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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.
Nowhere Ranch is possibly one of my kinkiest reads this year. Plus: cowboys and a bear. And age difference. And a ranch. With cows and sheep and dogs. And ranch hands.
Yes please, thank you.
I have no idea why I waited so long to read about Roe and Travis; these two were magic together. Twenty-something Roe is a damaged soul. He’s been brainwashed into thinking he’s a sinner because of his homosexuality, so he leaves his family’s farm in Iowa (rather dramatically) and sets off on his own. He lands at Nowhere Ranch, in middle-of-nowhere Nebraska. He’s vaguely aware of the 40-something proprietor, Travis, but Roe is there strictly to do his job and nothing more.
Can you can guess what happens when Roe and Travis run into each other at the closest (two hundred miles away from the ranch) gay bar? I mean: these guys have needs, and they’re not of the vanilla variety (lucky me!).
I fully bought into Roe and Travis as a couple, and I thought they worked really well together, from ranch business to the bedroom. I loved the way they played, and I especially liked the way daddy-bear Travis took care of Roe (yum). Nowhere Ranch is told from Roe’s POV, and I appreciated that Roe did a lot of growing up at the ranch. For the first time in his life, he developed some meaningful friendships, especially with Haley, the ranch manager’s daughter.
But beyond that, I wasn’t as dazzled as I’ve been with other books by Cullinan. I didn’t think Nowhere was as polished as some of her other work, and the story felt stiff and disconnected. In the beginning, the boys were all rough and tough and roar…MINE!, but from there they became emotional and possessive (while claiming they were neither).
I guess the stiffness had to do with the POV, but it felt like there was a lot of reporting about feelings rather than letting me as the reader draw conclusions of my own. I also thought the book ended sort of dramatically and abruptly, but in a tidy fashion that closed up all the outstanding plot issues.
I did appreciate that a lot of Nowhere revolved around the topic of difficult family relationships/family acceptance, and that Roe got some resolution with some of the issues that had dogged him since his (unplanned) coming out. I enjoyed this book, and if you’re a fan of damaged cowboys and kinky, kinky dirty lovin’, I think you’ll like it, too. (Yee-haw!)