Friday, September 22, 2017

Audiobook Review: Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain

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Title ~ Cowboys Don’t Come Out

Author ~ Tara Lain

Narrator ~ K.C. Kelly

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Released ~ 20th April 2017

Length ~ 6 hours, 50 minutes

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



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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Jane’s Review

The trope of closeted cowboys is one I really love and so I was really looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint. Closeted cowboy Rand lives on his California ranch, raising horses and teaching riding. He hates flying, but is persuaded to go on vacation to Hana, Hawaii by his parents. Here he meets Kai Kealoha, a Hawaiian cowboy, and his two younger siblings, the sad, lonely looking Lani and the effervescent Aleke. There is insta-lust between Rand and Kai, but the developing relationship is stuttering and leads to some slightly angsty moments, but also some really sweet and hot moments too. The dancing and horse riding that pulls them together lets us see their real selves and the great connection they have. Rand falls as much for Kai’s siblings as for Kai himself. We learn that Rand remains closeted to keep his mother happy with the knowledge that he may one day settle for a nice girl. Also he believes that cowboys don't come out. He doesn't want his sexuality to have an impact on his ranch or its business. Kai has very different reasons for remaining in the closet and it is here we see how strong the bond is between Kai and his siblings. Kai’s reasons lead to some drama and in some ways it is the catalyst for the great ending we get to the story.

I felt like the plot was rambling in places, but there are a few difficult issues touched upon, the effects of abuse, neglect and bullying, the issues were handled sensitively though. I loved all of the beautiful descriptions of Hawaii and could easily picture the scenes and could almost smell the sea and the flowers. I really enjoyed the contrast between Rand and Kai and their very different backgrounds and was pleased to see the positive development of their  relationship. It was lovely to see Kai accept some help and Rand is a generous, giving man. Rand’s relationship with his parents expands throughout the story and they play a lovely part in the happy ending. This is at its heart a very sweet, cowboy romance that deals with some darker issues along the way and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


I really enjoy K.C. Kelly’s narration and so was looking forward to hearing him narrate this story. He brought the Hawaiian Island to life. I really learned a lot about Hawaii and the Paniolo, the traditional Hawaiian Cowboys. The scenery descriptions were also very evocative in K.C. Kelly’s Hawaiian accent. His voices for Kai and also both of his younger siblings were spot on. His timing was slow paced and fit the story well, letting you really immerse yourself in it and I felt like I almost absorbed the Hawaiian and cowboy way of life by osmosis from his voice. This is a great story brought to life by the wonderful narration. Highly recommended.


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Meet 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”!



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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Jane and sing=fully for listening to my cowboys! So glad you enjoyed it. : )