Tom Smyth thinks he's on his way to a romantic vacation with his on again, off again boyfriend Steve. Steve has actually booked them at a Dude Ranch thinking something new will add spark to their love life.
Tom feels a spark alright, but it's for the gorgeous lead cowboy on the Rambling Cow Dude Ranch, Rex. Steve notices the attraction between the two and his jealously escalates until he takes off without Tom—leaving the city boy and the sexy cowboy to explore their obvious attraction for one another.
Be Warned: m/m sex
Steve hung back with the main group, and my sleepy little mare decided she was going to take the lead now. Maybe she’d just been reserving her energy for the ride, because she seemed much friskier once we were out in the open grass. Rex surprised me by riding up beside me at one point, his horse snorted and bounced around full of energy, apparently not liking the idea of slowing down.
“See, she’s a little perkier now,” he murmured, eyeing me and my horse.
“I guess she woke up.” His nearness was giving me ripples of excitement in my stomach. Had it been him last night watching us? He didn’t seem to give off any indication of being embarrassed around me.
“Horses are like people. You can’t tell much from the first meeting.” His husky voice was just loud enough to be heard over the cattle.
“I can read people from the moment I meet them.” I straightened my hat when it threatened to blow off my head as a small gust of wind hit.
“Yep.” I nodded. “It’s not that hard.”
“What have you been able to discern about me?” he asked, looking amused.
I was happy of the chance to stare at him without having to hide it for once. He had a tiny amount of stubble along his jaw line, and his black lashes were ridiculously long for a guy. “First of all, you’re obviously one of the smarter cowboys because you used the word discern.” I grinned.
“Oh I get it. You think cowboys are dumb?” he asked. “Should I have said ‘what did you done did guess ‘bout me, y’awl?’”
“Of course, and it would have been a nice touch if you were picking your nose while you did it.”
He chuckled and the warmth and tone of it tugged at my heart. “You’re mighty judgmental.”
“Nah. Just observant.”
“Would it surprise you to know I read a lot?” he asked. “Or even that I can read at all?”
“I’m guessing it’s mostly cereal boxes?”
“Very funny.” He narrowed his eyes as he watched me, and I felt that same little pulse of attraction snap between us. “I would be nice, if I were you.”
“Why? You gonna learn me a lesson in manners?” I asked with an exaggerated Texas drawl, having fun teasing him.
“Hmm.” He ran his eyes over my body, and he didn’t try to hide it this time. “What an excellent idea.”
I snorted at how obvious he was being. But his words excited me. “I’m not a very good student.” I hoped my voice didn’t sound as shaky as I felt at the ideas racing through me.
“Yeah, but I’m a great teacher,” he said softly. He gave his horse a gentle nudge and trotted up ahead. I watched him ride away and tried to ignore the fact that I was getting hard at the sight of his firm ass and strong thighs.