Book Reviews

Lucky Cowboy (Ace Cowboy 1) by Liz Borino at NineStar Press

Genre Gay / Asexual/Aromantic / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-July-2018

Book Blurb

Childhood friends and lost loves.


A former horse trainer turned stockbroker, Ryder Christensen planned to spend the rest of his life with Sal—the man he had grown up and fallen in love with. But nowadays, Ryder only has two things in that make him happy: his daughter, and his poker-playing. One night, he comes home to find his daughter dead. Then the loan sharks come knocking.

 

Back to square one…


Salvatore Lewis has spent the last six years running his late parents’ ranch in Tryon, North Carolina. Between work on the ranch and helping his brother recover from an accident, Sal has almost gotten his old boyfriend out of his head. So, the last thing he needs is Ryder strolling back into his life. Sal tries to stay away, he really does. But the magnetism between the two men is undeniable.

 

Danger closes in…


Within a month, Ryder’s taking care of Sal’s horses, and the ranch-owner can’t believe they’re getting a second shot at happiness together. But there’s more to Ryder’s sudden return than he’s letting on. As Ryder and Sal’s relationship blossoms, Ryder’s past in New York comes back to demand more than he has to give. Will Ryder be able to protect his new life from the threat that destroyed his old one?

 

 

Warning: scenes of violence and references to the death of a child

 

Book Review

“You can't change what's done. You can't go back in time. You can't try to change the hurt feelings or mend the broken hearts. All you can do is learn from your mistakes, and hope you will never regret anything as much as you do now.” ~ Anonymous

Sometimes it's hard to think about bad decisions as 'life lessons', but they are; how you deal with them will determine your future. Ryder Christensen, of 'Lucky Cowboy' by Liz Borino, has made several bad choices that have changed the course of his life forever, but the most impactful was borrowing from a loan shark to cover his gambling debts. Ryder loses everything, including his young daughter. When the shylock calls in his debt, Ryder does the only thing he can do: he buries his daughter, sells everything he owns, then goes home.

It has been almost six years since Ryder left the small town where he grew up. When he left town, Ryder told Salvatore (Sal) Lewis, his lover for years, that a woman had accused him of making her pregnant and he had an obligation to the baby. Sal was badly hurt, especially since it appeared that Ryder had chosen the woman that he had had a fling with, over him and their long-time relationship. Ryder isn't sure what kind of reception he will get from Sal. He wouldn't be at all surprised if Sal hated him and did not want to see him, but Sal surprises him. After they clear the air, Sal gives him a job at his ranch. Ryder isn't sure how to proceed, but he has never stopped loving Sal. From Sal's reaction, he's missed Ryder just as much and they begin to rekindle their relationship.

Ryder can hardly believe that Sal is giving him another chance and hopes that his life has finally turned around. But it is too much to hope for. Out of the blue, Ryder begins to receive messages from an unidentified number. At first, Ryder thinks one of Boss's employees is jerking him around, until the calls become more frequent and more ominous. Ryder can't believe this is happening; he had a deal with Boss that, after the last payment, he was clear of his debt. Apparently, Boss decides that Ryder can pay them more money he earns by gambling. Ryder swore that he would never gamble again, but what else can he do? He doesn't want his family or Sal's hurt by his mistakes, so he agrees to meet one of Boss's men to discuss “business”.

This whirlwind story has a lot going on; intrigue, angst, and lots of surprises. Almost no one is who they appear to be, keeping me guessing as to who were the good guys and who were the villains. The end is rather abrupt, but since it's the first story in a new series, I expect the loose ends to be resolved in time. Thanks, Liz, for a roller coaster of a ride. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 67300 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-July-2018
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://ninestarpress.com/product/lucky-cowboy/