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  1. says:

    My first book by Laura Stone was an absolute knockout This story includes everything I love slow burn, family, sexual discovery, interracial relationship, and a heartwarming HEA If you don t like historical romance novels, particularly ones about cowboys and horses, this book may bore you But I loved every moment I spent with Renaldo and Hank out on the plains of Texas in the 1870s Both main characters are so richly drawn, I was bereft when the story ended I loved Renaldo s sweetness, his passion and spark for life He is such a wonderful son and brother, and an eager lover when he realizes that he s never been drawn to women because he desires men Hank, the son of an enslaved black woman and her white master, was freed at age 13 and raised among the Native American tribes of Texas He yearns for a family of his own but doesn t think he ll ever belong Hank is stoic and taciturn, but his aloofness hides a bruised heart.I don t know a great deal about Texas history, but I know that Mexican families have lived there for many generations Renaldo s family immigrated around the time of the America Civil War, and his fathers runs a successful cattle and ranch business Renaldo leaves with Hank to train as a horse whisperer Hank s talents with wild horses are legendary, but his secret is simple treat horses as equals and be soft with your touch you can t force a wild spirit to bend to your will I loved watching Hank and Renaldo interact with horses, and each...


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    STARS X INFINITY THIS BOOK The cover, the enlightening Author s Note, and the story all drew me in and wouldn t let go.I don t know how to put into words how much I loved Hank and Renaldo s story It was such a breath of fresh air The delivery wasn t a very complicated or angst filled It would probably be considered simple by some, but I found it to be thrilling, beautiful and romantic.Hank s life hasn t been an easy one The son of a slave woman who was impregnated by the master of the house His mother loved him, but she wasn t allowed to raise him and show him a mother s love The master s wife hated Hank, and to keep him from suffering further abuse by her, Hank s sperm donor he was no father freed him from slavery at the age of 13 and asked him to leave With free papers and a horse, off he went Years later he becomes a renowned horse catcher.Renaldo has always known love and support from his big Mexican family His father hires Hank to train one of his sons in the art of horse catching Due to unplanned circumstances, Renaldo becomes that son to be trained Their journey lasts months long, and they spend most of that time alone becoming friends and eventually lovers Having to tell Renaldo s family that they are in love and want to be together, was probably th...


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    Twenty one year old Renaldo is the youngest of five children of a wealthy landowner Esteb n Valle, who had moved with his family from San Antonio to the border of Texas and Mexico on a land grant many years ago Not only because it was perfect grazing land for their sheep and longhorn cattle, but also because of wild herds of mustangs with which Se or Esteb n Valle, a horse trader, was obsessed.It is why he invited Henry Burnett, the best horse catcher in this business to train his son Silvestre For domestic reasons or rather because of a quirk of fate I don t want to give away than necessary at this point Renaldo HAS to take Silvester place He is both excited and worried Excited because he grew up around horses, and he always feels peace and joy working with these animals Worried because of being miles away from his home and his family, and in the first place to be separated from his twin sister, who knows him better than anyone else, and who understands his being different, even if Renaldo himself can t find a reasonable explanation for his lack of interest in women of spending many weeks out in the prairie, in a company of a total stranger, p...


  4. says:

    remarkably terrible as stilted as the Coney Island Boardwalk lord, ha mercy.


  5. says:

    Re read 11 8 17 Yep, still love Renaldo and Hank coming out to Ren s family still hits me right in the feels, and every page after that still makes me teary eyed I would so love a happy ending for Francisco I don t read a lot of m f but I would totally read a story for him Well, it s over I read as slowly as I could but I finally had to say adios to my wonderful men They will stay with me for a while as I periodically wonder how they re faring Every once in a while you read an m m book, heck just a book in general, that feels so adult that it sets itself apart Don t get me wrong, I love the uber alphas you won t find me filing any complaints against the 6 8 tattooed heroes, or even the heroes that at times make me struggle with why I m rooting for their asses But sometimes, just sometimes, you get a book that is than a checklist of tropes, than the sum of histrionics and manufactured angst, just What happens when you take the 21yr old, youngest son of a loving, boisterous Mexican family of ranchers and one half of a precocious set of twins , and pair him with a 26 yr old Black, highly respected and sought after colt breaker horse trainer Magic, that s what Beautiful Blaxican, Brokeback Mountain magic except, you know, with horses, desert and men who actually communicate Renaldo Valle Santos and Henry Hank Burnett meet when Renaldo is forced to take h...


  6. says:

    Okay M kay Let me justtake a breath There are so many things to love about this book The prose is just beautiful Stone has a gift for creating a rich backdrop for her stories so that the whole experience feels well loved and well rounded I always learn from her stories The level of detail and obvious commitment to research make this story shine and are a testament to how very much Stone cares for her craft Now let s talk about what she crafted Renaldo s family is EVERYTHING They made me miss my family so much The love and care they have for each other was so palpable Even when both Renaldo and Hank were terrified of what would happen, as a reader, I trusted that Renaldo s family would love him unconditionally Renaldooh lord What a sensual and romantic man I wish I had a man in my life who spoke to me like he does to Hank And HANK Oh man do I have a sweet spot for complicated, lovely men His reserve,...


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    This book was so beautiful and yet at the same time painful that these two men had to hide that they loved each other because of people not understanding So Renaldo s father hires Henry to train Renaldo how to catch wild horses Well Renaldo slowly starts falling for Hank while they are out searching for wild mustangs The way these two MC s were together was honestly beautiful Their love for each other slowly grows the time they spend with each other until it was time for Renaldo to go home that was when the fear of what they faced with Renaldo s family started They both decided that they would not lie to the family I felt so bad for these two men I know back then in the Old West two men being together was not something many people would accept But to have to hide your love and hope no one ever realizes that your are together it is really sad that things were that way back then But their love was strong enough to show Renaldo s family even with the fear of being cast out I honestly loved the way the author wrote this story and these characters I felt what these two MC s felt, what they went through knowing that they might no...


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    What can I say about Bitter Springs that hasn t already been said Trust me when I say that the four and five star reviews are all right This book will satisfy in so many ways Stone s research is impeccable, her prose lyrical, and her use of Spanish sets the tone of the book rather than becoming cumbersome to non speakers I highly recommend this novel to lovers of historical romance, boundless nature, and the unwavering spirit of the American West Stone has written a love letter to it all Finally, I couldn t write a review without discussing the horses, who are vital characters as much as Hank and Renaldo are It is obvious that the writer is an animal lover and truly understands the intelligence and beauty of horses I have a soft spot for people who respect animals unique ways of commu...


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    Laura Stone prefaces Bitter Stone set in Texas, circa 1870 with some historical information which implodes the myth of the Wild West, where men were men As Stone says, Turns out that the straight, white cowboy whom Hollywood loves was pretty uncommon About forty percent of cowboys were black, first of all And further, gay relationships were not all that uncommon Where on earth do you think the term Boston Wife came from Or Oxford Rub Bunkhouses were often called ram pastures, and the term for two fellas owning up to wanting to get off with each other for a while typically in a romantic relationship was called mutual solace Renaldo Valle is apprenticed to a horse whisperer Hank Burnett, a black former slave who spent his childhood with the Kiowa and Apache tribes Hank is gay When I was a young man, I learned some truths about myself, and I was fortunate to live with people who accepted that about me, even if most other people wouldn t while Renaldo is figuring out where his interests lie In their months long quest for wild mustangs, Renaldo falls in love He wanted Hank to want him, wanted Hank to smile and take Renaldo in his arms, wanted to feel the vibrations of Hank s body against his own as they laughed together, the solid warmth of Han...


  10. says:

    It s a rare treat to read a novel which both reveals a previously unknown to me, at least corner of American history, and contains a moving story of romantic and familial love in this, Bitter Springs by Laura Stone is a rare achievement.The book centers around Renaldo Valle Santos, the youngest in a family of ranchers in 1870s Texas Following a series of events that shakes up the family s plans for the future, Renaldo leaves home to study to be a meste ero, or horse catcher, with Henry Hank Burnett What follows is a love story told with uncommon care and attention to detail Stone displays impressive patience in crafting the budding relationship between these two men one young, sheltered, and inexperienced the other skilled, wary, and scarred They are not fast friends in fact for no small portion of their journey together, they struggle to communicate effectively, which makes the moments of increasing connection so precious to them both and us The fine attention to the details of the work the meste eros accomplish is astonishing I had no idea this was work that even existed in the world, and found myself wishing for 100 pages of the process of luring w...


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Bitter Springs Highly Recommended Bitter Springs Is A Wonderful Depiction Of A Lost Period Of Gay Life And History In The Rural West Of The 1800s American Library Association, GLBT RoundtableIn 1870s Texas, Renaldo Valle Santos, The Youngest Son Of A Large And Traditional Family, Has Been Sent To Train With Henry Hank Burnett, A Freed Slave And Talented Meste Ero Or Horse Catcher So He May Continue The Family Horse Trade Bitter Springs Is A Sweeping Epic That Takes Themes From Traditional Mexican Literature And Old Westerns To Tell The Story Of A Man Coming Into His Own And Realizing His Destiny Lies In The Wild Open Spaces With The Man Who Loves Him, Far From Expectations Of Society.