Another high quality, highly enjoyable Cowboy story from Z.A. Maxfield…
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Love can heal the deepest wounds…
A sense of duty brings a soldier home…but a passionate cowboy makes him want to stay.
After his brother’s tragic death, Tripp has to leave the army and return to New Mexico to take care of his mother while his father is in prison for arson. Seeking work at the J-Bar Ranch, Tripp is immediately drawn to injured cowboy Lucho Reyes, whose foot was accidentally crushed by a rescue horse. But will the sins of the father interfere with the desires of the son? Tripp’s father may be responsible for the death of Lucho’s grandfather. Now Tripp must balance caring for his mother, repairing his father’s damages, and trying to win the heart of a man who has every reason to hate him and his family…
This is the third in this author’s cowboy series set around the J-Bar ranch. Z.A. Maxfield’s writing is always good and the editing works well. I love this story, a truly modern look at being a cowboy in modern times. Celebrating this way of life whilst accepting that it is changing beyond recognition.
This story is about a truly lovely character, ‘Tripp’, and his homecoming after being on active duty in Afghanistan. Tripp (aka Calvin or Junior) had a pretty awful upbringing overshadowed by an abusive, racist, homophobic and misogynistic father. His mother is a fragile lady thought too delicate and ladylike to be worried with the harshness of modern times. She hides herself in the house and doesn’t leave after her Husband is incarcerated and her son Heath, Tripp’s brother, is killed in a car accident. Tripp feels it is his duty to come home and look after his mother now.
Tripp discovers the finances are in a terrible state and his mother expects him to sort things out, as has always been done by the men of her family. Tripp doesn’t really question this. Sadly, looking out for his mother, means stifling his own personal dreams and desires. When he gets a job on the J-Bar ranch, his real dreams are so close…to be a cowboy, and after meeting ranch hand Lucho, his dreams become more complicated.
This is a real romance with a good plot-line and, thankfully, without the cheesy misunderstandings and overheard conversations that everyone takes the wrong way, so prevalent in romance stories. I loved Tripp and Lucho, and wholly disliked both of Tripp’s parents. Additionally, it was good to see the characters from the previous two books. Z.A. Maxfield included some lines, which particularly stayed with me…
Malloy leaned down and kissed him on the lips. They took an extra moment to enjoy it while I found something fascinating to look at on the floor. It’s not like I was embarrassed by their affection; on the contrary, it was hot. I’d pay good money to see men like that in bed together, but they weren’t porn stars. They were obviously in love, and it seemed it ought to be private. It was a sentimental thing. Sacred even.
I welcome this attitude change in a m/m romance and applaud Z.A.M. for incorporating this moment. The second quote highlights an issue I always find so sad in gay romances, as I know this occurs in real life too much;
…I made myself hold his hand. Kept my face neutral…I didn’t want to hide anymore, but it was hard to keep from looking around – from wondering what others were thinking, if others were watching. “Maddox probably never gave holding Lottie’s hand a second thought.”
“He probably never had to worry about getting jumped in the parking lot either.’
A really nice cowboy love story, I recommend this.
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