Monday, May 21, 2018

Roped In by A.M. Arthur

Title: Roped In
Author: A.M. Arthur
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Clean Slate Ranch, #2
Main Characters: Colt and Avery
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
At Clean Slate Ranch, the men are rugged, the trails are rocky and lassos aren’t only used for roping horses 

For Colt Woods, Clean Slate Ranch is home. The dude ranch in Northern California helped him heal from a devastating breakup. So when his ex-Dom, the man who broke his heart, waltzes onto the ranch, Colt doesn’t know how to deal.

A research job at a nearby ghost town brings history PhD Avery Hendrix to Clean Slate. He’s not in town forever, but it doesn’t take long for him to feel the familiar draw to Colt. When they find out they’ll be sharing a cabin on the ranch, it’s all Avery can do to stop himself from bending Colt over a saddle right then and there.

In such close proximity, Colt’s and Avery’s old feelings come galloping back. Soon Colt is doing his master’s bidding again and loving every moment of it. And the pair may be in for the ride of their lives—if the dedicated professor and his rugged cowboy can learn to trust again.

This book is approximately 88,000 words

My Review:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to this one, but the feel of this book is very different from the first one. 

This book is a second chance at love story. Five years before Avery and Colt were in a D/s relationship that started out as a business relationship. Avery is asexual (I think...he doesn't like labels so would never discuss the specifics), but before Colt, he's never had a sexual relationship. He worked as a Dom, but that never involved sex...until Colt. 

But they had some serious issues back then. Issues that haven't changed now...problems with distance and different standards for morality. Avery is pretty strict on his standings on things and wasn't willing to give Colt a whole lot of leeway...which in the end killed their relationship. 

The thing is...neither has fallen out of love with the other. Five years later, they can see what caused their downfall with a better 20/20 vision of it...and hopefully a better understanding of how to make that work for them now. 

Overall, the book worked for me, although I had a few little niggles that weren't resolved. Avery had problems with Colt automatically dropping into D/s mode. Sometimes Avery wanted Colt to look at him as Avery, not Sir. I was really disappointed that was never truly resolved. Even in the epilogue, Colt would automatically drop into that Sir dialogue during sex. So, I was sad that it wasn't really addressed. 

Avery also isn't the easiest character to love. He's pretty stuffy....although I adored Colt, and hurt so much for him and all his back story. He's been through a lot and I feel like he's really gotten shafted by both Avery and his friends. 

So, while not my favorite book in the series so far, I did really enjoy reading it overall. I'm ready for more stories from this ranch.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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