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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Cowboys Don’t Come Out is a hard book to review. Despite having issues with the writing style, instalove, and some extreme cheesiness, I liked the characters and their story. Both the narrator and author were new to me, so I went in not really knowing what to expect, but the story held my attention and the narrator delivered a solid performance. Beginning with a standard enough plotline, Cowboys Don’t Come Out features two closeted men who meet while one is vacationing and form an immediate connection. Both Rand and Kai have their own reasons for not coming out and the explanations make sense rather than feeling like a convenient plot point. I found both men incredibly likable and admirable in their own rights, especially Kai’s commitment to his siblings. However, the romance between them is a bit rushed due to the accelerated timeline and would have benefited from more development. I missed that emotional chemistry that takes time to foster. While lacking some depth, it is difficult to not root for these two and I enjoyed the somewhat unexpected path their romance takes. Writing style wise, I’d characterize the tone as casual. The pace is brisk, but the conflicts all resolve completely by the end of the book. Where it fell apart for me was the inner monologues. There are a lot of them in which the characters chastise or argue with themselves. While this sufficiently shows Rand and Kai’s inner turmoil over coming out and pursuing a relationship, excessive inner dialogue isn’t my favorite. Worse, this style really doesn’t work for audiobooks. It is difficult to track what is said aloud or in the characters’ heads at times and just makes for an awkward listening experience. My only other major issue is the cheese factor. Obviously this is completely a matter of personal opinion, but I found myself rolling my eyes at the excessive cowboy jokes and innuendoes, as well as some of the internal commentary from Rand and Kai. While I certainly have some issues with the stylistic choices of Cowboys Don’t Come Out, I can’t deny that I liked the characters and story. I remained invested in Kai’s and Rand’s personal situations and romantic connection throughout the book. The narrator uses a good tone and speed and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to listen to him again. I think readers and listeners looking for a sweet romance with likable characters will enjoy this title, I just think that I would read this versus listen to it. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
This was a really neat read. While not extensive or anything, I enjoyed all the Hawaiian culture and everything. I felt very immersed in the atmosphere and like I was a part of the story. Rand has a good, if somewhat empty life, while Kai leads a stressful and secretive one. They bring so much into each other’s lives that I hung on every word just to fully experience their journey. True to form, the author brought forth lovable, endearing characters that I just could not get enough of. The surrounding cast was so essential and fun that I can’t even describe them except to say they alone are worth grabbing this book to meet for yourself. Cowboys Don’t Come Out is an incredibly sweet start to what’s sure to be another great series from Tara Lain. Another must for any genre fan!
m/m Cowboys Don't Come Out by Tara Lain is a sweet tale of two closeted cowboys finding each other. The story is fun and filled with snippets of information about Hawaiian cowboys. There is terrific scenery and the secondary characters are great. The problem is that although Rand is instantly smitten I don’t feel it from Kai. Kai is more like insta lust. Or maybe his fears get in the way. Whatever it is this story while likeable doesn’t have the flow that I usually get from one of Ms. Lains stories. This isn’t a bad story it just isn’t as fantastic as others I’ve read by this author.