A Stella Release Day Review: Jackass Flats (Riding Cowboy Flats #1) by Julia Talbot

RATING 2,5 out of 5 stars

jackass-flatsCan a traveling military man and a set-in-his-ways cowboy find a way to make things work?

Tate feels like the best part of life has probably passed him by, which is why the thirtysomething cowboy hits the bars every night. When he meets Dave, a young soldier from a nearby Army base, though, Tate figures things might be looking up. He and Dave get off to a rocky start, but Tate soon finds that he and the kid have enough in common to make things interesting.

Dave isn’t really into the whole don’t ask, don’t tell thing, and he doesn’t bother to hide his relationship with Tate from his friends. Once he realizes he should have been more careful, it might be too late. But Dave is willing to fight for Tate, even if it means taking on the military.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.

Julia Talbot is one of my comfort authors, some of her shorts are among my fave stories to read when my mind needs time off from RL. That’s one of the reasons why I was enthusiastic to have Jackass Flats in my hands. Plus the  match between a cowboy and a military man intrigued me very much.

That said as soon as I started it, I knew it wasn’t going to be a success to me. I struggled a lot with the reading, I spent days on it (unusual to me) and I often forced myself to reread some parts I missed simple cause the story didn’t caught my attention. I’ll be honest and say if it wasn’t for the blog, I wouldn’t have finished it at all.

I didn’t give it a lower rating just cause I liked the characters, Dave and Tate were sweet, the relationship flew easily and at slow pace,  they took their times and enjoyed real life moments together.

Problem is I found everything so shallow it was annoying. The dialogues, their thoughts, were frustating at hell. And the plot, what was going on with Dave military carrer, left me a little dubious. Then there is one more thing I couldn’t understand, how old is Tate? There is no mention of his age but the author told me he is old a neverending times. And this was another particular that annoyed me. Is he old? Is he feeling old? Can’t I just know it clearly?

It seems I have two words to describe Jackass Flats, annoying and frustating.

The cover art by Bree Archer is the only thing I liked and from it, it seems Tate isn’t so old at the end.

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ebook, 2nd Edition, 100 pages

Publication date December 28th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published 2008)

ISBN 163477762X (ISBN13: 9781634777629)

Edition Language English

Riding Cowboy Flats series #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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