Cowboys Don't Come Out
by Tara Lain
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.
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Excerpt (just a bit naughty!)
Inside, twilight dim. The room smelled warm and spicy. Funny, he hadn’t put that scent together with Rand—but it was his, through and through. Nobody here. “Hello?”
“Looking for me?” Rand walked out of the bathroom wearing a heart-stopping, breath-robbing towel around his hips—uh, except for the slice of bare groin revealed because the towel stood out in front like a banyan tree canopy. That cotton tent had to be a lot more comfortable than the tight denim smothering Kai’s rising c*ck.
Too much air flowed out with Kai’s words and made him sound like he’d just run a half-marathon. “I was hoping that message about your nap might be intended for me.”
“So what did you have in mind, cowboy?” Man, his heart throbbed in his d*ck. It ought to be dancing the salsa.
“Some riding lessons.”
“You’re the teacher.”
“Nah, I’m the quarter horse.”
Heart—stopped. “You want to bottom?”
Rand stared at Kai’s jeans and grinned. “You like that idea?”
“Good. Condoms and lube are on the bed. My ass, I mean stallion, is at your service.”
Kai staggered to the footstool in front of the corner chair, collapsed into it, and started yanking at his boots. Rand walked over slow and easy-like. “Take your hat, cowboy, or you want to f*ck with it on?”
F*ck? Oh sh*t, how long since he’d been with a man? A person? His c*ck steamed and bobbed.
Rand grabbed Kai’s Stetson and tossed it onto the coffee table, then took hold of Kai’s other boot. The combination of two boots half-off flipped Kai onto his back on the chair like a giant turtle. Rand hauled off the one boot, then grabbed the other and pulled it too, sent both flying, then yanked on Kai’s jeans. “So much trouble getting riders properly dressed.”
Mmm...I always love a good cowboy romance. M/M? Even better. This one also throws in the fact that both are VERY closeted...because of course, cowboys don't come out-right? Yup, uh-huh...sure.
I liked both Rand and Kai separately, they both have their own reasons for not coming out-though Kai has some very special reasons for not wanting to stand out. Physically, the two of them together are smoking hot and their sex scenes are...energetic and enthusiastic (to say the least LOL). On an emotional level though, I didn't fully feel that "click". Now, that doesn't mean I didn't like them together-quite the contrary. I think if they had more time together before everything hit the fan late in the story, it would have been easier for my to feel the emotional link-it's just really hard to go from strangers to where they ended up in the time frame of the story.
Rand's mom I got a little irritated with, but to be fair if Rand was open with her that might have helped. Lani, Kai's sister, was absolutely awesome-such a brilliant young woman who sees more than Kai realizes. She was definitely my favorite supporting character in this story.
While things may have moved super-fast between Kai and Rand time-wise, in terms of the overall story the development of their relationship in that time frame worked for me-even if the emotional connection wasn't quite there.
In the end, Cowboys Don't Come Out was a 3.5-star read for me, leaning toward 4...I would need that deeper connection between them to hit me in order to bump it up though. It's still a really good read, and I'd recommend it for M/M romance fans (strictly 18+ for adult language and explicit M/M sexual content).
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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