One of the main reasons that I have fanatically followed Nya Rawlyns’ cowboy series is that I know what to expect when I read these books. This is not to say that every story is the same. There are recurrent themes, particularly homophobia, but ranching, rodeos and racing are male dominated worlds in which people are threatened by gay romances.
More than anything I have loved Nya Rawlyns’ men and Flankman’s main characters, Danny and Tristan, are no exception. These are two men already in love but sneaking moments together, rather than facing prejudice and discrimination. Despite everything, we never doubt Danny and Tristan’s commitment to each other, even when Ben Kincaid enters their lives!
For fans of Ben, or those still unsure of him, Flankman is a wonderful story. Ben may not be the central character, but his role is enough that we really empathise with him. We see him on the periphery of Danny and Tristan’s romance. They offer him an unconditional friendship and time away from Crow Creek, where he has been wrapped up in his love for Oak. Nya Rawlyns gives us enough that we desperately long for Ben’s HEA.
Flankman is probably the most technical of the books because of Danny and Tristan’s roles on the rodeo circuit. However, Nya Rawlyns clearly has a solid knowledge of horses and racing that gives Flankman more credibility.
Whilst this fifth novel is missing some of the rampant sex scenes we may have enjoyed in the previous stories, Nya Rawlyns more than makes up with this in emotional quality. Danny and Tristan simply want what many of us take for granted; to show their love in public and not only behind closed doors. Flankman is subtly thought-provoking and Nya Rawlyns not only manages to capture our imaginations, but our hearts as well.
Flankman is the 5th novel in the Crow Creek Series. 2014 Finalist, Rainbow Awards, Contemporary
The bronc in the arena can kill, but it takes a man to destroy…
Daniel Blake and Tristan Wells are committed to their two-year relationship, and to keeping it a well-hidden secret. When a competitor lets them know their secret isn’t so well-hidden after all, the ground isn’t the only thing that comes up to hit hard. Danny’s facing scrutiny from rodeo management for alleged misconduct, and Tristan thinks that Ben Kincaid from Crow Creek Ranch is just the man to help ferret out who has it in for them. Wyoming isn’t known for being tolerant of “alternative lifestyles” and men who take on broncs and bulls for a living aren’t strangers to playing rough, in and out of the arena.
With their future on the line, Tristan and Danny’s relationship will be tested by those out to see an eight-second ride turn into a world of failure. Ben’s determined to have his new friends’ backs, in more ways than one. Even if they survive the spills and attacks, will Danny and Tris’s future survive Ben?