Title: Eastern Cowboy
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2015 – 200 pgs
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.
I have never read Andrew Grey before, but I did enjoy this story. While it was slightly bland on the chemistry department, I think the redeeming qualities of Brighton’s sister, Brianne helped boost the star rating. I enjoyed how realistic the story was. Too often, especially on a farm with a cowboy theme, there are tall, dark, Dom type characters. Brighton and Tanner were both strong in their own right, but also shy and weak too. It made them more believable and, despite not having a great deal of heat between them, they related on a much different level.
I appreciated that the story needed antagonists, but I wanted to reach in to this book and shake Brighton and Brianne’s relatives. They made me so mad! I loved how Brighton was willing to take the project on because he knew that it had been important to his grandfather.
This story was elevated in star rating for me due to the fact that nothing seemed rushed. While this story might not have heat, it had trust and love, friendship and family. Those things can sometimes outshine the insta-heat/sexiness that a lot of books thrive on. I wish that the characters were not so self-deprecating, but I understand why it was in the story. This book offers a happy ending and realistic family dynamics. I do wish there were a look further down the road, but enjoyed the story all the same.
I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads for an honest review.
I love Andrew Grey’s books. This was a sweet romance of Brighton and Tanner. It was a quick easy read that kept me interested in the story the whole time. The story of their life was realistic.
I loved Tanner in this story more than I did Brighton. Both had very low self esteem, which came from their past. Brighton inherited his Grandfathers farm and hired Tanner to help with chores. I loved how they both accepted each other with their faults. They worked for me as a couple. It was a wonderful heartfelt story.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.