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Well Traveled (Gideon and Jedediah #1)

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Gideon Makepeace, a young man of twenty, knows who he is and what he likes: decency, men and women too, horse training, and fun... and in Livingston, Montana, in the lush autumn of 1895, he finds he likes a Lakota Sioux Indian better than he might ought to.

Jedediah Buffalo Bird is seriously wounded and seeking medical care, and Gideon helps Jed when some bigoted townsfolk...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published October 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Loved, loved so much! Even if you're not a fan of westerns or historicals read this book, it's absolute romance at it's best. I can't even express into words what a wonderful journey of self discovery and love. Gideon and Jedediah are wonderful together, perfectly matched with beautiful and special moments together "dreamy sigh". Highly Recommended for lovers of great writing and romantics at heart.
4 1/2 Stars - Well written and beautifully described about two men from different cultures who feel attraction, which slowly grows into friendship and maybe love.

Some romances are so much more than just a romance in which I get a beautiful love story. This is such a novel. It has everything. It's well written, it's filled with reflections on events and situations. It also reflects important social issues regarding discrimination against the U.S. people who were then called Indian's (Native Ameri...more
This was simply wonderful. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love about it.

The relationships were real.
This issues were real.
The men were good men.
The banter was fun.
The setting played like a movie in my head.
The sex was hot.
The writing was superb.

What more could I want? Nothing. Really.

Set in the late 1800’s, Gideon Makepeace is about to head back to San Francisco to where his family is playing in a wild west show. On his way through town he finds Jedediah Buffalo Bird badly injured and in desp...more
I think I'll give this one a solid 4.25 stars!

The romance in this book was like a slow burn. I can't remember the last time I read a book quite like this. It's refreshing. The best way I can explain it is that the romance comes so slowly, inch by inch, and you feel it every step of the way.

The plot was amazing. After the first chapter or two I kind of predicted this book going one way where I'd decided in my mind that "this" would happen and then they'd face "this" together and they'd overcome...more
A hell of a surprise. One of those books that I can't understand why it's not more popular. Has a terrific sense of place and the two leads are solidly fleshed out. The sex is hot, the story logical and realistic for the time it's set in, and it's somewhat of a longer read. Again, why haven't more people read this?

An adorable `odd-couple` on a journey from Montana to San Francisco in 1895.
A funny,sexy and heartwarming lovestory in a vividly described setting - without dismissing
the harsh reality for Indians and Gays alike.The perfect book for frosty winternights.
Definitely recommended!
This ‘old’ book (hey, it was released in 2010 – for MM romance genre, I considered it old *ha!*) came into my periphery by way of a personal challenge. Back in January, I did a personal reading challenge with MM historical as the theme. This was one that I listed because of the positive reviews of my friends. I didn’t get the chance to read it back in January but it stayed on my list.

Well, I finally read it and it was a really well-written and wonderful book!! I admit, the beginning was rather s...more
4.5-A tiny bit slow for me in a couple of spots, rounded up for overall great story-telling.

What a wonderful, believable journey. I certainly felt transported to another time and place and once there I wasn't jolted out by nonsense. Young, charming, delightful, sometimes manipulative Gideon commanded my attention from the very beginning. Gideon alone was worth reading this book for although it didn't take long for Jedediah to worm himself in there too and just about every other character played...more
We first meet Gideon Makepeace when he’s getting ready to leave Livingston, Montana where he had taken up a summer job training horses. Gideon is bound for San Francisco to reunite with his folks who are members of a big traveling “Wild West” show. Enter halfbreed Lakota Jedediah Buffalo Bird, currently a fatally injured man who is bullied by a band of white Livingstonians who don’t want his kind in their town. Without hesitating, Gideon steps in to save the Indian, takes him to the doctor’s and...more
This story is very different from anything else I've read in the m/m romance genre, but I loved it so much. The characters are incredibly well-drawn, and the authors create a wonderful sense of time and place without bludgeoning the reader with too much historical detail. The story manages to be moving and erotic while maintaining a sort of lovely economy of language that feels utterly authentic. Highly recommended. I'll be rereading this for sure.
Nov 07, 2010 Shell rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Best historical erotic western (m/m) I've ever read. Bar none. I was so sad to end the story of Gideon Makepeace and Jedidiah Buffalo Bird because I love these characters so much. There is a novella sequel and I'll read it, too. Set in 1895, just at the end of the Old West, it is a sweet, heart-breaking, little bit funny trip from the mid-west to California on foot and horseback. Gideon is a trick rider from a Wild West Show, trying to catch up with the touring show after stopping in Montana to...more
Sweet m/m love story of 20 year old Gideon, a wild west show employee and Jed, a half-breed Lakota Indian crossing America from Montana to San Francisco with subsequent adventures.
"I know you'll be turning around and going home, after. But don't slip off, okay? Don't slip off when I'm expecting to see you in the morning. I think it'd break my heart."
I really loved this book. It's very well-written and felt authentic. The characters were well-fleshed out. I love Jed and Gideon and I enjoyed their journey. Recommended!

Stacey Jo
This book was WONDERFUL and deserves more than the 5 stars alloted! It was so well-written. It's the story that takes place back in the late 1800's between Gideon Makepeace and Jedediah Buffalo Bird. Gideon and his family are with a traveling wild west show, but Gideon has taken some time away to go and train a man's horses on his ranch. Now that the work is done, Gideon and his horse Star, are about to head out on the train back to San Francisco to catch back up with his family and the show. Be...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
My friends all seem to use the word wonderful to describe this story and I have to agree. It was a story, and the author's voice was that of a storyteller. I enjoyed this tale which seems to take place mid-19th century. Gideon Makepeace is planning to travel to San Francisco to meet up with his parents and extended family/co-workers in their traveling wild west show. On the day he's planning to leave, he discovers an injured young Indian being bullied by townfolk and he intervenes in time to get...more
I absolutely loved this book.I could've kept on reading about Gideon and Jed without ever getting bored.Gideon was a sweetheart and after I finished the book my biggest wish was that there would be one that told the story from Jed's point of view because I really really wanted to know what he thought...he's mysterious right to the end.5 stars and it goes to my favorites !
I'm so pleasantly surprised with this one! It was a February BOM Comfort pick-for-me, and I want to say thank you to Susan A., as I wouldn't have picked it on my own.

This story kind of snuck up on me in a sort of meandering way. Like a slow, beautiful walk through the trees with sunshine streaming through. .. This story gives a very insightful glimpse into what it might have been like for the Lakota/Sioux, and had me laughing with Jed's quiet since of humor, as well as Gideon's chattering, and a...more
Understated and quite lovely.
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5 Stars - KAPOW!

The romance that builds between Gideon and Jedediah was at times heartwarming and at other times heartbreaking. I thought the journey from knowing the difference between pleasure and love was beautiful. It was gradual and revealed in small but significant increments.

I love westerns but I am not always a fan of historical novels. This one although dealing with prejudices was not preachy and the love story between Gideon and Jedediah was the focal point. I thoroughly enjoyed this n...more
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I'm not going to give a rating to Well Traveled. The writing is superb, and both Jed and Gideon were wonderful characters to get to know. Unfortunately, and probably through fault of my hormones and the synaptic connections in my brain, I just couldn't really get into the story. Objectively, the story was fine. There were some heart felt and sad moments. But maybe I just wasn't in the right state of mind for the setting and type of story presented in Well Traveled. Either way, I don't think it w...more
My father is a huge fan of John Wayne, and as such, I grew up on westerns and have always enjoyed them. In that respect, Gideon and Jed's story definitely fulfilled many dreams and wishes. The story was believable in every facet. I also really liked that the story took it's time, the pace set matches equally with the pace set by Jed and Gideon, and never once does it sway. I enjoyed watching their tentative (on Jed's part) friendship grow into, again, a tentative (on both) relationship.
It took me awhile to figure out my rating for this book. Well Traveled is a very quiet and subtle book. It slowly grew on me and hooked me in the end. That was why it was initially hard to rate. I wasn't sure the beginning half offered me enough, but after thinking about the book, it did in the end. The book was a journey that may not have been mysterious or action packed, but reflective of friendship and love.
This one took me almost a month to finish. Not because the writing was bad--quite the opposite. The characters were fleshed out and engaging and the writing was smooth and easy to follow. The story just didn't grip me the way more contemporary novels do. Very predictable story line but still enjoyable enough to finish.
Well Traveled is a beautiful romance set in the late 1800's. It follows the lives of Gideon Makepeace and Jedediah Buffalo Bird.
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**4 Stars**

Loved it! Jedediah and Gideon own a little piece of my heart. And if you love the "wild west" period in American history this will be a comfort read for you. Now ... if I could only get my hands on book 2.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Oct 06, 2012 Mandy*reads obsessively* marked it as to-read
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Simsala
Shelves: ebook-owned, m-m
*sigh* against my better judgment...I am giving into cat-pressure! ;)
For a good thorough review, read what Feliz said. I agree with most everything in her review.

This is a lovely, quiet, not-overly-dramatized historical romance with lots of period detail and plot elements that feel natural and graceful rather than the hysterical hyperbole we often get in romances. I did have some objections to the inevitable oh-look-what-we-did-to-the-natives moralizing that cropped up on occasion, but it was not nearly as strident as it could have been.

I was never certain that...more
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Very good MM romance with strong, unique leads and a meandering old West plot.

Jed and Gideon are such great characters but total opposite. Gideon is a born showman and loves meeting and talking to people. Jed has lived a difficult life in the bigoted west and is a cynic who doubts everyone and every situation. It was so entertaining to see these two different men work together on their journey. I also liked that both men have an easy acceptance of their sexu...more
I really enjoyed this story of the journey of Jed and Gideon.
I like cowboy stories as a genre, and historical cowboy stories are often even better.
Add to that the fact that one of the main characters, Jed, is a Lakota Sioux (an Injun, as some of the minor characters refer to him), and you have a recipe for a book I'm going to like, provided you write it well.
Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward did just that. I loved their characters, they became deeper and more familiar to me as I read along.
Gideon Ma...more
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