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by Jan Irving
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Book three in the Uncommon Cowboys Series Shy Cowboy Cass Drake is in love with his best friend, Tom Black, and content to keep it to himself until Tom is brutally attacked and Cass will do anything to protect him--even letting Tom mark him as his human mate. Cowboy Cass Drake puts himself on a crash diet shortly after he meets Tom Black. Built like a linebacker, Cass has always been self conscious about his size and his shyness isn't helped by all the teasing he endures in the bunkhouse. But his quiet new friend Tom actually seems to be flirting with him. When Tom is attacked one night, it's Cass who comes to his rescue. Tom has a thing for his innocent cowboy but he also has secrets that could put Cass in danger.
eBook Publisher: Total-e-bound, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: September 2011
27 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [109 KB]
Reading time: 63-88 min.
Cass Drake looked through the sheaf of diet material as he used his hip to shut the driver's door of his truck. Shit, he really wanted some roasted potatoes with dinner tonight but he bet he couldn't despite how hard he'd worked all day. Caring for the horses and doing chores around the Yellow Trail Ranch sure burned off the cals, though.
His diet advisor had told him again that he didn't have a weight problem. She'd said he seemed healthy to her, with a thickly muscled body that weighed more than most folks but Cass thought she was just being nice. He remembered the humiliation of his first and only date. That had been two years ago and he hadn't gone out with anyone since.
"Hey, Chubby," Marty Drayton drawled. "Where you been, on a hot date?" The other cowboy laughed, as if it was obvious that six-foot-five Cass with his massive frame wouldn't appeal to anyone.
Cass gritted his teeth but let it pass. Marty was an asshole but just one of many who had teased Cass over the years. High school had been hell because Cass was so shy, so aware of how he was different. Only being a valued and intimidating linebacker had kept the teasing from becoming more serious.
"I thought you were camping in the foothills this week," Cass said. A tough springtime chore was searching for the cattle that had wandered off the ranchland during the winter. They tended to seek the bordering national park beyond the town of White Deer, Montana.
Marty gave an exaggerated shiver. "April, man, too damn cold for me. I volunteered you and the new guy to go up and look for strays and the ramrod thought it was a great idea."
The new guy
Tom Black. The reason behind Cass' latest attempt to diet. He flushed, dropping his head so Marty wouldn't see this sign of weakness and ride him about it. So far he'd been able to keep his painful crush on Tom to himself. Cass planned to keep it that way.