Title ~ My Heartache Cowboy (The Cowboys #2)
Author ~ Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher ~ Intermix (Penguin Group)
Genre ~ M/M & M/M/M Erotic Romance,
Published ~ 21st January 2014
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Can love conquer all?
Jimmy Rafferty and Eddie Molina go way back at the J-Bar ranch. They’ve worked together, bunked together, camped out, and drank together. So how has Jimmy failed to notice that Eddie is gay? Eddie has not failed to notice that his friend has a serious drinking problem, and he’s determined to help Jimmy kick the booze cold turkey.
Taking him up to a snowbound cabin to detox, Eddie is confronted with Jimmy’s fierce denial. But the pains of withdrawal are nothing for Jimmy compared with the heartache of denying his true feelings and his deep longing…for the one man who cares for him more than anyone else on earth.
“Home is Ed. Can’t lose that, not now when I finally know what that means.”
I loved the first book in the Cowboys series and I couldn’t wait for this one to come out. In My Cowboy Heart Eddie and Jimmy were a part of the supporting cast and it was crystal clear that their story wouldn’t be an easy ride in the sunset. Jimmy was rude, disrespectful and constantly drunk. He pretty much hurt and offended everyone around him, especially the people closest to him. Eddie on the other hand was such a lovable guy and I wanted nothing more than for him to find the man of his dreams and get the love he deserved.
Eddie (42) and Jimmy (38) have worked and lived together on the J-Bar ranch for fifteen years, bunking, working, camping and drinking together. They have shared a lot of ups and downs, but suddenly they discover how little they really know about each other. At some point Eddie notices that Jimmy has a serious drinking problem, and he is determined to do everything to help him to get away from the booze. He knows that it’s time to take drastic steps, even when Jimmy fights Eddie every step of the way.
There were a mountain of reasons I should have moved away.
A mountain of history had piled up between us, a mountain of fear and uncertainty, and against that, I had only one reason to stay.
He felt like a good goddamn reason.
Eddie kind of kidnaps Jimmy to put him through a cold turkey withdrawal and takes him to an isolated cabin owned by Don, Eddie’s sometime lover. Don is a recovered alcoholic himself, a gorgeous, 52 year old wealthy, married doctor, who has an easy-going and open relationship with his wife, enabling him to enjoy the company of men from time to time.
Eddie and Don don't hide who they are to each other and Jimmy isn’t sure what to make of all this. He feels certain of his attraction, especially to Eddie, but needs some time to realize that Don is just as interested in him. There are several threesome scenes and I loved, loved, loved them. They fit into the plot perfectly and are a vital part of the story. Never sleazy and cheap, but hot as hell, thoughtful and humorously written.
Once upon a time, there was a city mouse and a country mouse. Every so often, the two of them got together to bang a whole ’nother mouse in a hot tub full of water and bubbles and sin . . .
To those, who don’t like ménage: The plot wouldn’t work without Don, he is the one who guides Jimmy through his first AA meetings and helps him come to terms with his hurtful past. Without Don’s help Jimmy and Eddie wouldn’t have been able to work out their personal issues and fight against Jimmy’s addiction. Anyhow, Jimmy’s alcohol withdrawal isn’t pretty to watch. I wanted to grab him, hold him and never let him go.
Overall, My Heartache Cowboy is a fabulous book for all romance lovers. The pace is gentle and there’s a lot of pain to overcome. It’s a message that no man is an island and that love will find you whether you are looking for it or not. It has the perfect mix of inner struggles, angst, melodrama, humour, friendship, and hot sex, it’s heart wrenching and tear jerking, all wrapped up in a brilliant story.
The book is connected to the first book and I would definitely recommend reading them in order. Recommended (not only) for MM fans who are looking for something different and don’t mind open relationships and threesomes.
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer,
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”