The start of A.M. Arthur’s Clean Slate Ranch series finds a grumpy bear of a man trying to resist a pretty city boy actor who is just in town for a little bit of fun. Wild Trail has so much potential, but doesn’t fully deliver. There are so many threads that unfortunately end up knotted and convoluted. The leads are likable and the sex scenes work, but the story begins meandering two-thirds of the way through. That being said, the series certainly has potential and with the initial worldbuilding out of the way, readers have reason to give this one a try, particularly if they can’t resist a cowboy with a dark past and the pretty boys who bring them back to the light.