Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Release Day Review ~ A Cowboy's Secret by Carol Lynne

Release Day Review ~ A Cowboy's Secret by Carol Lynne

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Will Lex be willing to sacrifice his long-held secrets for true love?
Nick Barker was thrilled. A summer working on his college roommate’s family ranch was a dream come true for a veterinary student. He didn’t anticipate his reaction to his best friend and roommate’s father, though.
Lex Whitefeather hired his son Sam’s best friend for the summer. He figured he’d be generous and help the kid out. He wasn’t expecting the young Adonis who stepped off the plane. Nick Barker was no kid. Years of repressed sexual desires rose to the surface that summer.
When Lex and Nick finally come together and admit their feelings, Lex is plagued by guilt. He’s not “out” to his family and friends. Lex pushes Nick away with his unwillingness to open up to his family.
A few years later, Nick is back on the ranch…

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Pride Publishing for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

I'm a sucker for a book with a cowboy so I couldn't pass up reading Carol Lynne's A Cowboy's Secret.  This is a story about Lex, a very in the closet cowboy in his 40's.  Lex came from a wealthy family, owns a successful ranch, is a very supportive and loving father, and accepts that he will never come out of the closet.  When Lex's son wants to bring his best friend home for the summer from college, Lex doesn't hesitate to say yes.  Lex isn't expecting the instant attraction he feels when he sees Nick, or the way that attraction continues to grow as the two men work together.  Nick may be the same age as Lex's son, but he's lived a more difficult life growing up in foster care and living a solitary life. 

I was looking forward to the relationship development between these two men but that's not something that happened on page.  The summer of their initial meeting was a short part of the story, and we just got snippets of the attraction, secret relationship, and love.  I really thought this was the most important part of the story, it laid the groundwork for what was to come.  The story then jumps ahead several years, when Nick has graduated college and is working as a veterinarian, living his solitary life.  A phone call from his past has him heading back to the ranch, and this time when Lex and Nick see each other, they're willing to do what's necessary to have a life together.

I liked most of the characters in the book, but I just wanted more of Lex and Nick's story.  I wanted to read about their relationship developing and understand why these two men so completely went off the rails for the three years they were apart.  I hated the whole storyline of Lex's ex-wife.  This may have only been a 94-page novella, but a lot happened in this story!  If you enjoy hot cowboys, age gap, and HEA's, then this is a story you'll want to read!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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