Title: Tempted in Texas
Author: Sara York
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Rusty Briggs knows his chance of finding a man while living outside of Sweetwater, Texas are slim to none. Few know about his little secret, but his ranch hands have run out on him and the folks in town aren’t as hospitable as they were before the incident. He’s resigned himself to the fact that working his ranch will have to be enough or he will need to sell and move to the big city…that is until he meets Trent Anderson.
On the outside Trent appears to be a man with full access to silver spoons and caviar dreams, but his parents cut him off and tossed him out once they discovered he was gay. After living on the street, selling himself, then ending up in a destructive relationship, Trent pulled his life together and came out on top, all by using his compassion and intelligence—or so Trent thinks. Recently, Trent’s grandfather passed away and left him his ranch, as long as he meets a few conditions, like living in Texas for ninety days. But Trent’s secret benefactor, Reed, is dissatisfied that Trent isn’t living in Atlanta and wants him back. The only issue for Reed is that Trent is involved with Rusty.
Money, greed, lust, and power work to keep Rusty and Trent apart. They are forced to trust each other when life falls apart, but can they actually become close enough in ninety days to create a solid, trusting relationship, or will old relationships come between them?
The first word that pops into my head to describe Tempted in Texas is definitely "sweet". And while there are aspects of the story that I could have done without, overall I found this to be a good read that I would recommend to others who are fans of the genre.
The best part of the story? Rusty. He is far and away my number one character, and his emotions and actions (along with his hot and sexy self) make him a keeper for any book boyfriend shelf no matter who you are. While he does seem to fall really fast for Trent (they both fall really fast for each other actually), the depth of caring he shows-especially when he continually emphasizes to Trent that Trent is the one in charge-and his thoughtfulness demonstrate just how wonderful he is.
As for Trent, at times he seemed a bit too timid and more twink than I usually care for in an M/M story, but the way he is written and how his character and Rusty's interact and bond make it so that this personality type works for this story.
But when it comes to the predominant secondary character of Reed...at first his character's introduction into the mix was fine, but after a while with his repeated insistence on trying to come between Rusty and Trent and everyone getting wound up and then defusing again...and again...it just started wearing on me by the time I was done reading. And the addition toward the end of Rusty's every-now-and-then hookup Edan just felt like a bit too much to me.
I do wish we could have seen more of a conclusion with the terms of Trent's grandfather's will stipulations, and whether the getaway ranch/camp plans he was considering would come to fruition. It felt like the ending was a bit rushed without complete closure to the things that were brought up within the story.
This was a 3.5-star read for me, but would have been higher with a more satisfying ending (and less Reed and no Edan). This is for the 18+ M/M romance fans as it does contain adult M/M sexual content. Oh, and please don't hog Rusty once you read this...I'm claiming regular visitation rights ;-)
Writing is Sara's life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning.
Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun. Almost a quarter of a century ago Sara met her lover, falling for him after knowing him for ten minutes. Sara's passion for him comes out in her stories, mixing with her passion for life, love, and good times, flowing onto the page and becoming tales from the heart.