At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.

Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

Review 5/5 and a recommended read


This book would not let me go. I've read it straight through and I enjoyed every page. Hank stayed true to his character for every single moment of the book, the sex was integral and not just there for kicks. The world Hank inhabits was drawn so beautifully, I was envious. I loved Middy and part of me wishes he'd get his own book, even though... ROFL
I wanted Elliot's POV because I loved him so much, but equally, seeing him through Hank's eyes was enough for this to be a 5/5, so I'm probably being stupid even saying it.

An awesome read.

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