Book Reviews

The Cowboy and the City Slicker by Bonnie Dee

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-March-2019

Book Blurb

Can a fish out of water find a home on the range?

Alex Wheeler arrives in Arizona with a job to do—convince Matthew Parsons to sell his guest ranch to an Americana-themed resort chain. A landscape filled with nothing but cactus and cattle promises a dull week, until he meets the strong, silent cowboy who lassoes his interest. Alex begins to fall for Matthew’s quiet charm, gentlemanly ways, and hidden sweetness. As their friendship and attraction deepen from casual to intense, Alex delays revealing his agenda.

Matthew Parsons has one wish—to keep his family heritage intact despite financial hard times. He has convinced himself his life isn’t lonely, until a dynamic, animated, upbeat stranger erupts into his solitude and breaks down his barriers. Against all odds, a man he could actually grow to care for has come to the middle of nowhere like a gift just for him. Even knowing Alex must soon leave, Matthew can’t help falling a little bit in love.

When the truth comes out and harsh realities must be faced, their budding relationship is trampled. But a bruised bloom may be nurtured back to life even in the harsh desert.

Book Review

“Fuck the Wild West! From the little Alex had experienced so far, every bit of nature here was made to torture humans.” — Alex Wheeler

There is something to be said for tried and true romance tropes – and this one contains all the elements I need to be thoroughly entertained. Opposites who attract, a man out of his depth in an environment he has no clue how to deal with, a ruggedly strong, silent cowboy, a whole group of supportive secondary characters who bring everything to life, and a plot with a few ups and downs, a surprise or two, and a very satisfying happy ending. If you want to dive into a different world for a little while, a place with a touch of suspense but no bone-jarring shocks, then this is the book for you.

Alex is a typical city slicker in so many ways, it made me grin more than once. The initial “contact” between a cow patty and his shiny new cowboy boots (as if that’s what they’re supposed to be) is hilarious. His dislike of the desert with all its cacti and rattlesnakes is almost comical. And Alex’s efforts to try to remain professional once he meets the ranch’s tall, dark, and hot owner are doomed to failure, even if he won’t admit it until way into the story.

Matthew is a great rancher, but a gracious host he is not. Financial problems have made him turn part of his ranch into a guest ranch, but he is much more comfortable on his own than around people. He doesn’t need anyone around except, maybe, the dynamic whirlwind of a man who is his newest guest. Matthew knows he is in trouble, but what is the point of getting attached to a guy who will leave once his vacation is over?

Alex has a professional agenda from the moment he sets foot in Arizona to check out a financially troubled guest ranch, Matthew Parsons (its owner) lives for keeping his family heritage, and both their goals can’t be met at the same time. Or can they? Certainly not in the way these men expect, and with how stubborn they are in persisting that their own way is the only path to happiness, the battle of wills is on!

If you like sweet romances told with a good deal of humor, if strangers who seem to be totally at odds from their behavior to their objectives in life are your thing, and if you’re looking for a highly entertaining read with a touch of drama, a fabulous cast of characters, and a wonderful ending, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 206 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-March-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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