Title: Jackass Flats (Riding Cowboy Flats #1)
Author: Julia Talbots’s
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 2nd edition
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Genre(s): Short story, military, cowboy, gay contemporary romance
Page Count: 115 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.9 stars out of 5
Can a traveling military man and a set-in-his-ways cowboy find a way to make things work?
Tate feels like the best part of life has probably passed him by, which is why the thirtysomething cowboy hits the bars every night. When he meets Dave, a young soldier from a nearby Army base, though, Tate figures things might be looking up. He and Dave get off to a rocky start, but Tate soon finds that he and the kid have enough in common to make things interesting.
Dave isn’t really into the whole don’t ask, don’t tell thing, and he doesn’t bother to hide his relationship with Tate from his friends. Once he realizes he should have been more careful, it might be too late. But Dave is willing to fight for Tate, even if it means taking on the military.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.
This was a decent read. Who does not love military men and cowboys? Put them together and it is always a good time.
I really felt sorry for Dave. He is in the military at at time when don’t ask and don’t tell was still in full swing and even though there was others in his unit that swung his way, he did not mix the two up. But that did not stop one of his friends from turning in him after Dave turned him down and led everyone to believe that it was Dave that hit on him instead. This opened up a whole can of worms for Dave and ultimately lead to the end of his military career.
The one good thing that came out of all of it was meeting Tate. Tate is set in his ways and plans to not do anything other then be himself. When he meets Dave even though he tries to not let him in his heart, it is a futile battle that he cannot win because no matter how many walls Tate tried to put up Dave demolished them as soon as they was erected.
Tate knew with Dave being in the military that he took a chance of this being nothing more between them then fun while it lasted. So when Dave chose to stay and make a life with Tate, he was beyond relieved and happy.
These two men had a rough go at it with everything that was happening with Dave in the military and everything that was going on in Tate’s head but they was able to overcome it and start a life together. This was a good quick read. The one thing I did not like about it was it was really annoying the way Tate’s character was categorized as old and basically a hick because he is in his mid thirties and a cowboy. That was kind of Annoying because there is a difference in feeling old and in actually being old but as far as his character was portrayed you would have thought he was in his nineties. And it was stereotyping the way he talked and acted as far as a cowboy, as if he was not all that bright because of this. So that I did not like at all. As far as the story itself I enjoyed it. It was a great love story that was quick and sweet.
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