Book Reviews

Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 30-July-2013

Book Blurb

A horse stock manager on the rodeo tour, gruff cowboy Jed Hastings is in a bind. He needs a new assistant yesterday. Enter green-as-hell Booker West. Booker spent his childhood dreaming about being a part of the rodeo. He doesn’t have any experience working with horses, but Jed doesn’t have options, and gives the newbie a chance.

Innocent about the world and secretly gay, Booker works like the devil to hide his attraction to Jed. He doesn’t just want to be a wannabe-cowboy with a crush; he wants to learn from Jed. Booker craves Jed’s respect, friendship, and trust. For Jed, he knows an eager young colt like Booker should work his last nerve, yet he finds he has endless patience with the guy. He’s possessive about Booker too. And while bunking together does create intimacy, that doesn’t explain away straight Jed’s explicit sexual fantasies and growing desire for another man.

When a life altering event sends Jed and Booker reeling, a night of raw passion between the men finally explodes. But in the light of day, can Booker help Jed accept their love? Or will this unearthed attraction send Jed to a dark place from which he can’t recover?


Book Review

I am going to be completely honest and up-front here and tell you that I'm a huge fan of Cameron Dane. I have read every book she has written and loved them all. With that said, you might think I'm not capable of being objective in my review. I'm here to tell you that isn't true. I am completely objective when writing a review of a beloved author. The simple fact is, Cameron Dane's writing, characters, and stories are just that good. Plus, she writes really smoking hot scenes that are not to be missed.

Who doesn't love a cowboy, I ask you? Just the mental image of tight jeans, boots, T-shirt and hat is enough to make me start fanning myself and that doesn't even include the strong, tough personality. Oh my! Luckily for me this book has two hot cowboys but, more importantly, it has the storyline to do them justice. Typical of this author the story begins and proceeds smoothly along and I can convince myself that this is "just another cowboy story" until all of a sudden it begins to take turns and I know I'm in for the ride of my life.

Jed and Booker are not just simply cowboys. Jed has significant darkness in his background that has shaped who he is and Booker has spent his life looking to belong. Jed is in need of an assistant with the rodeo stock he manages when he stumbles across Booker. Booker has dreamed of working the rodeo since he was a little boy and jumps at the opportunity even though he's greener than grass at caring for animals. Jed is impressed with Booker's work ethics and, for a while, these two men manage a work and roommate relationship. Booker, however, has a huge crush on Jed and all he wants is his respect and to continue to work with him. Over time these two become the closest of friends with Jed feeling possessive but unable to explain why and Booker falling slowly in love. These men share deep confidences and an abiding, bone-deep trust of the other. Then an accident happens and in the aftermath Jed and Booker struggle to get their life and friendship back to where it was. Unfortunately, a moment of unconcealed desire on both their parts terrifies Jed and he isn't willing to risk losing his mother or brother for a possible intimate connection with Booker, not to mention that Jed is completely freaked out by even the possibility of having these feelings for a man. Jed turns in his resignation and is set to leave and find work with a different rodeo group. But one last night sharing living space with Booker erupts into volatile passion, heat and emotion like they've never seen before. And, frankly, I'm not sure I've seen its likes in too many books. This was the "oh man I need a cold shower" scene times two and it was phenomenal. When Booker wakes in the morning light, Jed is gone.

It takes Booker two weeks to find Jed lying drunk, which he's been every day for those two weeks, and unwashed in his brothers shed. Now Booker has the fight of his life in front of him because Jed is his, he will never leave him, he will never abandon him and he's determined to make a life with Jed. Jed is going to have to reach way down inside, figure out the kind of man he wants to be, not the kind he thinks he is, and decide what he wants for himself and his life. He's going to have to put some faith into his family and leap off the end of the pier with no life preserver in sight regardless of how terrified it makes him feel. More importantly, Jed is going to have to realize and accept some truths about himself and deal with those truths before he ever has a chance at a lifetime with Booker.

I loved this book. I loved everything about it. The characters were complex without being too much so and they revealed all the wonderful things that a man falling in love should show and the vulnerabilities were staggering. The storyline was more than I thought it would be and took me in a few directions I wasn't expecting! I can not recommend this book enough. I couldn't put it down and now I just want to re-read it over and over and over again. Thank you, Cameron, for another wonderful tale.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 133279 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-July-2013
Price $7.99 ebook
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