Title: The Rodeo Knight (Sam’s Cafe Romances #3)
Author: Ashavan Doyon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Struck by amnesia after a car crash, Brian Stouten has been living a life laid out by his family, a heterosexual life that just doesn’t fit. When he learns it was all a lie, he returns to the small college town that’s his only clue to his past. But the town is still unfamiliar, and the man he’d hoped would make all his memories return is on a honeymoon with another man. To add insult to injury, everyone thinks Brian died in the crash. It’s only when an out-of-place cowboy asks to bum a smoke that Brian realizes this trip was meant to be.
Sylvester Thomas has always fought a secret desire, and done it successfully. But when geeky Brian offers him a smoke and a light, a simple brush of hands has Sylvester’s hidden passions burning deep. Did he make a mistake letting Brian walk away?
This book was a bit rough in the beginning. I am not sure if it is because I did not read the first two books in the series, or if it is just how the author decided to start the story. With that said, and to be on the safe side, I would recommend reading the first two books in the series. Worse case scenario, you will have more of a background on the characters in the book.
Okay, so while reading this I was thinking Brian is moving pretty quickly ‘relationship wise’ with Sylvester. Especially considering he has retrograde amnesia. Then it suddenly hit me. It made perfect sense that Brian would want to grab on and go with it. In the last four years since his accident, he has never felt a connection to anything/anyone. Then he happens to meet Sylvester, and the connection with him is immediate/intense. So, now that he is experiencing these feelings with Sylvester, he doesn’t want to let them go because it makes him feel more alive.
In addition, I really felt bad for his past partner/husband, Russell Pine. I cannot even begin to understand what one would feel meeting their past partner after thinking they’re deceased. Not to mention, that Brian no longer knows him, so he cannot even feel the loss that Russell feels once again. Seriously, it disturbed me to read this since I felt Brian was being so callous. However, I had to keep reminding myself that he doesn’t remember anymore.
I really did like the story, and in this instance the sorta ‘insta-love’ works for these two MC’s, especially given Brian’s condition. Oh, and I really did enjoy their HEA. It was truly sweet; and let me just say that their wedding seem to suit them very well! I am glad that these two broken souls found each other.