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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
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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: My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister
Title: My Only Sunshine
Author: Rowan McAllister
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.

But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.

Review:

Tanner Willis can’t last much longer. After a recent hospital stay, Tanner finds himself stumbling down an unknown road, heading God knows where. Tanner stumbles onto the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch just as two men slaughter a cow for amusement. He never meant to pass out near the murder animal, but his battered body just couldn’t take any more.

After three months of being back on the family ranch, Mason Seidel is finally alone. Camping out in an old bunkhouse, Mason is jarred from his contentment with the sounds of an animal in distress. Looking at tire tracks leading away from the scene, Mason almost missed the other body lying close to the slaughtered animal. Mason doesn’t stop to look the man over, for all he knows; he’s captured one of the murders.

With cracked ribs and in desperate need for food and water, Tanner finally gets the Sheriff and handsome rancher to understand he’s in no shape to harm an animal. Tanner is taken in by Ed, the ranch foreman and his wife Lucy. A hot meal and a bed to rest, leaves Tanner feeling hopeful.

Mason knows how his father would behave if he acted on his attraction to Tanner. After being kicked off the ranch when he came out, Mason has returned to help his father after a stroke left him in a wheelchair and near helpless. The nasty homophobic slurs his father spews daily leaves no doubt in Mason’s mind that if he is to have a relationship with Tanner, it is to be kept private.

Mason can’t promise Tanner much, but it is all Tanner needs at the moment. The pair finds themselves head over heels in love and no longer able to hide their affections. Things come to any ugly head when Mason’s father passes away. His once supportive sister lashes out and says some pretty nasty remarks.

When Mason’s sister tells him to read a copy of the will, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that Mason is denied anything. As long as he has Tanner, the rest is easy to face.

What I enjoyed…

I really loved Mason and Tanner’s relationship in this story. While things weren’t ideal from the get go their attraction and commitment to one another never seems to fail.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this story wasn’t tangled in a miscommunication plot. It could have easily turned out that way, but the author chose to write an entertaining plot without falling in that rut.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I only have one small complaint about this story. We learn pretty early on that Tanner left his family after an argument with his parents. I only wished more was written about this. It seemed like a pretty big event in his life more should have been explained, in my own opinion. There is the last chapter where things come together and he and his family are reunited, I was just left needing a little more.

I give My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister four stars. I think this book is well written and will be a hit with fans of cowboy themed books. The characters in this book are standout and so well written, they feel real. I think McAllister has a beautiful way of telling a story. I will most certainly be looking up this author’s backlist!

Review: Wild Horse by Kate Pavelle

Wild Horses by Kate Pavelle
Title: Wild Horse
Author: Kate Pavelle
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

A Steel City Story

Homeless pickpocket Kai Alwright steals a cell phone and some cash one day only to find the owner texting him, appealing to his better qualities. The request to return the phone stings Kai’s pride; he rides his rusty bicycle all the way to the stables north of the city, where Attila Keleman, the phone’s owner, offers him a new start in the form of a job and a roof over his head. Soon Kai discovers a natural talent for work with horses, and he makes every effort to separate his new existence from his promiscuous past on the streets.

Attila is a reclusive horse trainer whose dressage trophies gather dust, and whose broken heart has been walled off. His undiagnosed Asperger’s makes life around people a challenge, but though he prefers the company of horses, Attila finds Kai’s presence tolerable—even refreshing.

When a client who rides at the stable with her daughter finds out Attila is “still gay,” she tries to run Kai off—and she doesn’t stop there. Mortified, her adult daughter runs away and falls victim to a dark figure from Kai’s past. Kai joins Attila in a rescue mission that tears the civilized masks off their hidden pasts.

Review:

Attila Keleman is a world renowned horse trainer. Against his better judgment, he agrees to speak in New York as a guest speaker, to other horse lovers. He didn’t however anticipate on getting robbed on the way to the convention.

Kai Alwright is down on his luck. He knows that stealing his wrong, but he hasn’t eaten in days and it’s his last hope of staying alive. With his first attempt at pick-pocketing, he rides away with cash and a cell phone he can sale for more money. He can finally eat.

When the phone he stole pings, he receives a text message from the owner, “You are above such petty acts of thievery.” Kai knows he has to return the phone.

Attila couldn’t say he was surprised when his thief shows up to return his phone. His life is on that phone. What he didn’t expect is the affect the thief would have on his life.

What I enjoyed…

I really enjoyed this story. I loved Kai from page one. This character is greatly underestimated. Getting to know more about him and his undiagnosed disability only makes him that much of a pleasure to read about and follow.

I also loved Attila and his horsemanship. As a girl from Kentucky, horses aren’t just loved, but admired here. Attila was a man of great honor and I felt like the author truly understood where his love came from.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I felt that some places the story seemed to drag on. Some places the plot seemed to be wordier than need be.

Overall, I gave Wild Horses Kate Pavelle 4 stars. I’m really excited to see where this series is going to go. I think Pavelle shined a major spotlight on a disability rarely understood. This book will pull you and make you love and feel for the characters. I recommend this book to cowboy fans as well as those who enjoy a good series starter. Well done, Ms. Pavelle!

Review: The Man I Know by Dale Chase

The Man I Know by Dale Chase
Title: The Man I Know
Author: Dale Chase
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Short
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Gene Hardy’s lover, deputy Bud Silvey, is a good man. An honest man. A man of the law. Or is he?

When a detective rides into town claiming that Bud is in fact the wanted outlaw Trace Warren, Gene begins to look at his lover in a new light and question the man he thought he knew. Because for an outlaw, where better to hide than behind a badge?

What secrets is Bud keeping? Is he the courageous deputy he claims to be, or a train robber on the run? And is his love for Gene real… or just another lie?

Review:

The Man I Know by Dale Chase is a steamy, gritty historical western story that will leave you wanting more.

Gene Hardy is a hard working rancher. He’s been in a sexual relationship with his friend Bud Silvey going on two years. While Bud is out of town, Gene takes up with town newcomer, John Bullard. When John’s questions about his friend, Bud become obsessive, Gene becomes unnerved. What the hell could this man want with Bud?

John finally comes clean about being hired to find bank robber, Trace Warren, who is none other than Bud Silvey. Gene confronts Bud, hoping he wasn’t going to lose the man he loves.

Bud and Gene hatch a plan to get rid of the nosey hired hand. What better way than to catch him with his pants off?

I really enjoyed The Man I Know. I loved the western setting and relationship between Bud and Gene. While they have feeling for one another, no declaration is needed. The mystery feel to the story was so well written; I had to know how they were going to send the little weasel packing.

I give The Man I Know by Dale Chase four stars. I would recommend this piece to any western fan. The sex was steamy, the plot was well written, and the characters cast a spell over the reader. I would love to see a full length novel staring this dynamic pair.