Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: K.C. Kelly
Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.
Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker.
Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend.
But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.
I didn’t quite get as emotionally invested in these guys as I did with Kai and Rand in Cowboys Don’t Come Out, but it was a great continuation to the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It takes place mostly on Rand’s ranch, so we get to revisit our whole cast of characters including Aliki and Loni. I liked Danny a lot, he was sweet and genuine, and completely relatable.
Danny and Laurie had good chemistry, without it feeling skeevy like they were cheating. I was worried about that when I read the description. But rest assures, it’s mostly innocent. They get along well and form a friendship, despite seemingly being very different. Despite things happening over a short period of time, it felt like they were both aware of things moving quickly and giving the appropriate weight to important decisions.
There was one stupid miscommunication, that seemed beneath the author. I specifically remember being happy in book 1 that they didn’t try any cheap tricks like that. But it’s over relatively quickly, and they do finally use their words like big boys.
The sex in this series is not what draws me in, it tends to happen later in the books, so it’s really the relationship development and characters that do all the work. I like the role reversal from what we expect (the femme being the top and the butch being the bottom) and that’s what makes the sex scenes good, but other than that they don’t do a ton for me. There’s some stilly dirty talk, as in book 1, but here I sorta appreciated it and was just happy the characters were happy.
K.C. Kelly did a great job with the narration as usual. All of his MC’s that I’ve read have unique voices without sounding like caricatures. H’s an auto-buy for me and I think listening to this series has increased my enjoyment. Not sure if there will be more (we weren’t really introduced to any possible new MC’s), but I’ll definitely grab them if there are!