Love is a fragile thing, and it can slip through your fingers if you don’t hold on tight…. When Zack Jung’s AA sponsor and friend commits suicide, he’s desperate to hold it together, and there’s only one place he can turn. He calls Josh and Kris, and they take him back to their ranch outside Santa Fe. A cowboy to the bone, Cimarron Duran cherishes his orderly life and routine. He likes his neighbors, Kris and Josh, but he has less than no interest in the hipster personal trainer who comes to stay with them—or at least, he plans to fight his interest in favor of his solitary life and his art. But some things are as inevitable as the weather, and when Zack and Cimarron finally come together, they find they don’t want to let go. It won’t be easy, though, for two men with pasts like theirs to forge a happy future together.
It took me a little while to warm to the story, mainly because it started with characters from the previous book (Josh, Kris, Cypress). As an aside, this story can be read as a standalone; the book (eventually) provides enough on the characters from the previous story that one is not lost. Once I understood the dynamics of all the players, I began to really enjoy the story.
The story centres on Zack, a recovering addict, and Josh’s neighbour, Cimarron.
Cimarron is older, a cowboy who makes a living as an artist. (I couldn’t tell how old Cimarron was, so that was a bit of a distraction for me).
Cimarron and Zack start slowly, but quickly ramp up to being lovers to being inseparable. They’re sweet together – with Zack bringing out a softer side of Cimarron. As they begin to explore the depth of their feelings, a major health crisis occurs and both men have to face up to past issues/ghosts in order to make a go of their future.
This is a nice, low angst read with lots of humour and heart – my kind of book.
3.75 (round to 4) stars out of 5