Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Carina Press
Released on December 11, 2017
It’s been a few years since I picked up a book by this author. I love her work and the way I get the feels about her characters and their romance. So, who knows why I’ve been a drifting fan, but one look at this book and series and I was instantly in need- cowboys, dude ranch, opposites, and even the hint of back country trouble… Saddle up!
Wild Trail starts a series of books set on a Northern California dude ranch. Mack and Wes got their story first. Mack can’t stand actors after one broke his heart and Wes can’t stand the sight of a Stetson and cowboy boots after his acting career and love life went up in smoke when an actor portraying a cowboy destroyed it all. And, city meets country when this pair clash first thing. Though, both side eye each other as a fast vacation fling until Wes heads back to the city.
As with others of her books, there are layers. The background of the characters including the minor characters was well-developed. I’m pretty sure all three cowboys and maybe another ranch guest are going to feature in their own books. I enjoyed the activities at the ranch and the world there, the bit of suspense caused when someone wants to buy out the acreage behind the ranch for mysterious reasons and stuff gets dangerous out there for some.
This was a slow-burn that didn’t lack for chemistry. Mack and Wes are wary of getting entangled, but they both have a type and the other one is it. There’s some mild kink in that Wes likes him some bear-daddy and Mack wants to grab the flirty brat and redden his backside before the pair tumble into bed or sleeping bag. The big is it something special and should they trust it combined with will he stay or will he go was just enough angst not to become irritating and just enough outside plot to balance things and show them with their friends and family and how it all could work.
I will admit that the set up was too pat and good-golly was I getting impatient by the time the pace finally picked up. This one definitely had the First in Series struggles going on. But, once it did get moving? Spicy hot male loving and other action had me squirming and flipping pages quickly. I’m not sure who is next and I don’t really care since I liked all the guys. They’re all so different so I like that the setting will be the same, but the romances will be personal to each guy.
All in all, I was well-satisfied by my reunion with a good author and a new book/series to love on. Fun setting at the dude ranch and I will always be there for the cowboys and western activites. Those who enjoy slow-paced, slow-burn, but spicy hot m/m contemporary romance should give this a look-see.
I rec’d this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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