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It’s out of the frying-pan and into the fire on the day Henry first meets Red. He’s happy enough at first to be having sex with a man – Heaven knows, it’s better than what he’s running away from! – but it isn’t too long before Red’s sexual extravagances are driving the two of them apart. It’s only when Henry’s trying to manage on his own again that he at last begins to achIt’s out of the frying-pan and into the fire on the day Henry first meets Red. He’s happy enough at first to be having sex with a man – Heaven knows, it’s better than what he’s running away from! – but it isn’t too long before Red’s sexual extravagances are driving the two of them apart. It’s only when Henry’s trying to manage on his own again that he at last begins to achieve a little perspective – on inversion in general, on himself in particular, and even on his relationship with Red. That’s when he starts to wonder if maybe there isn’t a way back for them after all, but this time it will definitely have to be on his terms …...

Title : Montana Red
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ISBN : 9781908312167
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Number of Pages : 466 Pages
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Montana Red Reviews

  • Natalie
    2019-03-06 04:31

    3.5 stars. Very unusual historical western set in the 1860s. Red is a Montana rancher who finds Henry on his land, injured after an altercation with bandits (this is similar to the beginning of this author's End of the Trail). Red brings Henry back to his home and offers him a job on the ranch. Red lusts after Henry secretly, not knowing that Henry is also attracted to men.The tension in this book lies in Red's voracious sexual appetite. There's a small group of men like Red in this small town. They take every opportunity to have sex with each other, usually at the dances that take place periodically throughout the spring and summer. Henry, on the other hand, has no sexual experience but is unable to vocalize his preferences. Once Red realizes that Henry shares his proclivities, they embark on a sexual relationship, but Henry finds himself overwhelmed by the insatiable, dominant Red. Because Red is essentially his boss, Henry feels that he can't say no, even when he's physically uncomfortable. There's also some BDSM, at a time before there were even words for it.This lack of communication eventually tears Red and Henry apart, and the rest of the book involves how they find their way back to each other. A couple of criticisms: some of the dialogue and ideas seemed out of place for the era. Also, because the sex between Red and Henry is initially coercive and even a little cruel, I didn't warm to Red until much later in the book. There's a minor subplot about Henry's former fiancee which wasn't as interesting as the dynamic between Red and Henry.While I enjoyed the story, I think it will be polarizing for some readers. Big spoilers for those who are especially sensitive about certain things in their m/m romances: (view spoiler)[There is cheating of a sort (but it happens before the characters have discussed being exclusive). Both main characters have sex with other people over the course of the story, and they eventually settle into something of an open relationship (mostly because Henry acknowledges that Red's promiscuity won't just go away). Personally, I liked this. Open relationships are rarely portrayed in gay romance, so this was refreshing. The ending is HFN, not HEA. (hide spoiler)]

  • Julie Bozza
    2019-02-24 05:51

    Caveat: I was privileged to read and comment on this novel in manuscript. Once it was published, I was all set to happily write a review - and then abruptly went all shy and confused when I realised Jane had very kindly dedicated it to me! Thank you for such an honour, Jane - undeserved, I feel, but very welcome. Review: This is a terrific and unusual Western, that was great fun to read. Jane writes so clearly and flowingly that reading isn't an effort at all - it all just vividly unfolds in your imagination. Much kudos for that! The tale and the characters are quintessentially Western (if I may use that as an adjective), and yet I've never read anything quite like them at all. Jane has here nudged the genre a little closer to the reality of the historical 'life and times', without making it unpalatable to modern tastes. As she once explained in a Manifold Press Twitter Q+A, there are elements of the real thing that wouldn't fit at all well into a romance.This is a particularly explicit romance! There is plenty of sex in here; for a while, the characters don't manage to communicate very well in any other way. But it is all driven by the unfolding story and by the characterisation, which is exactly how I like it. :-)Further details I will leave for new readers to discover...I really did enjoy this book - and I remember that during a difficult week, it was a pleasure to escape each evening into the wilds of Montana.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-03-07 02:45

    2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Misty
    2019-03-21 00:52

    This story is an exciting and rough ride about the sad and harsh reality of being a homosexual in the Wild West. It's a romance with a gritty side that definitely has a very realistic feel.Ms. Elliott brilliantly shows how the two protagonists Henry and Red, who are poles apart, evolve and grow throughout this novel. They make choices, good and bad but they also learn how to question themselves (with a little help!). In the end, it always comes to one question : what do you really want out of life ...? Very frankly, I'd be lying if I told you that I never felt more than once frustrated by those two!!I will add that it is not exactly the ending that I would have expected, but on the other hand, I perfectly understand why it was written like that. I admit that there simply was no better way to do it. After all everybody deserves to find love and happiness one way or another ... !I really enjoyed this book!

  • PaperMoon
    2019-03-23 04:45

    Henry Longfellow (no, not he of Evangeline fame – although the poem does make an appearance in the tale) barely escapes from urban San Francisco with a few scant belongings. His dash for freedom on horseback takes him into the wilds of Montana territory … city boy struggling to survive on the rough until he falls foul of a gang of outlaws. Red by name and by hair-color, comes across the naked body of a beautiful man left in a gully for the carrion birds, reluctantly (not) takes him home to nurse back to health. Both men find they have little in common (a no-nonsense rancher with a book loving, cultured lawyer) as they forge some semblance of a working relationship on Red’s ranch.Now here’s the surprise … the dance of M-M romance attraction usually gets drawn out over the course of the first half of the book. Is he or isn’t he? Will he or won’t he? Longing desires pitted against self-denial and repressed feelings. I was not expecting for Henry (who’s barely admitting to himself that he’s gay) to be given the full extent of Red’s carnal desires and pleasure a quarter way into the book. Ms Elliot provides some beyond vanilla M-M scenes thereafter, and you know what they say about being given all of one’s desire … when the allure of the forbidden becomes mundane reality. Thereafter, Henry and Red have various obstacles thrown into their relational path. Can a relationship be based almost entirely on sex (no matter how good / hawt or dare I say, edging into kinky territory)? How can trust and friendship be gained if fears are unspoken and honesty curtailed? And what happens when Henry’s hidden past finally hunts him down in the wilds of Montana? Will everything start tumbling down as if built on sandy foundations?There seems an improbable number of ‘inverted’ ranchers / cowboys in the local area to me. Some of these become quite well fleshed out secondary / supporting characters. How these men seek out each other for sexual gratification in an unaccepting environment and time was interestingly done … having F-buddies seemed opportunistically prevalent, at least according to this tale anyways.The battles Henry face are largely internal and Ms Elliot gives a convincing storyline arc to the evolving relationship and dynamic between our MCs. Some readers may say Henry as a character was given insufficient ‘agency’ in his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, his sense of choice and volition when ‘stuck’ at Red’s farm doing unpleasant chores / duties (and being thoroughly sexed-up by a seemingly insatiable Red). I guess I didn’t mind that as much as when in the second half of the book when Henry turns the tables on Red (and that I found a little harder to accept – it seemed out of character to me).In keeping with the unconventional romantic bent, the HEA ending is not the usual sweeping declaration of ‘lurve forevah’, but quite integral to the characters and to the raw untamed western setting. A good read overall for me – four stars, and quite a different read to Elliot’s previous Western titles.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-03-21 00:47

    reveiw written for Henry was running away from his old life when a group of gangsters attacked and left him for dead. Red is surprised to find a naked man almost dead in his gulley.Henry survives and they become friends though Henry liked things about Red and the ranch there was a lot he didn't like.This story is very complicated but in a good way. None of these characters are your average Character and this is far from a sweet storybook romance, but I found it fabulous. I couldn't put it down once I started. There are so many twists and turns, some good, some bad; that it really made you wonder especially about Red. I adored the relationship between the two men with their ups and downs and misunderstandings, and how both loved the other in his own way after both were so different. I sure didn't see the turnaround coming in Henry, but loved it, as much as the change in Red, though it wasn't the expected. I think this what I loved so much was it was unexpected, it has harsh sometimes brutal moments though none cruel. I also liked the ending and found it pretty satisfying, yet surprising.I highly recommend this if you like stories based in the old west, gay ranchers, rough sex, unexpected twists, characters that change and grow, lots of hot mansex, good BDSM and a satisfactory happy for now ending.

  • Nova
    2019-03-10 05:34

    4.5 stars.I didn’t really know what to expect from Montana Red since this was the first book by Jane Elliot I read and the blurb was a little bit nondescript. Nothing special or extraordinary.So I started this with no particular expectations. I just wanted a nice historical/western story.But what I got was a gripping, emotional and sexy story with fantastic writing. Smooth and to the point. No beating around the bush. While reading, I had this strange feeling of distance, but at the same time not. It felt real. Some scenes were peaceful, others hot and kinky. And there were moments so full of emotions, that I needed a second before I could read on because I was on the verge of tears. Not everyone might like this story, since it’s not a flowery, perfect romance. It’s different and that’s one of the reasons I liked it so much. And I loved Red, the kinky bastard. :)

  • John
    2019-03-01 00:30

    Quite a fun story with a refreshing sense of humour.

  • UnusualChild{beppy}
    2019-03-08 23:46

    4 starsSynopsis: Henry is on the run from something in San Fransisco, and going wherever he thinks he can outrun the reach of s certain someone. When he reaches Montana, he is attacked by a gang and left with nothing to brave the elements. Red owns a sheep ranch and is patrolling one evening when he sees birds circling. Thinking that maybe one of his sheep is down, he investigates, and finds Henry. Red rescues Henry and offers him a job, telling Henry that he is the boss, and whatever Red says goes.Red has an excessive libido, and when he finds out that Henry is like minded, joyfully takes advantage of the opportunity for regular sex. Henry feels as though something is missing, though, because he can't talk to Red about books that he's read or what is going on in the world, because Red just isn't interested. When Henry is offered a job as a teacher in town, he has to decide what to do.What I liked: the descriptions of all the hard work it really was to get everything ready for winter, and the reality that some people died because they couldn't do enough to prepare. I liked Henry and Red together, especially once they started talking, because they really respected what the other person did.What I didn't like: Red was so clueless and Henry was so passive. I get why they didn't feel as though they had to talk, but it would have been nice.

  • Bo
    2019-03-09 05:33

    Ride Him, Cowboy!This is a surprise because the characters and the sex hold it together until a huge plot twist late in the book sets everything in perspective.Sheep rancher Red (mid 30s, big, rough, ginger) rescues sweet natured but on-the-run Henry (early 20s, lawyer, handsome and lithe) from a brutal robbery and saves his life, takes him home, turns him into a ranch hand--and eventually, lover. Author Elliot takes her time to develop these two characters beautifully--and also sets a context in which their eventual affair could survive in Montana in the 1860s where a sub-rosa community of men with similar likes can get away with it.The way this love story develops from a modest dom/sub context to beyond that is handled with care until Henry simply cannot bring himself to deal with it any longer. What happens after that is essential to the unfolding of a pretty outlandish plotline, but I fell for it because by then I was in love with both Red and Henry, even if they didn't want to admit it to each other.The ending is interesting, but extremely logical. I wonder if it would even be worthwhile to consider a sequel. Meanwhile, I totally loved this one. Yippee-eye-oh-aye-ayy!

  • Pet
    2019-03-18 04:25

    This is, imo, one of those books that don't get the attention they deserve. I'm not into m/m cowboy/western books very much but I'm glad I gave this one a try after someone compared it to my beloved The Definitive Albert J. Sterne by Julie Bozza. The book has so much to offer: easy and yet intense writing, the scenery "being gay in Montana in the 19th century" very plausible, and two very different and catching main characters (plus some likeable supporting characters as well). I couldn't decide which guy I like more, Red or Henry, as each of them made me smile and roll my eyes and make me feel for them. A great and enjoyable read!!!!!

  • Edina Rose
    2019-03-16 02:22

    Good story with a sexed up rancher who falls for a virgin attorney. There is a some rough sex, dub-con, D/s, humiliation. There is even cheating, though to his defence, the cheater didn't know he was even in a relationship. I didn't find the sex that hot, but I liked the characters (main and sec) and the setting. I didn't find the story very romantic, and to top it up, the end is a HFN! Still, I really like this author's characters and style, so I had a relatively good time.

  • Marge
    2019-02-28 00:22

    Good development of the characters in a story which seemed realistic for the time in which it is set.

  • Joy
    2019-03-18 02:34

    Kind of a primer on how to destroy a relationship due to lack of communication.