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 was a fast paced, relatively low angst and medium steam-filled romance – with kids and cowboys in Hawaii over the Holidays! So, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone.
The reasons for these guys staying in the closet was reasonable, which I was glad to see, because I was worried about that from the blurb. Kai, especially, I understood as needing to be circumspect in all things. Rand had been hurt – badly – in the past, so I saw his reasoning as well.
Things moved quickly – you have to put on your “it’s fiction” hat and ride it out – else the insta love might be a bit overwhelming.
While I loved the ending, I did wish I’d gotten to see more of these guys in an actual relationship before they did what they did. The timing was important, I get that, but still… I wanted them to be a couple on page more.
The kids were cute if COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC. Again, I donned my “it’s fiction” hat and just enjoyed them for the roles they played in moving the story forward.
All in all, if you’re looking for something light, sweet, a little sexy and fun. Give this a go! If you’re looking for “real” – keep looking.
4.25 of 5 stars
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