Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Bad Boy Cowboy
SERIES: Cattle Valley #7
AUTHOR: Carol Lynne
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 132 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2008
When Logan Miller pulls up to the EZ Does-It ranch atop a gleaming black Harley, bearing tattoos and killer green eyes, Jax Brolin knows he’s in trouble. How can this be the same skinny kid who used to play with his baby brother? Still recovering from a secret affair gone bad, Jax knows his heart can’t take another beating. Distancing himself is his only weapon, and he uses it well.
Until Logan reunited with his best friend’s big brother, he’d thought the best thing to have between his legs was a motorcycle, followed closely by a horse. Now, at the age of twenty-six, Logan wants the man he’s fantasized about since puberty.
The town may classify Logan as a bad boy, but all he wants is to be is a good man for Jax and he’ll do anything to get the man’s attention.
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series
After a disastrous relationship that left Jax more than a little gun shy, he’s determined to safeguard his heart at all costs. Too bad no one told Logan Miller that; his little brother’s best friend is all grown up, certainly no longer little, and he has his eyes set on Jax. The attraction between the two men is palpable but Jax is determined not to give into the man that’s walked back into his life and turned everything upside down. When the pull between them proves too much to ignore, it looks as though both men will finally get the happiness they deserve but secrets on both sides may end what they have before it really started.
There’s just something about a bad boy that’s really appealing but reading about one that just wants to do whatever it takes to make you happy is even more so. I liked the set up for this story a lot; Logan has been in love with Jax ever since he was a kid and had done pretty much everything he could to make sure he’d have a chance at snagging the older man. Jax made a mistake on the relationship front and has been paying for it ever since, practically buried under a thick layer of self loathing and guilt; it was obvious that he was still hurt over the entire thing and kept pushing Logan away in response to that. I liked both men; Logan had the necessary patience to bring Jax around while also showing a willingness to push a little to keep Jax from just ignoring what was between them. Jax spends the book struggling with his feelings and there’s quite a bit of back and forth between the two men as a result but when Jax finally makes the decision to give in and go for what he wants, he commits wholeheartedly. It was nice seeing both men work towards a relationship together and when they finally got it right, it was damn near perfect.
While there wasn’t a great deal of angst in this one, I thought it made for a good continuation of the series; there was also a nice set up for a future book so I’m already looking forward to that. Fans of the series or those that enjoy a bit of push/pull between their main characters should enjoy this one.