Book Reviews

Riding the Circuit (Riding Cowboy Flats 3) by Julia Talbot at TurtleHat Creatives

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

Book Blurb

Rodeo cowboy Frost Barton spends most of his time on tour, and that’s the way he likes it. But when his dad dies suddenly, Frost returns to southern New Mexico to attend the funeral and help his mom decide what to do with their small family ranch. Frost is already considering retiring from bull riding and planting his itchy feet in the ground. Meeting horse trainer Matt Morales just adds another pull in that direction, though Frost still isn’t sure he’s ready to give up the circuit—even if Matt makes settling down look mighty tempting.


Matt is old enough to know better, but he falls for Frost anyway. They only have so much time to spend together before Frost goes back on tour, but Matt believes they might have something special. He keeps the home fires burning while Frost earns his living, but Matt hopes he can convince Frost to come home—to stay.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2017.


Book Review

Rodeo cowboys are some of my favorite people, and the ‘Riding Cowboy Flats’ series has introduced me to a whole new group of them. While the focus in this latest novella is on two new guys, cowboy Tate and former military guy Dave from book one, as well as cowboy Dalton and rancher Hershel from book two are back in a supportive capacity.

Frost is a committed and fairly successful rodeo cowboy, so he isn’t home much. But when his father dies unexpectedly and his mother needs help to run the farm, Frost begins to think about settling down as part of his future in earnest. He’s already fairly old to be out there competing, but he’s not one to give up – or that is what he has thought of retiring until he meets Matt.

Matt trains horses and he falls for Frost before he knows what’s happening to him. Physically they get along really well, but Matt worries about Frost’s “itchy feet”. Matt has no intention of trying to “make” Frost stay at home, but he also doesn’t want to keep waiting for him without knowing what his plans are. Not exactly an easy situation!

There is a bit of back-and-forth, a jealous ex of Frost’s (who is a devious a**hole) who almost causes a catastrophe, and as much man-on-man loving as Matt and Frost manage to fit in between Frost’s various competitions. All in all, this is a wonderful tale in the best “Talbot cowboy tradition” and I really enjoyed the suspense as well as the warmth with which she tells the story.

If you like rodeo cowboys and horse trainers, if you want to see two men with very different objectives work things out, and if you’re looking for a sweet romance with a touch of suspense and lots of cowboy-speak, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 73 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-September-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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