Friday, 7 August 2009

Review – Cattle Valley:Cattle Valley Days – Carol Lynne









Back Of The Book

Book twelve in the Cattle Valley Series

Saddle up, Cattle Valley residents. It's time for the annual Cattle Valley Days, which means one thing. Cowboys, lots and lots of chapped cowboy butts.

We'll be checking in with some of your favourite couples from the past as well as meeting a few new residents. Our old friends from the Good-Time Boys will also be dropping by for the annual rodeo festivities.

So slap your spurs in and get ready for a wild ride!


Rio tossed the underwear into the hamper and returned to finish the movie he and Ryan had started. “He’s in another one of his moods,” he grumbled.

Ryan lifted his head and placed it back on Rio’s lap. “Cut him some slack. I remember how pissy Quade used to get this time of year.”

The long black hair fanning over the edge of the sofa begged for attention. Rio began running his fingers through the thick silk. “If I’d known, I would’ve put up more of a fight when he wanted to do this mayor crap.”

Ryan gazed up into Rio’s eyes. “Nate’s gratefully shared everything with us since he came into our lives. This is something he wanted for himself. Give him that, will ya?”

His lover always had a way of slapping his hands without coming out and yelling at him. “I just miss him.”

“We both do, but we’ll get him back after next week. Right now he needs our understanding, not our criticism.”

Rio wanted to argue, but knew it would be futile. He returned his attention back to the movie. Life without Nate being, well…Nate, sucked. He hadn’t realised how much he depended on his little metrosexual until he wasn’t there.

The movie lost its appeal, and Rio turned off the television.

“Hey. I was watching that,” Ryan protested, pinching Rio’s thigh.

“Sorry. I thought maybe we could go upstairs.”

“Okay, but you really coulda asked first.” Ryan sat up and swung his legs over the wide leather sofa.

Rio stood and pulled his tattooed man into his arms. “I’m a thoughtless ass sometimes, but you love me anyway.”

Ryan nipped Rio’s chin. “You’re right on both counts.”

They turned off the lights and headed upstairs. Walking into their bedroom, Rio was surprised to find the bed empty. “Fuck!”

“Oh, this will not do at all,” Ryan growled, turning to stalk out of the room.

Rio followed as Ryan threw open the guestroom door and turned on the light. He threw the covers from Nate’s nude body and picked him up. Nate was dead to the world and didn’t even stir as he was carried into the master suite.

Working quickly, Rio had the bed turned down and his clothes off in no time. He loved it when Ryan got this way, all commanding and sheriffy.

Cattle Valley Days © Carol Lynne



The Cattle Valley Day celebration is coming up and Nate now Mayor  of Cattle Valley is organising the whole kit and caboodle - himself. Nate being Nate, he throws himself into the planning to the exclusion of all else including his long suffering men at home.

Wanting to support Nate in his first every major event they take a sideline to the late nights he puts in at the office as well as the dinners he either never shows up for or late getting to.  Something had to give as with three men who have always been in each others pocket – the crack eventually starts to show.

The entire cattle valley is just waiting for Nate to do one of two things, mess up or do what he does best and rope people in and have the best Cattle Valley Day ever. Closer to home however things are not good – as one of Nate’s men is taking the shift in their relation to heart and when an accident happens – they literally have to find what makes then a kick ass team in order to get through the tragedy – and they have to find it quick.

CATTLE VALLEY DAY is the most emotional of the Cattle Valley books so far. From the first sentence I was hooked. Right from the outset  we are dropped into Nate’s, Ryan’s and Rio’s issues that they are currently having and from previous meeting that we have had with these three – I was knee deep in their problems.

They are dealing with Nate's stint as mayor in their own way and none of it good. With a lot left unsaid and harsh words the order of the day – they are on the verge of losing it all if they can’t find middle ground and soon, as health issues are a concern for at least one of these men.

Most of the residents of the Valley makes and appearance in this book and as is Lynne's style she weaves her way through each partnership and gives us a catch up of what they all are getting up to.

I was very very pleased to see the Good family make an appearance en masse and as much as there was very little interaction with them – it was just nice to know they have all bonded and the Good family unit is stronger than ever.

This is a very emotional read – secrets are spilled, friendship are forged and in the long run after all is said and done Cattle Valley is stronger for everything that it has gone through and is going through at the moment.

Ms. Lynne has really outdone herself with this twelfth book in the Cattle Valley series. The language is easy, the pace is pressing – I wanted it to go faster, but was secreting wishing the book would not come to an end. As usual Lynne gives us a taste of her next book and I am so anticipating it – it looks like fireworks are about to be set off in the next book.

CATTLE VALLEY DAYS is a must read – no two ways about it.

N.B. – This is not a stand alone book – this book is best read as apart of the Cattle Valley series of books.


4 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 8 August 2009 at 09:52 said...

Nice review, I think I am up for some cowboys soon. Sounds like a good read, the whole series

Brandy W on 8 August 2009 at 13:39 said...

Book 12. Goodness. Have you read them all?

Erotic Horizon on 9 August 2009 at 13:21 said...


This is a fantastic series - very addictive..


Erotic Horizon on 9 August 2009 at 13:23 said...


Yup - I have read every book she has ever published...

Not all good - but there is just something about her writing that I cannot resist...