Kyle Harris lands a job as the new chef at the Misbegotten Gaines Ranch just in time for the launch of their new Singles’ Trail Ride. When his new boss, the alluring Jamie Gaines, mistakenly believes him to be married, he goes along with the ruse to keep his job. But things start to heat up between them and Kyle has to choose between losing his job and letting Jamie get away.
Genre: Western, foodie romance, interracial, erotic romance
Heat level: 4 Word count – 34k
When a guy says he’s gonna work on a dude ranch, he kinda expects it to be run by…well, dudes. Instead, the only two people Kyle Harris could see when he pulled up to the Misbegotten Gaines Dude Ranch were women. And they were hot with a capital H-O-T.
Hot enough that it got a little toastier in his car, and in his formerly roomy boxers under his jeans. Kyle had big plans for spending long days at his new job out on the dusty trail with men he could consider his brothers. Guys always looked tight in those John Wayne movies his mom used to watch. He had a feeling the wild would do that to a guy.
But being in the Wyoming wilderness with two gorgeous women would not lead to any camaraderie among the men. Nor would it lead to silent nights around the campfire eating beans from a can and drinking coffee from a tin cup while the coyotes yowled against the midnight sky.
Okay, so maybe he paid a little more attention during those movies than he’d like to admit. But still. The kind of backsides he could see promised a lot of things, and none of them peaceful. Maybe he wouldn’t have to extend his sex hiatus after all.
I loved this story. There I said it. This is the first of the Gaines family books and yes, I have read all three of them and I will admit that this one is my favorite. Again, I said it. There is something to be said about a character that talks about John Wayne. Big fan.
Kyle was a great character to get to know. I felt a connection for him from the beginning. He wasn’t overly alpha and he showed a sensitive side early. Of course, needing this job was the most important thing for him in his life. He needed no distractions but unfortunately, he didn’t count on Jamie Gaines or his ex-wife on the first trip on the trail.
Poor Jamie. She lost her best friend and cook when her friend decided to break the number one rule at the Gaines Ranch. No hanky panky. Of course, Jamie has decided that she is going to get Kyle fired so her friend can come back. Little did Jamie know that Kyle had other plans for her and the job to get him fired.
I loved, loved this book. Between the chuck wagon ride, the opening sequence with Jamie and Kyle in the Gaines kitchen, the indecision that Jamie faced in the end and I can’t leave out Kyle’s ex-wife. She brought a sense of intrigue to Jamie and Kyle’s growing attraction to each other. Also, the plot was very cut and dry. The pacing was fantastic and the dialogue between Jamie and Kyle was real. No bullshit.
While the smexy times were hot, it was the emotional connection that Jamie and Kyle had that kept me glued to the pages. Neither of them was looking for love but when it came and bit them in the rear…Jamie and Kyle had a lot to lose if the Singles Chuck Wagon didn’t work out but the biggest loss would have been each other.
Don’t miss out on the first Gaines book from Ms. Rhys. The food described is OMG. I must have recipes. Just saying…
Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn’t decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and acquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she’s not watching the Food Network, she’s reading a romance novel, or if absolutely necessary, working as a consultant. Someone has to put really excellent food on the table.