After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.
Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.
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Gah! I was leery of this book because I’ve not been impressed with this series overly much, however – this is a unique part of the world and May/December and I really enjoyed Avon Gale’s contribution to the series … so I thought I’d give it a try.
Well, I’m just going to say it didn’t work for me.
There was a lot of “info dumping” about being in South Dakota, being a Native American from South Dakota, being a ranch operator etcetera that felt more educational than entertaining.
I didn’t care for the way Grayson talked to and about Flynn right from the start. It didn’t feel authentic or sincere and it bothered me a lot. Ie:
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You’re gorgeous. Please tell me you’re the gay one.”
I didn’t like that Flynn referred to his BFF as a “fagstag” and their relationship felt awkward and strange as well.
Then there’s the ending. We got a very HEA but it was totally unbelievable – especially given the circumstances surrounding Flynn’s trip in the first place and didn’t feel real. Even the “misunderstanding” seemed unrealistic given who all was on the ranch – I think Flynn would have guess who Grayson was right from the start.
In any case – while I might read something from this author in the future, this just wasn’t for me.
2 of 5 stars
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