The Cowboy and the Hoodlum by Jackie North (Farthingdale Valley Book 2)

Once again, Jackie North gives us a redemption arc, a slow burn romance and a chance to spend time in wild Wyoming with The Cowboy and the Hoodlum

From the blurb:

Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do when I fall for you?

A job in the valley provides the break Royce so desperately needs from his regular life. Fresh air, plenty of sunshine, and hard work? That’s the ticket. Evenings around a campfire? Sign him up.

But when a new group of ex-cons arrives, ex-cons he’s responsible for, Royce realizes he is woefully unprepared. Not for the task of being team lead, he’s fully capable of that. No, it’s the bad in one particular bad boy that he is drawn to. The challenging mind beneath that messy dark hair, the insouciant slouch, and the long legs in grease-stained blue jeans and disreputable black motorcycle boots.

It’s more than Royce is prepared to resist.

The bad boy in question, Jonah, has a telling I-don’t-care shrug that reveals a heart-stopping vulnerability—and now all is lost as Royce falls hopelessly in love.

A gay m/m cowboy romance with opposites attract, fish out of water, first time, falling for the bad boy, slow burn, endless flirting, birdwatching, and s’mores around the campfire. A little sweet, a little steamy, with a guaranteed HEA.

Heather's Review:

I was slower to get on board with Jonah and Royce as a couple... Jonah seemed to be both a leader and a bit of a fish out of water, but I couldn't reconcile pieces of the story with how he was acting... and then honestly I was hooked and those inconsistencies didn't matter any more.

I loved Royce - unapologetically himself - from the scarf to the coffee pot, from his patience to his enthusiasm, he was just a breath of fresh air.

The Cowboy and the Hoodlum is the slow build, just a bit steamy story that builds on interesting characters in interesting places that I've come to really enjoy from Jackie North and a great addition the the Farthingdale family.

Rating: 4 Stars

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