Jackass Flats by Julia Talbot

Torquere Press

Contemporary (M/M)

ISBN: 978-1-60370-518-9, 1-60370-518-X

Reviewed by Sabella

   

 

Tate is out on what feels like the coldest night in history, stumbling back to his car after getting his drunk on.  However, instead of carefully making his way home, Tate ends up stumbling over Dave, a baby Army boy, that is as solid as a rock and ends up driving him home.  But Tate is an old-fashioned guy, so when he crosses paths again with Dave he decides that dating this boy might just be what he needs to end his loneliness – however, will Dave hang around once he understands that Tate is set in his ways and is determined to take the physical aspect of their relationship very slowly?

Dave is an Army guy through and through, but when he stumbles over a drunken cowboy trying to make his way home, Dave offers to drive him home.  When they meet again and the cowboy Tate, sober this time, offers to take him out on a date Dave decides to take him up on it.  But what Dave did not count on was the slow pace that Tate sets for their relationship or the ripples of trouble that hanging out with Tate would cause him in all other aspects of his life.

But once the trouble starts will these two be able to stick together?

Jackass Flats is a slow paced story that follows the blossoming romance between Tate and Dave and while both men are charming in their own rough ways, they fall short of being truly compelling like most of Julia Talbot’s characters are.  There is virtually no conflict in the developing relationship between Dave and Tate, which combined with the slow pace of the story, make for a long read.  Also, the constant reference about Tate being “old” and “past his prime” give the impression of a man well into his forties or fifties, when in reality the man is in his mid thirties, were frustrating and at times maddening.  Jackass Flats is an average read that can be good for a day of lazing about.

     

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