Author: Mae Hancock
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
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?
Hot cowboys will always draw me in. Maybe it is the Texan in me. Granted, being a Texan, I understand the difference between the fantasy and the reality. I would take my book cowboys any day.
Enticing Hart by Mae Hancock is yet another offering in the modern day cowboy trope. If you are a fan of the trope, this story would be a worthy addition to your bookshelf.
Enticing Hart isn’t perfect. I found the ten year age gap, in this case, to be a bit shudder-inducing. It isn’t so much the gap itself. It is more the fact that the younger main character is only 18. Yes, 18 is an adult, but it was still a little off-putting. The younger one is the aggressor, but the way it all played out didn’t give me any respect for Hart (the older main character). Add in the pornstar level sex, and it was all wrong on so many levels. I could go on about my reasons, but I will stop there. Some people will not have the issue I did, but for me the age and maturity of this particular pairing was just too much for me.
In addition, I often found the writing to be stilted and choppy. This could be attributed to my state of mind reading. However, I find it more likely to be the writing style itself not working for me.
There are aspects of this story I liked. The ex was an interesting addition to the story. He is kind of a typical bad guy, but at least his crazy is presented in a distinct way. I also liked most of the minor characters. I would like to have seen more of the Grandmother, but I think we will get more of her as the series progresses. I am also eager to learn more about the other hands and Bay, of course.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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