This age gap romance delivered a sweet relationship
His Accidental Cowboy by A.M. Arthur
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Like the others in this series, there was just something that stopped me rating it higher, here it was a feeling of incompleteness about the major plot line involving Wyatt’s search for his biological father.
I won’t give any spoilers away but, for me, I didn’t really feel like I got the whys behind what happened.
So, for most of the story I was waiting for an explanation that never came, or in a way which helped me to understand the rationale for it.
Anyways, the romance itself between Jackson and Wyatt is actually pretty sweet and goes a long way to making up the majority of what I liked about this book.
The big age gap between them doesn’t ever really feel like it, because Wyatt’s fairly mature in his approach to wanting to explore his sexuality and being involved with someone.
Jackson’s past (and what is it with most of the characters in this series that they’ve had some level of trauma?! it’s become less effective each time because I feel like oh, here we go again about it) means he’s slow to commit and trust, which helps the friendship develop alongside the sexual side of their relationship.
Overall though, the plot just felt like it dragged on a bit too long to make the reveal as effective as it could have been. We’re in Wyatt’s head hearing him go over the same reasons for why he’s not telling Jackson why he’s really at the Woods Ranch and it ends up being repetitive.
And, talking of heads, we also get Brand’s POV quite a few times in this book and the head jumping isn’t clearly marked (something I’ve been critical of from this author’s work before) so you’re not always sure just who’s thoughts you’re reading!
Having said all of the above, this one is definitely my favourite out of the series so far. I’m not sure if there will be any more from Woods Ranch, there aren’t really any people left hanging around unless A.M. goes back and tries to do a redemption for the former Sheriff of book two.
Either way, overall I definitely preferred the Clean Slate series as a whole.
#ARC kindly received from Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review
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