Author: Em Woods
Length: Novella (59pgs)
Publisher: Total E-Bound (25th July 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: When a down-on-his-luck architect meets a closeted cowboy with a cranky horse, can they find common ground or will ghosts from the past destroy their future?
Ben Morillo, a prominent architect, has a good life. He works for one of the leading firms in New Hampshire, owns his flat and stays out of the lime light. That is until his ex-lover shows up at his work months after their violent break-up, making a scene that gets Ben fired.
Jack Marr, ranch owner and closeted cowboy, can’t believe his bad luck when he has to pick up the handsome friend of his veterinarian. Convinced Ben won’t stick around; Jack struggles to protect his heart before the attraction between them leaves him broken.
Ben and Jack must feel their way through an amused veterinarian, a cranky horse and too many misunderstandings, but in the end, will Ben be able prove that Jack’s way is the only way for him?
Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Saddle Up ‘N Ride anthology by Total-E-Bound
Review: Ben has lost his job after his ex turns up drunk at his work and accuses him of dubious business practice, as well as outing him to his homophobic boss, so he does what any self-respecting person does…he flees to his best friend. Jack is hit with instant lust when he sees his vet’s best friend. As the relationship progresses Jack knows that the man will leave even when he promises to come back.
I found this book delightful as well as frustrating as these two men just didn’t know how to open up to each other. Both of them trying to protect themselves against hurt. Ben, because of his ex, learning to trust his instincts again and trusting that not all men are like his ex. And Jack, because of something in his past that convinced him that he will always be left behind. These two men complement each other very well, the sex is hot and the storyline is good. Hopefully we will get to see a story about Matt (the vet) in the future as what we see of him here will whet your appetite.
So I would recommend this for those who like hot sex, a bit of angst and a happy ever after because I really enjoyed it.