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Review: The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton

The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton
Title: The Ranch Foreman
Author: Rob Colton
Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears.

Review:

After Madison Ward could no longer take care of his ailing Aunt Martha, his cousin Brian Ward not only found him a job, but a place to live on the Gates ranch as well.

Never having done ranch work before, Matty starts out as the low man, as a stable boy. Being out of the closet isn’t always possible in ranching. When an unwanted pass by a fellow coworker leads to more, the only man Matty has eyes for steps in.

Baxter Hollingsworth is not use to showing anyone but his stallion his emotions. Allowing the man that has captured his attention to escape due to his fears of being out, leads him to be drastic changes.

What I enjoyed…

I loved watching Matt find his place on the ranch. A city slicker in tennis shoes learns not only how to wear cowboy boots, but how to fill them as well.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I really think this book could have used a few chapters from Baxter’s point of view. I would have loved to hear what was going through his mind when Matt Ward walked into his life. Most of the time Baxter comes off as a jerk. Having his POV could have added to his character.

Overall, I give The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton three stars. I think the story will be devoured by cowboy fans. I just felt the story was too one sided. The plot felt rushed to me. This took away from getting to really know the other characters in the story as well as we got to know Matt.

Review: Cowboys & Vampires: Venom Valley Book I by Hank Edwards

Cowboys & Vampires: Venom Valley Book 1 by Hank Edwards
Title: Cowboys & Vampires: Venom Valley Book I
Author: Hank Edwards
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Horror
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

In the frontier town of Belkin’s Pass, as a vampire quietly feeds on the local saloon girls and their customers, a tragedy teaches resident Josh Stanton he has the ability to raise the dead. Knowing he is now a wanted man, Josh flees into the arid plains of Venom Valley. Pursued by Dex, the town deputy and Josh’s best friend, the two realize their friendship is truly something deeper, and Dex has to decide if he’s a man of the law, or a man in love. The vampire, drawn by Josh’s power, circles ever closer, gathering his forces against them.

Review:

The ending left me speechless and I don’t want to stop! It was a wonderful book that kept me feeling nervous for Dex and Josh from the beginning to the ending. That included Glory, too. The author successfully made the book original. The vampires had similar traits but how they were turned had been different. Also, how the zombies existed was original.

The writing style had been awesome and fast for me to read. That was exactly how I liked it. The sec scenes were unbelievably hot! The author had a great talent to turn the book to horror rather than having it as a common paranormal romance. Speaking of romance, I didn’t exactly think the book was romance but for some plots, it was an actual romantic between Dex and Josh.

I cannot wait for the second book! It is coming soon! I highly recommend you to check this book out. Just remember, this book ends on a big cliffhanger, therefore no happy for now ending. Also, it is a great opening or a series the author had started.

Review: Heart of Stone by Ari McKay

Heart of Stone by Ari McKay
Title: Heart of Stone
Author: Ari McKay
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Stone Harrison never knew he had an aunt; he certainly never expected her to bequeath him one of the largest spreads in central Nevada. But something about Copper Lake Ranch and its foreman, Luke Reynolds, speaks to him, offering a chance for the home he’s never really had.

Luke wants Stone to succeed as a rancher and put the legacy of his shiftless father behind him, but he’d also like Stone to share his bed. Unfortunately, Stone is convinced that the world is a harsh place that will never accept two men sharing their lives. Much to Luke’s dismay, he refuses to risk Luke’s life despite the intense attraction they share.

The tension between them escalates when a series of calamities strikes Copper Lake. An unexpected and unwelcome visit from Stone’s dandified cousin, James, only makes things worse. Stone’s ability to run the ranch comes into question, but the threat of losing it means less to Stone than the threat to Luke’s life. Stone will do anything it takes to protect the man he loves—even if it makes him a murderer.

Review:

Stone Harrison is a cowboy. For the past ten years, he has been working hard on someone else’s farm, until he receives a letter, informing him of an inheritance. When the silent cowboy heads to Copper Lake Ranch, he has no idea what waits for him.

Luke Reynolds has been the foreman on Copper Lake Ranch for many years. He became like family to the former owner, Mrs. Harrison. When the next of kin shows up to claim the ranch, Luke is intrigued and excited. He shows Stone the ropes and they get along well until things mysteriously start happening on the farm.

The attraction between Luke and Stone was sexy. The sex scenes were so well written, I blushed. The tension after they Stone realizes, he and Luke can’t be a couple was powerful. They continue to work the ranch and pretend like they aren’t miserable without one another.

I was surprised by some events near the end of this story. I didn’t see Miss Agnes’ declaration of love. I was glad to see things work out. I loved the surprise couple at the end showing up to the farm.

Overall, I give Heart of Stone, 4 stars. I think the plot is enjoyable and well written. I usually stay away from historical pieces, but I fell in love with Stone and Luke. I will definitely read this one again!