Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/07/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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.
This one took a bit to grow on me, but once I become invested, I loved it. Kai and Rand were great men who grew throughout the story. Their romance felt real and even though there were times I wanted to beat them both for being so obvlious and noncommunicative, their love shone through and left me feeling happy and light.
Kai and his family broke my heart. Their need for love and safety was so tangible it made me want to cry. In fact, when Kai told Rand the he finally felt safe, I cried big ugly tears because I felt his relief! I was so happy for their outcome and I am hoping to see more of them in a sequel? Maybe Danny’s story??? Please???
I also want to mention that this story had a whole host of fantastic supporting characters. Especially the women. They were such strong figures and brought a much needed attitude shift to balance the hopelessness that was often in the forefront. Mrs. O and Lani were amazingly wise, especially Lani, who at 12 was very mature beyond her years. I loved how they were presented and how well developed and well rounded they were. It brought a bit of extra greatness to this tale.
Finally, I loved learning a bit of Hawaiian culture and history. It was fascinating to learn of their cowboy heritage and their language. I had to google quite a bit, but I love learning! I recommend this one to anyone who loves unconventional cowboy stories. It is worth the read.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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