Cherry County Cowboys, 1
Dr. Grayson Taylor is convinced that a summer fling with the bartending cowboy is a quick remedy to mend his broken heart. Soon his plans to return to big city lights for a dream career don’t seem as attractive as the cowboy with dimples lying in his bed. When Grayson’s charred past reappears, can he learn that forgiveness costs less than pride and admit he is the one who needs to be healed?
Cowboy Izaac Scott drove into town with little more than boots on his feet, a well-loved baseball cap on his head and a cross-country journey on his mind, but he’s not sightseeing. He’s running from the ghost of a first love. Will the doctor be the one to help Izaac realize that true love can heal the past or will the cruel spurs of life jab him in the heart again?
Be Warned: m/m sex
The door was open to the other bedroom, and when I reached to close it I heard the rustling of covers in the room. The glow of the moon drowned Gray’s room in silver light. I watched him adjust the pillow under his head as he stared up at the ceiling. His warm liquor-colored eyes glinted kaleidoscopic colors in the moonlight. I started to pull the door closed, and his eyes met mine. I froze. Parts of my gut that hadn’t experienced the waves of anticipation in years twisted like a there was a hurricane inside of me.
Without speaking he scooted over in his bed and threw the covers back. My brain willed my body to move into the room, and in seconds I was next to his bed.
“One more night, Izaac.”
“I’m afraid it’ll only complicate what I’ve made a mess of, Gray.”
“I’m good at unraveling complications. Come here, cowboy.”
He was good at unraveling my willpower, too.
I slipped into the bed. “I wish I could offer you more than tonight.”
“I wish for a lot of things, but I’m not asking for anything more than this night.”
What words couldn’t express our bodies would. Gentle and unhurried kisses prolonged our progress. Seven days with Grayson had more passion and connection than the last five years of my life. Those years had been the abysmal pit of repentance. Every move I made was calculated to prevent and eliminate relationships with people, but now I had people who wanted to have me in their lives. I was going to lose the most important person I’d ever had in my life.
“Gray?” I whispered in his ear.
“I could still be a good guy to you.”
“Izaac, it’s okay to still care about Quinton, but I won’t compete with a ghost for your heart. It’s too hard to wonder if I’m the one in your mind at any given time or if you’ll leave when a memory of him overwhelms you.”
“I’ve held on for so long that I think maybe I’m just a living ghost myself.”
“Then let me show you that you’re alive.”
His stubble abraded across the skin of my chest, and I fisted his hair as he explored every dip and inch down my stomach. If I couldn’t give him more, I could give him tonight. He deserved more, but this would have to do.
Posted by Calila on 2nd Jul 2016
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
I loved this book so much! Izaac is my new favorite. He's such a good man. Grayson isn't a slouch either. Both of them are really good guys, and that's a nice change of pace. No one is saving the other, the power dynamic is pretty even. I loved their relationship, from the start. They just had such a connection. I like that there issues were actual real issues, and not just fake misunderstandings added for drama. I really appreciate seeing GROWN UPS work through their baggage so they can be happy. I love that Izaac wasn't afraid to call out when Grayson would be "shrinking" him, instead of just being interested in learning him. I really enjoyed the side characters. GREAT FEMALE CHARACTERS! Or at least not horrible evil caricatures. I'm still a little muddled on all the family ties between Grayson and his family. A few of the plot twists regarding minor characters were blatantly obvious that it was frustrating that Grayson wasn't cluing in. Nothing majorly detracts (there are a few missing words here or there, but I was too caught up and rarely noticed them) Still....loved this.
Posted by meg on 19th Jun 2016
This book has been given to me in exchange for an honest review.
There are really three main characters in this book. Grayson is a man who has just graduated from college, now a Doctor of phychology, who has returned home to his small Nebraska town while waiting to hear from job applications. Izaac is a traveling man; not staying in one place for too long, earning enough to survive and support his sisters college studies. And the third is Grayson's family. A collection of fantastic people with their own problems that add into the story. Izaac finds a job on Grayson's fathers ranch and the story begins. Both the men have past that prevent them from moving into a committed relationship.
This family loves each other without question. There are arguments, parent of that wonder "where did I go wrong?" And the typical sibling fooling around. There are also cousins added into the mix.
And of course you have the small town- every body knows what's going on with everybody else- atmosphere.
This is just a wonderful story. Something, and I'm not sure what, prevented me from giving this a 5star. So maybe this should be a 4.5 stars, because I really did enjoy this read. Will be looking for more.
Posted by Dan on 10th Jan 2016
This was the first book I’ve read from this author, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m never sure when I pick up something from a “new to me” author, how it will work out. I think that it is the author’s first full length book foray into the m/m genre, but I may be wrong.
We meet Grayson Taylor when he has just found his monogamous partner putting it to a barely legal summer intern on their kitchen table, just days before Grayson’s graduation with his Doctorate degree. Grayson is crushed, particularly since the partner didn’t stop until he “finished” and particularly since the partner was barebacking the kid!
Grayson has now run home to his family in a small town called Valentine, Nebraska. His family owns a successful farm there and it seems he is related to half the town, but it also seems like there is a lot of Grayson’s backstory that we don’t know yet.
Izaac Scott has also just arrived in Valentine, where he has been hired as a farm hand at the Taylor farm. He is also running away. In his case from a tragedy that happened five years previously that has kept him from being able to stay in one place for more than a few weeks since.
Both men have some serious issues, and are pretty broken…can they fix each other? Do they even want to try?
Add in quite a bit of family drama with siblings, cousins, parents, and well-meaning town folk, and you have an entertaining read. There is a reason behind Grayson’s reticence which ties all the way back to his childhood. The reason for Izaac’s reticence isn’t as far back, but is just as big a deal as Grayson’s issues.
I really enjoyed the interplay between these two men, as well as their interaction with the many well fleshed out background characters. I think the book was well written, and the characters were all well developed. I really enjoyed that the background characters had lives of their own, which the reader becomes pulled into as well. They are well enough written that I can see several stories following along in this series. I’m interested to see who gets their story told next and I’ll be looking forward to their book.
One note on the town of Valentine. I’m not sure such an accepting town actually exists anywhere. Valentine kind of reminded me of the town of Big Eden in my most favorite gay comfort movie of all time, Big Eden. Everyone in both towns are so accepting of everyone. I wish the world really was that kind of place.
In conclusion, I’m going say I really liked this book, and recommend it. Give it a try, I don’t think you’ll regret it!
Posted by Breann on 18th Dec 2015
YE-HAW! Gimme some angsty, cowboy love! Grayson returned to his family's ranch after a bad breakup with his boyfriend. He went home to try and figure what his next move would be. He didn't expect to meet a sexy bartender that he had instant chemistry with. Izaac has been running from his past since he was young and only planned to stay in the small town for a while, until he decided it was time to move on. But his plans changed when he met Grayson. I loved these guys together. Even though they had some issues to work past, they were great together and a pleasure to read about. They were fun, sweet and sexy. I especially loved Izaac and the way he opened himself up for Grayson, after years of shutting himself off. There was a lot of drama in this book, especially in Grayson's family. A LOT. They were a very loving and supporting family, but they were all on board the drama llama train. That's not an exaggeration. I could list all the problems, but I don't want to spoil. Let's just say that just about every angsty plot device you can think of was probably in this book. Every time I turned the page there was something new. While all the (unnecessary) angst started to bug me by the end, I did finish the book in one sitting. So I guess it didn't bother me too much, eh? I was definitely engaged and wanted to know that Grayson and Izaac got their HEA. SPURS is my first read by Jules Dixon and it certainly won't be my last, especially if there's a sequel on the horizon. - See more at: http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=20022#sthash.x8oSAtSv.dpuf
Posted by brandy on 11th Nov 2015
i was gifted a copy of this amazing book it many emotions made me laugh,get alot of steam on my kindle ;) and get mad fells also made me want to kick i certain douchenozzle in the gonads :p . can i just say how much i love jules dixons books especially her mm books yummy ;) i liked how spurs had alot to do with family,forgiveness and moving on the Taylor family was awesome they were there for each other when they needed someone to talk to they were also very protective but they also hid stuff because they didnt want to hurt there family now let talk about how hot Grayson and Izaac were they were just electric from the start and then the barn scene WOW ;) they both had baggage but they both knew there was something special but still holding back from each other :( we also see what the other characters are going through i cant wait for there books cough 'nate and tenns book ' cough :) jules books are very unique and different there emotion filled with some steamy scenes ;) you also connect to the characters the pacing is never to fast or slow its just right and there character growth blossoms as the story goes if you havent read jules books you need to :)
Posted by Kindle Customer on 9th Nov 2015
I read mm romance books and this is on top with my favorite authors. I really enjoyed the story. Can't wait for the next one. Hopefully it will be out soon. I love family and how they fit together. When is book 2 coming out.
Posted by Nanette on 3rd Nov 2015
This was my first m/m romance, but I have read this author’s other works and really enjoyed them so I decided to give this a try. OMG I love these characters! I have a soft spot for cowboys and Izaac will always have a place in my heart. His conflict felt so real that it was like I was right there with him. Luckily he’s got that amazing chemistry with the doc – wowzers! The story is great from start to finish, and I devoured this ebook all in one sitting. Ms. Dixon absolutely delivers with Spurs. No more shying away from m/m romance for me!
Posted by Angela Marie on 2nd Nov 2015
Both Izaac and Grayson have learned the hard way you can't always trust someone. But will these two realize that maybe they can trust each other?
Such a great book by Jules Dixon. She adds a dash of humor to her writing that is perfect. The way her characters mesh, you can feel the chemistry coming off the pages. This is a sexy sweet book that you don't want to end!