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The Real Thing

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
2nd Edition

Bryan Mills has fantasized about cowboys all his life. Real cowboys, that is. He even dresses in what his roommate calls “cowboy drag” when he visits his favorite bar, in the hope of attracting the attentions of a genuine cowboy. But all he usually finds are posers and guys his own age.

Then one night, to his surprise, Curtis Hansen buys him a beer, and Bryan has
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Published March 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Serena Yates
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2017
Fantasies can be fun, but they can also get out of hand. Bryan is a case in point – he has always loved cowboys, wants nothing more than a cowboy of his own to love, but the way he goes about attracting them may not be ideal… By dressing up to seem like one himself, he ends up in trouble when he meets “the real thing” and has to admit that he was only pretending. I felt for Bryan –he is so honest and open and needy in what he is looking for, chasing after his dream, yet it seems as if he will ne ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Large age gaps and cowboys aren't usually my thing, but there was something in the blurb that compelled me to read this. And, okay some of the dialogue was kinda cheesy, but there was also just something about this quick read that made me happy. Oddly sweet, I think.
Mathilda Grace
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine süße Kurzgeschichte, perfekt für zwischendurch geeignet, denn als sie sich endlich finden, sind Bryan und Curtis ein niedliches Pärchen.

Bryan mit seinem Faible für Cowboys, sorgte dabei vor allem anfangs für einige Lacher. Er ist so versessen darauf, sich einen älteren Cowboy zu angeln, weil er mit Männern in seinem Alter überhaupt nichts anfangen kann, dass es einfach nur lustig zu lesen ist. In seiner Naivität und Unsicherheit macht er dabei so einige Fehler, zumindest glaubt er das. Und
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Suchen und Finden des Traummannes ist gar nicht so einfach. Jedenfalls nicht für Bryan, denn er hat ein Faible für Cowboys. Deshalb wählt er auch immer ein Cowboy-Outfit, wenn er die einschlägigen Bars besucht. Immer in der Hoffnung, dass ihm sein Ideal eines Tages über den Weg läuft.
Curtis besitzt eine kleine Ranch. Nach seiner letzten gescheiterten Beziehung lebt er allein. Als er Bryan begegnet, hält er den jüngeren Mann zunächst auch für einen Cowboy. Ein Irrtum, wie er schnell feststel
El Ma
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine nette, kleine Geschichte, die mir die Mittagspause versüßt hat :-)
I read the 2nd edition of this book.

This was a little too short for my taste at only about 40 pages.

Bryan Mills has a thing for older men who are also cowboys. He likes to dress up as a cowboy too, thinking that looking the part might get him an in with the kind of man he desires.

So while he's out pretending to be a cowboy, he meets an actual, take-charge cowboy. Curtis Hansen is everything Bryan wants in a man, and they spend a hot night together.

Bryan is head over heels for Curtis, but also
Gabis Laberladen
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darum geht's:

Bryan hat schon mitbekommen, dass die echten Cowboys nur Verachtung und Spott für Männer übrig haben, die sich mit Glitzerjeans und roten Stiefeln "kostümieren". Also perfektioniert Bryan sein Erscheinungsbild, um den - natürlich falschen - Eindruck zu erwecken, er würde wirklich auf einer Farm arbeiten. Und dann macht er sich auf in seine Lieblingsbar, um seinen Traum wahrzumachen und sich einen echten Cowboy zu angeln.

So fand ich's:

Bryan steht auf ältere Männer und am liebsten möc
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
3.5 stars
JoAnna G
This is the second edition of this book and very short, just a mere 60 pages or so, quick read. I enjoyed it, though I would have liked a bit more. The plot was good as I haven't read many cowboy books and I wanted to give it a try. The writing is good and I was just really starting to enjoy them and get attached to them, then it was over before I knew it. I do love me a good May/December romance that is M/M, my favorite genre.

Curtis is everything Bryan wants. A real life cowboy. He has loved c
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
buon romanzo,piacevole lettura ma troppo breve per un giudizio equo.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Read an ARC, review to come
The Reading's Love Blog

Bryan ama il mondo western, lo trova molto affascinante e come sogno nel cassetto ha il desiderio di incontrare un vero cowboy con cui poter intraprendere una relazione. Infatti ogni volta che frequenta il suo locale preferito The Watering Hol, si veste da cowboy, nella speranza di incontrarne uno vero. Ed è proprio durante una di queste sere che incontra Curtis, cowboy e proprietario di un piccolo ranch appena fuori città. Brya
Feel The Book
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione a cura di Cleo per Feel The Book

Pur di far avverare le proprie fantasie, Bryan si è costruito una sorta di costume per andare nel suo locale preferito, vestendosi come un cowboy e, imparando da errori passati, stando attento persino all’usura di abiti e stivali per sembrare il più autentico possibile. Perché non vuole scimmiottare un cowboy, bensì attirarne uno, uno vero. Il problema è sapere cosa farne, di un vero cowboy: quando Curtis gli offre da bere, Bryan va quasi nel panico, ri
Romanticamente Fantasy
Se quello non era qualcosa di simile all’amore, quando gli fosse capitato quello vero avrebbe potuto ucciderlo direttamente. Bel modo di andarsene, però.

Come si può leggere anche nelle note di B.G. Thomas, si tratta di un racconto lungo e non di un romanzo, quindi immagino che il fatto che né il personaggio di Bryan né quello di Curtis siano troppo approfonditi, sia dovuto a esigenze legate alla tipologia di testo. Nonostante questo ho trovato lo svolgersi degli eventi e il cambiamento di Bryan
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Real Thing by author B.G. Thomas is a cute fast paced read. Bryan wants an older cowboy to notice him. Granted Bryan is 20 and not a cowboy. But at the bar this one older cowboy got his attention. He wants to be wanted by him. Taking some mental notes he sets off to make his fantasy come true.
Curtis picks up Bryan because he looks young. But the real deal as well. When he finds out Bryan isn’t a real cowboy Curtis has to decide if having a real cowboy is more important than the man he has in
Michela biasca
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Aww, a cute short cowboy story, sweet with lots of 'little colt' and 'little cowboy' endearments. I even learned about Dexters!
Virginie Dauphin
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
chouette histoire dommage que ce soit si court
Christine Gauzy-Svahn
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
1,5 stars
Jeff Adams
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Real Thing" is a very satisfying short read with a wonderful cute meet and perfect scenes that pull then men apart and put them back together again working towards just the right ending.

You can read the entire review at

Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book & Author: The Real Thing by B.G. Thomas
Rating: 2.75 stars

As much as I wanted to have another cowboy story to add to the list of ones that I loved, this one did not hit the spot for me. Overall the writing was really good and the characters developed as much as expected for a short story. Curtis was sweet and Bryan young and a bit naive.

But there were things about it that bothered me. Although, we know going in that Bryan Mills has a thing for cowboys the way the author writes about it
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Natosha Wilson
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great short story about dreams coming true.

Bryan has dreams and hooes that one day the of meeting an older cowboy that is not fake and is truly a cowboy will come true.

Thus far that has not happened but he has not given up hope. After graduating high school Bryan went a little wild until an unfortunate incident that changed it all and made Bryan realize that he was not going to settle any longer for less then what he truly wants.

One night his dream of finding that perfect person for him
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a super fast read. Bryan is a sweet ball of energy, a great contrast to his roommate Thomas. Also now I want to read Thomas' story!
Being in Bryan's mind is a bit exhausting, he wants to be with a real cowboy, but isn't sure he can handle it.
Once he meets Curtis- the real thing- he is sure he will be found out as a wannabe cowboy pretender. The more they get to know each other the more Bryan wants to be a cowboy. A real cowboy that would be a perfect match for Curtis.
I thought Bryan wa
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full Review at:

The Real Thing by B.G. Thomas was an awesome short story. The way the author has of writing the story constantly had me laughing or fanning myself from the hot scenes. The characters have depth, and the storyline has been fleshed out. I loved the little details and explanations that the author has supplied like why Bryan goes commando and why Curtis has been breeding Dexter cattle and why they’re belted. This is a well-written story and nic
Cathy Brockman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bryan likes older men and loves cowboys. He decides to dress the part to get one. He succeeds only to find that his cowboy wants the real thing too. Will his deceit cost him the perfect man for him?
I am a huge BG Thomas fan and I love cowboys. This story didn't let me down. It was short but also fun as in all B G books and also sweet and sexy.
To be so short I felt we really got into both characters and the plot is obvious. Both men looking for that perfect partner. I adored the use of the title
Dani Elle Maas
Read and reviewed for Love Bytes reviews
I only wish it was longer and that some how there will be something more from their future somewhere !
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

This was a cute story. Bryan made some mistakes when he first knew he was gay and since then hasn’t been able to really have a relationship or be with the kind of man he wants, a real cowboy. He can’t believe when Curtis approaches him at the bar and spends the night with him.

Seeing everything through Bryan’s eyes we are able to see how truly innocent he is to the world of dating. Curtis has been hurt in the pa
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B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband for nearly fifteen years and was legally married in 2014. Ehey have a fabulous little dog, Sarah Jane. He sees his wonderful daughter just often enough to miss her when she isn't there! He has a romantic soul and is extraordinarily lucky to have many friends.
He loves science fiction & fantasy, horror, romance and more, has gone to SF&F con
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