Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Review: The Ranch Foreman by Rob Colton
by Rob Colton
Published August 14th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears.
This week I seem to be getting on more and more cowboys into my reading list. The Ranch Foreman is just one of those on that list that delighted me no end. Despite it having 120 pages worth of cowboy man loving, I honestly thought it was too short after just reading it under two hours.
The Ranch Foreman is the tale of Madison or Matty or Matt - it really depends on who it is which name to use - he prefers Matt, being mature and all (ahem!). He could excuse his cousin Brian for calling him by his childhood name but when the other men at the ranch start calling him it, he was resigned to it - not delighted. Only one man called him 'Matt' and that was the ranch foreman himself, Baxter Hollingsworth. The man on the book cover is exactly as the book described him to be so it was very easy to picture this hunky, barrel chested cowboy smoking cigars and drinking whiskey after a hard day's work. Yummy!
There is a problem though: Baxter, straight looking and acting that he is, is just as gay as Matt, just closeted. So what is Matt to do? Well he does all sorts of things to capture the eye of this guy but gets rebuffed every which way he turns. It was on a trip out of town when things got a little naughty between them though nothing came out of it after they came back.
This book should read as a big drama of a closeted man who is older than Matt by 17 years. We should imagine such a great angst-ridden book that would take a whole lot of time to read. What we get instead is this very, very light romantic read despite certain drama going on, it is fast paced and definitely it had a story that developed very well, there were no lose holes left uncovered and whatever could have the potential to destroy a man actually did not. Best of all, the men's characters developed well which solidified their relationship and guaranteed us a lovely HEA ending.
So for those of you out there who find the thought of older men/younger guy relationships can work, or that cowboys are just sexy men, no matter their leanings, this book is just the right kind of light romantic read that can make your day any time, any where.