Author ~ Tara Lain
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 7th December 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Christmas
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 is a contemporary M/M romance by author Tara Lain. This was a sweet holiday tale about two cowboys who are both afraid to come out of the closet. Sometimes the right person comes along at a time when the circumstances are less than ideal and you just have to trust fate and hope it leads you in the right direction and it all evens out. Sometimes it’s about taking a chance, stepping out of your comfort zone and no longer playing it safe. And, sometimes it takes a tumultuous storm to rip us from the safe bubble of comfort we have grown accustomed to. It is then up to us to determine whether you seek shelter once again or begin to dance.
Rand McIntyre meets Kai Keoloaha while vacationing in Hawaii with his parents during the Christmas season. As a Californian cowboy, Rand is both intrigued and instantly attracted to the gorgeous Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). Our two protagonists soon strike up a tentative friendship which quickly turns to a friends-with-benefits situation as Rand helps out Kai with some riding lessons. The two men may live vastly different lives; however, there is no denying the profound connection that begins to blossom between them. Can something really become of two cowboys who are so used to hiding? And, can they both risk their hearts for a chance at happiness when the promise of a happy forever is unfathomable as both men live in separate parts of the country?
This author has written a story with two very endearing protagonists. I was certainly rooting for Rand and Kai and wanted them to get their happy forever. Kai had so much more to think about other than himself. I loved how Rand worked his way in to Kai’s heart as well as his siblings’ hearts. Watching the two men stumble their way through the fragility of starting a relationship (ok, a lust filled relationship) and the unknown of what would become of what they have started when Rand left Hawaii is was great. Throw in two very charming children and you have some terrific reading material!
All in all, Cowboys Don’t Come Out was a very enjoyable romance. I love how this book was so much more than a simple love story. It was about two men finding their way to one another, not only to love but also finding their way to a better life for themselves. It’s about embracing something they both had always longed for. A recommended read.
Connect with Tara Lain
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 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary 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 in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!