First Rodeo The Cowboy and the Dom, Book 1 Jodi Payne & BA Tortuga LGBT, Gay, Erotica, Romantic, Mystery, Suspense Tygerseye Publishing, LLC October 15, 2019 334
When a killer strikes, Texan and former rodeo cowboy, Sam O’Reilly, loses his older brother. Unbeknownst to Sam, James was also the lover and sub of a sophisticated New York City Dom named Thomas Ward. Sam comes to the city determined to stay until he can bring the murderer to his own brand of justice, while Thomas’ more ordered mind is hoping for a legal solution. Neither man expects their connection to the other, but having each lost someone irreplaceable, their hearts are crying out for comfort almost as loudly as their bodies are screaming for each other.
Some yearnings refuse to be ignored, but transcending their differences to explore the fragile connection between them will prove to be a steep a hill to climb--the first of many. As Sam and Thomas take the first tentative steps on the rocky path that might lead to a relationship, the killer steps out of the shadows...And this time, his sights are set on Sam.
Note to our readers: Each of the three books in The Cowboy and the Dom Series has a fully realized, romantic ending. However, the overarching suspense element will leave readers on a cliffhanger after books one and two, to be fully resolved in book three.
This book has a little bit of everything! Cowboys, city life, a crime suspense element, fish out of water, BDSM, romance. Whew! The most successful elements for me are the fish out of water storyline of Sam figuring out his life in a new city and in a totally new lifestyle, and the romance that develops between him and Thomas.
These two things may be my favorites because Sam is so easy to fall in love with as a character. While he claims to be simple cowboy, he is definitely anything but simple. The suspense element is less successful to me. This is the first book in a series, so I am hopeful that this will be developed more as the series continues. I truly enjoyed watching Thomas and Sam negotiate their new relationship. They make mistakes. They talk. They have holy-hotness-I’m-sweating sexy times. It will be interesting to see where our authors take this pair in the next installment!