The harder Alex works at dressage hiding it from his macho alcoholic father and the more he tries to make friends with Cleo, the faster Cleo spirals out of control and the deeper Alex sinks into the despair of hiding his sexuality.
Another Kind Of Cowboy
However, as Alex's dressage skills advance, he gains confidence and revels in the love of his borrowed horse. It's not only a car accident and an illness that threatens her horse's life that bring Cleo back up short. It's also Alex's friendship and his newly found strength as he admits to and acts on this sexuality. Alex is a wonderful character, totally committed to horses and coping with his younger twin sisters, his crazy aunt Grace the family's supposed caregiver and his boozy father. He lusts after Cameron, a gorgeous skateboarder, but rejects the sex in the park scene.
Observing the commitment and trust between Ivan and Fergus, he finally reaches out to his familiar friend Chris and his artistic world while Chris helps him to celebrate his dressage successes. Alex finds the strength to come out to his father and family and remains a true friend to Cleo, even when she behaves badly.
Yes, her parents have always abandoned her to nannies, chauffeurs and private schools, but her insightful comments display her wit and intelligence. Saved by her disgust at the drug taking of the more out of control girls, Cleo is drawn to the relative normality of Alex's sisters and aunt and responds to Alex's dependability and friendship.
As many wealthy people do, she generously helps Alex when he needs it the most. Secondary characters are wonderful cameos, from the hard bitten, vindictive real estate agent to the tender, kind Fergus. The story is told alternately from the point of view of Alex and Cleo. The story begins weakly with the childhood of both main characters.
This information would have been better integrated into the present day story as the intended readers may have difficulty persisting beyond Alex's infatuation with his bicycle, which he treats like a horse. The horse barn and competitive riding setting is rich and vivid.
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