Cowboy Drifter

Winona Wilder
Cowboy Drifter
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
May 2011
Book 2 of Coming Out
LGBTQ, Western Romance

James doesn't know how he'll survive a road trip with Jet Cartwright. The cowboy drifter has been his wet dream for years, and keeping his true feelings hidden takes a herculean effort.
Jet travels the rodeo circuit and handles horse trading for busy ranchers. Settling down never crossed his mind—until he meets James, a mix of innocence and raw sex appeal. Jet quickly learns that he's willing to give up his ways for the young blond.
Will James be able to come clean with his feelings? Will Jet be able to show the younger man the many pleasures of the flesh, and will that be enough?

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Jul 15, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
COWBOY DRIFTER is the second in the Coming Out series and Winona Wilder's sophomore effort is another well-written book. She has the ability to write a short story that reads much longer than it is so you never feel like anything is missing.

James is stuck in the closet especially after his father's reaction to James' brother Waylon's coming out and being immediately disowned. In an attempt to "man up" his son James, his father sends him out to the rodeo under the pretense of learning the horse trading business. Hoping that being back on the circuit and around someone as manly as Jet Cartwright, James will once again compete in what his father considers a man's sport. What his father doesn't know is James has been in lust with Jet for years and after being on the road with the man of his dreams, James thinks Jet might just feel the same way.

Jet has been a drifter all his life. He has never wanted to settle down but if anyone could make him change his ways, it would be James. He can't deny his attraction to the other man or his need to be a better man for him. But can an old cowboy change his way?

While I didn't enjoy these characters as much as the first book, it is a well written and strong story. James comes across as someone who is very naïve and impulsive at times. Jet being the older and more experienced just came across as condescending and belittling. It bothered me that their first time together was in a field of parked vehicles over the tailgate of a truck. It felt dirty and I wanted more for both of them.

I did enjoy the fact that together they made each other want to be better men and gave each other the strength to reach for what they really wanted. James was finally able to be honest with himself. Jet was able to admit that he wanted more than to just drift through life. I enjoy Ms. Wilders' writing and I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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