Title : Riding & Regrets Word Count : 54,228
Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb : Jody Bates just wanted to fit in and forget his past, but you can’t escape everything.
Jody Bates had a hard life as a kid, but he’s moved past that and is making a home for himself at the Mossy Glenn. Sometimes he smarts off, but he’s young, and he’s learning.
What he hasn’t learned yet is that you can never completely escape your past.
Jody has a few blank spots, things he can’t quite remember. Like a lot of kids, he did some stupid things and figures he’s lucky to have come out relatively unscathed. Sure there’s a scar here and there, but on the whole, he’s doing just fine.
But something that happens brings about an enormous change in his life. Jody finds himself with a kid he didn’t know he’d fathered and memories trying to surface about the drug-filled night the child had to have been conceived. Jody, at twenty, is overwhelmed and more scared than he’s ever been in his life.
Noel Cuthbert needed a change. He was tired of the bar scene, tired of getting dumped. He seemed to have a six-month expiration date per relationship. The last guy almost broke him in more ways than one, and moving across the country had sounded like a brilliant idea when he’d first thought of it.
Now he’s in Ashville, Montana, and his Aunt Gertie is doing everything she can to talk him into staying. She needs his help, and Noel needs to be needed.
And he’s never seen anyone who needs him more than the young man who walks into Gertie’s daycare with a screaming toddler on his hip.
My Review : The cocky young man we were introduced to in the previous book is no more, Jody has made a complete 360. I guess finding out you are a dad for a beautiful little girl will shake anyone’s foundation, especially when you are a gay man who can’t remember ever having sex with a woman. Prissy is a little cherub who looks so much like Jody. All the cowboys on the ranch dotes on this little beauty. Everyone is really great about letting bygones be bygones and they really step up and help Jody with Prissy.
Jody meets Noel for the first time when he takes Prissy to Daycare. Noel is new in town and he’s staying with his Aunt Gertie who owns the daycare. Noel is sweet and caring . He is instantly attracted to Jody ‘ s red hair , freckles and that sexy, wiry little body. Noel is surprised by his attraction since he decided to forgo relationships for awhile. His last boyfriend tried to snuff out his life while he proceeded to rape him. Noel has terrible nightmares and he lives in fear when his ex Clive threatens to come after him and finish the job.
As Jody and Noel gets closer, Noel opens up and Jody goes through a whole gamut of emotions. Jody is a virgin and his innocence is refreshing. Noel is very happy to be the one to help this beautiful man in his explorations. The sex is mind blowing between the two and brings about scintillating reactions. Jody opens up to Noel about his past as well. Being ostracized by his family has not been easy for Jody and that’s why even as young as he is, all he ever wanted was to create his own family. Jody and Noel realise that they are both craving the same thing and it works out well since they already have their prepackaged insta-family. Jody is still amazed how quick the ranch family that they have fallen into is quick to rally whenever there is a problem. The cop Ian and the trio’s FBI friend from the Xxchange take care of Noel’s problematic ex boyfriend Clive.
I really liked the introduction of a little princess on the ranch. Jody and Noel has started a beautiful foundation that has a lot of potential to flourish. The sex scenes were very vivid and very sensual. This is one of my faves from this series. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.
Favorite Quotes : 1. Noel tongued his hole until it was soaked with spit and softened up, the muscles relaxing for him. He pushed his tongue in then, and Jody howled, that ring clenching as the scent of spunk hit the air. Jody went down with a soft thump, his hand pinned beneath him. Noel followed him, laving that tight pucker. He kept at it while Jody lay still except for the shivers that raced down his length. He was still licking and working his tongue in and out of that hole when Jody whimpered, his hips moving as he started fucking himself on Noel’s tongue.