Monday, September 17, 2018

Saddle Up by A.M. Arthur

Reyes Caldero keeps his past buried deep and his emotions buried deeper. But what he doesn’t say he always makes up for with his actions. When the hot chef he once saved from an abusive ex turns up at Clean Slate Ranch, the quiet cowboy is happy to act on their sizzling chemistry, even if he’s not ready to share his secrets—or his heart.

Miles Arlington needs to get the hell out of San Francisco, and heading north for a job near Clean Slate Ranch seems like just the thing. It doesn’t hurt that his secret crush slash onetime rescuer happens to work at the ranch. Miles has never been one for the outdoors, but the superhot Reyes has him ready to saddle up.

Reyes is happy to keep things casual, even though his heart has other ideas. And when Miles is forced to confront his past again, Reyes and Miles will have to put all their trust in each other if they want any chance at building a future together

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series, and I would highly recommend that you read them in order – you do need the background to the Ranch, the Ghost Town, and the men themselves to really appreciate this story. I am assuming you have in my review.

Miles, we know has been badly abused by his ex, and is still nervous of what he could do in the future. However, he is internally a strong man, and it is lovely to watch that reveal itself as his confidence returns. I loved hearing about his culinary adventures in the saloon kitchen, but don't see myself trying vinegar pie anytime soon!

Reyes has been the loyal, upstanding, and very single character all along, and we already know that he finds Miles attractive, but little do we understand what a dark past Reyes is trying to make up for... I thought the buildup was clever, and the little thoughts that he expresses, living in denial for as long as he can.

As well as getting to see these two men come to terms with their pasts, and want each other in their futures, we also have a lot going on with other couples at the ranch, and the culmination of lots of Mack and Wes's work at getting the ghost town attraction open. Sadly, Arthur is not well, and that did bring other family issues to the fore.

I am fascinated to see where this series will go next, and am looking forward to seeing these two as they enjoy a clean slate.

Saddle Up is the third installment in the Clean Slate Ranch series.

Miles Arlington needs a fresh start. He has an obsessive ex that won't leave him alone. He's been through some traumatic events with Dallas and he just needs to get away and breath. When Wes, his best friend, offers him the head chef position at the ghost town, he knew he couldn't pass it up. It was the new start he needed, even if that meant rooming with the sexy, quiet cowboy that he'd been crushing on.

Reyes Caldero kept to himself for the most part. He had demons in his past that he's been fighting for years. He never felt he was worthy of being happy, not with the things that he's done. When Mack moves in with his boyfriend Wes and asks if Miles, Wes's best friend, can take his spot in the room, how can he say no? Even when Reyes knows it's a bad idea, he can't help but want to be around Miles.

When both of their pasts come crashing into their present can they handle what it means for their future?

I loved Miles and Reyes. Reyes was so gentle and aware for Miles. I loved seeing Miles gain his confidence. The amount of trust they needed to give to each other to give their relationship an honest try was hard but they made it worth it. I can't wait to see what's next in this series!

You really need to read the previous books in the series so you have all the back story. I instantly loved Miles and Reyes. These two had so much baggage but they started slow, and slowly worked through the baggage and their feelings for each other. I enjoyed seeing the opening of the Ghost Town and restaurant. We also caught up with characters in previous books, which was nice. My favorite parts of the book were the trail rides and camping trips. I think Miles and Reyes are perfect for each other and I hope to see more of them in future books.

This is my favourite book in the series yet. Reyes has been an intriguing mystery since the first book and in his own story he’s wonderful. Miles has his own secrets and when both men stop running from their pasts the future they build together is pretty perfect.

I actually struggled to remember Miles from the first book. He starts this story quietly. He’s a little bit mousy and much quieter than most of the characters on the ranch. And then he comes alive. I loved the way Miles grows into himself in this story almost as much as I loved his relationship with Reyes.

Reyes has secrets so dark that he is sure no one will ever be able to forgive him or to love him. Readers don’t know his secrets until he finally shares them with Miles – but we watch Reyes’ constant emotional struggle. It is Miles who finally breaks through Reyes’ barriers and I loved the way the gentle, careful relationship between these two men catches fire and becomes something passionate and beautiful.

There are dark threads running through this book. Miles struggles to come to terms with an abusive past relationship and parts of Reyes’ past make for difficult reading. The men’s issues are complex but are dealt with sensitively. But this isn’t a dark or angsty book. This is the book where Mack’s ghost town finally comes to life and opens to the public. The sense of family and community on the ranch feels solid and comforting and the ranch feels like a proper home – even for the newest residents.

Also Available in the Clean Slate Ranch Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wild Trail post.

Book 2
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press

For reviews & more info, check out our Roped In post.

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur's work is available from Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Saddle Up (Clean Slate Ranch #3) by A.M. Arthur to read and review.

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