Despite the celebrity their recent cracking of a cattle rustling ring has brought, Jeff Connelly and his partner, Mike Guidry, are ready to settle down and start the dude ranch they’ve always dreamed of. Following your dreams isn’t always easy, though—between a troubled new ranch hand who propositions Jeff and Mike’s past suddenly confronting him, emotions are already runnDespite the celebrity their recent cracking of a cattle rustling ring has brought, Jeff Connelly and his partner, Mike Guidry, are ready to settle down and start the dude ranch they’ve always dreamed of. Following your dreams isn’t always easy, though—between a troubled new ranch hand who propositions Jeff and Mike’s past suddenly confronting him, emotions are already running high.Then a sadistic serial killer nicknamed the West Coast Cutter starts slicing a trail though Jeff and Mike’s territory. As the body count rises, they begin to suspect that the killer may in fact be someone they know—a suspicion that is only strengthened by a sudden rash of threatening notes addressed to Jeff. Can they escape the West Coast Cutter before the worst happens?...
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Jeff Donnelly inherited the Lucky Jeff Ranch from his dad when he died in a car accident. Mike Guidry worked on the Lucky Jeff, and the two had an instant chemistry. After a series of adventures, detailed in "Two Sides of the Same Coin", Jeff and Mike became partners in all senses of the word and look to expand the ranch's business by adding a dude ranch.As the boys look to start up the Dude Ranch expansion, their ranch hand Smitty asks if his younger brother Jason can come work with them. Gay and troubled, the young man wants to make a new start, and Smitty thinks Jeff and Mike may be good role models for him. And it gets him out of town and safe; there is a serial killer, the West Coast Cutter, who is preying on young guys like Jason. And when a young man he knows falls victim, there is even more reason for him to be on the ranch.Then Mike's father Al shows up at their door. Apparently a changed man, he wants to make amends for throwing Mike out when he was 16. Jeff won't allow Mike to be hurt again, but maybe, just maybe, he is sincere. And Mike can reconnect with his mother, brother and sister too. When Jeff and Mike find a body while out skiing, the West Coast Cutter is closer to home that anyone thinks. Things quiet down, and with the dude ranch is a huge success, and the boys try out the gay rodeo, maybe things will be okay.But when Mike is attacked while skiing with Jeff, will the boys be in more danger than they can handle this time? Could the unthinkable be true - could Mike's dad be the killer and out to finish his son off this time?This is a well written, exciting and satisfying sequel. Jake Mactire has brought back all of our favorite characters from "Two Sides of the Same Coin", and added some new ones to carry the story even further. We get to see Mike's family, and gain insight into his troubled background. And he gets to have some closure on his painful past. And we get to see the honest and real love these two cowboys have grow and become more real for Mike, especially.Especially touching, for me, was the last part of the book, when Jeff recovers from his ordeal. It is Mike's turn to be the strong partner and take care of his lover. The light touch, real emotion and loving care that Mr. Mactire has for these two characters is so spot on, so real. And this is what separates these books from so many others in the genre. When, at the end of the book, you find you still actually care for the characters and want more, that is a job well done for any writer.Once again Mr. Mactire has filled this book with detail, adding life and texture to everyday situations and making them important. Giving them weight. And love.I liked this book a lot. I hope you will too.Tom
I would have given this book 4 stars but marked it down to 3 for the style of writing. It is a wordy book but the characters seem quite real and you get involved with them even though the speech is obviously what people think of as cowboy 'vernacular'. The book definltely expanded on the story of book 1 with the relationship between Mike and his father being one of the main themes explored. Maybe I was being particularly dumb and kept switching my perceived identity of the serial killer up until the denouement - then again I could never work out Agatha Christie murderers. Hopefully Mr Mactire will have learned from writing these two books and improved his writing style as it can be difficult to read at times but I must admit the stories have been really quite good.
Gerry B's Book Reviews4.0 BeesA solid readI gave in to my love for western-genre novels this week, even though it is a contemporary version. Twisted (Lucky Jeff Ranch #2) by Jake Mactire [Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition, July 24, 2011] is a continuation of Mactire’s “Lucky Jeff Ranch” series, and, although I haven’t read Two Sides of the Same Coin, this sequel stood alone fairly well.Jeff Donnelly became the proprietor of ‘Lucky Jeff Ranch’ upon the untimely death of his father in a car accident. Mike Guidry was one of the ranch hands who came with it, but eventually – after a number of adventures together – they became loving partners, and now they have plans afoot to convert ‘Lucky Jeff’ into a dude ranch.Thus begins the adventures in Twisted.To thicken the plot, a ranch hand by the name of Smitty asks if his younger brother (Jason) can come work with them. Gay and troubled, his brother wants to make a new start in a fresh environment, and Smitty feels that Jeff and Mike would make positive role models. Moreover, there is a recent threat that is stalking the gay community in town: A serial killer dubbed the ‘West Coast Cutter’ who is preying on gay men like Jason.Then, unexpectedly, Mike’s father appears on the scene contritely making apologies for rejecting his son when he was sixteen. Jeff views this with a certain amount of scepticism, but for Mike’s sake he stands aside to allow him to reconnect with his estranged mother, brother and sister.However, when a body is discovered nearby, there is no question the ‘West Coast Cutter’ is close at hand.My commentsIt is well written and easy to read: A good start.The plot features some clever twists and turns (another plus), but for me it is clichéic. I think this is because it is angst driven – the gay but troubled brother; Mike’s expulsion from the family circle; the homophobic but contrite father – have all been done before.I hasten to add that it is not a major issue, and it is subjective, but for someone who has read and analyzed over three hundred books for this blog, I thirst for something original – like comedy.Nonetheless, it is a good read and well recommended. Four bees.
We Done Used Up This Day--AgainOK, if you read my review of the first book in this series, you will get the gist of my likes and dislikes about how this author deals with two of the most compelling openly gay cowboy lovers ever depicted in print. Jeff Connelly and Mike Guidry are brilliantly conceived individuals who speak in a unique rural vernacular and relate to each other in a visceral, over-the-top, physical and emotional way. Their sex scenes are phenomenal in detail and in filthy talk, but sweetly loving at the same time. Yet what plagued the first book--the need for a strong editor to cut down on the superfluous details of virtually every day of their lives--is still the biggest problem here. You'll notice I took two months to get through the book--not that I was bored, but because there's so much chaff in the wheat, so to speak.However,, the plot, and how it unfolds to threaten Jeff and Mike, is riveting when author Mactire gets around to setting the denouement in motion (I hesitate to use the word "climax" because those happen a lot, LOL). In the end, I was surprised at how invested I was in these two men, and how deeply disappointed that it was published before same sex marriage became legal in 2015. This is a series that demands another short sequel--one that focuses on Jeff and Mike in 2016, and one that spins out another romance which you will spot along the way. Hopefully Mr. Mactire will get back to writing again.
Twisted, the sequel to Two Sides Of The Same Coin was an amazing book. I loved the follow up with Jeff and Mike, as well as the other characters from the first book. The characters were just as loveable in the first book, and there were a few tiny issues that had to be worked through during this book. When I read the first book, I was unsure whether the author could do as good a job with the sequel. But he did and this book is just as good as the first one.Twisted carries on the story from the first book and develops the story deeper. The crime in this book was just as evident in this book as in the first, but this had a slightly darker turn near the end of the book. It was rather graphic in places and in others not a lot was shown. It highly depends on what you can handle with this book. I can handle a lot, probably more than most adults but if you can get past certain things these two books could be for you.The romance was just as sweet and loving as the first one, and the banter between Jeff and Mike was just as strong in places. It still feels very much like a family I am reading about, even when family was incorporated to the book it all felt very natural. The flow of the books works very well and the fast paced nature of the romance is not a turn off for me at all. The killer in this book was well thought out, and I would love to read a third book one day :)
Jake Mactire's Twisted, book two in his Luck Jeff Ranch series, may not be for everyone's taste. It is written in first person, which kills it for a lot of people, it tends to be "wordy," and at times the dialog is stilted and overly produced. However, at its heart is a wonderful love story that plays out in a very slow and easy cowboy way. I love the book's cover. The picture of Jeff and Mike dancing fits so well with the story. I like this series and I hope that there's another book on the way. I give Twisted four stars.
I had real trouble with this book right from the start. It is overly wordy and is written in the first person view, but for me, it doesn't work. I really wanted to like this book too, but it feels like a dairy from someone who has taken a verbal laxative. I think if it was written in the third person it would have worked better but sadly I didn't get beyond page 14 before I was bored. The only highlight was the sex scene that was all to short.
The story had good bones - but the execution was HORRIBLE. I found it difficult to read. Not only were the characters overly PERFECT in every way (they're wealthy, beautiful, athletic, can sing perfectly, etc...they had absolutely no flaws..and that made them exceptionally boring) but he writing style was monotonous, repetitive and predictable. This one goes on the "I'll never read again" shelf.