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When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after anWhen Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears....

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The Ranch Foreman Reviews

  • SheReadsALot
    2018-10-04 13:42

    Welcome to the 1st ever Cowboy Off- BR betwixt Team A (Cupcake & Noah) & Team B (Al, JenM and Me)!Team A = BarebackTeam B = The Ranch ForemanI won't quelt my epic love for Bareback. But let's just say Baby loves it, yeah? I rated it a jarful of stars.And you know what else I enjoy? That's right, you guessed it...Rob Colton. (I bet you thought I'd say cowboys...they're alright and all but I'm a city girl with a penchant for swords. I love those edges.)Rob Colton. I formed this odd secret obsession for his stories earlier this year. I've seen him around but then on my nifty phase (I go back and forth with binge reading online fiction) I discovered robcub32, who I later discovered to be Rob Colton!Here I am, devouring bear shaped sugar butter cookies and this author is published! This year has really been the year of the male authors for me.Rob Colton.He's good for simple storytelling with hot sex between average males. Oh and you definitely expect to find a MC that is a:BEARS! ROAR!Rob Colton feeds my bear love! And I forgot that when you put a Rob Colton in front of me, Baby devours that shit and only looks up for air when necessary. It's borderline unhealthy but there's something in his formula that works for me.In this book, we get a cute twink cub MC that has to do the chasing and a growly closeted MC that needs to learn how to speak to people.Cowboy bears! Howdy!Let's go wrassle up some cub meat! Roar! Bear lassoing! (Okay, I'll quit my cowboy speaks before I get carried away. More carried away)The twink is 27 year old new ranch hand, Matty who is out and proud. He sets his sights on his boss, ranch foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth who is older, deep in the closet and not talkative. And I was surprised the twink cub had to do the chasing instead of the surly, cigar smoking bear. (view spoiler)[ Don't worry there's no D/s. But this picture is too cool not to add.(hide spoiler)]Warning: there is off scene rape.It kind of got downplayed. I expected some angst from the MC but other than a quick 'I don't like to be touched' part, he got over it fairly quickly.And the sex...that first scene? Someone must pretty flexible and have knees with pillows attached is all I'm saying. The bear and cub mate, even when one MC had a near death experience, they were able to put the pain aside to get it on. The miraculous dick powers strikes again! Cowboy bear style!It's a HEA. It's not complicated. It's standard Rob Colton fare that I can't quit.Rating: This is a solid three, but not quite a it shall be 3.5 stars for me rated down.Gonna sing Madonna's "Don't Tell Me" on my bronco and ride off into the starry night, y'all!#team B #Baby out!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Macky
    2018-10-12 13:50

    I actually did enjoyed this but its definitely not your champagne and roses romance and I can see why some readers wouldn't like it because the two main characters do tend to have you exasperated and rolling your eyes but if you take on board that that's how they are and accept it for what it is then I think the story is really readable.Baxter and Matty come under the heading of stupid stubborn men on my shelves, especially Baxter who acts like a complete bastard because he's frightened of outing himself and is quite dislikable most of the time but underlying are odd flashes of the softer man he can be so by the time he redeems himself I had warmed to him more. Then Matty is so enamoured he keeps weakly giving in to the temptation, making you want to shout and scream at him for letting Baxter get under his skin but despite all that I still found myself rooting for them to get together because its so obvious that they're not just hot for each other but underneath all the OMG! will they/ won't they fanoodlings there are true, deeper feelings than just sexual pleasure. The sex itself is frequent, down and dirty, raw and no frills but that didn't particularly bother me. Men are more likely to be led by lust first and feelings second so I think in m/m romance this type of attraction is more true to form than hearts and flowers romance we girls tend to expect and it fitted the mindset of both men. There is an off page dub con/ possible rape that occurs but its not written in an explicit way... mind you saying that doesn't makes it any less awful an occurance. (view spoiler)[ it happens when Matty goes out and gets absolutely lathered and its only the day after he realises someone has had sex with him but they have used protection, so I think you're meant to believe the culprit just took advantage of him being extremely drunk but in my eyes that's still a form of rape(hide spoiler)]. So I'm thinking this might be a bit of a marmite book but personally I liked it and it kept me interested till the end. I'll be looking out for more from Rob and will check out his robcub32 online freebies as well.

  • AliciaJ
    2018-10-05 12:39

    Darn. I loved the whole idea of cowboys and the ranch and all that, but unfortunately the end result just didn't quite pull it off. The story was mostly about Matt (the young and naïve MC) and Baxter (the older gruff MC) and how Matt was lusting after Baxter, and how Baxter was a total asshat. And I didn't buy their declarations of love at the end, since I'd spent most of the story annoyed with Matt for being such a pushover for this guy. But the story wasn't a total washout. I really enjoyed the secondary characters and the way Matt interacted with the horses. There were some good moments there that made me really like Matt and kept me interested enough to want to see him get his HEA, even though I wasn't so sure I wanted it to be with Baxter, the douche.I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one, but it wasn't horrible either. So there ya go.

  • Jewel
    2018-10-03 14:55

    Unfortunately, there really wasn't anything that worked for me in this story. There was no real romance, Baxter was a dick for the first three quarters and Matty was a door mat, letting Baxter use him and then throw him away. Repeatedly. The last little bit of the story where Baxter wasn't a complete douche really didn't make up for the rest.

  • Victorialove books
    2018-10-20 17:44

    Narrator Max Lehnen 3 StarsThis was not my kind of book. A nice in between books but nothing special.

  • Alina
    2018-10-10 16:53

    Absolutely loved this book!It has all the right ingredients for me: age difference and cowboys ;P I was hooked from the start, since like Matty I like older man, and I really didn't see Baxter as such an asshole. Sure his behavior pissed me off more often, than not, but I could understand his motives and sympathize with them. Like he himself said he's a middle-aged closeted cowboy, cut him some slack. The story was rather short and Baxter's indecision and uncertainty didn't feel dragged out to me, but just realistic. It would seem strange if he'd embraced openly gay lifestyle on the ranch right away. And I loved seeing the glimpses of his true feelings for Matt when he gave him comfort and support at the moments of grief. The ending was very sweet and just so satisfying *happy sigh*Oh, and I've said that before and I'm saying it again: I do prefer sex scenes written by men and here they've been smoking hot.All in all loved this story and I'd like to read more about these guys someday :) Maybe something about the poor Doc, since he's been deprived here :D

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2018-10-09 16:43

    5 Stars - KAPOW!A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewMadison Ward AKA Matty has just left everything behind to come work as a ranch hand where his cousin Brian lives and works. Matty had been living with his aunt, Brian’s mother, taking care of her while the Cancer ate away at her body. Matty had done all he could do with his aunt but he just couldn’t provide the care she needed, so Brian had her moved to an assisted living facility. Now, here he is with his cousin about to do a job he has no idea how to do.Boy, working on the ranch is hard work, but the eye candy of one Baxter Hollingsworth is worth every minute of it. When Matty first sees Baxter over the crowded dining room table he knows instantly Baxter is gay. What he soon learns is that even though Baxter is flashing him those lust filled looks, he’s deeply hidden in the closet. But that doesn’t stop Matty from wanting the ranch foreman and the more Baxter plays hard to get, the more Matty wants the older man.When Matty decides to go with Baxter to the city for ranch supplies, they have a rest stop bathroom hook up. But when it’s over Baxter acts like nothing ever happened and of course Matty’s hurt by it but he really should have known better. Now, he’s being avoided and it’s ticking him off. When his aunt takes a turn for the worst, Baxter turns into another person. He’s kind, compassionate and so sweet. I only wished it could have lasted, but a good book won’t give you want you want right away. It has to make you work for it. So back to being the same butt he was before and Matty has had enough. When he’s asked out on a date by the handsome vet, he goes. Why should he sit around and wait for Baxter to come around when he knows the man is to deep in the closet to ever do anything more than make Matty his dirty little secret. Just maybe him going out with Doc Brown is the kick in the rear Baxter needs to make a change or it will turn Baxter into an even bigger prick than he was before. But when Matty is injured in a storm it forces Baxter to make a decision about what he wants and who he wants it with.I loved that there was very little drama and just a touch of angst. I mean when Baxter basically dismissed Matty after they had what Matty thought was the best sex of his life, I felt a pang in my chest and wanted to cry. Just because it really hurt him to be treated like that.The story is told from Matty’s POV and though I would have loved to know what was going through Baxter’s mind while he was trying to figure out his feelings, not having it did not take away from the story one bit.I loved this Novella. I breezed right through it in just a few hours and already I’m itching to see what other things Rob Colton has to offer.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2018-09-25 12:36

    I have only recently started reading books by this author especially a few of his free stories. I really enjoyed the first book in the Galactic Conspiracies. This story was very different it had a more serious and darker edge but it was still really good.When I first started reading this I thought it might turn out to be one of those run of the mill gay cowboy stories but it wasn't. Matt gets a job on a ranch along with his cousin and he finds himself attracted to the ranch foreman Baxter. Unfortunately Baxter is deeply closeted and although he is happy to have secret hook ups with Matt, this isn't what Matt really desires. Matt finds that he has to work through his attraction and his unwillingness to be a 'dirty secret'. He doesn't find this easy but he refuses to settle for less and he does this quite stoically because he is quite clear about what he wants.But there are other complications and heartaches which he goes through. Matt's beloved aunt passes away and he has to deal with loss. He finds the work on the ranch quite physically challenging and he doesn't really have any close friends on the ranch apart from his cousin because the other ranch hands know he is gay and so they keep their distance. He also has to deal with the unwanted attention and abuse from another ranch hand.It is quite a gritty story, not too angsty because the writing is quite gentle even through the traumatic parts, but the story is still clearly emotional. I could really feel for Matt in his lonliness, and his efforts to get along with everyone and the way in which he tries his best to fit in. I really liked experiencing how he tries to get used to his work and tackle even the most dirty tasks eventually taking solace in his work. Matt is also very determined and although it isn't his ideal he manages to cope with his attraction to someone who doesn't appear to be willing to have a meaningful and honest relationship with him, recognising that he actually deserves more and not spending too much time lamenting over this even though the attraction hurts him.Thankfully by the end of the story Matt achieves some kind of resolution to all these emotional experiences and also gains the love that he desires. I am really getting to like this author's writing and his style. This story was emotional without being too angsty. Another one that I enjoyed.

  • Susan Laine
    2018-10-15 12:42

    4.5 stars. You can tell this was written by a man. That said, I liked this story a lot. Probably because of all the emotions it stirred inside me. Matty seemed so sweet, if a bit of a pushover sometimes. Baxter, on the other hand, was a bastard, and I didn’t want him with Matty at all! But… I warmed up to him in the end, seeing how hard it was for him to just come out and say what he wanted. And when Matty started to stand up to himself more, that was good too. I was relieved.So why does it matter if the story was written by a man or a woman? In a word, it doesn’t. But you will notice differences from the more romance-oriented stories out there. The downright dirty sex without much talking, the straight-to-the-cock action, and the general not speaking about what’s troubling you habits that typically annoy women. These were handled in a manly way. And I found myself liking the style quite a bit. Sure, I missed the romance, but since Baxter isn’t out, it made sense that the events proceeded the way they did.Written in the third person, we still only get Matty’s point of view. Baxter is hot and cold, seeming both gay and straight when the mood hits, and his startling lack of communications skills made me want to deck him more than half the time. But in the end I got him, and I was happy Matty had been so persistent. Gosh, I sure wouldn’t have been! Still, I personally would have liked to know more about Baxter and his background as counterbalance to his rough nature and silences.The writing’s efficient and fluent, the pace is tight, and there’s dialogue and action mixed, as well as good side characters. Matty’s cousin, Brian, is sweet and kind, a real gentleman, and Matty’s aunt and Brian’s mother is a good woman suffering from a deadly illness. Clyde, the slimy ranch-hand, was just as horrid as one might imagine—and be forewarned: There’s a sort of a forced sex thing here, or dare I call it rape.In any case, the story shows the boring part of being a cowboy, mucking up stalls and doing hard manual labor. Nonetheless, I have only good things to say about this story. The hot erotic scenes that initially seemed rather one-sided and unemotional were in fact a whole lot more. Just you wait and see.I recommend this to everyone who likes their cowboys down and dirty, all man.

  • Gigi
    2018-09-24 12:59

    First off, I didn't read the blurb closely enough to see that this was a May/December romance. Those usually don't work for me, but I had already purchased the book and had started so I kept going. The age difference didn't bother me as much as the attitude of MC Baxter did. He was deep in the closet and set in his ways and had no problems hurting MC Matty emotionally to get his rocks off. Sure, he redeemed himself in the end, but by then it was too little, too late in my eyes.Cannot recommend. I found nothing romantic here at all.

  • jenTed
    2018-09-30 11:57

    This was your typical "hard ass older (and of course closeted) cowboy falls for a younger (and out) cowboy" kind of story. (view spoiler)[Don't forget to throw in the standard "younger cowboy gets hurt/injured and older cowboy finally realizes his feelings when he thought the younger one might not make it" scene. (hide spoiler)] I mean, don't get me wrong, over all I liked it, but I've read plenty of books like this. I give it a solid 3 star, liked it, rating.

  • Heidi
    2018-09-23 14:47

    A filler that went wrong. Oh well :(

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2018-09-20 12:56

    Title: The Ranch Foreman by Rob ColtonReviewed by: BarbRating: 3.5 heartsTwenty-seven-year-old Matty Ward finds himself homeless after caring for his aunt until she moved into an assisted living facility. Fortunately, his cousin Brian arranges a job for him on the ranch where he’s been working and, when he arrives and first sets eyes on forty-four-year-old, sexy ranch foreman Baxter Hollingsworth, it’s lust at first sight. Unfortunately, Baxter is deep in the closet and apparently unwilling to step out for any reason.Rejected at every attempt at flirting, Matty resigns himself to lustful daydreams, until a down and dirty restroom encounter at a highway truck stop gives him hope that he’s not wrong about Baxter. But he’s cold-shouldered again afterward, until one night a drunken Baxter forces him into a hot and heavy quick blowjob in the barn’s tack room. Feeling very cheap every time he’s with Baxter, Matty decides to uphold his self-esteem and refuses future backroom offers from Baxter. When Matty attracts the attention of the local vet, Baxter’s jealousy is evident, yet he still rejects Matty publicly. We finally see a tender side to Baxter when Matty’s aunt, Brian’s mother, has a stroke and Baxter takes them to see her. She passes away, but throughout the ordeal, Baxter remains strong and by Matty’s side. Afterward, during a severe storm, Matty is injured and Baxter’s protective instincts come to the forefront and he again shows his tender side with caring and concern for Matty that touches Matty’s heart. The path to their relationship continues to be up and down, start and stop, until Matty ultimately overcomes Baxter’s resistance and the two get their HEA. I liked the author’s writing style and the overall concept of the story. The characters were engaging as well. Although I would have liked to have punched Baxter a few times, and slapped Matty for being so stupid, that just means to me that the author did a good job with the character development. The story is fairly short and would have benefited from more intrigue or complexity and a longer time for the characters to actually get to know one another. Baxter spent most of his time either berating or ignoring Matty. I found it unrealistic that Matty could develop deep feelings for someone who was not only harsh, but barely spoke to him, and that Baxter could have a complete personality change in the short period of time allotted at the end of the story. If you like stories about cowboys, closeted men, or age gap or you want a short, easy read, you'd probably like this. Overall, it was a nice story from a newly published author and I’m looking forward to reading more from him in the future. Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review.

  • Danielle T
    2018-10-03 12:51

    This was on the DSP bestseller list and I like cowboy stories, so I thought I'd try it.I was very quickly put off by the author's writing style. It felt very amateurish and fan fiction-like to me. I just didn't think it was good writing.Added to that, the foreman MC was just a total dick. He was closeted, only came after the 'kid' MC when he was completely drunk, and ignored him the rest of the time. And the only reason the author gives why the other 'kid' MC, Matt, likes the foreman is because he's Matt's type physically -- an older, big bear of a guy. So the entire thing read like a sort of sexual fantasy about a big bearish guy with no grounding in reality or in the guy's actual behavior or personality.By the time the foreman MC finally turns around, I disliked him so much I didn't care. I would have preferred to see Matt go off with the doctor, who was at least not in the closet and treated him well.There were also some odd disconnect moments for me -- when the characters did or said something that felt really wrong. (view spoiler)[ For example, when the 'nice' doctor takes Matt out to dinner in town on a date, and Matt wonders aloud if it's 'okay' to be seen with a man in the small town, the doctor says 'Do you mean is it okay if they know that I'm fucking you?' This is the start of their first date, mind, and the doctor is NOT fucking Matt and supposed to be a nice guy. Felt very creepy. The scene in the bathroom was a little raw to me -- more like hc porn than romance and it also didn't make sense that the foreman acted, later, like he hadn't known it was Matt giving him a bj. (hide spoiler)]Overall, not recommended. It felt like fan fictionish porn trying to be a romance and really missing the boat. I probably wouldn't try this author again.

  • Nic
    2018-10-03 19:49

    The Ranch Foreman has a fairly standard plot - closeted foreman meets new guy on the ranch - but I was still looking forward to reading it. It was a pleasant way to pass an hour or two but I could tell I really wasn't totally into the story when I found myself spending time trying to visualise strange sexual positions (from a practicality not erotic perspective!) rather than focusing on the characters and emotions.I just didn't warm to either of the characters and found their falling for each other hard to believe. I could understand the physical attraction and the sex but I didn't see the basis for anything more. Their first sexual experience was a bit off-putting and not the ideal way I would have liked to see the relationship start. So while I enjoyed reading the story, I wasn't emotionally engaged.Back to the weird sexual positions...Baxter and Matty hook up 'anonymously' at a public rest stop. Baxter crouched in his cubicle, putting his important bits under the stall partition. Matty also squats and proceeds with the bj. All I kept thinking is that either the partition didn't make it very far to the ground, or Baxter must have had really flexible hips to get his knees out of the way to get close enough to get his bits under. Matty must have got a really sore neck from bending and how did they both not just loose balance and fall on their asses! Obviously I am not very experienced at public toilet sex!I publish all my m/m reviews on my blog so if you want to see all my m/m reviews in one place come visit at Because Two Men Are Better Than One!

  • Manda
    2018-09-22 12:57

    Finally the man is publishing after years of free online fiction! I'm so happy for him :D there is something unique about Rob's stories that just pull my heartstrings. Of course it is always the little guy falling for the bigger, often a bit bearish guy. So it is his formula and it works, brilliantly. Rob's stories always feels so innocent and truthful and I never get bored of them. I think I have ad his fe fic several times which I hardly ever do with other stories. They are my comfort reads I suppose.There is sex, a lot of it in his stories. The Ranch Foreman is no diffent but the sex is not excessive at all. There is also a moment of abuse for the mc Matty, which also is a common theme with Rob. And as always the love interest becomes a hero. The story is completely told from Matty's perspective and Baxter, the foreman is left a bit distant and his past is never revealed. I think maybe some readers might not like Baxter for this, but after reading so many Rob's prior works I structud a loveable charater of him in my own mind after the clues dropped in the story.There is no HUGE climax with the plot and it is a very TRF is a very fast read. I wish this story would have been longer and the issues digged deeper, but as a shorter story I felt it was compact and satisfying. I would reacommend anyone who liked this story to take a closer look on Rob's free fic also. You will not be disappointed!You rock Rob!

  • ~RMG
    2018-10-16 18:32

    1.5 stars - Well, this was a disappointing read. I didn't like the characters (hated Baxter most of the time and had no respect for Matt) or their so called chemistry (which seemed more about porn than love). The story itself just didn't flow right and went downhill after the first chapter (the rest-stop scene was just distasteful in my opinion). By the end, the enjoyment factor was definitely nonexistent for this one. Had such an interesting premise too... Oh well.

  • Anke
    2018-09-27 15:53

    It was ok and I finished it, that's all there is to say about this book. I think. Or no, I want to add that I didn't get what both see in each other, the insta-love and I also didn't get why, with a title like 'The Ranch Foreman' we get to know next to nothing about him.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2018-09-20 14:52

    This review can be found at The Armchair Reader.2.5 starsThis is a difficult review to write. I won’t deny that the writing drew me in even though this is essentially just an erotica novella, I still had that desire to continue reading even when I was being overwhelmed by sex.When Matty puts his aunt in a nursing home, it leaves him homeless until his cousin gets him a job at a ranch. Once there, he’s immediately attracted to Baxter, the older ranch foreman who’s very deep in the closet. Everyone on the ranch pretty much knows that Matty is gay but over the course of the book, Matty and Baxter strike up a purely sexual relationship that has a tinge of bitterness and resentment to it. Matty wants a relationship but Baxter is stuck in his old ways. Now Matty has to decide whether he wants to keep his self-respect or take what little scraps Baxter is willing to give him.Matty, at first, comes off as a slightly battered character. He’s feeling guilty about his aunt but grateful he’s no longer homeless and without a job. He’s a sweet guy that has a thing for older gentleman like Baxter. Baxter, in my opinion, was a complete douche bag. I sincerely disliked him for most of the book because he would either snap or growl at Matty, completely ignore Matty or push Matty to his knees for some head. He didn’t have a personality beyond that of a bastard and even with all these people saying he’s a good man, I never saw any of that. All I ever saw was Baxter silently demanding Matty to suck him when he was drunk, getting mad at Matty for no reason, ignoring Matty for days after they get together and then getting jealous when Matty decides he wants to move on to other guys. By the end of the book, however, he does lighten up a bit and I did like the way he helped Matty and Brian when things take a turn for the aunt but it was in no way enough to redeem himself for how he acted the whole time.Aside from my hatred of Baxter, this was a promising read and definitely had a lot of potential but I found I had a lot of issues with the story. Mainly, I severely disliked the way the author handled not only Baxter but his encounters with Matty. I didn’t feel any connection between Matty and Baxter because all their time together consisted mainly of Matty giving Baxter blowjobs and then Baxter ignoring Matty until the next blowjob. I could have gotten past that but then it seemed the only way Baxter would do anything with Matty was when he was drunk. It was frustrating and disappointing to say the least because Baxter had no problems molesting Matty when he was wasted but wouldn’t even LOOK at Matty when he was sober let alone have a friendly conversation. Beyond that, this story had a lot of sex to it and what parts didn’t have sex had Matty pining over Baxter. It was hard for me to understand Matty’s obsession when we never saw any of the qualities in Baxter that Matty was pining over. Then again, he was very obsessed with Baxter’s package so granted that was shown quite often. To be honest, I don’t think Matty and Baxter had a meaningful conversation until the last few pages of the book and even then it wasn’t more than a few paragraphs, if that. One last issue I had was Clyde. I felt like the whole issue with him was pointless and the resolution to it didn’t bring Baxter or Matty closer, if anything it pushed them farther apart. I will say one thing, I’m very grateful that what Clyde does was not shown.In the end, while this book had a lot of potential, it was overcrowded by sex and Baxter’s bad personality mixed with Matty’s willingness to be walked over by him. If this story had more dialogue between Matty and Baxter that didn’t occur while they were having sex, it would have been better. If the sex had been cut down, that would have been even better, IMO, but as it is, this felt more like an erotica story than a romance considering that there was no lead up to the love these boys apparently have together.Those looking for something smutty and easy to read will like this story IF you like May/December, as well.

  • Thomaidha Papa
    2018-10-18 14:39

    2.5 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book Reviews I start reading this story and the first impressions are quite good. As I progress further into the plot, those impressions keep getting better. The characters described here are not only charming and appealing, but they have a raw feeling, a certain depth that real people do. Yes, that is what I kept thinking while reading this story.Matt and Baxter were very realistically portrayed. The closeted cowboy, his reactions, how he would go after Matt when he’s had a drink or two and his inhibitions were lax, and how he would shut down when he was sober, how he would ignore and avoid the young man when in public. All that had a very real and everyday taste that made me love the first three quarters of this book. The chase and pull between them, the hungry need displayed from Baxter, and the fear that need caused, it was all pretty well written.But then the book took a U turn and went from realism to surreal in the blink of an eye. All the hesitation and resistance the characters pulled during the entire read changed at the end as if by magic. One accidental even that had Matt nearly seriously injured made Baxter change from a behavior nurtured his entire life and come out, claim Matt publically. I suppose the book would have to end like that, but I can’t stomach the “I love you’s” that spilt like lighting and the entire sappy emotions that followed when the two men didn’t even have the opportunity to know each other, let alone develop such intense feelings for each other.In addition to those unreal declarations, there were other feelings and emotions “told” that were not showed in the plot. I missed that connection with Matt’s bosses, how it happened it was lost in translation. The fact that Matt suffers a violation, aka rape, and the offhand way he deals with it, and the transition from detached to friends with the rest of the farm hands. It was weird seeing the leaps that happened and literally affected the read, all the while missing that effect on you. The only palpable feelings I got from this read was the lust and need the pair of men had for each other during the first half of the book.Bottom end, I was seriously put off from the way the end occurred. While I loved most of the writing and the best part of this read, the last quarter of it simply knocked that all down. However, I’m known to be picky. Some other person might say the end was pretty romantic and “awww” inspiring. Could be, and while it was not the case for me, you might feel differently about it. Because while this was not a great read, it was definitely not a bad one either. Do give it a shot if that little last tidbit doesn’t bother you.Thommie

  • Tali Spencer
    2018-10-08 12:38

    One of my favorite tropes is the older man/younger man pairing. I also happen to be fond of laconic characters and bumpy roads to happiness courtesy of cultural differences. Baxter, the ranch foreman of the title, is a middle-aged cowboy who's been in the closet so long he no longer even imagines a door. Matt isn't much of a cowboy at first, but he tackles whatever it takes to learn; he's also comfortable with his own sexuality and completely at a loss over how to handle Baxter. It's an endearing set-up and I liked it. A lot. There's a gritty realism to how these two men interact that doesn't gloss over the tragedy of men who've felt for decades that they had to conceal their interest in other men. Some of these men build formidable closets and have a hard time breaking out.I loved that both characters were attracted to each other and the different approaches they used. Is sex a means of callously using another, or is it a form of communication? Matt and Baxter's story explores that question and it does though poignantly. I really believed in these men and their often awkward, even alienating on Baxter's side, attempts to reach each other. Attraction, sex, and love are confusing. Relationships can stumble. There are times you hate the one you want to love and sometimes the things we do in our misguided search are sordid rather than sexy. We only realize it later instead of at the time.In the end, I loved this story to pieces. That isn't to say I completely bought the way Baxter abruptly became an endearment-spouting teddy bear of a man or that the happy ending didn't happen just a tad too neatly. I can overlook such things, and do, when a story makes me this happy. I love the writer's easy writing style and voice and recommend this story to readers who like deeply closeted men, greenhorns learning ranch life, horses, nurturing older women, and young men attracted to older bears.

  • Christy
    2018-09-21 19:45

    There are a lot of people in this world who are naturally willing to help someone down on their luck. That's the case for Matty and his job at the Gates's ranch. Matty knows nothing about ranching but they hire him, sight unseen, and make him part of the family. This family includes a ranch foreman whom Matty can't keep his eyes off of and who could blame him? A man in boots and riding a horse is a mighty appealing sight.Matty grew up with his aunt and cousin after his mom died of cancer. After quitting his full time job to stay at home and care for his aunt who has the same cancer his mom had, it becomes too much and he and his cousin put her in a facility. With no job and no home anymore, his cousin gets him the job at the ranch where he works. Now, this might be a live and let live community but Matty still has to be careful as some people might not appreciate him showing interest. Matty is feisty, though, and has no problem standing up for himself.Of course, Baxter, the ranch foreman, isn't "some people" but he is heavily closeted and, apparently, gets his male fix anonymously in rest stop bathrooms. Matty is far outside Baxter's experience and Baxter doesn't know how to handle Matty or his own desires. At forty-four to Matty's twenty-seven they're worlds apart in life knowledge, or so Baxter thinks. When the handsome, and gay, veterinarian comes looking around at Matty, Baxter has to put up or shut up. This was a good story. A fairly predictable and simple storyline, but done well. The writing style had me caring about the characters and wanting them to get their happy ever after. If you like cowboys, horses, and mucking stalls, then this might be for you.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Chappy
    2018-09-27 17:43

    WOW...I love you Rob Colton. This was another super awesome read for me. Matty was a sweet guy who needed a job and somewhere to live. Thank goodness his cousin could help him out and got him a job at the ranch where he worked.When we first meet Baxter (who's, you guessed it, the ranch foreman), he comes off as a gruff mean cowboy who desperately hides the fact that he's gay. Matty tries to connect with him but gets rebuffed at every turn. There are however some redeeming moments for Baxter: (view spoiler)[ when he's so nice when Matty's aunt dies, when he beats up and fires Clyde for basically raping Matty.(hide spoiler)]I didn't want the story to end and was hoping for more of Baxter's back story. I truly believe he's a good guy and just needed Matty to help him open up that closet door. YEAH.

  • Niki
    2018-10-18 11:40

    I read this one straight through and really enjoy the first 75% of the story. Baxter's behavior and action as a deeply in the closet forty plus years old cowboy was well done, this character believable, his almost callous treatment of Matty realistic. The much younger Matty who does not hide his sexuality is the typical sweet gay character the more hunky and possessive guy wishes to protect. That said I continue to enjoy this kind of pairing in my MM romance. I thought the tension between Baxter and Matty was well done. Baxter's hunger for Matty yet not able to overcome his fear for that very need. Matty wanting much more in the relationship yet not able to resist the craving of his body for this hunk of a cowboy.There is no doubt the writer is a guy and it shows in the sex scenes and I appreciate that! I thought the rest stop sex scene was especially erotic. For once I did not skip any sex scene, lol! There are however a few little niggles. The last 25% of the story is again too typical in this MM romance genre with Baxter more or less coming out of the closet overnight for Matty. Another 50 pages would have been nice to give Baxter more time. Or writing from Baxter's view point would even be better as I really like this cowboy. Then there is that horrible ordeal that happened to Matty. I thought that was "brave writing" but shouldn't it have a more lasting emotional impact on Matty and of course Baxter could have been more alpha over it. Overall I really enjoy this novella and the depth in the characters. Looking forward to much more from this write

  • Candice
    2018-10-01 12:36

    I wasn't going to read this one, but it ended up on my e-reader and I randomly picked it. I really didn't like Baxter, he was an ass and I felt that he did nothing but walk all over Matty throughout the book and treated him like crap. I understand that he was deeply in the closet, etc., but it didn't make it right and I kind of wished Matty wasn't so wishy washy when it came to him. However, without that of course we wouldn't have had a story. The writing was good and that is probably why I continued to read as much as Baxter annoyed me. I believe that if the author had made Baxter a little more likeable or given us his perspective and what he was really feeling, it would have been so much better. On a side note, and just my opinion, when you have a character like Baxter who is a hard ass and gruff throughout the book, having him all of sudden say "honey" or "babe" just is so out of character that for me it becomes annoying. Just doesn't fit.

  • Candice
    2018-09-30 12:58

    I have to admit, I am a fan of Rob Colton! I've read all of his literotica freebies and I can't seem to get enough of his work.With that said, I can see why some people would have a problem with Baxter's actions. BUT, he's 44 year old closted rancher. He's set in his ways and he's not going to change overnight. I thought his actions were spot on. Matty, well, I loved him. I thought he was proud and thought Baxter was hot, but wasn't going to he a doormat because of his lust for him. I wanted to jump up and down and say "GOOD FOR YOU, MATTY!!" I will say though that Greg, the vet, was creepy! (view spoiler)[would have also have liked to have seen something more happen with Clyde.(hide spoiler)]Do I wish it dug a little deeper into the story? Sure, but what we got was fine. The side characters of Brian, Fred and Ethel, well they were great :)

  • Silkeeeeee
    2018-09-21 12:45

    There's not really a big storyline, but for romantic fluff, it's a satisfying read.  I suppose I would say this story is more character driven than story line drive. One young gay guy starting to work on a ranch. Check. One burly, gruff Ranch Foreman. Check. There's a little bit of angst, a little bit of romance and an HEA. What's not to like?

  • Cj
    2018-09-24 16:46

    Another book with an attitude of "oh I got raped" plot twist, unacceptable

  • Teresa
    2018-09-23 11:50

    Pleasant story. Baxter grew on me by the end though I really didn't like him at first. I really like Matty and thought he deserved better.

  • Amy
    2018-09-29 13:43

    So happy to have a published book by Mr. Colton since I've read all of his free stories and loved every one of them.