Title: Riding the Circuit (Riding Cowboy Flats: Book Three)
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 73 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Western
At a Glance: Riding the Circuit is another delightful addition to the Riding Cowboy Flats series.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Rodeo cowboy Frost Barton spends most of his time on tour, and that’s the way he likes it. But when his dad dies suddenly, Frost returns to southern New Mexico to attend the funeral and help his mom decide what to do with their small family ranch. Frost is already considering retiring from bull riding and planting his itchy feet in the ground. Meeting horse trainer Matt Morales just adds another pull in that direction, though Frost still isn’t sure he’s ready to give up the circuit—even if Matt makes settling down look mighty tempting.
Matt is old enough to know better, but he falls for Frost anyway. They only have so much time to spend together before Frost goes back on tour, but Matt believes they might have something special. He keeps the home fires burning while Frost earns his living, but Matt hopes he can convince Frost to come home—to stay.
Review: Frost Barton is a rodeo cowboy, he’s gone from home a lot, but he’s a good son to his parents—he sends his winnings home to help them keep their ranch going. The time has come that going home is painful for Frost since his father has passed. He feels guilty and would have come home sooner, if he’d only know his father was ill. He’s really trying to keep himself together, but it’s making him crazy.
As Frost has lost all patience, Mama Barton sends him off to brood during the wake, and he meets Matt Morales in the barn. Matt is a friend to the Bartons, and has been helping them keep the ranch running, mainly till Frost can return. Even though Matt has his own place, and works freelance with horses, he offers his help to Frost—who has an idiot boyfriend that sends him a text that spells the breaking point for Frost, and he finds himself in jail. Thank goodness for Mama Barton; she calls Matt and he heads into town to get Frost. Needless to say, Matt and Frost hit it off pretty well, and it definitely throws Matt off-kilter. He knows Frost will be hitting the rodeo circuit again, and Matt doesn’t know where that will lead.
Being on the rodeo circuit isn’t easy for Matt; he needs to be careful and just get one more big win under his belt. Being home has really opened his eyes. When he meets friends of the family, Tate and Dave, and Herschel and Dalton, and as he sees what these partners have, he knows this is something he wants too.
Riding the Circuit is another delightful addition to the Riding Cowboy Flats series. Julia Talbot knows how to bring her characters to life with simple stories of everyday living. This one has a little twist with Frost being the younger man and making the right decisions. Matt’s a worrier and hopes that somewhere he will fit in Frost’s life. This is another heartwarming HEA cowboy story, with family, friends, warmth and love. Riding Cowboy Flats is an enjoyable series, and I am so looking forward to the next novel.
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