Book Name: Buttermilk Ranch
Series: The Hard Riders #1
Author's Name: Patricia Logan
Genre: M/M- Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Dell and Pace
Release Date: August 29, 2015
Book Provided by: ARC by author
Reviewed by: Wendy
My Rating: 3 stars
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.
A quick paced insta-love cowboy chef meets twink music critic story that hits the ground running with lust, love and humor. A sweet story about two men that find love fast and hang on to each other quickly and tightly. As much as I wanted to love these two, they both fell short for me. Dell hid who he was for years and years until one day he just didn't give a crap anymore and decides to let the entire world know he's a gay man? Loving your horse so much you name your restaurant after her, okay I can understand that, it was a sweet gesture. When unexpected weather hits Texas, these men work together with family and new friends to help not just their community, but also stranded animals, I did love that about this story.
Being from the South, the southern verbiage was way off and wrong. The overuse of a few words such as Darlin' and Cowboy almost made this book a DNF for me but I do love cowboy books especially M/M cowboy books. I only wish I could have gotten past the attempted southern accents.