Title: Eastern Cowboy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Andrew Grey
Brighton McKenzie inherited one of the last pieces of farmland in suburban Baltimore. It has been in his family since Maryland was a colony, though it has lain fallow for years. Selling it for development would be easy, but Brighton wants to honor his grandfather’s wishes and work it again. Unfortunately, an accident left him relying on a cane, so he’ll need help. Tanner Houghton used to work on a ranch in Montana until a vengeful ex got him fired because of his sexuality. He comes to Maryland at the invitation of his cousin and is thrilled to have a chance to get back to the kind of work he loves.
Brighton is instantly drawn to the intensely handsome and huge Tanner—he’s everything Brighton likes in a man, though he holds back because Tanner is an employee, and because he can’t understand why a man as virile as Tanner would be interested in him. But that isn’t the worst of their problems. They have to face the machinations of Brighton’s aunt, Tanner’s ex suddenly wanting him back, and the need to find a way to make the farm financially viable before they lose Brighton’s family legacy.
Eastern Cowboy is a modern day western with a twist. Instead of being set in an area one would think a western would take place in, this story is set in the middle of Baltimore, which brings its own set of problems.
Brighton continues to recover from an accident that has left him with a bad leg. The pain and knowledge that he will never be ‘normal’ again are hard to cope with at times. It is only because of his sister that he continues to carry on. This is a character that was easy for me to connect with, which made some of the things he was going through easy to understand.
Tanner is also a character that pulled me in, but for a whole other reason. This young man is a gentle giant who has had some tough times. When readers learn why Tanner is in Baltimore they will be surprised. And when his ex-shows up, readers will want to smack him.
The author brings these two together after Brighton has inherited a small farm that has been in the family for many, many years. Unable to handle things on his own, Brighton knows he needs help which leads him to Tanner.
There is an instant attraction between the men, yet past experiences on both their parts leaves them leery of making the first move. I loved the way the author moves the men along in their relationship. The time he took to move them from one level to the other made the story more believable for me.
There are several secondary characters in Eastern Cowboy that play important roles, not all of them good. The little twists the author adds to the book kept the story entertaining and the reader will find themselves turning the pages to see what will happen next and how the author will wrap everything up.
Fans of Mr. Grey are sure to love this new story and for those who have thought of picking up something by this author, Eastern Cowboy is a great place to start.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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