Whips is a quickie, in more ways than one. We’ve got insta-love… and boy howdy, I do mean instant! Like, whoa, cowboy, put those spurs away, son. Then there’s the gnarly dude, Dune (oh the names) with the vintage truck who’s willing to roll the hapless victim, Mason, lying in the road… bleeding… roll him into a ditch because… cattle missing. And, you know… why be nice after he put a dent in the truck with his body… when you hit him?
The premise revolves around Dune’s backstory: his father’s demise under mysterious circumstances, the Big Bad looking to gobble up all the prime real estate in the county and using nefarious best practices and a bit of hinky kink to get his way, Mason’s escape from said Big Bad’s clutches, and last but definitely not least… tormented libidos.
All right, suspend your disbelief, go with the flow, because the writing’s not half bad even if the premise and execution ping some eye rolls, the dialog’s reasonably authentic and the descriptions are rather spot on, and…
…dang, it’s entertaining. With hardly any editing glitches (heaves fistsful of freshly baled alfalfa in the air). It all ends well, fantasies get fulfilled, though I’m still puzzling over the title Whips.
It’s short, hot, and modestly tasty. A solid 3.5 Star read over a bowl of chili and strong black coffee at the local eatery.
Dune Wexley’s unrelenting efforts to take down a local crook ended his law enforcement career and his father’s life. Dune’s lived in seclusion ever since. A Sunday drive to check on his mysteriously disappearing herd of cattle ends with a guest in his house, one who makes him reconsider isolating his shielded heart. But can this stranger be trusted?
Mason LaFleur answered an ad in the paper that held the promise of becoming a real cowboy on an authentic ranch, but that never happened. Instead Mason was forced to run away from a cruel man, but a miscalculation finds him bouncing off the hood of a truck and into the arms of a genuine cowboy.
When Mason is kidnapped, Dune must decide if getting revenge for his father’s death is more important than saving the man who’s offered up his heart and life to heal the broken cowboy.