My Heartache Cowboy by ZA Maxfield (The Cowboys #2)
Released: January 21, 2014
M/M Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Mandi
I DNF’d the first book in this series but I’ve liked this author in the past so I thought I’d give this one a try. This series focuses on gay ranchers and that appeals to me so much! But I’ve come to the conclusion this series is just not for me. I set this book down around the 55% mark and had no desire to pick it back up.
The beginning of the book worked pretty well for me. Jimmy and Eddie have been friends and bunk mates at the ranch they work at for quite a long time. Jimmy realizes right at the beginning of the book that Eddie is gay, which surprises him greatly. But being that they are good friends, Jimmy is okay with this –shocked but it doesn’t freak him out that much. Jimmy has a drinking problem and is in danger of losing his job, so Eddie basically kidnaps Jimmy in the middle of the night and takes him to a remote cabin to dry him out. Jimmy is in denial of his drinking, making this a tense situation.
The cabin they go to is Eddie’s lover’s cabin. This guy, a doctor, eventually comes to the cabin to make sure Jimmy’s withdrawal is going okay. As Eddie and the doctor continue their sexy times, Jimmy (who has always thought himself straight) gets pulled into their lovemaking.
The ‘gay for you’ trope has worked for me in the past. There is something sexy about a guy who thinks he is straight and then falls for another guy (Zane from Abigail Roux a great example). This one though made no sense to me. All of a sudden Jimmy is sitting naked in a hot tub with Eddie and the doctor and they all start having sex. What, what, what? I needed more of a progression that leads up to this from Eddie.
But what really clinched this DNF for me is the crassness of the love scenes. I’ll give an example – I tried to find one not too crazy, but it was hard.
His hole was dark and ringed with whorls of hair – a tightly wrinkled bud over which I smeared some of Don’s goo.
That’s just the beginning folks. There are so many other sentences that just made me cringe or laugh rather than got into the romance. I actually felt no romance, just sex that I didn’t find hot.
I’m not giving up on this author, but I am giving up on this series.