Rand McIntyre settles for good enough. He loves his small California ranch, raising horses, and teaching riding to the kids he adores—but having kids of his own and someone to love means coming out, and that would jeopardize everything he’s built. Then, despite his terror of flying, he goes on a holiday to Hana, Hawaii, with his parents and meets the dark and mysterious Kai Kealoha, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy. Rand takes to Kai’s kid brother and sister as much as he drools over Kai, but the guy sports more prickles than a horned toad and more secrets than the exotic land he comes from.
Kai’s earned his privacy and lives to protect his “kids.” He ought to stay away from the big, handsome cowboy for everyone’s sake—but since the guy’s just a haole on a short vacation, how much damage can he do? When all of Kai’s worst fears and Rand’s darkest nightmares come true at once, there’s not much chance for two cowboys who can’t—or won’t—come out.
Cowboys Don't Come Out by Tara Lain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What's not to love about two closeted cowboys falling in love?
The cover is so gorgeous (ehem, I have a weak knees for cowboys...), the blurb convinced me to read this.
While I really wanted to love the story, I was kinda need to do some protest to the author about 'romantic time' between Kai and Rand.
Sure I loved love at first sight, insta-love in a holiday seasons...Nothing more romantic than that!
But, I can't see any strong 'love chemistry' between Rand and Kai even until the end of the story.
For me, Kai is still skeptical about it.
The lacking of togetherness probably caused it? Because Rand and Kai were busy taking care of the children, and even the dances that supposed to be sexy, didn't give any grip to me. It was just dances, and too many girls around them irritated me a lot. And the sex seemed a little flat to me, sadly.
I liked Julie, but not crazy about her, she seemed oblivious about Rand's reluctance about her.
I loved Mrs.Orwell, I think she's a little bit of clairvoyant, nice lady and determined one.
I liked Rand's father, mother is too pushy imho. I liked Aniki and Lani, but Lani as 12 yo, I think she's too old for her age, even she has an old soul inside her.
I didn't really like the drama, it probably much needed in the story, but imo, way to much for holiday :)
Glad everything settled so great in the end. Everything was perfect. The ending was perfect. I can live with that only.
Though I enjoyed the moment with 'the bamboo' a little too much. Because, I love sex with adrenaline as companion!
This one was pretty much enjoyable if you can put aside the drama and the maturity of Lani.
It's your decision to make.
*I received the ARC from Dreamspinner Press for a fair and unbiased review*
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