A Cowboys Don’t story.
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 on, enough money to make up for some of the education he missed, and, secretly, a beautiful femme who likes 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 the 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.
This story can standalone. Another wonderful romance by Tara Lain. I should mention that there is cheating in the story so if you don’t like it at least you are aware. Personally it depends on the context and in this story I had no problem with it. I loved the sizzle between Danny and Laurie. Danny can’t take his eyes off Laurie when he first sees him at the ranch where he works. There is insta lust but the romance is slow burn. The story works so well turning the usual tough guy / twink pairing on its head. Laurie is a beautifully written femme alpha. He could easily have been a caricature but he’s not, he is strong being who he is. Danny started his life over after nearly losing his life after a homophobic attack. All he wants is land of his own. In the meantime he is a Ranch hand for Rand and Kai from book one. To raise money Danny goes back to the Rodeo and this exposes him to being attacked again. Both Laurie and Danny have to decide what they really want because they come from so different worlds. I enjoyed this story a lot.
KC Kelly has the perfect cowboy voice to narrate this story. His portrayal of Laurie was perfect the drama queen with a heart. Laurie has a breathy sound that suits him especially as Danny describes him as his Marilyn. Danny is the affable cowboy. The side characters are great. I still love his portrayal of hyper Aliki, he’s my favourite.
4.5 of 5 stars