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The Shearing Gun

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,338 ratings  ·  424 reviews
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 remaine ...more
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Published September 19th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 14th 2014)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Prepare for closeted shearing guns, country doctors nicknamed Quackle by their teasing boyfriends, good ol' blokes who break your collarbone by sitting on it, best friends who knew all along, homophobic fathers who come around, sheep named Lily, and the best uncles in the world (certainly in all of Australia).

I love Kaye's work. Her writing is always consistent, with prose that flows well and draws you right in. I will never forget Jay. But The Shearing Gun is my favorite of Kaye's books thus f
Cristina Monica
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cristina Monica by: ~~D✡ni ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~~
*3.5 stars*

‘‘Hank?’’ he asked as I urged him to get back under the covers.
‘‘Yeah, mate?’’
‘‘I like you.’’
I swallowed and tried to hide my smile. ‘‘I like you too, mate. Now get into bed.’’
He obediently put his feet in the bed, and I pulled up the covers. ‘‘Hank?’’
‘‘Yeah, mate?’’
‘‘I mean I really like you.’’

I don’t know what’s happening. It’s like M/M romance’s got a hold on me. See, I was eagerly planning to start Under My Skin, which has created som
Re-read Sept. 2015 Loved it even more the second time. Such a wonderful book!

There is NO possible way I could have loved this more!! Bravo, bravo!! It gets all the bestest shelves and the romance shelf to boot.

Loved it!!! Recommended!
☆ Todd
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MM readers who HATE enduring shitty books
Recommended to ☆ Todd by: Dani
Shelves: gay4u-out4u
Finally, it's official. I am no longer the last sad fucker on my friends list who hasn't read this book. *FistPump*

I was initially worried that the book wouldn't live up to all of the crazy hype, and it actually was a bit different than I expected, but definitely not in a bad way.

My expectation was that the whole "shearing gun" aspect of the book was some type of official competition circuit, which it really wasn't. Instead, it was just a bunch of really fast sheep shearers who got hired by var
Rosa, really


In this book you will find; one hot farmer, one hot doctor and...


...a shitload of sheep.

You'll also find an uncommon setting (sheep farming? Really?), an awesome lesson in Australian vocabulary (there's a glossary included -- you'll need it) and an almost angst-free plot. Like Kaye's other books there's a lot of humor and a great set of supporting characters. One of my favorites is Neil, a friend of Hank's (the aforementioned hot farmer), who upon discovering Hank's sexuality, says:
I mean, w
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.25 Stars!

Well this was yet another case of "judging a book by it's blurb". The whole shearing thing kind of turned me off of this one to begin with. Once again, I was proven wrong as this one turned out to be a really enjoyable read.

Was it a bit too farm-y (I know that's not a word)? Perhaps, yes.

I got a bit lost at times with all of the farming lingo and whatnot. I mean, there was a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book.

But despite all of that, Hank really won me over. Don't get m
Trisha Harrington
I'm blown away by how much I loved this book. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.

The characters were so amazing and I fell in love with them instantly. They had great chemistry and I liked the fact they became friends first and from there it grew. Hank and Quackle (lol you'll have to read the book to find out about that) were so sweet and cute together. I did worry about liking them together for the first couple of chapters, but once they started spending time together and they got to
Re-read January 2019

Still such an epic read.


I was hesitant to start this. I figured it would be a bit boring.. I mean, sheep shearing…?


But…. I adored this book. I fell in love with Hank and Elliot.

This is a book about Hank, a shearing gun and Elliot, the town doctor. Set in the rural town of Dumbleyung Australia.

I completely fell in love with Hank. He was so sweet! Not one ounce of him ever thought of hurting Elliot, even unintentionally. And Elliot was simp
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it


Hank is a twenty-five years old young man who lives in Dumbleyung, a small town in Australia. He’s a shearer, a good one and a farmer. Hank is gay, but he’s in the closet, only a few people knowing about his sexuality. He doesn’t came out because he thinks no one will hire a queer shearer. He lives alone for five years, since his father throw him out, now having a cordial relationship with him.

Elliot is the new doctor in the rural town. He moved in Dumbleyung signing a government contr
Jenni Lea
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

4.5 charming, sweet stars!

Oh yes, I loved this one! At first I thought it was going to be a bit TMI, what with all the talk about sheep farming and all but it wasn't. Renae Kaye made sheep farming interesting. Who da thunk it?

Like Loving Jay, this book was a charmer. Filled with humor and aww worthy moments it left me with the warm fuzzies and a stupid grin on my face. Good snark here too.

Highly recommend!
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lovely-romance, m-m, br, hot, funny

Australia is a country I have always wanted to visit, and while reading The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye my desire gets bigger and bigger!!

This book is one of those heartwarming, comfort, charming and funny read.

Yes, there are Australian terms but luckily, there is also an Australian glossary provided by the author. She does an amazing job incorporating the setting into the book and we get such a fab feel for their way of life.

I totally love Hank and Elliott together. I loved everything about the
BWT (Belen)
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Low-Angst Romance lovers who like some heat too!
Okay so, full disclosure? I've now read this ten times. I know, I know...ten times?! Yes...well, nine actually reading and ten with the audio listen. For me, this gets better every time I read it. So what I'm trying to say here is I am not unbiased. At all. It's all about the bias up in here.

No I don

Belens Audio Book Review

We'll start out with me gushing a bit about Dave Gillies' performance: I thought he did an excellent job with the many character voices, the timing, humor and heat. I'm looking forward to listening t
Marte - Thunderella

-------spoilerish review----------------

***** 4,5 Quackle stars *****

"I'm planning on buying you a couple of fuckin' chooks so you'll stay. What part of that doesn't say I love you?".

Ahh, thank you, Marco for "nudging" me to read this book!

I have to say that the blurb for this book is really good. It perfectly describes the story. What it doesn't relay is how adorable and funny and sweet and hot it was!

I was a bit confused with the title at first, th
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
The Shearing Gun:

"Quackle": The best nickname and term of endearment that there ever was.

I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I mean it's about sheep farming and sheep shearing in the middle of nowhere. 'How good could it possibly be?' says I. Awesome it turns out.

This book is a feel good book. A story about two men meeting, becoming friends and falling in love. A story that you may think you have read a thousand times before but you've never read it from the POV of an Australian
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Definitely my favorite Renae Kaye book to date.

Friends to lovers.
Slow burn attraction.
Hunky 'shearing gun', more-attractive-as-you-get-to-know-him doctor.
Lots of Aussie testosterone.

The whole thing worked for me.

Adorable and fun!

Bring on more Renae Kaye!!!!
Funny, adorable, sexy, fluffy, cute and just what I needed! These boys were funny as hell!! Hot, too, with plenty of sexy times. No angst. Cute lambs. Hunky farm boys. Sexy doctor. What's not to love??? Hank and Elliot rock!!

There's nothing like Renae Kaye to take you out of a book slump!!
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That was PERFECT!!!
I loved every minute of it.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
3 sweet stars

Review to come...

Hank and Elliot's story

Can it be even more Australian...

BR here
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ariana by: Elena
4,5 stars

Yeah! That’s what a light-hearted romance is all about!

Pretty much liked everything here – the Australian rural setting, the Mcs, the secondary characters (all thumbs up for Middy!), the slowly paced romance going the ‘friends first, lovers second’ route and the gradual ‘coming out’ story.

Most of all I loved Hank’s voice. It feels real and unique, and made me really root for the guy. Shame we didn’t get a glimpse of Elliot’s POV, there were times when I wished for it. And I might have e
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Lelyana
4.5 stars!

Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true! Sheep be true! Baa-ram-ewe (Sorry folks, I just have to insert this somewhere)

I have started reading MM about 5-6 years ago… and by now, I have read over than 500 contemporary MM stories, since they are my favorite genre (overall, I probably have read more than 1000). What I am trying to say is with so many stories and the small capacity of memory that I have, it is rather difficult for me in the end to remember t
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fr, romance-contemp
Love on the range.

Actually, the marginally populated, farmlands of western Australia. Sheep. Lots and lots of sheep. Gotta like sheep to like this story. Nice crash course tutorial on sheep farming. There's lingo and 4/5 of the action revolves around the life of a rural rancher/farmer.

Hank's a nice guy, focused, skilled and favorably disposed. Actually he's sex on legs and his romps to the city to find action prove that real fast. Impossible not to like him. Might want to shake him at times, bu
* A Reader Obsessed *
I have to say that this was my favorite story from Renae Kaye thus far, and it doesn't hurt that I also thought it was the smexiest of her works as well.

Both Elliot and Hank are starkly lonely in the small rural town in which they live. Once they know each other's secret, they forge a friendship and then an intimate relationship while trying to keep their own growing feelings for each other under wraps. This was definitely fun, flirty, playful and hot. This had great sexual tension, and it was s
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story! I read most of it with a huge smile on my face. And so educational! I learned so much about sheep farming in Australia. I fell head over heels in love with Hank and Elliot. Definitely belongs on my Favorites shelf :)
5 Stars

Renae Kaye, you little ripper! How am I only now reading my first RK story? What a drongo!

I honestly enjoyed every aspect of this story. The writing was superb and the characters were extremely lovable. Hank, in particular, was a bit of a dag (in a relatable way), and had me pissing myself laughing on more than one occasion, with his quirky inner monoglues and random romantic notions – because everyone wants their significant other to buy them a couple of chooks to call their own. Too fun
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Love the slowburn romance here. I liked the farming talk but the sheep shearing scenes were too much that I found myself losing interest and eventually skipped some parts. The rest was great! Hank is funny and really likeable and I love his inner monologues. Fun, sweet and very low angst. Recommended! :)
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
I am so mad I waited so long for this little gem.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second time around Audiobook.

At the beginning I was wondering how hard was to find an Ausie Bloke to narrated this story, this is such an Australian outback plot with an amazing character from Western Australia. It would have been more entertainnig that having a posh English narrator. However, at the end I didn't mind as much. 4 stars for Audio

Freaking Amazing!!!
I don't usually recommend books because I have weird taste, but this time I will make an exception.
I love everything about this stor
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This a delicious story! It's sweet, funny, sexy, hot... adorable!

Hank and Elliot couldn't be more different: one is a farmer and a shearing gun, the other a country doctor! It was inevitable! They fall in love and they belong together, because they are absolutely perfect together!

The beginning of this story is a little slow, but as soon as they become a a couple, even if they didn't acknowledge that, the story became addictive and fantastic!

This is was such a very cute BR
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read 2/13/19 - upped rating to 4🌟. My previous spoiler didn’t bother me as much this time and I love the MC’s.
Seriously?! (view spoiler)

I must say that, while I liked the book, something just didn't sit right with me. It seems like important scenes were skipped over only to be told as Hank th
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Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do w ...more

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