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Wild Trail

(Clean Slate Ranch #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Welcome to Clean Slate Ranch: home of tight jeans, cowboy boots, and rough trails. For some men, it's a fantasy come true.

Mack Garrett loves the rolling hills surrounding his Northern California dude ranch. Leading vacationers on horse trails with his two best friends is enough - romance is definitely not in the cards. When a sexy tourist shows up at Clean Slate, he's as
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Published December 11th 2017 by Harlequin Audio
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~Mindy Lynn~
3.5-4 Stars!

Wes Bentley is a struggling actor who once had a role on a western show. On that show he and the MC Drake had a secret relationship. When Wes decided he was tired of being a secret, Drake dumped him and got him fired from the show. After that something scandalous happened that got Wes blackballed out of Hollywood. Now he's doing shows at a dinner theater, but still has hopes of making it big. But he's pretty happy with his life. He's got good friends and an amazing younger sister who
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m, netgalley
3 "Grumpy Bear Cowboy" Stars

It’s Wes’s sister’s wedding and he hired a ranch for a week (before wedding). Wes is an actor. He was a successful one till his ex (who was an actor too) blame him for something that Wes didn’t do it deliberately and then his career wasn’t like before anymore.
Mack works in his grandfather’s ranch, he’s almost in charge of everything. He had a bad relationship. His ex was an actor and he shattered Mack’s heart, badly. After that Mach couldn’t trust anyone and see
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love A.M. Arthur and do what I can to read every new tome by her, but this one sort of snuck up on me and I gave it a bit of a shrug when I started it. But then the characters caught me and even though I figured out early on what the eventual mystery would be, I really couldn't put it down.

Mack and Wes are perfectly drawn (even on the cover) and their mutual attraction--and eventual attachment--was reasonable and excruciatingly exciting. You could see other characters in the series emerge as
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I didn't really like this one, though others seem to have enjoyed it. Maybe cowboy romances are just not for me?

Wild Trail felt looooong, like really long, and almost from the start I knew it wouldn't be a good fit. I get that we have to meet the characters, but there was SO much backstory and SO much telling vs showing. It was like, indroduce a character: cue depressing, semi-mysterious backstory, and this repeated over and over again!

I also don't like it when a series pushes the matches for
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There's lots of bits in this book which are great but there's also parts which didn't work as well for me so overall it was a good but not great read.

Things that worked: The setting, loved the ranch and the vibe of the people there and the descriptions and the ghost town and the mystery. I liked the majority of the romance between Mack and Wes too.

Things that didn't work: The 'boss/daddy" references. None of their sexual encounters felt even remotely daddy and boy to me, neither was there
Denise H.
**** Ranch, romance, reunion, revelation !****
There is a lot happening here, so I'll begin with Mack, ex-SWAT cop, 34, working at his Family dude ranch, and horse rescue center, run by his Granddad, 78, Arthur Garrett.
Mack is a big, "bear" with brown eyes, scruff and is all sexy cowboy

He loved the peace and quiet after his lover's death in L.A. His best friends, "brothers" are also there to escape painful pasts.
Wes , 31, is his sister's "Best Person" for her wedding,

and he set up the week
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was truly fascinating.

I was surprised to find that the story wrapped up very nicely and left me with a deeply satisfied feeling.

I totally admit that my main problem with this author is the many plot layers. It’s like there is just too much happening – and each dramatic climax gets topped by something even more outrageous.

Almost like a Desperate Housewives episode.

I love characters with complex back stories, but sometimes enough is just enough. No need to heap more and more drama on a guy
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
3.5 cowboy stars. There was a lot to like about this book. Time was given to develop the characters and their romance and the next few books were really set up for Colt, Avery,Miles & Reyes. There was plenty going on and yes it did drag in parts but it was enjoyable all the same. I quite enjoyed the lower angst and loved the dynamic of Mack & Wes.
This started so strong. The story takes place on a dude ranch where people come to take Western themed vacations. Wes has set this up for his best friend's wedding party. When they arrive he is immediately attracted to gruff cowboy Mack. There was a slow burn between the two and the first half of the story took the time to build up their budding relationship. I was really enjoying it and even thought at one point that it was really cool that the author was going to skip her trademark OTT drama ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The story of two guys trying to overcome their painful pasts and find love is nothing new, but A.M. Arthur certainly put a fun spin on this tale. Cowboys are hot, you know. Yowza. This one has everything a cowboy fan would love -- ghost towns, horses, ranches, rugged manly cowboys, and fun fun fun.

Mack seriously pushed every single one of my naughty buttons. I think I'm in love. Wes is cute
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So freakin' fantastic... and the only thing that can make this sexy cowboy story even better? Greg Boudreaux reading it to me!

I love the whole premise of this story - the rough SWAT team cops with tortured pasts finding love... wonderful. And when you add in the ghost town and everything that goes with it? I'm so happy!

Already got Roped In loaded on my MP3 player, ready to go :)
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4.5 stars

I have heard so much about A. M. Arthur that I knew that I had to read her at some point in time. I am happy that I finally did get to read and review her and know that I will definitely keep reading her.

Wild Trail was an interesting and fun read. Mack and Wes were fascinating. One protecting his heart and brooding around the ranch. The other as flamboyant as a man can get. But, they complimented each other. As they say, opposites do attract.

Mack’s version of a date was a night at a
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cute story and also predictable. I pretty much knew how everything was going to play out from the start and while there were a few moments of surprise, the overall plot was not one of them.

Mack - a retired SWAT officer now turned cowboy - helps his grandfather run a sort of resort ranch. Mack's reasons for leaving the SWAT team and moving to the ranch are legitimate and I fully supported them. (view
3.8 Stars

A promising start to a new series, one that I have a feeling will have more interesting tales than this one. That's not to say Wild Trail wasn't fun, sexy and interesting...just that I think having to introduce so many players - who will appear in their own subsequent books - overwhelmed the story a bit.

(Not summarizing the plot because that blurb is spot on.)

I absolutely loved that these guys actually talked. They discussed sexual limits very early on (yay!) and expectations.
Don Bradshaw
I am a sucker for cowboys and this book ticked a lot of my boxes. I enjoyed all of the sub-plots and much of the background story. Wes and Mack were great together though I kept picturing Mack as much older. The secondary characters were beautifully fleshed out and made the story so much more believable by just being there. The blurb pretty much says it all and the book fulfills its promise of being an entertaining read.
Wendy F
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Okay, here I go again – there is no way in hell the dude on the cover, leaning back against the wall, is Wes! Wes was described as tall, lean, with blonde hair so pale it was almost white, and wore loud and bright clothes. And Mack, if that is Mack, would never be standing outside -where guests could see him- with his shirt flapping open in the breeze. Does the design team even think of the book contents when they’re making these choices?? I don’t get it.

Ahem. Sorry for my rant. It’s just a pet
Rachel Emily
AH! I'm ashamed to say that with the holidays and everything going on, I had forgotten I had been approved for this story from NetGalley - thankfully, saw it when I went to the site recently and started it as soon as I could! And WOW, what a great new story in what promises to be a great series from AM Arthur!

This is definitely an opposites attract story, with lots of emotion, chemistry (WHOOOO Chemistry!), romance, some conflict and drama, and a HEA for our main couple with the exciting promise
Joyfully Jay
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Wild Trail is the first book in A.M. Arthur’s new Clean Slate Ranch series and it is off to a great start. I am not always a big western fan, but I really loved this story and really enjoyed Mac and Wes together. They are a fun opposites attract pair, with the gruff and burly Mac paired with the flirty and feisty Wes. I enjoyed seeing these guys get to know one another during Wes’ time at the ranch, and I really appreciated that Arthur extends the story to show
I loved everything but the nickname that Wes gives Mac. It just was a bit cringe to hear it, and I since I didn't like it I had to take a star off.

Other than that I love how this is a opposite attraction. A cowboy and a actor yes please. Listening to Wes and Mac being attracted to each other was unexpected to either men. However a summer fling that would last a couple week seemed like a great idea. Until of course feelings get involved.

the battle of attraction that Mac was trying to pretend
*Received ARC via NetGalley*

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great. I loved how gruff but marshmallowy Mack was. You could really feel the pull he had towards Wes. Wes was perfect for him. His lightness but not shallowness was exactly what Mack needed to pull him out of his grief. The side characters were all great, I loved the family aspect. Wes' sister and fiance were really nice. As were the other ranch guys with Mack. I could've done without the arson aspect and the thing
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, western
Wes loves his sister—so much so that he is willing to endure a week at a dude ranch to fulfill her every pre-wedding wish. Dragging along his roommate Miles, his sister’s fiancé, and his brother, the group of five descends upon Clean Slate Ranch to enjoy a week in the outdoors, complete with horseback riding and camping outdoors. Met with not one but three handsome cowboys, the rather flamboyant actor turns his sights on the quiet, brooding Mick Garrett. Mick has a story, one that includes his ...more
Nat ReadingAllNite
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read, netgalley
A.M. Arthur is one of my very favorite authors and I was so thrilled she decided to write cowboys! Although it’s a dude ranch, featuring a few city slickers turned cowboys, the story completely caught the atmosphere and feel I expected. Wes arrives at the ranch with his sister Sophie, her fiancé and his best man, and Miles, Wes’s best friend and roommate. He’s instantly attracted to Mack, who works there with his former SWAT partner, Colt, plus Reyes, once a firefighter. I mention the ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 *

Story: 7
First MC: 8
Second MC: 7
Secondary characters: 6
Mystery: 3
Sexual tension: 6
Humor: 5
Hotness: 6
Product placement: 5
Ridiculousness: 4
Annoying: 5
Audio: 9 (9h 17min)
To re-read: 6

the author was way too busy setting up for at least two more sequels, all the boys seem to have some secrets, tragedies, and awful pasts that we didn't learn about in this book.
The book wasn't bad, I expected more. I can't even bring myself to say more...

widower cowboy, burned cowboy, killer cowboy, old cowboy,
Emily Seelye
Apr 06, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf, m-m, arc

I wasn’t feeling it. Maybe I’ll try again some other time
3.5 stars- Ups and downs for me in this one

Wild Trail is the first book in Miss Arthur’s new Clean Slate Ranch series set on a dude ranch in Northern California. This also happens to be my first book by the author. I enjoyed a lot about the characters, romance, and book will likely continue the series because the secondary characters intrigued me. Unfortunately, as much as I liked aspects of Wild Trail, it felt a tad corny and overly dramatic, which kept me from really losing myself in Wes and
It's been a few years since I picked up a book by this author. I love her work and the way I get the feels about her characters and their romance. So, who knows why I've been a drifting fan, but one look at this book and series and I was instantly in need- cowboys, dude ranch, opposites, and even the hint of back country trouble... Saddle up!

Wild Trail starts a series of books set on a Northern California dude ranch. Mack and Wes got their story first. Mack can't stand actors after one broke his
Heather Martin
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Wild Trail is Book 1 in A.M. Arthur's Clean Slate Ranch series. Clean Slate Ranch is a dude ranch in Northern California that embraces diversity. Three men ended up working at the ranch when they needed to make a change in their life, each of them for different reasons. Mack needed a change after his lover was killed, and the ranch is owned by his grandfather. He found a
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Once again I'm reading a book by A.M. Arthur and I liked it, didn't love it, because I had some issues with it, but I liked it.

Let's start with the positive stuff.

#1: A.M. Arthur's writing style, I liked her writing style in previous books and also liked it in Wild Trail.

#2: this book wasn't as angst-filled as her other books, don't get me wrong, I like angst, but this was a welcomed change.

#3: that action scene near the end was cool and I mean a different kind of action than sex ;)

#4 gay
Christi Snow
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
I'll admit, I wasn't sure about this book going in. The cover has the look of an old-timey western which is definitely not my thing and despite reading the blurb that made me leery. So I was thrilled when I started reading it and discovered that this is very, most definitely, contemporary. In fact, one of the heroes used to be a SWAT officer before going to work at his family ranch.

Okay, so this book...the setup is that Mack works at his family ranch which is a dude ranch in
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No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance wasn't a thing yet) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and ...more

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