Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: My Cowboy Homecoming
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Series: The Cowboys #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 317 Pages
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Available at: Penguin/Intermix, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Love can heal the deepest wounds…
A sense of duty brings a soldier home…but a passionate cowboy makes him want to stay.
After his brother’s tragic death, Tripp has to leave the army and return to New Mexico to take care of his mother while his father is in prison for arson. Seeking work at the J-Bar Ranch, Tripp is immediately drawn to injured cowboy Lucho Reyes, whose foot was accidentally crushed by a rescue horse. But will the sins of the father interfere with the desires of the son? Tripp’s father may be responsible for the death of Lucho’s grandfather. Now Tripp must balance caring for his mother, repairing his father’s damages, and trying to win the heart of a man who has every reason to hate him and his family…
Review: Yeehaw! Maxfield is back with her sexy, breath-catching cowboys, and this time she throws in a little enemies to lovers to boot! If you haven’t read the first two books in the installment, you could still get away with reading My Cowboy Homecoming as a standalone. But why would you go on and do somethin’ foolhardy like that? Especially iffin you want to be able to appreciate the glimpses of our cowboys from books one and two!
Speaking of cowboys, they’re a dime a dozen in the romance genre, yet Maxfield’s boys always stand out. Tripp isn’t a cowboy born and bred, he’s a soldier coming home with some baggage. He’s a son trying to deal with his mother’s psychological issues, his father’s legacy and his brother’s death. He’s a man, an employee and a friend. Lucho too is not just a cowboy. He’s a brother and a son trying to make up his own mind about the man whose father caused so much pain and heartbreak. He’s a loyal employee and friend at the J-Bar Ranch and he’s a fierce lover.
Not only are Tripp and Lucho very realistic and multi-faceted characters, Maxfield’s plot, dialogue and voice are as well. I cannot stress how down-to-earth and realistic this story is. Tripp’s mom is looney. He’s got bills coming out his ears and a dinner at the steakhouse is considered splurging. Lucho’s crushed foot doesn’t just disappear into the background. He has to make concessions like allowing Tripp to ride his horse. And like his injury, Lucho’s anger and hatred don’t just fade into bliss as soon as they have sex. These guys have a lot to work through, and the author gives it all to her reader.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there’re also plenty of our favorite cowboy type moments. There’s barn sex. Nice asses in tight jeans. Calloused caresses and work-honed bodies. And one of my favorites, big shared meals and a cozy farmhouse kitchen where the farm family gathers.
My Cowboy Homecoming is truly one of the best m/m cowboy romances out there. But don’t take my word for it, git on out there and russle up a copy for yourself!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*