Pride (Early Download)
(General Release Date: 6th June 2017)
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 69,000 words
Duncan McLeish owns a ranch. Unlike most ranches, this one is in the Scottish Highlands. Having inherited a failing farm from his grandfather, he turns it into a successful business. He has friends and he loves his home, but he's lonely, and not even infrequent trips to Glasgow and Edinburgh slake that thirst to find someone. Then Drew Sinclair walks into his life.
Drew Sinclair is tantalizingly close to getting his clothing brand noticed in the industry. He and his business partner, Joy, create individual dresses, while, on the side, Drew produces a line of men's lingerie. He visits Scotland to design a bridal gown for his sister, Jenna, who is marrying Duncan's best friend at Christmas.
Duncan and Drew have nothing except their Highland upbringing in common, but they say opposites attract, and the attraction is immediate. Is this simply a summer fling, or can two men who live such opposite lives miles away from each other find a way to love?
My Highland Cowboy is one of those stories that’s just right, with the perfect balance of…well, just about everything. Wonderful setting, characters I adored and in whom I became invested, just the right amount of angst, and some hot and sexy intimate scenes thrown in for good measure. This is definite re-read material, and though this is the first book I’ve read by this author, I’m now adding a whole bunch more of her books to my TBR list!
Books set in the Scottish Highlands are some of my favorites as I love the setting—beautiful and refreshing, and of course so very romantic. Now drop a very American-style dude ranch in the middle of that with honest-to-goodness cowboys and you really have my attention. Duncan turns out to be a classic cowboy, with the added allure of his Scottish background, and he is such a sweet, kind man. To think that he’s up there with little chance of finding that one special person to spend his life with immediately put me in an “oh, Duncan” state of mind where I wouldn’t be satisfied unless he wound up with his happy ever after ending. While he doesn’t flaunt his sexuality, he isn’t really in the closet either—he just lives his life, mostly content.
Enter Drew, fashion designer, city-dweller, out-and-proud and very secure with who he is…and with no plans to spend any time up in those gorgeous highlands other than to take care of dresses for his sister’s wedding. Though he’s a city guy, he’s no stranger to Highland life—but that doesn’t mean he wants to go back to it, even if it would include having Duncan all the time. The two of them fall quickly for each other, but to be honest it didn’t feel at all like insta-love as I was reading. The angst comes from the fact that they each have their own separate lives—hundreds of miles apart from each other—something that neither see a way around, no matter how much they want to be together.
As I mentioned previously, this story really does have a perfect balance. It is very well written with a good hook to keep your attention, and the chemistry between Duncan and Drew is quite obvious and definitely sizzling. I felt their emotional pain as they tried to work through not being together, and could feel their want when they were apart. To me it was evident who would need to be the one to make some concessions, it was just the “how” of it that needed to be sorted out. Getting to that point while feeling their love as well as their aching from being apart was what kept me riveted to the pages.
My Highland Cowboy was a lovely 4.5-star read for me, and I do highly recommend it to all M/M romance fans. If you’re a fan of the Scottish Highlands or cowboys, you’re going to love it even more. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.
Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.
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