Trace is nursing a broken heart. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions. It was time for Trace to get out of Minnesota.
So Trace heads for Texas and Riven Creek Ranch, the horse farm his aunt Lois owns. But hours before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it’s the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt’s big, beautiful, muscle bound, incredibly sexy straight ranch manager. Someone who has no clue Trace is gay. And meeting the big man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt’s kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Embarrassing? Yep. But the very next day Trace proceeded to ramp up his embarrassment by quantum leaps when he nearly sets his aunt’s house on fire and the brooding Sawyer has to come to the rescue.
Seems like Trace’s “luck” followed him.
Not to mention that Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder. And now, they just might want Trace dead, too.
Can Trace figure out who’s behind the attempts on his aunt’s life AND keep Sawyer from finding out he’s hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.
This book was lovely! I really enjoyed getting to know Sawyer and Trace. They truly came alive on the page. They were so fascinating and watching them dance around each other as they spent more time together was so sexy. That underlying current is so well written.
The mystery with all of the murder attempts, intimidation tactics and bullying had me thinking different people were behind them at each turn. It wasn’t until right before the reveal I figured it out. The way Ms. Cosmo wrote all of those scenes and hints was definitely enough to make me want to keep reading to find out who did it without giving away the whole plot too early. I love how the reveal came about too.
The love between Trace and Sawyer was slow to build but I loved watching these two get to know each other first. They made an amazing couple once they got together. Their happy ending is beautiful snd I loved seeing them so happy together.
I really enjoyed the side characters that are part of the ranch family. I was able to connect with them and really hope we get to see them in the future. I would love to see this made into a series where we get to see the other guys get their own happy endings and check up on the previous couples as they continue.
Trace stops by to give us a tiny sneak peek at what comes next. I have to say I’m very excited by what he tells us. Now excuse me. I have to go find the proper outfit to attend this wonderful function. Read and enjoy!
“Oh crap, yes! Absolutely it will be a wedding out in the Texas sun! Oh! Don’t worry. We’ll have a tent for all the guests. You know, one of those great big white ones with the fake French windows. Yeah, I know, everyone has them but that’s just for the party afterward. I think I want us to take our vows down by the Riven. You ask what the Riven is? That’s the river that runs through this property, hence the name of the ranch, Riven Creek. Named after my uncle. It’s a beautiful waterway as long as you don’t fall in. (laughs) I should know. I did that once. Pardon? Oh! Well, I know it’s cheesy and I have to ask Sawyer but maybe I’ll rent one of those gazebos. That would look good near the water, right? How cool would it be to take our vows in a white gazebo wrapped in ivy and flowers. If you look right over there, where the bank of the river is flat, right through those trees, that would make the perfect spot to put it, don’t you think? A gazebo would look wonderful there. Or better yet, why rent? We should build one. Yes. That way it can always remind us of the day we became one. How romantic is that? (laughs) Crap! Sawyer’s going to hate it. But we’ll have BBQ chicken and ribs with all the trimmings as our wedding fair. That he’ll love. Of course we would have to have potato salad and beans, too. Ohhh and I want a big cake – with horses! I know just the one, too. Honeymoon? Well, probably not right away. There’s just too much work to do here. But Sawyer, even though he’s moved into the big house, said he is going to maintain his cabin behind the main barn. We might just escape there for a few days. And maybe someday I’ll kidnap him away. I would like to show him Minnesota. There are some wonderful things there. Like the north shore of Lake Superior. It’s gorgeous. Of course there’s always the Mall of America, too, but I don’t think Sawyer’s much into shopping. Worth seeing though. Yeah. A trip to Minnesota. I think he would like that. But, I think that just might be another story.
“Sawyer! Damn. You scared me.” Trace fell back against the freezer suddenly feeling light headed. He took in the big body blocking any escape he had and his cock twitched as if it liked the idea there was no way out. “I didn’t hear you… behind me.”
“I saw your car in the driveway. How’s Lois?”
Trace shook his head in an attempt to clear it. “She’s awake and very alert… but…” But someone wants her dead. Who? Someone on this ranch? Could it be Sawyer? I trust him with my life… That’s what she said.
Trace looked up into hard cold eyes. The question was genuine. He cared about the condition of his aunt. But what condition did he care her to be in? “Nothing… just… well… I guess you’re going to have to know… I mean…” Damn, he had to stop acting like a horny teenager in front of this man. “Let me… I’m going to make coffee…”
“It’s made. The big insulated urn on the counter is full. Just made it about a half hour ago so it’s fine.”
“Oh. Good. Let’s sit down. I need to sit down.” Trace took a few steps forward which brought him right in front of the cowboy. He expected Sawyer to move, to back up, but he didn’t. Then Trace did the unthinkable. His body reacted on its own as he put his hand on the big man’s chest and pushed. There would have been no way on God’s green earth he would have been able to physically move the cowboy without his express permission, not to mention help. But Trace’s brain seemed to totally malfunction in this man’s presence.
And, as expected, being pushed in any direction was never going to work for Sawyer. Sawyer grabbed his wrist, twisted it tight behind Trace, which brought Trace up solid, against Sawyer’s hard body, chest to chest. Being several inches taller, Sawyer glared down into Trace’s shocked face, a smoldering look in his eyes. Trace could feel Sawyer’s hot breath on his face, sense the man’s tense muscles from his pecs down through his thighs…
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.
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