Welcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots and rough trails. For some men, it’s a fantasy come true.
Shawn Matthews never imagined he’d be living out of his car, trying to make ends meet, but life doesn’t always go your way—he knows that better than most. When an accident leaves the Clean Slate Ranch shorthanded, Shawn is enlisted to help cook and finds himself bunked next to the sexiest cowboy he’s ever laid eyes on.
The first time Robin Butler spots the new chef, he thinks he’s seeing an actual ghost. Shawn is the spitting image of his late husband, and it spooks the hell out of him. The former rodeo-star-turned-ranch-hand does his best to avoid the soft-spoken cook—except it’s kind of tough when the man makes the best damn grub this side of the Mississippi and has a boy-next-door charm that’s impossible to resist.
Even though the tension between them practically sizzles, Shawn doesn’t do hookups and Robin isn’t ready for a new relationship. Besides, Robin can tell Shawn’s been hurt and deserves a partner who isn’t saddled with a tragic past. But chemistry doesn’t lie. Maybe finding each other—and a second chance at love—is the lucky break they both need.
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This book is approximately 99,000 words
Oh yea, back on the ranch. The Clean Slate Ranch that is.
We got a hint about something brewing between Robin and Shawn at the end of the last book. And now we get their story. And background stories. Ugh, my heart.
Robin was definitely known as a guy who wasn’t discerning, shall we say, when it came to sex partners. He was all about having fun. Shawn, however, was the complete opposite of that. So they sniffed around each other for a bit until fate sort of threw them together.
We’ve seen the ranch with guests and the ghost town before, during and after construction. Now we see the in between. The ghost town closes for several months when it gets colder and the ranch closes for the Christmas holidays. Except for those who live there full time and a skeleton crew. It was cool to see more behind the scenes without guests there.
Robin doesn’t speak to his family, so staying on the ranch suits him fine. And Shawn really has no where else to go. Even though he is an employee of the ghost town, he gets an opportunity to work at the ranch while the ghost town is closed.
Robin was SO PATIENT with Shawn. Taking the time to even romance him a bit. Going at Shawn’s pace in the bedroom. It was kind of surprising based on Robin’s reputation. But so, so sweet.
The down time on the ranch let them get to really know each other and spend time together. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Miss Angsty Author loves to make readers cry, wrote a really sweet book.
Ok, Robin’s back story is sad. Shawn’s back story is sad. But nothing that made me cry. This might just be a first for me.
Two likable characters, a slow but steady burn (which turned wicked hot) and some redemption.
4 Pieces of Eye Candy