Wild Trail By A.M. Arthur
Genre:Contemporary Western Romance, GLBTQ, MM
Released: December 11, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Clean Slate Ranch, Book 1
Welcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots, and rough trails. For some men, it’s a fantasy come true.
Mack Garrett loves the rolling hills surrounding his Northern California dude ranch. Leading vacationers on horse trails with his two best friends is enough—romance is definitely not in the cards. When a sexy tourist shows up at Clean Slate, he’s as far from Mack’s type as can be. So why is the handsome city slicker so far under his skin in less than a day?
Roughing it in the middle of nowhere isn’t anywhere near Wes Bentley’s idea of fun. Then he lays eyes on the gruffest, hottest papa bear he’s ever seen. But Mack is as hard to pin down as he looks—distant, sharp-tongued, and in desperate need of a shave. Until a campout gone wrong strands both men in the mountains with nothing to do but get to know each other.
Mack intends to keep his closely guarded heart out of Wes’s very talented hands. But for a seven-day cowboy, Wes is packing some long-term possibility. The cold country air can do wonders for bringing bodies together—but it will take more than that to bridge the distance between two men whose lives are worlds apart.
This book is approximately 90,000 words
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Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003
A great new series!
I liked this story a lot but it didn’t get my emotions involved as much as other books I’ve read by A.M. Arthur. Sometimes it’s hard for me to tell if it’s just the mood I’m in when I read something or if the book truly doesn’t grab me as much as others do by the same author. Having said all of that, this is still a very good book and I really look forward to seeing where this series is going.
Mack is a former member of Los Angeles County SWAT but he now lives and works at Clean Slate Ranch which is owned by his grandfather. Two of his best friends also gave up careers in the city and came to work for the ranch.
Wes Bentley is an actor at a dinner theater. His sister, Sophie, is getting married soon and he’s her “best person.” Sophie wanted to do something different for a bridal shower so the entire wedding party has booked a vacation at Clean Slate.
When Wes first sees Mack he’s in lust right away but Mack isn’t looking for a relationship. Mack finally agrees to have a fling and boy are the sexy times between these two guys hot! Like scorching, burn the house down, hot!
Wild Trail has a lot going on in it and, at 90,000 words, it’s a very “meaty” story. There’s a mystery and a new venture for Mack involving the ranch. And, of course, there’s not an easy path to the HEA (happy ever after) for Mack and Wes. Both of these characters have issues from their past that impact their relationship.
Wild Trail is a complete story, with no cliffhanger, but the scene is set for a lot more things to happen at the Clean Slate Ranch (I love that name). The secondary characters are interesting and I can’t wait to read their stories.
O Factor: Scorcher
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
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