Book Reviews

Jackass Flats (Riding Cowboy Flats 1) by Julia Talbot at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-January-2020

Book Blurb

Can a traveling military man and a set-in-his-ways cowboy find a way to make things work?

Tate feels like the best part of life has probably passed him by, which is why the thirtysomething cowboy hits the bars every night. When he meets Dave, a young soldier from a nearby Army base, though, Tate figures things might be looking up. He and Dave get off to a rocky start, but Tate soon finds that he and the kid have enough in common to make things interesting.

Dave isn’t really into the whole don’t ask, don’t tell thing, and he doesn’t bother to hide his relationship with Tate from his friends. Once he realizes he should have been more careful, it might be too late. But Dave is willing to fight for Tate, even if it means taking on the military.

First edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, December 2016.

Book Review

Set in times of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ‘Jackass Flats’ is a romance with obstacles between a cowboy and his newest Army friend-with-increasing-benefits. The location is New Mexico, and there are lots of local details and the kind of warmth I like when reading about cowboys and their woes. Between Tate’s worries about his ranch, the taxes he owes, and the fact that he is feeling too old for his own good and Dave having issues in the Army due to an idiot he thought was his friend, there is a significant level of tension and suspense in this story. There is also a significant amount of heat – despite the slow pace Tate insists on. Between the two this makes for an entertaining read with a slightly historical-feeling southwestern charm I enjoyed.

Tate thinks he is old. He acts as if he were ancient though, and I felt sorry for him missing out on a lot of things just because he believed they are beyond him. Meeting Dave changes that – little by little – and I loved how Tate begins to open up. Yes, he has good reason to be careful, but even he has to admit that Dave is someone special.

Dave thinks of himself as a career Army man. He’s never really had a relationship – what with being gay was not exactly acceptable at the time of this story – but he is curious. He likes Tate and wants to move much more quickly than the cowboy lets him, but the slower pace enables Dave to get to know Tate well enough that a real relationship becomes possible, even desirable. Not something Dave had expected, but he immerses himself enthusiastically.

Tate and Dave do not have an easy start. They have very different expectations of themselves and each other, each of them has baggage and fears, and Dave can’t exactly be out and expect to remain in the Army. Issues have to be confronted and decisions need to be made, but the fundamental trust Dave and Tate have built by taking things slow soon begins to be to their advantage.

If you like cowboys and soldiers figuring out how they can make things work between them, if you want to see an initial maybe-hookup blossom into a lot more, and if you’re looking for a read that has suspense, tension, betrayal, lots of heat, and a sweet ending, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 119 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-September-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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