Friday, March 13, 2015

City Slicker at the Horny Goat Ranch by Daisy Harris

Title: City Slicker at the Horny Goat Ranch
Author: Daisy Harris
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series:-
Main Characters: Keith and Max
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: 
Links to Purchase:Amazon
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Keith Kelley doesn’t normally take kindly to strangers, but his flashy new neighbor has long legs, lips made for kissing and might prove too much temptation for a boy hiding his sexuality in rural Idaho. Unfortunately, between working his mom’s goat ranch and land disputes with his wealthy father, Keith has enough problems. He doesn’t need the best sex of his life threatening to expose his precarious secrets.

Real estate developer Max Levin vows to turn the one-stoplight town of Pookataw Valley into a quaint vacation destination…and then leave before the dust clears. Given his next assignment starts in five months, Max shouldn’t start loving the quaint little town—the ranchland, the mountains, even the goats. If only Max could stop thinking about his sexy neighbor and the time they shared in the front seat of Keith’s truck. Because he especially shouldn’t fall in love with a guy who can’t openly love him back.

In a town the size of Pookataw Valley, nothing stays secret for long. If Keith wants to hold onto his birthright, he’ll have to fight for his land and his pride. Most of all, he’ll have to fight for Max before he slips through Keith’s fingers.

Warning: contains angry parents, horny ranchers and snarky city boys just asking to be hogtied.


My Review:
This was a really fun read...just as fun as you would expect from that title. But this story wasn't all lighthearted. This book covers some pretty serious issues of coming out in a rural area...something that isn't always as easy as it sounds. 

Keith went off to college and discovered that yep, he was definitely gay, before he had to come home and help his mom take care of her goat ranch after his father dumped her. He's basically given up on his dreams...all of them and certainly doesn't ever even consider coming out. That's just not something that's done in this small community with his overbearing father.

Max is a real estate developer who goes in and supervises the properties that his company is flipping. He's rarely in one place long and doesn't ever really hook up with anyone for more than a single night. He doesn't really understand Keith's issues with coming out. I love the way that Daisy Harris wrote this aspect of this story...Max really got to see why this was all so hard for Keith. No, homophobes aren't always hateful, judgmental jerks. Sometimes they just don't know because they haven't been exposed to someone who's gay...or, at least they don't realize that they have been. This whole story line was brilliantly done.

And poor Keith...he really didn't win much of a lottery with his parents and he's given up a lot to help and try to keep the peace. I felt so badly for him. He's definitely been screwed in this whole situation...and not in the fun way. But I liked him and Max together. They worked even though the circumstances they come from is so completely different.

Note: Call me petty, but I really would have liked one more scene with Keith sticking it to his jerk of a father. That situation is resolved, but I wanted a bit more...


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