott knows he can't be what Cory deserves or needs. Cory Ackerson is taken with the big cowboy who shows up to help Trip and just can't see the man that so many others watch warily or can't stand. Scott can't be gay of course and he's the opposite of Cory's open and obvious gay, but Cory still dreams. He doesn't know Scott's story and is willing to give him a chance even in the face of his brother and friends warning him to be cautious. Scott becomes even more attractive to Cory especially when he gives indications that he is attracted to Cory as well. But that said, Scott is struggling and in the closet. Scott won't acknowledge him and retreats quickly each time Cory advances. He wants to be patient with Scott, but how much hurt and rejection and hiding can he take before it's too much? As I mentioned, this story tackled a truly loathsome character from earlier in the series and turned him into hero material. Yes, there was a surprise twist and facts that were hitherto unknown that make all the difference in the world, but the author made it clear that there was still a vast deal of stuff that couldn't be ignored and brushed under the rug. Change and growth had to happen. Some of it took place off scene before this book, but I was glad that much of this story was Scott in his final moments of transformation to the man he really was. Scott had to overcome his issues with his own past, acceptance of himself and how that would change things. He is still working toward admitting to others that he is gay. And piled onto this, Scott's challenge is even greater because he faces a new dynamic in that he is attracted to a man who is not only out, but a man who no one would mistake as anything, but gay. If he goes into a relationship with Cory, he is automatically out. It was a tough bit of added tension, but I liked this opposites attract piece. And on Cory's end, he has some stuff to work through as well. Of course he has to decide if he will give Scott a chance and just how long does he wait for Scott to get his ducks in a row. But Cory struggles with the difficulty of proving to others and sometimes himself that he may be flaming gay, but it doesn't make him less of a man or any less capable. He has been the butt of people's derision and discomfort his whole life and his brother has gotten overprotective as a result. Scott teaches Cory that it isn't always that someone thinks he's less when they come rushing to pull the bullies off, but that he is worth their love and care. So as these two take turns trading the narrative voice and starting along a rough road toward love, it was sometimes sweet, tender, passionate, but also heartbreakings when there were false steps. The emotion was there, but it wasn't over the top just as the conflict worked and felt right for the story. I totally bought into Scott's change of heart and mind and to the relationship between him and Cory. I cheered them on. The story is mostly focused on Scott's internal conflict of coming out and turning his life around, but I loved that the author didn't skimp on rodeo, the band of familiar cowboy faces from the series, and that added element of Scott reconnecting with his past. The final epilogue scene left me smiling and so happy for Scott and Cory. I believe this is also the final story in the series and it was a great cap to an engaging series. Though...I would not say no to more rodeo cowboy lovin'. As I've said throughout this series, Dorian Bane, is a fantastic match for these books. He gets the voices, the tone, the emotion, and the rhythm of the story spot on. I can't imagine not having these stories without his voice bringing them to life. In summary, this was another fantastic segment of the series and rivals the other two for me as each in their special ways has been an equal treasure. Loved how each couple came to love in their own ways set against the world of cowboys and rodeo. I can recommend this story for those who enjoy being there for a character to grow and triumph, for a hard won passionate romance, and the camaraderie of a great bunch of cowboys in an m/m contemporary romance. My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to the story in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    4.5 Stars This was a great conclusion to this series. It really tied everything up bringing back Scott from the first book and his fear and hatred for his own gay nature, and Cory who we got to know more in book 2. Cory's sweet nature was the perfect balance to Scott's self hate. He was really struggling to come to grips with who he was and even though he's admitted it internally even if he's not sure he's ready for others to know yet. This story is really all about Scott's internal battle and hi 4.5 Stars This was a great conclusion to this series. It really tied everything up bringing back Scott from the first book and his fear and hatred for his own gay nature, and Cory who we got to know more in book 2. Cory's sweet nature was the perfect balance to Scott's self hate. He was really struggling to come to grips with who he was and even though he's admitted it internally even if he's not sure he's ready for others to know yet. This story is really all about Scott's internal battle and his two steps forward one step back relationship with Cory. He knows he wants Cory in his life but he's not sure he's ready for all that that entails. But being with Cory makes him happy and his boisterous nature is the balm for Scott's troubled soul. I felt for Scott as he started to ease back into the rodeo environment that can be so difficult for a gay cowboy. His past as so a violent homophobe isn't going to make it easy for him. I really enjoyed this read. It was a wonderful tale of internal reflection and new found strength.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I loved this! This is the best in the Pickup Men Series by far! The first two were ok, but this one grabbed me and kept my interest. Now this was a cowboy story I won't forget! Yeehaw!! I loved this! This is the best in the Pickup Men Series by far! The first two were ok, but this one grabbed me and kept my interest. Now this was a cowboy story I won't forget! Yeehaw!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gustaf

    Talk about redemption story. Okay, this is by far my favorite book in the series. I wasn't a big fan of Scott going in. I don't think anyone who's been reading this series was. However, slowly he grew on me. And at the end, he's probably my favorite character in the whole series. A little bit broken, easy to anger but with a heart of gold hidden deep down. I couldn't not love him. And Cory, well Cory was perfect for Scott. Somewhere along the way of reading this series I got used to all the thin Talk about redemption story. Okay, this is by far my favorite book in the series. I wasn't a big fan of Scott going in. I don't think anyone who's been reading this series was. However, slowly he grew on me. And at the end, he's probably my favorite character in the whole series. A little bit broken, easy to anger but with a heart of gold hidden deep down. I couldn't not love him. And Cory, well Cory was perfect for Scott. Somewhere along the way of reading this series I got used to all the things I didn't like about the first book or maybe they didn't take up as much space in the others. By not having to focus on that though, I was able to finally fall in love with both the writing and the characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kade Boehme

    "It had taken a long time, a lot of dark days, but he got there..." -- Pulling Leather That pretty much sums up this fabulous read. I must say, I've been dying for Scott's story since book one. I couldn't wait to see how LC handled his characterization and how she'd redeem someone so unlikable. I LOVE redemption stories. Poor Scott broke my heart, and his reason for being closeted was a nice change from what I've seen done in the past in M/M. And his self hatred and one step forward, two back, ma "It had taken a long time, a lot of dark days, but he got there..." -- Pulling Leather That pretty much sums up this fabulous read. I must say, I've been dying for Scott's story since book one. I couldn't wait to see how LC handled his characterization and how she'd redeem someone so unlikable. I LOVE redemption stories. Poor Scott broke my heart, and his reason for being closeted was a nice change from what I've seen done in the past in M/M. And his self hatred and one step forward, two back, made me hurt for him . That's why Cory, bright shining open Cory, was effing PERFECT for him. Friends first, then patient (er and occasionally not so patient) attempts to make it more... So sweet and touchingly romantic in how much Cory adored big, rough around the edges Scott. And watching Scott flourish under Cory's light. I loved this book and def wouldn't mind seeing more of this series. I adore LC Chase's writing. Oh and can I just say how much I adored the end and Scott getting some real family and love finally. 5 stars. Def recommend this, and the whole series for that matter :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    Definitely a great series and I thoroughly enjoyed all the books, but the first one was definitely the best. Excellent narration by Dorian Bane.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thereadingbell

    Scott Gilliard has spent his life denying the man he really is inside a gay man. Bull riding is his life and being a gruff, hard nosed cowboy, is the coat he wears on the rodeo circuit. In the aftermath of the indictment involving Trip, he has disappeared from the circuit. He's trying to get his life back in order, and understand the secrets he harbors. Scott gets back into the circuit with the help of Trip. Scott is not prepared for the out and open Cory Ackerson. Cory is a sun in Scott's dark w Scott Gilliard has spent his life denying the man he really is inside a gay man. Bull riding is his life and being a gruff, hard nosed cowboy, is the coat he wears on the rodeo circuit. In the aftermath of the indictment involving Trip, he has disappeared from the circuit. He's trying to get his life back in order, and understand the secrets he harbors. Scott gets back into the circuit with the help of Trip. Scott is not prepared for the out and open Cory Ackerson. Cory is a sun in Scott's dark world. Cory is not about to let this somber, sad cowboy get away. This is a tale of hate, loss, faith, redemption, and most of all love. I will not spoil the ending but I can imagine how tough it could be to be perceived as a tough guy riding bulls and at the same time being gay.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Novel Approach

    Our very own Jackie did an awesome review of the e-book for Pulling Leather, so this audiobook review is going to be an add-on to it. I love the Pickup Men series! And I can’t decide whether it’s Pickup Men or Pulling Leather that is the winning favorite. I mean, you can’t read one without the other, but Pulling Leather exceeded my expectations in how Scott Gillard was going to redeem himself after being such an ass in book one. Dorian Bane’s narration immediately pulled me into the world of rodeo Our very own Jackie did an awesome review of the e-book for Pulling Leather, so this audiobook review is going to be an add-on to it. I love the Pickup Men series! And I can’t decide whether it’s Pickup Men or Pulling Leather that is the winning favorite. I mean, you can’t read one without the other, but Pulling Leather exceeded my expectations in how Scott Gillard was going to redeem himself after being such an ass in book one. Dorian Bane’s narration immediately pulled me into the world of rodeo cowboys, especially when Scott and Tripp were talking with each other and Tripp let it be known that he knew what Scott had done the night he was so badly beaten. I loved how Cory turned out to be the type of person who looks at both sides of a story, and was able to make his decision on how to judge a person instead of listening to all the gossip or hearsay. He made himself the type of person I would love to hang out with. L.C. Chase and Dorian Bane have both pulled off telling a story that I really was engrossed in, and I was kind of sad yet happy when it ended. What can I say? I don’t like to let go of a book that’s captured my imagination with an unforgettable voice like Dorian Bane’s. I now hear his country drawl and voice characterizations in my head when I think back on this series. All in all, Pulling Leather is a wonderful finish to the Pickup Men series. Now, if L.C. Chase decides to add to it…I would be all ears and eyes towards another story. For me, this is a 5 Stars worthy performance! Reviewed by Kim for The Novel Approach Reviews http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.co...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    This one was a bit slow on the draw for me. Scott isn't the easiest guy to like because of his past. He's got a metric ton of baggage to sort through. So, even though he was trying to make amends, I was slow warming to him. We do learn an awful lot about what happened to shape his homophobic attitudes and his struggle with accepting that he is gay. And Cory sure seemed to see beyond that. There was a lot of build up in this story, so the first half moved rather slow. Scott wants to be able to adm This one was a bit slow on the draw for me. Scott isn't the easiest guy to like because of his past. He's got a metric ton of baggage to sort through. So, even though he was trying to make amends, I was slow warming to him. We do learn an awful lot about what happened to shape his homophobic attitudes and his struggle with accepting that he is gay. And Cory sure seemed to see beyond that. There was a lot of build up in this story, so the first half moved rather slow. Scott wants to be able to admit he's gay, but he runs when confronted with the prospect. He does this a lot. And then some more. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. I normally LOVE LC Chase's writing, so while this book missed the mark a bit, I do hope there will be more books in this series and I look forward to reading whatever she puts out next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Denise H.

    Our award winning author, I think, has a goal, which is to make us AWARE of issues concerning gay people's efforts to live a "normal" life. She uses her cowboy's struggles to get to the point. Here we have a new, fresh story in this series. We met Scott, 30, in a previous story, about Tripp and Marty, where he wasn't a good person. Two years later, we see him on the road to being his true self, turning the tide. We met Cody briefly, when he asked about teaching Pick Up riders. Cody is small, you Our award winning author, I think, has a goal, which is to make us AWARE of issues concerning gay people's efforts to live a "normal" life. She uses her cowboy's struggles to get to the point. Here we have a new, fresh story in this series. We met Scott, 30, in a previous story, about Tripp and Marty, where he wasn't a good person. Two years later, we see him on the road to being his true self, turning the tide. We met Cody briefly, when he asked about teaching Pick Up riders. Cody is small, young 20s, strong, skilled, flamboyant and an excellent rider, always smiling, gabby and happy. We follow along as Scott is confronted by haters, and we learn the whole story of Tripp's gay bashing, that nearly killed him. As it was, Champion Tripp can't ride bulls anymore, and must use a cane. Cory likes Scott, because he can see beyond the rumors and find Scott's true self. Tripp offers Scott a job helping out at the Gay Rodeo circuit, and much is happening. Pulling Leather is the term used when a bull rider is tightening his grip before the gate opens. Scott's BFF, Brandi is a terrific therapist and friend. Cody wants to know all about Scott, and gets the story. I am glad we did not get the details about Scott's time with the Conversion Camp; it would have been too sad. So, very slowly, our guys, Cody and Scott flirt, hang out, and we watch all of Scott's struggles. He saves Cody from tragedy, and they get even closer. It's a lively, yet sad, deep story, but the outcome and hope for the future are bright. HFN. Each book in the series helps us understand the issues and how life is lived. ENJOY ! =====

  14. 5 out of 5

    La*La

    4.5 stars. As much as I enjoyed the angst-fest of the 1st book on the series, or was charmed by Bridge in the 2nd one, this book was my most favorite, hands down. I was quite apprehensive starting it. Scott was such an awful person in the previous books - I just couldn't see how the author would redeem him. But redeem him she does, and it's all convincing and believable, and I jist couldn't help but totally root for Scott from the beginning. He just was so genuinely apologetic, so confused and tri 4.5 stars. As much as I enjoyed the angst-fest of the 1st book on the series, or was charmed by Bridge in the 2nd one, this book was my most favorite, hands down. I was quite apprehensive starting it. Scott was such an awful person in the previous books - I just couldn't see how the author would redeem him. But redeem him she does, and it's all convincing and believable, and I jist couldn't help but totally root for Scott from the beginning. He just was so genuinely apologetic, so confused and tried so hard. I just couldn't be mad at him, even when he hurt Cory. Cory was adorable. I loved how he went after Scott and didn't give up. He refused to believe all the rumors, and gave Scott a chance to show him his true self. Cory was perfect for Scott. This series is quickly turning into one of my favorites.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    I really enjoyed this. It took me forever to get around to reading it because I was just sure that I could never like Scott. I didn't want to like Scott. Hats off to this author though because she had me buying in to his story from the first few pages. Not only did I like him but I ended up loving him. He and Cory were absolutely wonderful together. Scott's "grand gesture" made my eyes water. I have to admit, this was my favorite of the series so far. I really enjoyed this. It took me forever to get around to reading it because I was just sure that I could never like Scott. I didn't want to like Scott. Hats off to this author though because she had me buying in to his story from the first few pages. Not only did I like him but I ended up loving him. He and Cory were absolutely wonderful together. Scott's "grand gesture" made my eyes water. I have to admit, this was my favorite of the series so far.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A nice end to the series. Scott, a previous homophobe has now realized he is gay. Cory, an out and proud pick up man. This story had a little angst as Scott came to deal with his sexual orientation. I loved Cory and Scott's 2 dads. A nice end to the series. Scott, a previous homophobe has now realized he is gay. Cory, an out and proud pick up man. This story had a little angst as Scott came to deal with his sexual orientation. I loved Cory and Scott's 2 dads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Rolle

    Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge) Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    It's as if this book was written by a different author from the first one. with all the potential, it delivered very little. I expected some tension, sexual or emotional. I got none. As much as the two protagonists were complete opposites they just fell into each other with minimal resistance. The worst part was how Scott's mother was portrayed in the end. I skipped good part of this book. It's as if this book was written by a different author from the first one. with all the potential, it delivered very little. I expected some tension, sexual or emotional. I got none. As much as the two protagonists were complete opposites they just fell into each other with minimal resistance. The worst part was how Scott's mother was portrayed in the end. I skipped good part of this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    3 and 1/2 feel good Stars. The story of Scott and Cory was my favorite in he series. The big tough homophobe who finally comes to terms with his sexuality by falling for a very openly gay man.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: Bravo to L.C. Chase! If you would have told me that I would fall in love with Scott Gillard as a hero before this book, I would not have believed you. But L.C. Chase did the impossible...she made this horrible, awful, bigot of a guy into a character that my heart ached over because of his internal struggles and his background. In this rodeo world, Scott has always been one of the cruelest and most outspoken of the homophobic cowboys. But when his best friend, Tripp, comes out of the cl My Review: Bravo to L.C. Chase! If you would have told me that I would fall in love with Scott Gillard as a hero before this book, I would not have believed you. But L.C. Chase did the impossible...she made this horrible, awful, bigot of a guy into a character that my heart ached over because of his internal struggles and his background. In this rodeo world, Scott has always been one of the cruelest and most outspoken of the homophobic cowboys. But when his best friend, Tripp, comes out of the closet, it completely changes his world. Why? Because Scott has been hiding a deep, dark secret that he won't even admit to himself. He's gay too. But there's such a good and heartbreaking reason he's kept that hidden. As a child, his world was torn apart when his father came out of the closet and left him in the care of his bitter, alcoholic mother. They lost their home and stability and everything in his life could be traced back to the fact that his father was gay...something to be hated and mistrusted. So when he hit puberty and began to have sexual feelings for other guys, he checked himself into a conversion clinic. He could not be gay. He refused and absolutely hated that part of himself. So yeah, when his best friend came out, it threw him and was further complicated when Tripp almost died after a couple of homophobic friends almost beat him to death...something they thought Scott should celebrate with them. That was his wakeup call...and was two years ago when he walked away from the rodeo. Since then, he's been doing therapy and is finally coming to grips to who he really is...even though it still makes him uncomfortable. It's been 2 years and Scott has been working to change himself...first up, to apologize to Tripp who then proceeds to drag him back to the rodeo world, where he meets Cody. Cody is young and flaming and completely accepting of himself as a gay man. In other words, he's everything that Scott is not. But he's one of the few who didn't know Scott from before so he can really see how hard Scott is trying and how much all the digs at Scott and who he used to be hurt him. For me, what worked so well in this book is how completely different Cody and Scott are. Scott's a big, muscular, intimidating, alpha male...no one guesses he's gay...except Cody. Cody is the polar opposite of Scott and that intrigues Scott simply because Cody is like a breath of fresh air...that he wants to breathe in, just because of his pureness. Cody is one of those guys you can't help but fall in love with. He's so over-the-top and completely aware of that and apologizes for the fact that it's just who he is. But he's so soft and careful with Scott. He can see that all of this is so new and so terrifying to Scott. I fell in love with him just because of the incredibly empathetic way he handled Scott. It's something that Scott isn't use to and he literally soaks it up. This is a book that is a pure romantic love story. But it's also a love story in the fact that Scott is learning to love himself. It's stated very clearly that he could have very easily have been suicidal two years ago if it hadn't been for his therapist. It's such a struggle for him to accept that he's gay. I couldn't help but feel for him. It's heartbreaking to watch, but so hopeful to see how he comes alive with Cody. It was a good book and has been my favorite in the pick-up men series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tj

    Cowboy hats, pickup trucks, horses, and bull riders... sounds like a hot mix doesn't it? Well if you are looking for hot sexy times partner, then you best saddle up and mosey down to next book in your to-be-read pile. This book has the cowboy hats, pickup trucks, horses and bull riders but it isn't about hot sexy times in hale bales. Pulling Leather is about finding oneself and find HOME along the way. Scott is a bull rider so deep in the closet that it will take major excavating equipment to dig Cowboy hats, pickup trucks, horses, and bull riders... sounds like a hot mix doesn't it? Well if you are looking for hot sexy times partner, then you best saddle up and mosey down to next book in your to-be-read pile. This book has the cowboy hats, pickup trucks, horses and bull riders but it isn't about hot sexy times in hale bales. Pulling Leather is about finding oneself and find HOME along the way. Scott is a bull rider so deep in the closet that it will take major excavating equipment to dig him out. He has always known he was gay and even checked himself into an aversion program. His self denial and fear that someone would find out has led to major anger issues and, he was very vocal on the rodeo circuit about his hatred for gays. While he never physically hurt anyone, he wasn't above verbally abusing them. All this changed when his friend and fellow bull rider Tripp comes out and is bashed. Scott had nothing to do with the attack, turns in the men responsible but two years later still feels guilty. He wants to make amends. He agrees to help Tripp hold some bull riding clinics at a gay rodeo. Acceptance from others comes slowly but, self acceptance moves at glacial speed . Fate steps in and blesses Scott with an eyeliner wearing cowboy. Cory storms into his life with more force than any of the largest bulls he has ever encountered. Cory is a small of stature, big of heart and has the patience, courage and determination to help Scott face up to himself, embrace who he truly is and to be open and honest about it. Cory has his work cut out for him. Scott has more excessive baggage than major airline to deal with including parents who played a role in his self loathing. Cory isn't afraid to call him on his BS and helps him reconcile with his father. It takes almost losing Cory for Scott to find the door to that closet, step out into the light and, claim his man. He is finally ready to allow some else to love him, to love himself and to have a HOME.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Audiobook Review: 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. Pi A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Audiobook Review: 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    I received Pulling Leather in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really love this series. Pickup Men got me hooked and since that book I’ve waited patiently for each new installment. Pulling Leather turned out to be one of my favorites, and that was totally unexpected. Why? Never did I expect to come close to sympathizing with Scott. He was one of the ‘bad guys’ in Pickup Men, so I totally understood why the other guys were so hesitant to accept his total turnaround. L.C. Chase did a great I received Pulling Leather in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really love this series. Pickup Men got me hooked and since that book I’ve waited patiently for each new installment. Pulling Leather turned out to be one of my favorites, and that was totally unexpected. Why? Never did I expect to come close to sympathizing with Scott. He was one of the ‘bad guys’ in Pickup Men, so I totally understood why the other guys were so hesitant to accept his total turnaround. L.C. Chase did a great job of making readers understand where this character was coming from and his back story was all it took. Cory on the other hand was easy to love. I admired his honesty and his strength. Their story wasn’t an easy one, but it was definitely worth it. There was a lot to love about this book. Even though it was a romance, there was a lot more than that. It was more a book about coming to terms with who you really are through self-discovery and accepting it. The supporting characters did as much to bring that point home as Cory and Scott. And yes, I fell in love with Tripp all over again for a lot of reasons. There were also a few new characters that I’d really like to get to know better. I have no idea if there are any more books left in this series, but if they are I guarantee that they will make it to my TBR list.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DaisyGirl

    3.5 Stars We're introduced to bull rider, Scott Gillard, in Pickup Men. What a bastard he was! Here, though, Scott has come full circle, sorta. He has definitely reevaluated his homophobia and takes admirable steps to atone for his past wrongs. That said, he is one super closeted, super conflicted, super troubled soul. If anyone can bring him out of his shell closet, it's the effervescent Cory Ackerson. But holy be-jeezus is it a tough ride. This tale was a two-steps-forward-one-step-back slow da 3.5 Stars We're introduced to bull rider, Scott Gillard, in Pickup Men. What a bastard he was! Here, though, Scott has come full circle, sorta. He has definitely reevaluated his homophobia and takes admirable steps to atone for his past wrongs. That said, he is one super closeted, super conflicted, super troubled soul. If anyone can bring him out of his shell closet, it's the effervescent Cory Ackerson. But holy be-jeezus is it a tough ride. This tale was a two-steps-forward-one-step-back slow dance that had me pulling my hair on more than one occasion. Obviously, I was rooting for Scott and Cory but, honestly, there were times I felt like giving up. It was just so hard! And not in a good way. Happily, it all worked out but man L.C. Chase made me work for it! Bottom line: One tough ride but worth it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    melek

    Here we meet Scott who was best friend of tripp and cory from book2. Its been 2 years thats how long scott has been away from his town and his friend tripp What happened to tripp in book1, scott has blamed himself for it. His been trying to be a better man learn to expect who he is now. He return to his old town. There he meet cory young interesting fun guy he wants to get to know. But his self doubt self hate gets in the way. How will he over come it all. And how will the rest of the people rea Here we meet Scott who was best friend of tripp and cory from book2. Its been 2 years thats how long scott has been away from his town and his friend tripp What happened to tripp in book1, scott has blamed himself for it. His been trying to be a better man learn to expect who he is now. He return to his old town. There he meet cory young interesting fun guy he wants to get to know. But his self doubt self hate gets in the way. How will he over come it all. And how will the rest of the people react to his return. Its an scott is willing to take its going to be slow but slowing he will get there.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Relly

    Good 3.5 stars Re read I don’t remember this one from my previous read, but I enjoyed it this time. I loved Cory, he was such a shining light with his happy go lucky personality. I understood why he pushed at the end, but you can’t make someone come out, it needs to be at their own time. I did like Scott too, but it was kind of uncomfortable as he was so uncomfortable within himself that it made him hard to connect with fully. I did feel for him with his hang ups and I think the author did a good j Good 3.5 stars Re read I don’t remember this one from my previous read, but I enjoyed it this time. I loved Cory, he was such a shining light with his happy go lucky personality. I understood why he pushed at the end, but you can’t make someone come out, it needs to be at their own time. I did like Scott too, but it was kind of uncomfortable as he was so uncomfortable within himself that it made him hard to connect with fully. I did feel for him with his hang ups and I think the author did a good job of redeeming him

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janie

    This was a very hard read for me. I hated Scott so much and wanted to keep hating him, but at the same time I felt so much pity and love for him it was just a constant battle for me. Cory was an exceptionally great character in all his flamboyantness. He was truly a breath of fresh air and that was definitely something that Scott needed in his life. I'm happy about Darren and Cal as well, that was a great addition to the story and made for a really great ending. This was a very hard read for me. I hated Scott so much and wanted to keep hating him, but at the same time I felt so much pity and love for him it was just a constant battle for me. Cory was an exceptionally great character in all his flamboyantness. He was truly a breath of fresh air and that was definitely something that Scott needed in his life. I'm happy about Darren and Cal as well, that was a great addition to the story and made for a really great ending.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Woods

    Having picked this series up here in the middle, I was thrilled to find an excellent tale of turning oneself around. Scott's past tracked him into the future, coloring all his encounters and making him hate both himself and other gay men. An incident two years prior forced him to reevaluate. With help from his BFF Brandy, and forgiveness from an old friend, Scott is given his second chance at both life on the rodeo circuit and at finding a love of his own. Having picked this series up here in the middle, I was thrilled to find an excellent tale of turning oneself around. Scott's past tracked him into the future, coloring all his encounters and making him hate both himself and other gay men. An incident two years prior forced him to reevaluate. With help from his BFF Brandy, and forgiveness from an old friend, Scott is given his second chance at both life on the rodeo circuit and at finding a love of his own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Loved the story line but something was missing here. Oh yeah, the sex! I wanted to see their first time so freaking bad!! Scott, the douche from #1 finally getting his groove on...oh yeah, count me in. But alas, it wasn't to be. Loved the story line but something was missing here. Oh yeah, the sex! I wanted to see their first time so freaking bad!! Scott, the douche from #1 finally getting his groove on...oh yeah, count me in. But alas, it wasn't to be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    This book had many things to recommend it. The characters were sympathetic guys, the story was pretty good and the writing was enjoyable. However, I didn't fully connect with the characters and the ending was a bit rushed. This book had many things to recommend it. The characters were sympathetic guys, the story was pretty good and the writing was enjoyable. However, I didn't fully connect with the characters and the ending was a bit rushed.

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