Reyes Caldero keeps his past buried deep and his emotions buried deeper. But what he doesn’t say he always makes up for with his actions. When the hot chef he once saved from an abusive ex turns up at Clean Slate Ranch, the quiet cowboy is happy to act on their sizzling chemistry, even if he’s not ready to share his secrets—or his heart.
Miles Arlington needs to get the hell out of San Francisco, and heading north for a job near Clean Slate Ranch seems like just the thing. It doesn’t hurt that his secret crush slash onetime rescuer happens to work at the ranch. Miles has never been one for the outdoors, but the superhot Reyes has him ready to saddle up.
Reyes is happy to keep things casual, even though his heart has other ideas. And when Miles is forced to confront his past again, Reyes and Miles will have to put all their trust in each other if they want any chance at building a future together.
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This book is approximately 86,000 words
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Two very different men, both scarred one literally, one figuratively by troubled pasts, find love in Arthur's passionate but overlong third Clean Slate Ranch contemporary (after Roped In). Miles Arlington signs up to be a chef at the Bentley Ghost Town saloon, hoping to get away from his stalker ex, Dallas. On the ranch, Miles moves in with Reyes Caldero, a "super-hot, super-quiet Latino cowboy" who's also a wounded ex-firefighter. Miles initially wants a platonic relationship with Reyes, but as the men go on frequent horseback rides, they become closer. Reyes is thoughtful and a gentleman; he wants Miles to make the first move. Miles eventually gives in to his desires. The guys share deep, passionate kisses; have hot sex; and cuddle. However, their storybook romance is jeopardized by their dark pasts: the manipulative Dallas turns up and threatens Miles, and Reyes fears he will lose Miles when he reveals his very worst secret. The story feels a bit padded, but its messages about truth and trust will resonate with fans of the series.