Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review Tour: Home for a Cowboy by Amy Aislin #Review #Excerpt #Giveaway

Title: Home for a Cowboy

Author: Amy Aislin

Series: Windsor, Wyoming #1

Publisher: self-published

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Length: 62,000 words / 242 pages

Subgenre: m/m new adult romance

Tropes: friends to lovers, opposites attract, cowboy, small town

Cover by: Designs by Morningstar

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Home for a Cowboy is a brand new novel from the author of the bestselling Stick Side series, Amy Aislin. This friends to lovers, new adult romance features:

        An opposites attract romance
        A small town in Wyoming
        Sexy times in the hay
        So much pining
        A cowboy + a former college hockey player

Book blurb:

Las doesn’t date seasonal workers. Marco’s on a three-month contract.

Lassiter Windsor-March has been planning for his future for as long as he can remember and he knows exactly where that future lies: at his family’s ranch in Wyoming. What doesn’t lie in his future is a summer fling with one of the seasonal workers—they never stick around.

Even if one of those workers is the college crush he’s invited to work a summer job at the ranch.

Marco Terlizzese is as laissez-faire as Las isn’t. He might not know where he’ll be once his contract with Windsor Ranch is up, but he knows three months is plenty of time to get his long-time crush to agree to go out with him.

Amid a starry summer sky, their chemistry ignites as feelings deepen, forcing Las and Marco to decide where they truly belong.

A note from Amy Aislin:

 Home for a Cowboy is about giving love a chance and discovering where you belong.


Lassiter is one of those Windsor’s—the ones that basically founded the town that surrounded their sprawling ranch in Wyoming. The resort/working farm hires many seasonal workers and this summer it would be home to Marco Terlizzese—a friend of Las’ from college—well a crush from college, actually. But even though Las may have given in to the demanding need to see Marco over the summer, he refuses to break his golden rule—no dating the summer help—not since his best friend and former boyfriend had left him to pursue university and life across the pond. It had broken his heart when Ben had left him without explanation and since then Las is determined to guard his heart and that means no messing around with Marco during the summer even if he more than likes the guy. The problem is someone forgot to tell that to Las’ heart.

Marco is adrift after graduation and a summer on the ranch for the slightly introverted hockey player seems ideal. His parents want him to become professional but Marco isn’t so sure that’s what he wants nor does he think he’s good enough to make the cut. Marco isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life—he just knows that he’d like it a lot if Las were involved in it. But despite his resolve not to flirt or push Las, being out on the ranch with him does things to Marco that make him want the guy even more. Not only that but there are times when he can imagine staying in Wyoming and never going home to the east coast to live.

Amy Aislin gives us a sweet new adult romance with the release of Home for a Cowboy. Set in beautiful Wyoming, the story is a low angst, slow burn romance—even though it takes place in a two month time frame. The way this author writes makes you feel as though you know the characters inside out and so the relationship that exists and continues to develop between Marco and Las feels gradual despite the fact that little time really passes. Marco is just so cute—from the manuals he buys in order to learn the flora and fauna and wildlife he might encounter on the trail hikes he will guide on the ranch to the enthusiasm and awe he has for each new experience with Las, it is difficult not to fall in love with the guy. You can see why Las is so affected by him and his obvious love for the land that Las cherishes himself.

Las, on the other hand, is a bit frustrating to me. Because of his insistence to wait for the perfect long term relationship to drop in his lap before ever considering becoming emotionally involved with someone, he sometimes sounded a little whiny and like a broken record—always insisting he would never consider Marco as anything other than a friend since the guy was slated to leave at the end of the summer. Thankfully he sees the light and honestly the way in which he exposes Marco to so much beauty around them is lovely to read about.

Home for a Cowboy is that rare type of novel where big moments don’t have to really happen in order for the book to be an entertaining and beautiful experience. Instead the descriptive passages about the countryside and the well-rounded characters were more than enough to keep me enthralled and enchanted.


Tracing the Little Dipper with his eyes, he hugged his arms to himself, chasing off a chilled breeze that snuck under his hoodie despite the fire, and comforted himself with the possibility that maybe Las was at home right now, wherever home was, gazing out his bedroom window, or perhaps lying on his back on top of a sleeping bag next to his tent, blinking up at the same stars as Marco.

And on Marco’s face, a slack jaw, wide eyes, open staring. “How is this real?” His tone was reverent.
“It’s even better at sunset.” Las kept his voice just as soft. “The sun goes down right over there, behind that mountain.” He let a smile curl his lips. “But if we came at sunset we’d be walking back in the dark and I remember a certain someone is afraid of what lurks in the dark.”
Marco did a slow pan toward him. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

If Las’s mountains and stars couldn’t convince Marco to stay, he wasn’t sure anything could. Las would keep losing tiny parts of himself to Marco until he didn’t have anything left to give.
It would be worth it. Marco was worth much more than a broken heart.

About Amy Aislin:

Amy's lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she's read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she's been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn't at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada's largest environmental non-profit.

An unapologetic introvert, Amy reads too much and socializes too little, with no regrets. She loves connecting with readers. Join her Facebook Group, Amy Aislin’s Readers, to stay up-to-date on upcoming releases and for access to early teasers, find her on Instagram and Twitter, or sign up for her newsletter.


Giveaway: Amy Aislin is celebrating the release of Home for a Cowboy with a fantastic giveaway! Win 1 of 2 paperback copies of Home for a Cowboy + a fabulous character art print and swag. Must be 18 to enter and win. Open internationally.

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