Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: KC Kelly
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.
I absolutely loved this book, and I think the narration increased my enjoyment. K.C. Kelly is a favorite narrator of mine, his voice is sort of unique so I’m not sure if he just choses amazing books to read, but I almost always love them. He seemed to slip in and out of Kai’s accent a tad, and sometimes Rand seemed to have a Hawaiian flare, but it didn’t really bother me. He did well with the Hawaiin pronunciations and the Hawaiian characters felt believable. Especially Aliki for some reason!
The kids were a great addition, realistic to their age and an important part of the story without over taking over. I loved them both almost as much as I loved Kai and Rand, so it was totally believable that Rand would fall in love with them too. Aliki s innocent exuberance was infectious, and Lani’s serious soul was heartbreaking.
The progression of their relationship felt realistic wasn’t rushed. Despite being a short time span, it was paced out well and they weren’t spending every second together. The sex, to be honest, was a little awkward. The cowboy joke was funny at first, but I found the dirty talk totally awkward. They were hot together and I believed their chemistry, I was just hoping for a tad more steam, although the second scene was better than that awkward first one.
I do wish that more attention had been paid to the cause for Rands fear of heights. After all that buildup and attention to it, at the end he finally told Kai the reason… and then it’s dropped with very little fanfare. So much time was spent focusing on Kai and the kids, that I wished we had had that for Rand. I wanted him to open up to his mom about, so she could know hm better. Although I did think that was about one of the best coming-out’s I’ve ever read!
Overall it was fun and sweet and well done, I ended up just sitting around the house listening to it and staying up WAY too late! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the audio versions of the rest of this series.