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.
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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