Duncan’s World by T. A. Chase

Blurb:

Kyle MacDonald keeps his head down and tries to avoid making his father angry while traveling on the professional bull riding circuit. He’s learned the hard way how his father deals with being upset. The only rebellion Kyle’s allowed himself is helping out with the bulls after the event. It’s on one such night that Kyle meets Duncan Hornsby.

Duncan’s the reigning world Champion, and has everything he could want. Yet the shy young man whose father is Duncan’s biggest rival catches his eye. Kyle makes Duncan feel protective and passionate. Even though he’s fourteen years older than Kyle, Duncan’s ready to risk rejection to see if Kyle’s lips taste as sweet as they look.

Could a relationship grow between them amidst the macho atmosphere of bull riding and the danger presented by Kyle’s father? Or will Kyle and Duncan prove that age doesn’t count in matters of the heart?

My thoughts: 

I like age gap stories and when I looked around on Elisa Rolle’s LJ among the age gap tagged ones I stumbled upon this one.

I like a Western theme once in a while, so I got it.

I am not sure T. A. Chase is for me. I reviewed a story by that writer once before (Bound by Love) and it seems I now am writing almost the same review again.

The two men were attracted to each other immediately after meeting for the first time and landed in bed within hours. Given the fact that Kyle had suffered a severe beating up just a bit before and risked quite a lot by following Duncan into his room and given the fact that there was an age issue to overcome I found this somewhat overhasty. 

At first I thought the conflict with Kyle’s abusive father would be overwhelming, but as it turned out this was not so. Yes, he physically abused his son, which I do not want to play down, but he is basically a bully who caves when being threatened himself. So that issue got resolved without much fuss. A verbal threat to expose him was enough to send him packing.

So, what have we got?

  • Age issue? Duncan got over that quickly; he was a bit worried, got reassured by Kyle. Check.
  • Abusive father? Threatened Kyle and Duncan, then caved. Check.
  • Duncan being outed? No big deal as far as it went. Check.
  • Kyle’s family? Apart from the father they were more than ok with Kyle new relationship. Check.
  • Duncan’s grandfather? More progressive than a lot of younger guys. Check.

We’re all good.

Another thing I had a problem with is Kyle’s mother. I did not understand why she would never step in and tried to protect her son. The reason that was given made no sense whatsoever. She might not have been able to divorce that jerk, but she could have still tried to protect Kyle from the constant abuse (call police, report her husband, I could think of some more unpleasant ways). No husband of mine would ever abuse my child without suffering consequences. The mother seemed to be caring enough, so why she let that happen was beyond me.

All in all, I found this a quick and uncomplicated read. I never had to worry about the outcome of the story. If you like straightforward stories with instant attraction and only little conflict this might be something for you.

Title Duncan’s World
Author T. A. Chase
Publisher Amber Allure
ISBN 978-1-60272-668-0
Buy link Buy Duncan’s World

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  1. Rikki, we must be experiencing reviewer mind-meld because I felt exactly the same as you about this one. 🙂 Why do writers insist on shying away from conflict? Or, worse than that, to deliberately pull the teeth out of any conflicts that are already naturally developing from the storyline? It just baffles me. It’s like cheating the readers out of what we want.

    (OMG, you made me do a math question to post! That’s cruel and unusual punishment. 😀 )
    Val Kovalin’s last post ..Banned and Burnt Out First Names in MM Fiction

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    • Val, I haven’t looked around for other reviews but I would be very surprised if most of them wouldn’t pick this lack of conflict up. I am not someone who enjoys a lot of conflict. When the protags get from one obstacle and problem to the next nonstop I hate it even, but this story was to easy even for me.
      At least one or two potential conflicts could have developped, as you say, naturally. Then the ending would have been so much sweeter, too. Nothing better than coming together after overcoming obstacles, but as it was, there were none. 🙁

      What? What did I have to do with your math question? Don’t blame me, :)!

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  2. Ohhhh, that’s very interesting that you’d prefer less rather than more conflict and yet you still wanted more here. I guess there is a range of conflict. For example, Jenre was mentioning over on Wave’s site in her most recent review that when the deck is stacked too heavily in favor of the villains, and the protagonists are almost hopelessly oppressed, it makes her frustrated and turns into an unpleasant read, and I feel like that, too. There is definitely such a thing as too much conflict. But then none at all just makes me feel so ripped off as a reader. Like you say, the ending is much sweeter when something’s at stake and some kind of victory has been won.

    I guess the math problem is a Captcha function of “Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets” and I’m going to have to do another one to post this comment. 😉 At least the problems are fairly simple and not asking me for 17 x the square root of 157.92, or anything like that, ha, ha!
    Val Kovalin’s last post ..Banned and Burnt Out First Names in MM Fiction

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    • Oh, right, I totally forgot about this math thing since I never have to do it myself. It’s a plugin to prevent spam and it works like a charm. My spam has now been reduced to zero thanks to it.
      Yeah, I would think the math is fairly easy to handle…:)

      There definitely can be too much conflict. I have to agree with Jenre here, even though I haven’t read that particular review.

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