Title: Cowboy Sandwich
Series: Cowboy Sandwich, # 1
Author: Drew Hunt
Length: Novel (268 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books (April 6th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: Barry Logan’s day starts out shitty and continues to go down the crapper. His car breaks down in the Middle of Nowhere, Colorado. The only mechanic for miles is out of town, forcing Barry to hole up and await his return. Bored and hungry, Barry goes to the town’s only bar in search of food and entertainment. The former is almost inedible, but his interest in the latter is piqued when two specimens of cowboy perfection walk in.
Barry has always had a thing for cowboys, and he’s been on a mission to get up close and personal with as many as possible before flying home to England. Having two cowboys at the same time would be a new experience, and one Barry is eager to try. So when the two men leave the bar, Barry follows in hot pursuit. He overhears them arguing about whose turn it is to bottom that night. Without thinking, Barry offers his services.
Jimmy Pierce and Jake Wilson drive Barry back to the Double J ranch for a night of wild passion he won’t forget. The next morning, Barry wakes in an empty bed to a beeping smoke alarm. It seems the ranch cook quit the night before, leaving Jimmy, Jake, and their three ranch hands to fend for themselves.
Barry immediately takes charge. His cooking meets with everyone’s approval, and he agrees to stay on both in the kitchen and in Jimmy’s and Jake’s bed. The two cowboys are physically demonstrative, both with each other as well as with Barry, who finds himself falling fast for both of them. It’s like a dream come true — Barry has two men and a job he loves.
But petty jealousies, rivalries, and miscommunications threaten to shatter the dream, and when Barry’s scheming ex shows up, things get even worse. Sandwiched between two cowboy lovers, has Barry bitten off more than he can chew?
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Review: The blurb is pretty detailed so I’m not going to get too much into the basic details of this book. This is the first book in the Cowboy Sandwich series. Just the title of the book is hot and the book itself delivers on the dark imaginings that are stirred by just the phrase “cowboy sandwich”.
Barry is a Brit who has always had secret yearning for cowboys since watching Western movies as a child. This leads him on adventures that include studying in the US and even making a home there. He’s smart and he’s got money, as he is a games/mobile app development. In a small Colorado town where his little car breaks down he meets two cowboys and it is the start of another adventure for Barry.
He now finds himself with new friends, new lovers and a new job as a cook on his lovers’ ranch. Jake and Jimmy are rough, ragged cowboys, through and through and certainly put a different spin on the word “romance”. They’ve been best friends forever and are also lovers/boyfriends.
Barry is a cute – he is in fact a twink, but it is Jake and Jimmy that steal the show in this book. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I’ve come to the conclusion that the gritty type of cowboy represented by Jake and Jimmy are something of a John Wayne cowboy if John Wayne were on the set of Deadwood.
Sorry, to anyone who doesn’t understand that. Their dynamic is, underneath all the grit and harshness, really sweet. Their relationship with Barry just clears away some of that grit. However, their competitive nature also often emerges around Barry as well.
Sometimes it felt the competitive streak between Jake and Jimmy was tiring, yet it was still funny to read all the same. My only complaint in terms of characters, we get good background to understand the cowboys, but I didn’t feel there was enough background about Barry included at times, he just comes out of nowhere as some sort of fairy godfather with a Yorkshire accent.
The sex is hot and graphic – it was interesting how some of the anal scenes were taken down to their rawest, gritty form. It wasn’t necessarily romantic but I think anything less would not play true to Jake and Jimmy’s characters, although Barry gets away with being the sweet one of the trio.
At the same time, sometimes there felt like there was too much sex that stopped suddenly so another plot twist could be added. For example, the boys are discussing new birthday traditions, spanking is mentioned, then nothing kinky in that respect.
Overall the story line is good, even though it focuses more on Jimmy followed by Jake, although the story is told more so via Barry’s perspective. As I said earlier, I would have liked a bit more character revealed from Barry as well.
However, I have to admit, many of the minor characters were a mish-mash of interesting people. That also includes a couple of the animals featured as well. But, in all this, an important take home message is: boys need to learn to communicate!
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