Book Reviews

Just a Cowboy (Riding Cowboy Flats 2) by Julia Talbot at TurtleHat Creatives

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-January-2020

Book Blurb

Can an old-fashioned cowboy and a young man on the run from his dark past find a future together?


Herschel is a simple rancher who believes everybody deserves a second chance, which is why he tends to hire underdogs—like Dalton, a young cowboy who needs all the support and TLC Herschel can offer.


Dalton doesn’t think anyone can forgive him for what he did, but Herschel seems willing to try. In fact, he might be the best thing that has ever happened to Dalton. He might even be the one to help Dalton trust in the future again. Just when he’s about to tell Herschel everything, all hell breaks loose. Herschel must help Dalton break free from everything that’s haunting him, or they’ll both end up alone.



First edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2017.

Book Review

Second chances can be hard to find, and Dalton desperately needs one. Luckily he runs into Herschel, who is almost “in the business” of giving cowboys a second chance – provided he likes their handshake, they look him in the eye like they’re honest, and they work hard. But even if this sounds like an easy setup, it is anything but. Dalton hesitates to open up, believing nobody will ever forgive him. Herschel may hire underdogs for a living, but he thinks he is too old to take what Dalton offers. Add complications like the past suddenly catching up with Dalton in an unforeseen way - and you’ve got one heck of a ride for these two guys!

Dalton is from Texas, his father was a bareback rider at the rodeo, and Dalton did something he will never forgive himself for. So he ran. But as he stays with Herschel, falling for the older cowboy bit by bit, the questions keep appearing and Dalton’s fear keeps growing. He has more to lose now than ever before.

Hershel is a rancher, loves what he does, and is a pretty easygoing guy. He can’t believe his luck when Dalton responds well to his extremely hesitant advances, but he isn’t going to turn down a chance at some good fun between the sheets. The problem is, it quickly becomes more and he still doesn’t know what’s bugging Dalton.

It was hard to watch Dalton and Hershel almost lose it all due to interference, old “friends” catching up, and sheer stubbornness. It takes some conferring with a friend of Hershel’s (none other than Tate from book one) for Hershel to straighten out his thinking, but it is really Dalton who has to face the truth and bite the bullet. And that isn’t easy at all!

If you like taciturn cowboys, if two men who love working together and are a good fit both in and out of the bedroom are your thing, and if you’re looking for a cowboy-themed read that is more sweet than hot, a little suspenseful, and definitely entertaining, then you will probably like this novella.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 93 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-September-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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