Clean Slate Ranch #2
A.M. Arthur, author
Published by Carina Press, A Harlequin Ltd imprint
edited by Alissa Davis
Published May 21, 2018
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When history professor Avery returns to the Clean Slate Ranch, is a second chance with former SWAT officer Colt possible? Honesty, communication and coming to terms with one’s own needs and desires are major themes of this journey.
A complex story, there are all sorts of relationship dynamics, those between main character Colt and his former best friends and then the dynamic with his former lover, Avery. Colt is lost without his best friends and thinking that the best thing might be to move on when his former lover and dom comes to The Clean Slate.
I absolutely enjoyed Wild Trail, book 1 in this series and I was anxious to rejoin the guys on the ranch. Secrets were revealed during Wild Trail that may have irrevocably damaged the relationship between former best friends, Colt and Mack. When Mack brought Avery to Wild Trail to maintain the historical accuracy while rebuilding the ghost town was difficult for Colt as his feelings for Avery are still bubbling under the surface. The reverse from the expected dynamic between a SWAT officer and a history professor is interesting. One would anticipate that the SWAT guy would be the Dom but that is not the case. With Avery and Colt, how can a relationship ever work with their widely different backgrounds, occupations, and lifestyles?
Avery’s demi nature adds another layer to the story. Colt was Avery’s first and only; the one relationship of Avery’s life and when Colt left, when Avery sent him away, years previously, there was no interest in anyone else. It seems that Colt is it for him.
A.M. Arthur is a one-click for me with the interesting stories and wide-ranging themes.