Review: W.S. Long – Too Tough To Tame

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Author: W.S. Long
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: After Caleb Youngblood proposed to Sebastian Rush, the two men think everything should be smooth sailing. Marriage planning has started and the future is bright. Caleb is an openly out stock car racer, while Sebastian is offered the chance to work with a major TV studio as a cameraman at the Rio Olympics.

But Caleb is at a crossroads. The racing world may not be ready for an openly gay driver. Even though he wants to race, the family business is barely making money. And Caleb, being the face of Youngblood family, may be too much for conservative fans. Meanwhile, when an ex-lover of Sebastian’s reappears, secrets from his past cause friction between Sebastian and Caleb.

Should Caleb continue to race? Is Sebastian’s and Caleb’s love for one another strong enough to overcome what happened in the past? Or is their life together too tough to tame?

Review: It is a sadly realistic fact that some areas of life do not embrace diversity and in fact are intolerant of many groups of people. One such are is racing and when you are an openly gay racer, this definitely impacts your career. Caleb is the face of his family’s racing business but he only races the secondary events because of conservative ideas. He wants to race and it’s so unfair that he’s not able to. Add in his upcoming wedding to his love, Sebastian, which is adding some stress to their lives, and it’s a wonder the man can be civil. But he is.

Caleb is a great character and he loves Sebastian. It is unsettling when he talks with Sebastian’s mother and a secret is revealed and ends up with mom asking Caleb to extend the engagement instead of getting married when they had planned. Uh oh. She seemed interfering but that could be just because I like Caleb so much.

Sebastian is a camera man about to cover the Rio Olympics and a blast from his past causes more friction between he and Caleb. Honestly, it was his own fault, in my opinion, so my sympathies were firmly with Caleb. But it’s something the two of them have to work on.

Sebastian has an ex, David, who makes an appearance and the man is a douche. Yet more fuel for the fire causing trouble for these two. We still have the issue of Caleb driving and the conversation with his father, the head of the family’s racing business, is heartbreaking.

I enjoyed these two as they come to the realization that sometimes life may not give you what you want but can give you what you need. I liked how it turned out and how it ended, a new beginning of sorts.

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