You can run but you can’t hide. Problems have a habit of following you, even if it’s only inside your head.
Ross decides to start a new life away from the grim belly of London, England, unable to stomach being a cop any longer. He tells himself he’s moving miles away to find himself a bed partner, but he’s lying. He has to. Facing up to the real reason he’s leaving isn’t something he can handle. His last undercover job proved too much—his life was at risk—and if he stays in London he’ll likely end up dead. Nightmares plague him, his subconscious unable to switch the past off. So he moves to a ranch in America, thinking the new surroundings and different lifestyle will help him to heal—and to forget. What he soon realizes is he’s jumping from the frying pan into the fire…
Joe’s passion—that of caring for the horses—is the only thing that keeps him sane. He’s a surly man, and for good reason—a reason he hasn’t told a soul. Folks think he’s mean and unapproachable and suspect him of committing murder. More than once. Locals assume that Joe got let off the hook. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Joe lets people think what they will. He’s done with their speculation and sly looks.
When Ross and Joe meet, tension is rife. The air between them prickles with animosity as well as sexual tension. Both have a past they can’t get over. Both have skeletons in their closets they wish would turn to dust. And both have to make a decision. Can they cast their fears aside and trust each other, or have the terrors they’ve experienced ruined them for love?
Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of remembered non-consensual sex in a character’s past.
Masters has reduced me to tears. Outcast Cowboys was nothing like I’d ever read before and
everything that I wanted.
Ranch life in small
town Middle America is not what Ross Jones imagined as the young Englishman
left the gritty undercover police work of London for love and a better life.
What Ross actually gets is a ton of lies, deceit and a web of intrigue from
ranch owner Grenadier and the inhabitants of the ranch and Gladwood.
Enter Joe. Outcast
and scapegoat brother to Gren and company, gay, and just wants to lead his
life, Joe is tormented by his brothers and blamed for any misgivings associated
with life on the ranch. Finally seeing past the façade Joe erects, Ross found
himself with a kindred spirit, albeit with trouble at their doorstep.
Masters wove a tale that took my heart, squeezed it as I
reeled with the injustices forced upon the men and then subsequently allowed it
to soar as the old adage ‘what goes around comes around’ was delivered in
spades to those who tormented Joe and Ross.
of the brothers and ranch life was gritty and without hope. These men were
hardened and cynical, encased in a lawless life with the assumption that
secrets and lies are best served in the family—And Ms. Masters captured every emotion.
Cowboys touched my core; the ending brought me to tears,
as I wept for the joy Ross and Joe conveyed to each other and the sorrow they
endured as they closed the final chapter of Gladwood.
A timeless story of
love and understanding where pasts haunt a person, but if there is unity
against all odds then love can overcome anything.
provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review