Long and Hard” by Zavo
Heath and Jared have just shared a (male) whore at a brothel
when Heath starts thinking of his first lover, Danny, who he
met on a cattle drive and lost during the Civil War. Of
course, the cattle drive must go on. Heath continues to
reminisce along the way, but there may be a few surprises in
store for him.
a very interesting description of what greenhorns do on a
cattle drive, I wasn’t really into “Driven Long and Hard.”
There is a lot of sex, but the happy ending felt tacked on.
Stranger to Trouble” by Curtis C. Comer
spot of trouble with the preacher’s son, Caleb Law is on the
move. He stops in the town of Grassy Flats, not knowing
what to expect. He could never have been prepared for what
happens when he meets the sheriff.
Stranger to Trouble” is a smoking hot story, but it lacks
emotion. The ending wasn’t very satisfying either, as it
leaves a lot hanging.
a young, lonely Pony Express rider, is in the middle of
nowhere with nobody to talk to. He’s swimming naked when an
equally naked Indian appears. They both draw their guns,
but neither seems to want to fire…
a sweet story, if a bit stereotypical in its portrayal of an
Indian and a white man. The ending, however, is NOT happy,
and came out of nowhere, which really dampened my enjoyment
of the story.
to Dominance” by Gavin Atlas
tired of the way fellow ranch hand Roy uses him after
spotting him at a gay bar once. Roy is thoughtless and
cruel, but Teddy doesn’t know how to get away from him
without his secret being revealed to the other hands. Then
he has to go get the new guy, Marco, at the airport, and he
starts to wonder if he could have something different.
to Dominance” is a sweet, simple tale of a young man who
finally gets his happy ending. I liked Teddy, and Marco,
and their story was enjoyable to read.
at the Rodeo” by Neil S. Plakcy
Newman is only at the rodeo to get information for a column
for the newspaper. Once he meets cowboy Sam Jackson,
however, he is a lot more interested in the rodeo. Barry
snags an interview with Sam, and to thank him, invites him
to dinner. He’s hoping he’ll get even more than that,
at the Rodeo” is another story I enjoyed. There wasn’t a
lot to it, plot wise, but the characters were likeable and
the sex was hot.
New Kazoo” by Ryan Field
decides he wants to work on his father’s ranch rather than
becoming a teacher, his dad makes him work at the isolated
north mountain, with only the manager, Cody Bloodworth. As
a little guy, he has to prove his worth and ability to his
father, himself, and Cody. Will he ever get the chance?
New Kazoo” is a story that seemed to fly by. The characters
were interesting, as was the situation. The only real
problem for me was some of the description during the sex
scene, which struck me as unappealing.
the Hole” by M. Christian
With Many Names stops at Hole-in-the-Wall for a whiskey.
The Dealer asks him to play a game of cards, so he decides
to join in. The stakes are high, but The Man With Many
Names always plays to win.
description of “Ace in the Hole” seems confusing, that’s
because the story uses titles rather than names to describe
the characters. I could see why M. Christian would try such
a device, but it didn’t work for me. The place descriptions
were equally confusing, making “Ace in the Hole” a
Cowboy’s Work is Never Done” by Cage Thunder
always admired former Top Rope wrestler “Big Bill” Tucker.
Now that he works for Top Rope himself, Cage is determined
to challenge Bill to a match. When Bill accepts, who will
wrestling cowboy angle of “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done”
was an interesting departure from the other stories in the
anthology. The characters were larger-than-life types, and
kind of fun. I’m not much of a wrestling fan myself, so the
descriptions of various holds and whatnot didn’t do much for
me, but wrestling fans will probably like the story a lot.
Bulls are Made for Breeding” by Michael Luongo
being exiled from New York due to a scandal, Aaron goes West
to work with his uncle on his cattle ranch. When his uncle
sends him to meet the train of a British breeding expert,
Simon, Aaron may get more than he is expecting.
Bulls are Made for Breeding” is a quick story without much
in the way of characterization or conflict. Things move
lightning fast between Simon and Aaron, but if you’re
looking for a story that’s hot and quick, it’ll fit the
narrator is both fascinated and frightened by the Indians
near where his family has settled. Then he meets a young
more of a vignette than a story. It’s told through the
point of view of the nameless narrator, a young man. I
didn’t find it particularly hot, due to the way it was
written, in a stilted, staccato style I couldn’t get into.
“The Cactus League Society” by Adam
Through a chance meeting with a man
named Aquinas Jackson, Drew Saunders learns of a group
called the Cactus League Society. What is this group?
Finding the answers will lead Drew to places he never
“The Cactus League Society”
incorporates a lot of different elements and events—too many
for a story of its length. Drew’s past is skimmed over.
The Cactus League Society itself could have used more
explanation, and the ending, which wasn’t a surprise, was
nevertheless not as sweet as I would have hoped. I think
with more development, this story could have been really
While there are a couple of nice stories in How the
West was Done, overall I don’t recommend it. There
was too much emphasis on sex, in my mind, and not enough on
romance. Still, fans of Western stories and cowboys may
find something to like here.