This is a classic romance story of a lady, London, in trouble but finding her happy ending with a sweet hearted cowboy named Dean. Add in health problems, an unexpected baby and drama, you have Cowboy Kind of Heritage.
The writing is clean and precise. The characters are very likable. London is in a serious bind with a baby on the way but she has a job and a tough spirit. I like her a lot. Dean is the generic cowboy but why mess with such a fabulous and sexy classic. He has the swagger and the heart. My only issue with this story is that nothing really makes it stand out. Personally, I am a little underwhelmed. The story, while well written and having great characters, didn’t really wow me. If you like super sweet cowboy romances then this will be perfect for you.
Patch ran from his home in East Texas but when his parents die unexpectedly he returns home. Tucker Biggs is his father’s best friend and the will left him in charge. They never got along but Tucker is having unexpected feelings for the young man in the tight blue jeans.
This is a bit taboo and there is the age gap. As long as you’re okay with those two issues I think you’re going to love Lickety Split as much as I did! I love the city slicker versus the old cowboy dynamic. It really makes the story flow right along. I wish there was more about Patch and his family. That issue is just kind of simplified and we all know family is anything but simple. As the story progresses, I find myself falling more and more for these guys.
Lickety Split is a sexy story with a bit o’ happily ever after.
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Title: Canaan's Land
Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Length: Novel -116 pgs
Genres: MF Romance, Contemporary, Western/Rural/Cowboy
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 1 - tame
There's an old saying that good guys finish last.
In rural Missouri, old sayings are part of the fabric of the community, as are the generations of families who've lived there. The third generation to tend the Moss family farm, Canaan Moss is the last of his line and as good a guy as there could be until hard times strike. As he struggles to make ends meet, unknown parties frame him for growing illegal crops on his land. Desperate to clear his name, his treasured farm is used as collateral to make bail while he attempts to solve the mystery and capture the wrongdoers. But will the bad guys get to him first?
I felt sorry for Cane Moss. A thirty-something loner with no particular trade, talent, looks or fashion sense is stuck with generations worth of debt and very few friends. He has no real desire or ambition beyond squatting on his land, yet fails to notice any suspicious activity going on. Fortunately for him, pretty local journalist Kaitlyn Koch takes a shine to him and nurses him back to health after he suffers a brutal attack, all while helping him solve the case and defend his homestead. However, the love story faces no real conflict and despite his self-reliant country upbringing our hero seems a bit of a wimp. Other than the central threat to Cane's livelihood, the remainder of the plot is not much more than a slice of country life. I dislike stories that go into too much detail about what they're cooking, what clothes they put on, and advertise when they have to go pee, ect.
If Canaan's Land were a song, it would be a Country & Western classic. The story, like Cane and Kaitlin's romance, is sweet, simple and straightforward, and like any good western, the good guys win in the end. If that's your kind of fare, It doesn't get more satisfying than that!
Title: Trouble In Paradise
Author: London St. James
Length: Novel, 250 pgs
Genres: Menage, Western, Contemporary,
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 stars - a good read
Heat: 5 - orgasmic
I should have stayed in Dallas!
That 's exactly what editor-turned-ranch owner Sutton Calloway is thinking after multiple assaults on her person, livestock and property at Paradise Ranch threaten to overwhelm her. With her parents gone and her grandmother recently passed, Sutton inherits her childhood home and leaves her city job to take over the reins (pardon the pun) of a Texas cattle ranch called Paradise. The pretty, blond and shapely Ms Calloway takes on big trouble not only in running the huge operation but fending off rival landowners as well as two (count 'em) two ridiculously sexy locals that won't keep their hands off her. So many obstacles are enough to make a gal 'take a no-time' (rodeo talk) and walk away from Paradise forever.
Okay, I gotta go 'native' on this one, and say that those of y'all who can't get yer fill of stereotypical country jargon, music, clothing and cowboys are gonna love this story. Can't rightly say I'm one of them, but reckon I can see its appeal to those that do. I've read this author's work before and chose the book on that basis. When I was just about to 'take a no-time' for myself after stumbling across 'a passle o' typos' (This review is based on an advanced reader copy, however.) I'd say things got interesting "in the bedroom department" except that most of the hot action takes place just about everywhere except the bedroom! When I say hot, I mean hot dawg diggity damn hot...as in 'I ain't never seen the like o' such mud-wrasslin, lip-smackin, out-behind- the-woodshed dirty doins' afore. Tarnation, its enough ta make a body plumb furgit all about the dang typos. Y'all might need a skinny dip in the local swimmin' hole after reading a few of these scenes. (I really did love how the author wrote these scenes!!)
While its not inconceivable, in Texas anyway, that a gal might have to return to the farm and be solo among an all-male population, its a bit much to believe Sutton's perfect looks, body, wardrobe, etc. etc. makes every male character within eyeshot fall weakly to his knees for her. Needless to say its not long before things start "falling" off Sutton, mostly her clothing and her virtue. Her two main squeezes however, Kale and Flint have some great character development and things in their own tortured pasts that draw them to Sutton. The pair make a classic "good-boy, bad-boy" combination, tearing our heroine in two directions.
If you can get past the country rhetoric, Trouble in Paradise has a good flow and enough action to hold up its 250 pages. The troubles Sutton faces are real enough and readers can sympathize, in the end, with both her dilemma and her situation. Speaking of ends, the conclusion of this story may leave more than a few readers 'a-cussin'.
Searching for his sister for several years, Lachlan gets the notification that she and her husband are dead. Worse still is the fact that she’s left a little girl, his niece behind. Deciding that his niece needs to come home to Australia, he makes a trip to the states to rescue her from that rodeo family. Because what kind of life would that be for his niece, raised on the road with a bunch of lowlife rodeo riders? When he gets to the states, he finds things aren’t what he thought they would be. For one thing the ranch is a much bigger business operation and is anything but the cheesy lowlife rodeo family he thought. As is Holden, the man entrusted with the care of his niece, who sparks more than just an interest for Lachlan.
This story has it all, dysfunctional families, bumbling crooks and two men trying to figure out a way to be together and still run both of their business empires on two different continents. The cast of characters is varied. You understand both Lachlan and Holden, both men wanting to take care of Chloe. Lachlan’s parents are the kind that you want to hate, but you can feel for them as well. You want to shake them and tell them to knock it off when they keep trying to take Chloe. Holden’s family and the ranch hands are easy to love. This story took me on an emotional ride. I laugh, I got mad and at one point I cried. It is a wonderful story!
Title: Lorcan's Desire
Author: SJD Peterson
Genre: Contemporary, Cowboy, Romance,
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 4/5 - Smoking Hot
Lorcan wants to show his parents that he’s a hard worker and despite his feminine appearance he can be tough. So, he sets out for a job. The only one that will hire him is Quinn who owns a ranch and has a bit of a reputation himself.
Lorcan and Quinn feel so real and they had great chemistry. The dialogue and inner thoughts are fantastic. It really kept the story going as dealing with the other homophobic rancher plays out. Which is quite one dimensional. The sex is so damn hot, loved every touch and thought between Lorcan and Quinn. However, they aren't the only ones. Quinn has a blowjob with a guy at a bar. Lorcan has one with another rancher. It is cheating and that sure as hell doesn't sit well with me. Then Lorcan dumps Quinn and gets with Jess. It’s this muddled, cheating, mashup of forced drama. Which pisses me off because this author is a great writer. She has a lot of talent with character creation.
The plot is written with too much drama that doesn't fit in. I suggest reading the book My Homecoming by this author. That book is fantastic!
Morning Report – Luke and Simon have been together for over 10 years, running Luke’s family ranch The Lost Cow. Their idyllic life is tested when the town folks start turning their backs on them. And it’s the fault of the town’s new preacher. I loved that this story was about a couple who have been together for a long time. And watching what they went through and how they banded together. This story sets the base for all of the rest.
Complete Faith - Tommy has a secret he’s hidden from everyone. Not a problem until he meets Preacher Noah at the hospital. And Noah is unlike any man of the cloth Tommy has ever met. So begins the conflict in Tommy’s mind and heart. Watching Tommy figure out who he truly was and watching the relationship develop between him and Noah was beautiful to watch. There is lots of angst in this story.
Papa’s Boy - Zeke has lost everything, his teaching career and his kids. And he is in complete denial about his sexuality. There is Ray, Noah’s assistant, is a god fearing man and trying to stay that way. But he sees the pain Zeke is in and wants the man in his life. So he needs to help Zeke figure out who he truly is. He’s also trying to care for and the helping a bullied teen. This was the most emotional for me. I loved watching Ray bring Zeke out of his denial while staying true to himself. The hurt, the fear and anger that the bullied teen felt. Emotional story and so worth the read.
Luke’s Present - Short, sweet, funny, it’s an emotional roller coaster. This story takes another look at the relationship between Luke and Simon. With all that has happened to the guys, Simon can feel Luke pulling away. And after 12 years, Simon can’t allow that to happen. So he plans a special Christmas present for the love of his life. I loved this look at Luke and Simon and how their relationship has grown. That life is not perfect, but you work through the ups and downs and continue to grow.
Letters from a Cowboy - This is a story regarding love letters found by the guys. The letters are from the 1950’s when even being thought to be gay could get you killed; this story is darker in tone. Simon leaves the ranch and the job he loves, as well as Chip, the man he loves to protect them both. This was an incredible look at a relationship set in that time. It made me so sad, to see what they went through and made me wonder how much if any things have changed. You pull just as hard for these two to get their happy ever after as you do for the present day Luke and Simon.
I need to state at the start that I am a Sue Brown fan. Love all of her books, but most are set in the British Isles. So I was intrigued to read a set of stories set on a ranch in Texas. All of these stories are classic Sue, well written, with depth and emotions. This whole series deals with emotional issue that the LBGT constantly go through and deal with. You get a small feeling for what LBGT people go through, while trying to live their lives and find love. The characters are 3 dimensional, pulling you through the full range of emotions and they feel like friends. I do think you need to read these stories in order to catch the dynamics and relationships between all of the characters.
Jimmy grew up on a farm and left for premed school. Now, he’s returned with a flamboyant boyfriend Oliver in tow. Eric is Jimmy’s best friend and straight. They are thrown together when Oliver cheats...
Before I even talk about the main characters, let’s start with the secondary and third and any character in here because they’re all amazingly well created. Scott, Jimmy’s parent’s, Eric’s parents, Eric brothers, even the town characters are fantastic! Then there’s Jimmy and Eric. One a cowboy, one a doctor, both so freaking fabulous that I can hardly describe them. Sexy. Sweet and their romance. Oh my God, it’s so perfect. They’re best friends and then kissing and...just perfect. The sex scenes are, well, perfect. Okay, I know I’m using that word a lot but I love this book so freaking much! Oliver role is admittedly anticlimactic. Nothing happens with him but still, I’m all tingly from this book. I’m going to recommend this book to every m/m reader I know and I’m on the hunt for more books by this author!
My Hometown is a must read cowboy romance!
I have read the second book in this series, Gabriel, and reviewed it on this site in the past few months. I have to say, overall, I liked Benjamin better. I felt the story carried really well and I loved the way the men quickly circled the wagons to take care of their little half-brother. Benjamin's a great cowboy and serious about taking care of his responsibilities. Danielle is a strong woman who's escaped quite a bit of past abuse (which abuse probably caused my biggest issue with this story - more later).
I liked how the men all chipped in on fixing up the ranch and finding a way to take care of both it and their little brother, with no qualms about it. Benjamin was the most instantly connectable/likable, what with his happiness that he could bring his long-time competition horse (recently injured on the rodeo circuit) there to be cared for and never competed with again. He also definitely seemed to forge the best connection with their little brother.
There were little subplots, in the form of Jeremiah's (the baby's) aunt showing up and automatically assuming she would take care of him (and moving in on Ben! - hussy).
Now for the major detraction for me and why I couldn't consider giving this a 5-star review: Danielle's sexual abuse. What happened to her was horrible, tragic, and an absolute betrayal of trust she should have been able to expect from a man. However, the problem I have with it is a couple of caresses, a few comforting moments with Ben, and the very first time they seriously try to have sex...she does it, does well, and has nothing but thrills. I wish there'd been some more time spent healing her, rather than the magic sex button being pushed, maybe some failures along the way when they finally tried to go to bed together (there were some hints of her pain/fear when they kissed elsewhere in the book). I don't think they needed to consummate to make their HEA work, and feel it truly detracted from what could have been a lovely ending.
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Wyatt is a sheriff on a mission. Baylor is the only thing standing in his way.
If you love cowboy romance, you’ll enjoy this story. It was really well written. I found the characters to be flawed nicely. Wyatt has nightmares from a bad bull riding experience. He’s a sexy badass that finds Baylor irresistable. She is a nurse who has her own issues and flees to the ranch for a new start.
Although this story isn't anything unique, their story is one of romance and happy endings. I’m really glad I gave this short story a read!