Wild Trail by A.M. Arthur

Wild TrailWelcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots, and rough trails. For some men, it’s a fantasy come true.

Mack Garrett loves the rolling hills surrounding his Northern California dude ranch. Leading vacationers on horse trails with his two best friends is enough – romance is definitely not in the cards. When a sexy tourist shows up at Clean Slate, he’s as far from Mack’s type as can be. So why is the handsome city slicker so far under his skin in less than a day?

Roughing it in the middle of nowhere isn’t anywhere near Wes Bentley’s idea of fun. Then he lays eyes on the gruffest, hottest papa bear he’s ever seen. But Mack is as hard to pin down as he looks – distant, sharp-tongued, and in desperate need of a shave. Until a campout gone wrong strands both men in the mountains with nothing to do but get to know each other.

Mack intends to keep his closely guarded heart out of Wes’ very talented hands. But for a seven-day cowboy, Wes is packing some long-term possibility. The cold country air can do wonders for bringing bodies together – but it will take more than that to bridge the distance between two men whose lives are worlds apart.

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This is my first book by this author and while I liked some parts, it was not what I expected.

A struggling actor whose career in LA is now in shambles because his relationship with the star of the show failed and he got fired. What is even worse, people believe that he then outed his ex because he was bitter. But now his sister is getting married soon and he books the vacation at the ranch, even though it is not exactly his cup of tea. But there are sexy cowboys so he does not complain too much.

Mack, a cowboy and a former SWAT officer is also bitter, but because of different reasons. And while he is content to flirt with Wes, does not want a relationship with a guest, nor with an actor.

The premise of the book was good, but there were a few things that were…not. I did like that there was not much angst and drama between the MCs. However, from the beginning they tried to imply some kind of (I’m not exactly sure how to say it), BDSM relationship or at least ‘daddy-kink’. But all we could see of this was some low-key spanking, and Wes just saying ‘daddy’, with no other evidence of any sort of actual kink.

The ending was a bit weird for my taste, or at least VERY unrealistic and impossible. It’s okayish book, but not one to reread.


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