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.
Oh my gosh that opening scene! So sad, I was crying with Dell. I enjoyed this book so much. Dell is so sweet and Pace is perfect for him. I love getting to see some of the characters from other books by Patricia Logan. But you definitely don’t have to read those books to enjoy this one. Dell goes through a transformation in this story from where he hides who he is to being open and honest about it and to heck with what others say. I enjoyed seeing how real life events played a role in the story. My favorite scene is where Dell and Pace watch the coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell vs. Hodges (marriage equality). I loved seeing how they respond, plus it brought back all of my own feelings and reactions of that day. This book is full of emotion and I couldn’t stop reading it. I’m eager to read more in this series!
Four and a half
Molly: Now that you’ve gotten together, what comes next?
Wendell: Well, if I tell you that, I’d be ruining the end of the story for everyone but in the illustrious words of Reese Witherspoon, when asked if she got the client’s alibi in Legally Blonde, “It’s really good!”
Molly: What was the hardest thing for you to overcome that you didn’t expect to be an issue?
Wendell: Coming out to my mother. I knew she wouldn’t necessarily be judgmental because as a member of the Cheyenne/Arapaho Nation, our religion teaches us that some people have “two-spirits”, but still, sitting in a restaurant across from her and having her grill my new boyfriend about who he was dating wasn’t exactly the way I had intended on breaking the news.
Molly: Who or what makes you laugh out loud?
Wendell: Pace’s colorful wardrobe and hair. I love that twink and his rainbows more than anythin’.
Molly: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Wendell: Sweet Cream by Coldstone’s Creamery *waggles eyebrows and grins*
Molly: What movie will you watch over and over again?
Wendell: A favorite of my mother’s. “Billy Jack”. I have a black felt hat just like his and the message of the struggles of Native American people resonates with me the same way being gay does. Both groups have had to overcome prejudice and hatred.
“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.
Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.
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