Monday, March 25, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Cowboy: The Mathesons Book 2 by Declan Rhodes

The Mathesons Book 2 
by Declan Rhodes 

In the most unlikely of places, a party in Manhattan, Tate found his cowboy, the hero of his dreams. Unfortunately, Tate's lasso failed, the cowboy escaped, and he found out that forever would require a second chance.

When Tate Matheson moved to New York to head the East Coast firm of his family's advertising firm, falling in love wasn't supposed to be part of the equation. But his childhood love for cowboys became a realized fantasy when he stumbled across a vision out of his dreams clad in Western shirt, hat, boots, and tight-fitting jeans. It was infatuation at first sight but it wasn't long before the Matheson family disease of long hours and far too much work, interfered. 

For designer Simon LeWayne, falling in love with the tall, broad-shouldered, muscular Tate was easy. The man of his dreams had swept him off his feet in a heartbeat and he thought he'd finally found the one. Their whirlwind relationship was steamy and intense. Until it all fell apart leaving Simon heartbroken and resentful. 

When Simon is hired to design the new offices for Matheson and Green Advertising, the chance encounter with the one that got away stirs up feelings that never truly vanished. Intense passion and physical chemistry that still lurks draws the men back together but the old complications and a new one with deep pockets threaten to ruin Tate and Simon's second chance. 

Cowboy is a 57,000-word gay romance with second chance themes and steamy scenes. It is the second book in the series The Mathesons and can be read as a standalone story but is best as a follow-up to First. There are no cliffhangers, and the story includes a guaranteed happy ending.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cowboy is one of the many reasons that this author is a go-to for me. I loved Tate in the first book in the series, and now that I've read his story, I love him even more. In addition to getting to catch up with some of the terrific characters we met in book one, we get introduced to a few new ones here, Simon's parents being at the top of that list for me. I absolutely loved the banter and wit along with the unconditional love between Simon and his parents. On the romance side, we learn the problems Simon and Tate had on the first go around at the very beginning of the story, so the rest of the book is all about their initial time apart and the agonizingly slow build of their reconciliation. So, yes, I wanted things to move faster between Tate and Simon, but at the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed their dating and getting to know each other again as they learned what's most important in a relationship - putting each other first. The book does work as a standalone, but I would suggest reading them in order so you meet the whole Matheson clan. As for this one, Tate and Simon are just perfect together, and I loved their sweet and sexy second chance. 

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