Title: Cotton Candy, book #2 in Wyoming Lovers
Author: Mae Hancock
Publisher/GR Link: Loose Id, GR
Genre: MM Contemporary Western
Vice: Cowboys, Western, Series
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Length: Short Novel
Cover Impressions: I love it!
Best Line: "An extraordinary feeling of relief swept over Bay."
Synopsis: Cowboy Cotton Reid is the laid-back type of guy who accepts people as they are, no matter how flawed. People think he’s fun, honest and crazy about his boss and friend the sexy rancher Bay Redman.
Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is something that family man Bay has done his whole life. Bay can be like a bear with a sore head if the hay isn’t stored symmetrically or his fridge contains an odd number of jars.
When the two men begin a hot affair, Cotton keeps an important secret from Bay. If he can't find the courage to tell him the truth before someone else does, Bay may never be able to let it go.
Impressions: I've been looking forward to Cotton and Bay's story ever since we were introduced to them in book 1.
One of the things that I liked about this book is that it doesn't over simplify many significant concerns in the story. For instance, love and sex may help Bay to feel more comfortable in his skin, but they are not the cure-all for his OCD. Bay's OCD isn't just a cute plot device, it is a real and potent challenge to his happiness. He knows how much it affects those around him, and he can't imagine finding a lover who can tolerate living with his issues.
I also really liked that the issue of parents and biology was explored with tact and grace. This isn't a story where family is boiled down to DNA, and that really resonates with me.
I really enjoyed watching Cotton and Bay work for their HEA, and it does take work!
I would have loved even more of the love and romance, and a little less of the secret/parenting plot, but I really enjoyed the series, and its a great view of life on a farm where who you love matters a lot less than how you love.