RELEASE DATE: August 29th, 2015
BLURB: Wendell Blackowl has spent all his life in the working cow horse show ring where toiling with sweaty cowboys all day is the fodder for wet dreams. Though privately he’s come to terms with his sexuality, publicly Dell’s had to build a façade. When his beloved horse Buttermilk dies, Dell finds himself at loose ends so he decides to pick himself up by his boot straps and do what he’s always wanted to do… open an environmentally friendly organic vegetarian café.
Pace Avila, well known music critic, has been drawn to Austin by the live music scene. When friends invite him to check out a fresh new dinner experience, Pace reluctantly agrees to push the deadline on his national column. He isn’t interested in vegetarian food or a restaurant with the cheesy name of Buttermilk Ranch Café, but the moment Pace lays eyes on the stunning cowboy chef, things begin looking up.
When openly gay Pace walks into his cafe and his life, Dell realizes he’s tired of living a lie and tired of being alone. When Mother Nature throws an unprecedented storm at Austin, the muddy waters threaten to wipe out everything Dell’s worked so hard to build. He soon realizes that with a man like Pace by his side, love really can conquer all.
Once again Patricia Logan has blown my socks off my feet, not with a hard-hitting, tear jerker that she is known for, but this time for a beautiful love story. It was a surprising surprise to see the softer side of this Author and yet again, just goes to show you how versatile she is as an Author.
I defy anyone to say that Patricia Logan doesn’t know how to write great sexy men – Wendell Blackowl has got to feature in my top 5, all time favourites characters of hers (I won’t say which number I’ve given him because he has some very stiff competition where it comes to her amazing characters and I wouldn’t want to upset the other four!) and that drawl of his? let’s just say I’m going to be first in the queue when it’s released on audio!
Wendell (Dell) retired a couple of years ago from the you-can’t-be-gay-and-survive circuit of the competitive “Cow Horse” Arena. He now owns and runs a successful vegetarian restaurant. A year after opening his “Buttermilk Ranch Café” – named after his beloved horse, he meets the very flamboyant and certainly “out” Pace. It’s insta-love at its finest, the Author excelled herself at delivering this beautiful love story between two men, who had both been looking for the “right man”. Neither of them expecting to find “him” in a vegetarian restaurant. There’s a massive storm brewing on the horizon, waiting to create havoc all round, can these two men weather the storm and find what they are both looking for? I don’t believe it would be classed as a spoiler if I said – Oh Yes! and boy-oh-boy, did they make up for lost time! It would have been so easy for Ms Logan to overplay her hand, padding it out with a lot of unwanted angst, but she held her reins tightly and guided her storyline over some minor fences, like the true professional that she is (I’m pretty certain that Buttermilk’s ghost was standing beside her, ensuring that her master interests were truly looked after and he got the life and love he so richly deserved).
Dell may serve delicious food, but it’s his own sexual deliciousness that warrants this Michelin Star rating! The book was sexual, very sexual, the current that ran between Dell and Pace was electrifying, it sizzled and sizzled and then blew every circuit on the board and I can still feel the tingling aftershocks!
We were given an edible entrée of cameo parts from some of our all time favourites from Ms Logan’s other series – the icing on the cake for me, inspirational how she links her books and keeps her readers happy – how many other Authors feed their readers with these tempting morsel’s of previous delights?
As I said previously, this was Michelin Star quality all the way and the ending? It couldn’t be written any other way – perfect!
5* ride all the way from me and I look forward to reading book 2 of this new series. Highly, highly recommended.
“Yoo Hoo! Dell, ya up there, ya sidewinder! Get outa bed or I’m gonna drag that lazy ass out!”
“What?” Pace said, startled awake as he lifted his head from Dell’s chest where he’d fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning. He wiped his face of drool and stared across the muscled chest he loved, finding Dell’s face. He had one eye peeled open and he didn’t look all too happy by what sounded like Branch’s bellowing from downstairs.
“Fuckin’ ass poor timin’,” Dell grumbled as they both sat upright in bed. Pace knew it would be pretty awful if Branch came bursting into the room with them, lying buck naked in bed. “Guess I’d better find out just what the hell he’s doin’ here.” Pace watched as Dell threw his legs over the side of the bed. He watched his ass from behind, noting the muscled expanse of his back and the thick thighs he loved so much, as the man stood.
“What the hell is he doing here? He and the boys had a show,” Pace grumbled.
“Ya rattlesnake! Ya need me to come up there and put my boot up yer ass?” Branch howled. Pace couldn’t help but chuckle. He loved his brother but he loved the disgusted look on Dell’s face more. Dell walked to the doorway and stuck his head out.
“I’ll be down in a minute, ya jackass… unless ya want to see me in all my nekkid glory!” Dell yelled back.
Pace heard a chuckle coming from downstairs. “Hell naw! Get some clothes on there, scarecrow! Yer movin’ slower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.”
“Oh for Christ’s sake, here we go,” Dell said, glancing over at him. Pace just buried his face in the pillow and laughed.
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