Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blog Tour ~ Cowboys Don't Come Out by Tara Lain ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ Cowboys Don't Come Out by Tara Lain ~ (Review + Giveaway)

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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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 cock.
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 dick. 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?”
“Holy hell.”
Rand stared at Kai’s jeans and grinned. “You like that idea?”
“Oh yeah.”
“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 fuck with it on?”
Fuck? Oh shit, how long since he’d been with a man? A person? His cock 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.”

California Ranch owner Rand McIntyre is on a Hawaiian vacation with his parents when he meets Kai Kealoha, an authentic Hawaiian cowboy. Rand is immediately attracted to Kai but has no clue if he's gay or not. After meeting Kai and two female friends at a beach, Rand is invited out dancing. That night sparks a connection for both men that neither can deny.

While Kai does his best to fight his attraction to Rand it seems the fight is futile. Slowly, Kai lets down his defenses and allows Rand in, but he's hiding something and he refuses to tell Rand what. Rand falls in love with not only Kai but his younger sister and brother and it seems as if the four of them might make a perfect family. Too bad Rand lives on California and Kai lives in Hawaii.

As a huge fan of Tara Lain, I have to admit I was again a little disappointed with the story. It wasn't bad, the writing was good and the characters were likeable. I just couldn't get drawn into it like I usually do. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters and truth be told I really wasn't invested in the story. As much as I hate to say this, the truth is I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two men. Something (I can't really put my finger on what) just didn't feel right with the both of them.

So, while I'd love to say this was a 5 Star read, I can't. It was just Okay.

4 Stars!

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

Cowboy Rand McIntyre goes on vacation to Hawaii to meet with his parents, despite his fear of heights and flying. Once there he meets Kai, a genuine Hawaiian cowboy and while he's interested, Rand doesn't make a move because he isn't out and he's unsure if Kai is gay. The two of them strike up an easy friendship which quickly turns into something more when they can't resist the temptation of being together. 

Kai tries his best to keep Rand at arm's length, because he has to take care of his siblings, but when Rand hits it off with them, there's not much point in refusing, even if he is keeping things from Rand. And anyway, it's not like their fling has much future considering Rand lives in California and Kai in Hawaii, right?

I really liked Rand. He was so real, sweet, supportive and down-to-earth. I just loved his interaction with Kai's siblings and with the lady he met on the plane on his way to Hawaii. I didn't like Kai as much, though. I think he was too immature for Rand and there were a few instances in which I just wanted Rand to just walk away from him and move on. Still, I have to admit they had chemistry and worked well together. 

All in all, this was a very entertaining read. I loved Kai's siblings, especially Lani, who was so mature for her age, and I loved most of the secondary characters, who brought a lot of depth to the story, especially at the end (which made me cry, by the way). I wouldn't mind reading more stories in this 'verse in the future. Recommendable!

Rating: 4 Stars!!!

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

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”!

You can find Tara at Lain



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  1. Thank you so much Jaymie and Mari for reading Cowboys Don't Come Out! So delighted to be on the blog. : )

  2. This book so great!! Tara Lain writes such wonderful stories!!

  3. This book looks so great. Tara Lain writes such great stories!!!