At Clean Slate Ranch, the men are rugged, the trails are rocky and lassos aren’t only used for roping horses
For Colt Woods, Clean Slate Ranch is home. The dude ranch in Northern California helped him heal from a devastating breakup. So when his ex-Dom, the man who broke his heart, waltzes onto the ranch, Colt doesn’t know how to deal.
A research job at a nearby ghost town brings history PhD Avery Hendrix to Clean Slate. He’s not in town forever, but it doesn’t take long for him to feel the familiar draw to Colt. When they find out they’ll be sharing a cabin on the ranch, it’s all Avery can do to stop himself from bending Colt over a saddle right then and there.
In such close proximity, Colt’s and Avery’s old feelings come galloping back. Soon Colt is doing his master’s bidding again and loving every moment of it. And the pair may be in for the ride of their lives—if the dedicated professor and his rugged cowboy can learn to trust again.
This book is approximately 88,000 words
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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
First of all, I found it pretty much impossible to understand the beginning of the book without first reading the previous one so it is definitely not possible to read it as a standalone. It starts with some scenes that are more explained in the first book and it also gives a reason why Colt’s ex comes to the ranch.
The book deals with the restoration of the ghost town discovered in the previous books and features a lot of characters from the first one. Actually, I think they all appear at least in a small side role.
I got an ARC copy through NetGalley so I will assume that formatting was not finalised yet as the jumps between Colt and Avery were not marked and it was sometimes hard to follow. But as it is an ARC, I did not factor that in the review. What was important though, was jumping between times for memories and for general story. While I can understand it, and it sometimes made it easier to figure out when a particular part was happening, it was still a bit annoying.
I did like how Colt and Avery slowly built the relationship again. I would have liked it if they talked a bit more, but Colt seemed to trust Avery, as his Dom/Sir and as a person. Avery on the other hand had more doubts whether Colt just wants his Dom or him as a person, so that would be nice if it was a bit more dealt with.
The fact that Avery was a responsible Dom, and the fact that he and Colt signed a contract when they started the whole BDSM thing was a huge plus, but not enough to really improve the rating much.
I also liked that Colt, after being away from his family for a long, long time, went back and it was nice that some of the family members accepted him, his relationship with Avery.
It was an okay-ish book, but nothing special or spectacular.