Hart Emile is tired of cruising for guys, living a soulless existence. He needs a change; so when an acquaintance gives him the number of the gay friendly Red Fox Ranch that’s hiring for staff, he heads south.
Oak Redman is eighteen years old and desperate to explore his awakening sexuality. The moment Hart lays eyes on the handsome young rancher he’s smitten. Not only is Oak hot, spirited and very persistent, he is also the ranch boss’s son and strictly off limits. Hart tries to fight his feelings and to respect his boss and the family who quickly become dear to him, but after Oak’s Grandma suggests he gets with Oak he can’t deny himself the most exciting and enticing man he has ever met.
Hart’s not the only man to have noticed how sweet and charming Oak Redman is. A family friend, Steve, is also anxious to have the affections of the young rancher. Can Hart work out Steve’s dark secrets before it’s too late and keep his job, his lover and his life?
My first book by this author, and while it wasn’t some mind blowing story it had some sweet moments.
The one thing that really stood out was everyone’s unusual name. Hart, Oak, Bay, Cotton and so on. Maybe that’s normal for that part of the country but to me, having one unusual is fine but just about everyone (and not nicknames, was too much)
I liked how Hart, being older was able to restrain himself from the advances from Oak until he decided that in fact he did love the young man and this is what he wanted. The tender connection and watching Oak’s growth through the story was sweet.
The plot was pretty thin and easy to see what Steve was up too from the beginning, but this isn’t pegged as a mystery novel.
Cowboy Cotton Reid is the laid-back type of guy who accepts people as they are, no matter how flawed. People think he’s fun, honest and crazy about his boss and friend the sexy rancher Bay Redman.
Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is something that family man Bay has done his whole life. Bay can be like a bear with a sore head if the hay isn’t stored symmetrically or his fridge contains an odd number of jars.
What I enjoyed about this one more than the first is the age of the characters. You can really tell that both men are more mature and therefore the whole book has a ‘older, wiser feel to it.
Even though Cotton held onto his secret for 18 months while living with the object of that secret. You can understand why, agree or not you get the why. Once Bay and Cotton finally stop circling each other, the sweet dates that they go on, the slow pace just works. The fact that Cotton finds Bay OCD condition enduring instead of a hindrance, something to laugh or’ just get over’ like most everyone else also wins some major brownie points.
The reaction of the children to the news was expected and predictable but still didn’t take away from the over all enjoyment of the story. Happy it was all shorted out in the end.