Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press, LLC
Length: 183 pages
Description: Trace has had a run of bad luck. He lost his job, his boyfriend of two years was cheating on him, and his apartment building burned right to the ground with all his worldly possessions.
So Trace heads for the ranch owned by his aunt Lois. But before he arrives, Lois is in a terrible car accident that nearly takes her life, and Trace finds himself in charge of the ranch kitchen. Sounds simple enough and it's the least he can do for his recuperating aunt.
Then Sawyer happens.
Sawyer is his aunt's sexy straight ranch manager. Meeting the man should have been okay, except it was in the middle of his aunt's kitchen at five in the morning and Trace was nearly naked. Then the next day Trace proceeded to set his aunt's house on fire and the brooding Sawyer comes to the rescue.
Not to mention Aunt Lois’s “accident” was actually attempted murder and it seems those same people want Trace dead, too.
Looks like Trace’s luck followed him.
How can Trace figure out who's trying to kill him AND keep Sawyer from finding out he's hot for the cowboy?
He probably can’t. But he’s going to try.
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Down and out Trace no job and no place to live, with no prospects in sight, he returns home, which is his Aunt Lois' ranch in a small town. But when he gets there, Aunt Lois is in the hospital. Someone has tried to kill her. Within hours, Trace has his first encounter with Sawyer, the man who actually runs the ranch.
Sawyer is a hot cowboy, every gay man's fantasy, except that he's straight. And come to think of it, this isn't the best environment for Trace to make his own orientation clear. Nevertheless, sexual sparks are flying, at least on Trace's side, but so are the sparks of confrontation. Their first meeting does not bode well. But Aunt Lois is wise to Trace's real issue.
Her sharp eyes once again focused in on him. "So tell me. What do you think of the foreman?"Trace's attraction to the sexy foreman is so strong that it turns him into a complete klutz who can't put two words together or take two steps without falling. Many of these situations are quite funny and put Sawyer in the role of hero. Trace falls a little harder for him each time.
She snorted. "Yes. Sawyer. You know perfectly well who I mean."
"Um...oh, yeah, he...I...he's fine...I guess. I mean..."
"Yes, I know. He's a handful."
Instantly, the image of a "hand full" transformed into Sawyer's warm balls rolling around in Trace's palm and every drop of blood in his body chose one of only two places to go.
But when a series of mysterious accidents befall Trace, it's much too easy for everyone to think he's simply being his usual clumsy self. What is going on? Is the person who tried to kill his aunt now after Trace? And why is Sawyer acting so strange? Why does he keep wanting to take Trace's pants off?
Trace felt like a failure. "Sorry I... damn it."This little gem is filled with romance, mystery, and a full heaping of humor, and just the right amount of hot sex. The side characters add to the fun with their different personalities and quirkiness. But under it all, there's a real thread of danger that involves both greed and homophobia. The bad guys in Then Sawyer Happened are cruel and vicious.
"Are you in a lot of pain?"
"No. I'm fine."
"You're not fine. You can't even stand."
Suddenly Sawyer was on his knees in front of Trace reaching for his pants button. He undid the button and was working on lowering the zipper when Trace finally stopped him.
"What the hell are you trying to do again? Why are you always trying to take my pants off?"
While we enjoyed the story a great deal, we did feel that Trace, who is a very capable, strong man in his own right played the role of victim to Sawyer's hero a little too often for the story to be truly believable. Our rating reflects this.
OUR RATING: 4 stars!