Disclaimer – review may contain spoilers.
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.
Dell’s love for his horse is what drew me to this book. I’ve lost a horse before and I know how much it hurts and the author did a fantastic job of capturing that.
As far as cowboys go, Dell was not the most typical, and it was quite refreshing.
If you are looking for slow-burn, look elsewhere. These two fall fast and hard, and their idea of “going slow” …. Isn’t slow at all.
The story was sweet, and fun. The ideas behind the café and Dell’s building of his business kind of steals the show. There wasn’t a lot of angst or controversy between the two characters. Everything is hunky-dory, super sweet, and tied into a neat little bow.
Bottom Line: Short, cute, easy read. Tugs the heart strings a bit.