Review: My Heartache Cowboy by Z.A. Maxfield

My Heartache Cowboy (The Cowboys #2) by Z.A. MaxfieldEddie Molina and Jimmy Rafferty have worked alongside each other for years at the J-Bar Ranch. Close friends and work partners who pretty much spend all their time together and know everything about the other. Or so they thought. When their boss, Malloy, falls in love with the new hand and decides to live his life out and proud all of a sudden everything at the ranch starts to change. Now Eddie’s come out alongside his boss as a gay man and Jimmy falls off his rocker, getting drunk everyday, making terrible comments to his friends and offending nearly everyone in sight. That’s when Eddie and Malloy decide it’s time for an intervention.

In order to sober Jimmy up and get his life back on track Eddie takes him to a friend’s cabin in the middle of nowhere. Detox is bad enough, but now Jimmy has to confront the feelings he’s been denying for years. Feelings that tell him that Eddie is more than just his best friend, he just might be the love of his life. Throw in Eddie’s close friend who is along for the ride and this becomes a very unconventional romance.

I didn’t care for Jimmy Rafferty very much when I read book one, My Cowboy Heart. He’s rude, crude, disrespectful and full of crap. He talks trash and calls people names,  he pretty much hurts and offends everyone around him. Especially the people closest to him. But I loved Eddie. I wanted Eddie to find love and get his happily ever after. I went into this thinking I would get a angsty romance between two tough cowboys, but was a little surprised when this book went in a few directions I didn’t expect.

Right from the beginning there’s not just alcohol and confusing sexual feelings between these two, but another man. Don is Eddie’s long time friend and sometime sex partner. Someone Jimmy had no idea existed. As much as he thought he knew his best friend, Eddie seems to have lived a whole other life completely separate from his friends at the J-Bar Ranch. Don is older, a successful doctor and married. Throw him into the mix with these two confused cowboys and I wasn’t sure what was going on or how it would all end up.

If you’ve ever known anyone with an alcohol addiction, you can follow along easily as Jimmy makes his transformation and confronts his demons. It’s painful to read at times, but I thought the author did a good job showing the ups and downs associated with an alcoholic admitting they have a problem and resolving to overcome it. That’s one aspect of the story, the other is all the sexual and romantic feelings that start to finally rise to the surface. Don is the bridge that allows Jimmy and Eddie to finally fall into bed with each other. His character becomes the third in their relationship and is there for all the sexual encounters between them. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. The sexy times are smoking hot and as a ménage these men work well together, but…. It’s clear there are deep feelings between Eddie and Jimmy. Every time they fall into each others eyes while having sex I wanted this to be the time they kicked Don out and decided to only be with each other. I’m not sure why exactly I felt this way, I just know I spent most of my time wanting Don to go away and leave my cowboys to themselves.  After awhile I came to understand Don and how he fit in with this couple. I grew to respect him and what he had to offer these two as far as friendship, support and knowledge.

There is a lot more than alcohol and hurt feelings that these cowboys have to work to overcome to find their way to each other. Each one has painful pasts that must be talked about and understood. Lots and lots of angst and sexy times, flirting and misunderstandings, but by the end I thought their romance and happily ever after worked. It may not have been what I was expecting, but for this couple it was believable. Final Grade- B

Favorite Quote:

“Home is Ed. Can’t lose that, not now when I finally know what that means.”

Rating: B
My Heartache Cowboy by Z.A. Maxfield
January 21st 2014 by InterMix
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  1. Mandi says

    I had to quit this one halfway through. I liked it at first, but when the physical romance started, it turned me off. I found it crass instead of romantic. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood 😉 I’ve liked this author in the past

    • says

      I went through not liking it, to liking, to thrown off by the extra partner thing, to a “yeah that works” at the end. I think you do have to be in the mood for it.

      Wonder if there will be more in this series.

    • says

      Wellllllll…. it ends with a HEA as a couple with an option for an extra partner maybe in the future if they feel like it.

      Was that helpful at all? Lol.