A young cowhand with no future, drowning in debt. A wealthy rancher with no past, drowning in booze. A single chance at happiness in the face of impossible odds.
Jace has been in the closet ever since he first realized he was gay. Not only is his personal life a mess, but now, hard on the heels of losing his mother to cancer, he's about to lose their farm to the bank. An unexpected job offer from complete strangers could be his only opportunity to save it.
After betrayal and addiction stole away everything Remy ever cared about, he figured that managing a promising desert reclamation project in bum-fuck Nevada and drinking himself to sleep every night was about the best he could hope for out of life. He never expected to fall for a clean-cut cowboy with a cartload of horse savvy and a giant chip on his shoulder.
Too bad one of them is a broken-down wreck, and the other has the closet door locked so tight that he may never see the light of day. Because if there's one thing Remy has never believed in, it's fairytale endings.
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Sometimes it is nice to read a story where life does work out in spite of our troubles.
I was already familiar with most of RA Steffan's previous books--and enjoyed them very much--when I started reading this one. There are definite patterns in her stories, like the presence of horses and characters who band together into found families. However, this was the first contemporary-set book I've read by her, which made it a little different. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. The supporting characters are developed enough for me to get an image of them in my head, and hear their voices. The parts of the story dealing with horses were detailed in a way that only someone with extensive knowledge of that field--not someone who did a quick Google search for equine terms--could pull off convincingly. I always enjoy the horse-focused scenes in Steffan's books.The desert reclamation efforts of the ranch was something I had never heard of before, and the information was filtered through the characters in an interesting way, so I learned something new. The central romance of the story didn't have many unexpected twists, which is the main reason I'm rating this four stars instead of five. The two men--Jace and Remy--have their own problems from before they met, but really no big impediments to their relationship, once they admit to their mutual attraction. Their scenes together are good without being all that unique. That said, one thing I really appreciated about these characters is their aforementioned individual problems were solved in a way that felt realistic. In each case, the other man was there to offer advice and support but they didn't solve their problems for each other. The solutions may have been a tad too quick and easy in the book's time frame, but there were no magical fix-its, and the resolutions were presented in such a way that the reader knows it's not all over with the last page of the book. These two characters will be working every day for the foreseeable future to solve their problems for good. This stand-alone book is not as deep or complex as Steffan's multi-book series, but I wouldn't expect it to be. It's a relatively short and enjoyable book that's self-contained. In my opinion, it's perfect for fans of M/M romance looking for the happy ending without too much angst....especially if the reader is also a horse person or enjoys stories set in the American west with cowboys. So do yourself a favor...curl up with this on a day off and when you're done, check out one of Steffan's series, The Queen's Musketeers or The Horse Mistress. I was given a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.