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Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain

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Rand McIntyre settles for good enough. He loves his small California ranch, raising horses, and teaching riding to the kids he adores—but having kids of his own and someone to love means coming out, and that would jeopardize everything he’s built. Then, despite his terror of flying, he goes on a holiday to Hana, Hawaii, with his parents and meets the dark and mysterious Kai Kealoha, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy. Rand takes to Kai’s kid brother and sister as much as he drools over Kai, but the guy sports more prickles than a horned toad and more secrets than the exotic land he comes from.

Kai’s earned his privacy and lives to protect his “kids.” He ought to stay away from the big, handsome cowboy for everyone’s sake—but since the guy’s just a haole on a short vacation, how much damage can he do? When all of Kai’s worst fears and Rand’s darkest nightmares come true at once, there’s not much chance for two cowboys who can’t—or won’t—come out.

Review

This was a fast paced, relatively low angst and medium steam-filled romance – with kids and cowboys in Hawaii over the Holidays!  So, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone.

The reasons for these guys staying in the closet was reasonable, which I was glad to see, because I was worried about that from the blurb.  Kai, especially, I understood as needing to be circumspect in all things.  Rand had been hurt – badly – in the past, so I saw his reasoning as well.

Things moved quickly – you have to put on your “it’s fiction” hat and ride it out – else the insta love might be a bit overwhelming.

While I loved the ending, I did wish I’d gotten to see more of these guys in an actual relationship before they did what they did.  The timing was important, I get that, but still… I wanted them to be a couple on page more.

The kids were cute if COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC.  Again, I donned my “it’s fiction” hat and just enjoyed them for the roles they played in moving the story forward.

All in all, if you’re looking for something light, sweet, a little sexy and fun.  Give this a go!  If you’re looking for “real” – keep looking.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Colorado Fire (Colorado Heart #2) by Sara York

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. 

Marshal has it bad, but can he figure it out before he ruins his relationship with his best friend, or will he mess up the one good thing in his life. 

Zander doesn’t know if he’s coming or going. Life at Wild Bluff has been easy up until now. His head is spinning and his heart is aching. Can he figure out Marshal’s mess before it puts them both in hot water? 

Grant Stovall is in too deep. Should he turn to or away from Roger Burk? If only the answers were easy, and he could be sure. Craig is back in town, ready to serve a burn notice, destroying everything the men of Wild Bluff hold dear. 

Colorado Fire is the second book of the Colorado Heart series.

Review

This takes up right where book one ends. Grant’s after Craig. Billy and Tucker are exploring their relationship and now – very similarly – Marshal and Zander are considering their feelings. It’s another friends-to-lovers, “I’ve never been with a man in this way” scenario and it plays out the same way.

There’s a lot of waffling. I want him, but I shouldn’t do this, what about our friendship, what does this say about me, and a slightly new twist – what about his (Marshal’s) previous crush on Grant?

Then there’s the Craig situation. Craig is out for revenge (we find out more about why) and is determined to get back at Grant as well as the rest of the team for some perceived wrongs.

Meanwhile, Grant and Roger move things forward but… Roger is stil pretty attached to the memory of his ex and it complicates things.

**

I think fans of book one will love this. It’s just an extension of book one in fact. The drama continues and if you haven’t read book one, you’ll probably be confused and it leaves us in such a place that we want to see what happens in book three because nothing is actually that settled here.

I got a bit annoyed by the back and forth between Marshal and Zander. They’d decide it was ok, have sex, then feel recriminations. Over and over.

I also thought Craig didn’t make decisions that fit his character. He’s supposed to be super smart, greedy and selfish – but doesn’t kill all the guys when he has the chance. Maybe this will be explained more later, but as it stands it didn’t make a lot of sense.

On the one hand, this was not very “inspiring”, but it was interesting and kept me reading.  There was a lot of sex – maybe too much? – if that’s possible – that didn’t really move the story along.

I started to the audio version just to see if I’d judged the narrator wrong with book one but had to quickly revert to the e-book as the narrator was as bad as I’d remembered.

I’m excited about book three and a new narrator and finding out if James ends up with Brody. J

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Commitment Ranch Audiobook by BA Tortuga Narrated by John Solo

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A fist fight, a snowstorm, a stolen kiss in the barn… and a second chance at love.

Ford Nixel has two law offices, two fancy condominiums, and all the right connections. In short, he has everything he wants.

The last thing he needs is his Uncle Ty’s stake in the Leaning N, a ranch that’s been in the family for generations. Ford hasn’t even been to the ranch in over a decade, not since he left his boyfriend Stoney behind and headed back to college alone.

Ford arrives at the Leaning N to find Stoney, now a single father, right where he left him. A fist fight, a snowstorm, and a stolen kiss in the barn later—Ford knows none of the heat between them has dissipated.

Review

I think this book has just a few too many people and a few too many story threads to work really well.

BA Tortuga excels at giving us “real” people with strong “country” backgrounds in rural setting. In this case, Colorado, on a ranch.

Geoff, the chef (ha-ha) absolutely steals the show as the most interesting character in this story, but he’s not one of the MCs, unfortunately.

While I thought Ford got the shaft from his uncle and Stoney, he didn’t much move me as a character. I also think Stoney needed to have done more to earn Ford’s forgiveness than what we saw.

I’m a fan of the author’s unique, more stream-of-consciousness writing style, but this one seemed a bit all over the place. There were a few too many characters and side stories and the main romance sort of got lost in the shuffle.

I’m not a big fan of “second chance romances” but I like single-father stories and Quartz is a good kid. The cowboy part will definitely be attractive to some readers and, obviously, fans of the author will want to check this out.

I like BA’s The Release series better (https://www.goodreads.com/series/160427) but this wasn’t a bad read, and it has a lovely epilogue – which I adore.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

UGH! First crack out of the bag: it’s pronounced like the metal – lead – Leadville, not like the verb – to guide (leedville). Sorry, but that bugs me. John Solo’s accent on the Spanish words aren’t great either. But, I like his female voices, though. In general, I like his “Western” accent. He’s got a lovely slow drawl for Stoney. Quartz’s voice is… okay. It’s hard to do children and he makes a respectable attempt. Ford and the many other “cowboys” are all voiced well. I think Geoff is hysterical and I like the voice he chose for him.

I think that this is a great way to experience this story, and to me, made it more fun. The author’s dialog is her best feature and John’s narration showcases this. There are so many characters and John does a really nice job of differentiating them all. His voice is easy to listen to and he has a great sense of timing and emotion.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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When the Dust Settles (Timing Book 3)  by Mary Calmes

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Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

Review

This is classic Mary. We get a very misunderstood Glenn who thinks everyone hates him when he is in fact this amazing guy who saves people left and right and makes his own new little family just to spite his “real” family.

There were some shockers in here, too. For one, Glenn is gay but a male virgin! That was awesome! He discloses some things about his past that explain the why of this as well as some pretty important other changes he’s made that kind of reinvent him – entirely. Which is good – because he was mostly a jerk in Timing and After the Sunset.

His love interest is another shocker – we had no idea that Mac was gay before this – but that wasn’t really made a thing and once Glenn found out things moved quickly. (So that was one of the hurdles, fairly easily crossed.)

This is pretty short and if I have a complaint it’s that. We’re going along and there’s all this delicious tension and misunderstandings abounding and Glenn’s getting all this excellent Karma built up and then – BAM – he flips his switch and suddenly all that tension is released without a legitimate explanation. While I loved what happened next I can’t really say it made any sense.

Another piece that Mary either blatantly planted a seed for a future story with Josie and her story or it was a really neglected plot string. We start Glenn’s story off with Josie in a very terrible situation and yes, Glenn comes off the hero, but I’m not sure what purposed the served beyond that. As it stands, it feels kind of like we’re missing something important.

I loved the near death situations and how close Glenn comes to danger – felt a bit like Jory again! I also loved the complete adoration Mac gives him and how easily he accepts his new role.

What I didn’t like was how little Mac was even in this story! Most of this about Glenn and I wish we could have seen more of the happy couple – either before or after they hooked up.

It was fantastic catching up with Rand and Stef and it was great to see their new little one, too.

All in all I loved this and thought it was a blast. I think fans of the series will also adore it. If you’re new to the series you will probably need to start at book one to really appreciate this, but it can be a standalone, though not a very good one.

As a part of the series 4 of 5 stars

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Real World (Love is Blind Book 2) by BA Tortuga

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Dan White is trying to acclimate to civilian life after a long career in the military with multiple combat deployments.

Now he’s home in the Austin area, living with his brother Dixon, Dixon’s husband, Audie, and their two nine-year-olds. During the New Year celebration, Dan meets Abraham Weldon, and the connection is instant.

There’s a kiss. There’s a dance. There’s a proposition.

Then Dan finds out Weldon is bisexual.

And a dad.

With five kids. Five kids, one of whom is a blind fifteen-year-old.

Weldon has been in love twice in his life—with his high school best friend, Blake, and with his wife, Krista, who he met in a Dairy Queen as she was crying over a positive pregnancy test. Love number three hits Weldon like a hammer when he meets Dan.

But since Dan isn’t interested in a guy with kids, they might only get one night together.

Review

I absolutely loved Audey and Dix in Ever the Same. It’s a terrific story with characters who are REAL. Well, this is Dix’s brother – Dan and Audey’s friend – Weldon. But… we get to see a lot of Dix and Audey too!

Weldon is easily the greatest dad/human ever! He’s so sweet, loving, honest, open, funny, sexy… the list goes on. Dan is… well… more human. He’s also honest, and sweet and open – but he doesn’t want a boatload of kids and he’s up front enough to say that right from the start.

You have to know that BA Tortuga’s writing style is unique – she uses lots of one word sentences and exclamations to portray feelings – and if that bugs you – there’s a lot of it so be warned.

Personally, I think her characters are great. Very down to earth. Her men aren’t afraid to “emote” and sometimes they might even “emote” a bit too much… but most of the time it’s just right.

The kids were also really well portrayed. No one was really evil or too perfect and their ages seemed appropriate. There’s some drama at the end with Jakob that felt a little bit OTT – some of the reactions – especially by the grandmother didn’t seem realistic – but that was the only thing.

I couldn’t put the book down, loved these boys a lot and had that warm gooey feeling by the end and the epilogue cinched the deal!

Highly recommended. 4.5 of 5 stars

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Red Dirt Heart (Book 1) Audiobook by NR Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.

Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.

American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely, it’s the man with the red dirt heart.

Please note: This book is set in Australia, using Australian English and lingo.

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Charlie Sutton is a closeted gay rancher in Australia, living on his newly inherited Sutton Station, 3 hours from civilization, with no hope of ever having a relationship or even any hook-ups.

Travis Craig is an agronomy student who comes to Sutton Station to compare agriculture practices in the Australian desert with those of the deserts of Texas. What he ends up finding is love.

It takes awhile for Charlie to admit his attraction and then the two must struggle with Charlie’s fear of being outed combined with his fear that Travis will never want to stay out in the boonies with him for any length of time.

God, Charlie is a mess! He is so filled with shame that his father instilled in him, but also so much stubbornness that he won’t bow to those ways of thinking. The relationship between him and Travis is so slow moving that when they finally do get together it’s like fireworks! The slow burn was exquisite.

Travis is his perfect counterpart to Charlie: open, loving, out, smiling all the time, hyperactive, a doer not a thinker. He gets along with everyone and when he is stuck out in the summer desert, lost and injured, he finds out just how important he is to everyone he has met, not just Charlie.

NR Walker does emotion so well – the aching with love, hopeless yet exalted at the same time. Charlie makes you want to cry and hug him, then smack him upside the head when he turns around and shoots himself in the foot (metaphorically speaking).

Travis just makes you smile, and makes you so glad Charlie found him. Really, a one in a million chance of finding happiness, stumbling into your life.

I highly, highly recommend this book and you will be so glad to know that the sequel is also out, so the greatness continues – no waiting necessary.

I give it a 6 out 5 stars – it was amazing!

Audio

Joel Leslie did an absolutely amazing job with this. He does a good Australian accent and a fantastic Texan accent. The emotion in this book is so, so deep and Joel is able to access that and help transmit it to us listeners. I had such great expectations for when this series finally came to audio and he didn’t let me down one bit! I hope he does the entire series!

(The part with Travis in the desert had me ugly crying!  Kudos Joel, kudos!)

Highly Recommended

6 of 5 stars

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Roped In by Marie Sexton and LA Witt

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Graham and his roping partner Jackson have ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. And then there’s Jackson.

Graham and Jackson have been friends since they were boys. But ever since their drunken sexual encounter the year before, things have been awkward. Graham’s accepted that he might be gay, but no matter how attracted he is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. And Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.

All they need is a bit of rope.

Review

(This is a re-relase from 2014.)

Graham and Jackson are best friends and on the rodeo circuit together as ropers. Graham has always had a crush on Jackson and one night they drunkenly fool around together but it’s GRAHAM that pulls away when things get intimate. It’s put their friendship in a precarious place and though they still rodeo together, things have never been the same.

Enter Kaz. Kaz is a hippy protester animal rights advocate who stumbles into Graham’s life one night at the rodeo.   Graham offers to have a one on one discussion with him about animal rights and things heat up from there.

Seeing Graham with Kaz stirs up all kinds of feelings in Jackson, but is Graham ready to give up all he’s found with Kaz?

**

As you can guess from the title and the blurb there is a “lite” element of BDSM here. Graham needs to lose control to get over his own doubts about being gay, so Kaz ties him up first. There’s more to it than that – but that’s the gist.

Jackson and Graham’s relationship isn’t as easy to simplify – but their’s is an important one throughout the book. What I didn’t like about this book was just that. I kinda felt like a bait and switch. On the one hand most of the emotional angst is worked out between Jackson and Graham – very little happens between Graham and Kaz but sex.

The ending felt super rushed to me – and I think way too much page space was devoted to sex versus relationship building.

The writing was fine and I think this book had a lot of potential – Kaz and Graham could be a fascinating couple and finding out what happens to Jackson would be fantastic! – but as it stands I was very dissatisfied with both relationships and how things ended. I didn’t get the feeling that Kaz and Graham would make it in the long run – they’re just so different and Kaz was pretty much a judgmental jerk even still at the end.

If you’re in a mood for some interesting tied up gay virgin cowboy sex – this is the book for you – and it’s hot! – but if you want a deep – emotional – story – you might be disappointed.

(Love the new cover though!)

3.5 of 5 stars

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Bullheaded Audiobook by Catt Ford Narrated by Derrick McClain

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Aging bull rider Cody Grainger needs bullfighter Johnny Arrow for more than just protection in the ring. Their bond of trust goes beyond the professional and into love, but while their relationship holds up to the need for discretion imposed by their sport and repeatedly having to watch each other put themselves in the way of dangerous animals, other barriers still tear them apart.

For one thing, Cody is ten years older than Johnny. But instead of contemplating retirement, he focuses on winning the championship, desperate to stay on top. Johnny is only beginning to find the professional recognition he craves. When frustration leads Johnny to walk away, Cody’s season slumps. While they’re apart, they both slowly realize they are meant to be together. But machismo abounds in the sport of bull riding, and their pride might be an obstacle too big for love to overcome.

Review

This is a tough book for me to review. I’ll start with the narrator – because he was awesome.

He does an amazing job with all the MANY characters in this story and he gave Johnny in particular the perfect voice. I really loved his interpretation of the characters and thought this was absolutely the best way to enjoy this story.

(5 of 5 stars for the narration)

Now for the story. On the one hand it is well written, gives an AMAZING look at life as a bull rider/bull fighter and life on the rodeon circuit on the down low.

Catt Ford has given us many fully developed characters with real flaws and given us a set of MCs who are very REAL.

I was really loving the story up until the point where the MCs broke up. Then the story really disappointed me – and I know it’s just my own silly biases – but there you have it.

I didn’t like the “exploration” Johnny did while he and Cody were on a “break” – even though I totally see why the author did that. I also did not like how the story ended because it still felt so tenuous. I really wanted Cody and Johnny to realize that their lives were more than their careers and I didn’t get that from this. So – to me – I was disappointed. I’m sure it’s a realistic take on things – but that’s not why I read stories – so I was disappointed. (Others may not be at all.)

So… since I’d give the writing and the character development 5 of 5 points, but the plot a 3 of 5 I’ll average it to a 4 of 5 stars.

Coupled with the narration – 4.5 of 5 stars – because it really does have a lot going for it.

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Spring (Seasons of Love Book 1) by Carol Lynne

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On the day of his mother’s funeral, ten-year old Sidney Wilks is silently comforted by the presence of one man, ranch hand Grady Nash. Little did Sidney know that Nash would become the only stable figure in his life for the next forty years.

Years later, after an evening of typical college fun, Sidney is involved in a serious car wreck. It’s Nash who once again steps in to rescue Sidney and nurse him back to health.

While trying to get close enough to Sidney to help him heal, Nash’s feelings begin to change towards the twenty-one year old. For him, loving Sidney was nothing new, but when his body begins to desire the small man, Nash is forced to re-evaluate his protective instincts.

What kind of future could the two men possibly have? Nash’s life is centred on horses and cattle, while Sidney has dreams of escaping the small-town Kansas life to build skyscrapers. How can two men who want opposite lifestyles come to a compromise, or will Nash be forced to allow Sidney to spread his wings without him?

Review

This is a “retro read”  from 2011 – my bud Tracy recommended it and though I hadn’t heard of the series,  I like Carol Lynne’s stuff and Tracy knows good books so…

The book grabbed me right from the start. There is a homophobic a**hole of a father, who abuses his fem son and a protective ranch hand who tries to make things right. Awesome! I love these types of hurt/comfort and May/December stories!

Sidney’s mother is dead and his dad is distant and mean. Nash steps in (at the behest of Sidney’s mother – we later find out) to help Sidney navigate his teenage years. When Sidney goes to college (now a man) Nash can’t help but acknowledge his feelings for him. He feels he can’t act on them or risk limiting Sidney’s opportunities in life (Sidney has big city dreams and Nash is a country boy all the way.)

When Sidney gets injured and is forced to return to the ranch to recover, the two can’t resist one another.

There is a lot of drama in this book (and in the series!) but there is also a lot of tenderness, feels and real emotion.

If you like cowboys, tenderness, May/December romances and a series with a fair amount of angst – this is the series for you!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Then Sawyer Happened by Hurri Cosmo

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Trace has had a run of bad luck. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.

So Trace heads for the ranch owned by his aunt Lois. But before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.

Then Sawyer happens.

Sawyer is his aunt’s sexy straight ranch manager. Meeting the man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Then the next day Trace proceeded to set his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer comes to the rescue.

Not to mention Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder and it seems those same people want Trace dead, too.

Looks like Trace’s luck followed him.

How can Trace figure out who’s trying to kill him AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?

He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.

Review

Trace is a gay, city boy who ends up on his aunt’s ranch back in Texas when he loses his job and apartment and boyfriend all in one fell swoop. Co-incidentally, his aunt ends up in the hospital after a suspicious accident ends up wrecking her car and injuring her pretty severely.

It’s up to Trace and the aunt’s foreman, Sawyer, to keep things running while at the same time trying to figure out who’d want to hurt Trace’s aunt.

Trace lusts after Sawyer whom he assumes is straight and the two dance around one another for most of the book. Finally (at the 70%) mark the two manage to connect and it’s an instant attraction. They still have the mystery to solve and the ranch to save.

**

This is a well written, slow, slow burn romance with a bit of a mystery to keep things moving along.

It’s pretty predictable and a bit slow in the middle, but good nonetheless and I enjoyed it.

Fans of sexy alpha cowboys and shy, stuttering city boys will really find this appealing.

3.5 of 5 stars

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