Barbed Wire Cowboy (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Barbed Wire Cowboy
Author: Renee Stevens
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: April 6, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, Cowboys, closeted, coming out, acceptance, mild violence, gay bashing
Page Count: 323 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

After having been kicked off the family ranch by his father, Marc Poulson has made a new home for himself as the foreman of the Double R Ranch. His fellow ranch hands are his family, but he’s still not complete without Casey Morgan, his counterpart at the neighboring Del Rio Ranch. In the middle of a feud with his one-time best friend, Marc struggles to understand why Casey would rather take a swing at him than talk to him. He wants to put the past behind them and rebuild what they once had and make their relationship stronger than ever, but Casey is having none of it.

Casey has his own demons to deal with, and Marc serves as a reminder to things he’d rather forget. Casey can’t see beyond the past and continues to make mistakes that put both him and Marc in harms way. After one close call too many, Casey must decide whether his past is more important than his future, or if he can live with Marc walking out of his life—possibly forever.

This was such a good read. Who does not love a book about two Cowboys trying to find their way to one another.

This book is full of anger, mistrust, grudges, fights, denial, acceptance, hard work, happiness, and so much more.

Marc knows what it is like to come out to your family as gay and he knows what it is like to lose your family because of it. That is what happened to him but he did not let it destroy him. He left like his father asked him to do and made a life and home for himself at the Double R Ranch. Everything seems to be coming together for him. He has made foreman and he has friends that feel like family and a great boss, Ryan. Couldn’t have asked for more or at least he could not have until that perfect night with his best friend and foreman of the neighboring ranch Casey. For it to be a perfect night, the next morning turned his happy life upside down.

Casey has so many secrets and a past that has shaped his future in ways he never would have expected. So after finally being able to act on his feelings for Marc, Casey thought as he drifted off to sleep the night that it happened that things was finally going to work out between them. But the next morning Casey flipped out on Marc and he can’t exactly tell him why or what is going on in his head so he plays it off as Marc took advantage of him to Marc.

That one night that should have brought these two men together actually tore them apart and turned their lives upside down and created a lot of hostility between the two of them. The hostility carries over into their work lives and if something does not change one of them or someone else is going to end up hurt or dead.

Can Casey finally come clean with Marc and start to maybe repair what happened between them or will it come a little too late?

This is a read about secrets and fear ruling one mans life and dictating what is future is lime. He has to learn to overcome his fears and go for what will make him truly happy before he loses his chance. It is a book where the main characters has to learn to let go of their anger and pain and learn to communicate with each other in order to overcome all the bad that has happened in both the past and the present. I really enjoyed this read because you never knew what was going to happen next between these two hot headed, stubborn Cowboys so it was constantly full of all different kinds of action with each turn of the page. Amazing story and definitely on my recommended read list.

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Galley copy of Barbed Wire Cowboy provided by Renee Stevens in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.