Heidi Cullinan is a new-to-me writer. The premise behind Nowhere Ranch intrigued me so I decided this would be my first foray into reading M/M. This book is like eating a really good, sinfully rich dark chocolate bar. You aren't sure what you're getting yourself into, then you open it up and BAM! it's utterly delicious. Cullinan nails angsty, emotive writing. I wondered how well she would 'speak male' as that is incredibly difficult to achieve. Loving is the best dominant character that I have read in a long, long, long time. He knows when to back off and when to say "this is how it is." Roe is... heartbreaking. He is a tragic, flawed character that you just want to hug and say 'it'll be okay.' Roe is a farm boy. He knows country living and enjoys hard lovin'. He travels to the closest gay bar (almost three hours away) in order to find Mr. Right Now. He is a cynical and jaded man who likes his sex on the rough side. The first man he sees that appeals to him turns out to be his boss, Loving. They share a few drinks and decide to see how compatible they were. And, boy, were they compatible. Roe worries about the boss/employee relationship. He worries about the reactions of his co-workers. There was no insta-relationship. Cullinan takes the time to fully flesh out a problematic relationship that needs time to evolve. While the relationship between the two men is beyond incredible, Haley, the foreman's daughter, steals the show. When Roe has to go home for his father's funeral, Haley and Loving go with him. Haley, while young, doesn't pull her punches. In a way, she completely stole the show in a great showdown between her, Roe's family and pastor. The relationship between Roe and Loving is believable, heartfelt and incredibly well done. The ending does feel slightly Disney-esque, but I was so absolutely thrilled that they were getting a happily ever after, I was completely okay with it. The sexual relationship between Roe and Loving is incredibly intense. There are elements of BDSM, play acting and extreme sex acts, but it's done in a loving manner.
Genre: LGBT BDSM/Fetish
Roe Davis is a man who works hard, keeps to himself, and never mixes business with pleasure -- until he takes a weekend away from his new job at Nowhere Ranch and runs into the owner at the only gay bar for two hundred miles. Getting involved with the boss is a bad idea, but Travis Loving is hard to say no to, especially when it turns out their kinks line up like a pair of custom-cut rails. As Loving points out, so long as this is sex on the side, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.
The truth is, there’s good reason Roe never settles down and always spends his birthdays and holidays celebrating alone. Shut out in the cold by his family years ago, Roe survived by declaring he didn’t need a home. As his affair with Loving grows into more than just sex, Roe finds out what happens when he stays put a little bit too long: the past always catches up with you. Eventually, even a loner gets lonely, and home will grow up through whatever cracks you leave open for it -- even in a place called Nowhere.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, strong BDSM theme and elements, fetish play