Title: Buttermilk Ranch
Author Name & Publisher: Patricia Logan (Westburg Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2015 – 62,000 Words
Wendell Blackowl has spent all his life in the working cow horse show ring where toiling with sweaty cowboys all day is the fodder for wet dreams. Though privately he’s come to terms with his sexuality, publicly Dell’s had to build a façade. When his beloved horse Buttermilk dies, Dell finds himself at loose ends so he decides to pick himself up by his boot straps and do what he’s always wanted to do… open an environmentally friendly organic vegetarian café.
Pace Avila, well known music critic, has been drawn to Austin by the live music scene. When friends invite him to check out a fresh new dinner experience, Pace reluctantly agrees to push the deadline on his national column. He isn’t interested in vegetarian food or a restaurant with the cheesy name of Buttermilk Ranch Café, but the moment Pace lays eyes on the stunning cowboy chef, things begin looking up.
When openly gay Pace walks into his cafe and his life, Dell realizes he’s tired of living a lie and tired of being alone. When Mother Nature throws an unprecedented storm at Austin, the muddy waters threaten to wipe out everything Dell’s worked so hard to build. He soon realizes that with a man like Pace by his side, love really can conquer all.
This is Patricia Logan light. This is a love-at-first-sight rainbows and hearts and a devastatingly handsome Native American cowboy turned restauranteur. A Patricia Logan story without BDSM or military men is unusual. A Patricia Logan story without angst, intrigue or bad guys? It might be a little too sweet for me, but of course it was going to work. Her books always do.
Dell and Pace are the perfect couple for Logan to weave around the story of America’s fight for marriage equality. Their relationship is very traditional and pretty conservative. Hell, Dell is a thirty-year old virgin. The men court each other sweetly. Dell is shocked by behaviour in a gay bar (before discovering that he really enjoys said activities with Pace).
With all this niceness, I should really have hated this book. But I enjoyed it. Logan’s characters are beautifully developed. I believe in the instalove storyline because it just works. Dell’s sexual self-discovery comes late in life, but with a childlike joy that is wonderfully contagious. I enjoyed the contrast of Pace’s inner strength with Dell’s physical strength. Pace’s self-confidence is fantastic – he is slight and more than slightly effeminate, but never apologetic, even among his brother’s cowboy friends.
Conflict in this story comes from Nature. Dell’s new business and his family farm face flood damage and tornado threats. Logan’s Texas is a wonderful community where neighbours help each other, cowboys support their gay friends and relatives and somehow the fight for Native American rights seamlessly meshes with the fight for marriage equality.
Again with the niceness. This is a glossy, idealised story. If you are tired of dark, angst-filled m/m, this will be a breath of fresh air.
This is one of those times that I wish I could see pictures of the characters. I wanted to see Pace so bad, especially when they went to the rally. This book was sweet and fun and at times serious. Café owner Dell meets Pace at the one year anniversary of his restaurant opening and boy were sparks flying. You could feel the attraction and you just couldn’t wait to see how it played out. I love Dell and how he just jumped in with both feet when it came to Pace. They are a sweet couple and I hope we see bits of them again in future books.
Dell is a retired cowboy who also happens to be Native American. His speech, while traditional cowboy is somewhat hard to read, as it’s hokey and “country”. I did enjoy how he was not afraid to go after his dream, but felt that he was in the closet for all the wrong reasons.
I really enjoyed his best friend. She was just the right side of snarky when it mattered and allowed him to feel secure all on his own. I also liked how she was so encouraging towards him. However, my favorite characters were his band of cowboy friends.
You get to see Dell as a chef mainly – I wished that I were able to see his cowboy side more. He seemed slightly flat because of that.
Then you have Pace. While he seems like the best friend you never had, I did wish that he was more developed in his character and throughout the plot. Pace was just the city-boy playing the country boy, when in fact, he was almost neither in this story. It was hard for me to put my finger on who exactly Pace was supposed to be.
I did enjoy the support that Dell and Pace provided for each other, but this story was just a little too hunky dory and sugary for me.
This was a very sweet story of instant love and happiness. So if you don’t like that, this may not be for you.
Pace was adorable I loved how openly gay he was. He dressed as he wanted and went after everything that he wanted.
Dell on the other hand was not out yet. He choose a public place to declare his love for Pace. They were a very sweet couple who get their perfect HEA.
It was a pleasant surprise all their family and friends were ok with them as a couple.
It was a good story but just didn’t have me thinking, wow I love it.
Okay do not get me wrong when I say this… For some reason this book just did not grab me at all and it took me a long time to finish this.
It was hot/steamy and when I say that I mean it was damn hot!! But I think there might have been so many sex scenes that Dell and Puck as a couple got lost to me so I just did not feel it with them.
Pace is a music critic who gets introduced to Dell after moving to Texas. Well the sparks flew between them as soon as they meet. But I just think I wanted more from them as a couple to really believe it and maybe less sex scenes. Yes I said that lol. I know that’s bad, who does not like sex scenes I know I love them but sometimes I need more then that.
So I want to say I really enjoyed the cowboy aspect and the steam.. I just really don’t know why this one just did not grab me and I am sad to say this one was just not for me.
This was my first time reading a book by this author and I don’t know why. This was a true love story and I loved it. The characters just seem to flow together, like they are meant to be. This show signs of a really good author. It was not a tear jerker but a sweet story about men falling in love. It was at times syrupy sweet but the characters were very well developed. I would definitely read another book by this author.
“Yoo Hoo! Dell, ya up there, ya sidewinder! Get outa bed or I’m gonna drag that lazy ass out!”
“What?” Pace said, startled awake as he lifted his head from Dell’s chest where he’d fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning. He wiped his face of drool and stared across the muscled chest he loved, finding Dell’s face. He had one eye peeled open and he didn’t look all too happy by what sounded like Branch’s bellowing from downstairs.
“Fuckin’ ass poor timin’,” Dell grumbled as they both sat upright in bed. Pace knew it would be pretty awful if Branch came bursting into the room with them, lying buck naked in bed. “Guess I’d better find out just what the hell he’s doin’ here.” Pace watched as Dell threw his legs over the side of the bed. He watched his ass from behind, noting the muscled expanse of his back and the thick thighs he loved so much, as the man stood.
“What the hell is he doing here? He and the boys had a show,” Pace grumbled.
“Ya rattlesnake! Ya need me to come up there and put my boot up yer ass?” Branch howled.
Pace couldn’t help but chuckle. He loved his brother but he loved the disgusted look on Dell’s face more. Dell walked to the doorway and stuck his head out.
“I’ll be down in a minute, ya jackass… unless ya want to see me in all my nekkid glory!” Dell yelled back.
Pace heard a chuckle coming from downstairs. “Hell naw! Get some clothes on there, scarecrow! Yer movin’ slower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.”
“Oh for Christ’s sake, here we go,” Dell said, glancing over at him. Pace just buried his face in the pillow and laughed.
What literary character is most like you? (From your book or any other.)
I think I’m most like Ranger Corrigan from “The Thief”. I’ve always considered myself a gay man in a woman’s body. Ranger is a wisecracking guy with a great sense of humor. He’s sharp and fiercely loyal and he loves deeply and fully.
Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.