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.
Cat gives this one 5 Meows with a 5 Purr heat index...
Rand has a comfortable life. At 26 he has built his ranch and business, but one thing is missing. He is lonely. His mother is pressuring him to marry and have her some grandchildren; Rand hasn't the heart to tell her that won't happen. Cowboys can't come out. He would sacrifice his business and perhaps his family. His mother insisted he go on a family holiday to Hawaii. He meets Kai a sexy young cowboy there. But Kai is distant and at times pushes him away. They finally both realize the other is gay, but what is developing is more than sexual attraction.
Kai has more secrets than being gay. The welfare of his half brother and sister is more important than his need for sex, but the sexy cowboy from California pushes too many buttons.
I loved this story. Everything about it. I loved all the characters, Rand, the little old lady he friends on the plane, Rands parents, Kai and Kai's brother and sister. At times I think they steal the book at least, they stole my heart!
There is angst, action, drama, a moment of suspense when Rand has to overcome his fear of heights to save Kai, well there is more suspense, and of course the romance and hot man-sex. If you like cowboys, holiday stories, suspense and a great romance you will love this.. (don't forget cute kids) I highly recommend this for a holiday read or anytime!
Guest post with Author Tara Lain
Let’s Talk about Cowboy Movies –
Let’s Talk about Cowboy Movies –
Hi. I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m so happy to be here with Tammy to share my new release, COWBOYS DON’T COME OUT. This is my first ever cowboy romance, which is surprising because I love cowboys and I love romance. I also love movies and, since the previous statement applies, I love cowboy movies, so I thought I might share a little about some of my favorite cowboy movies of all time. This is in no particular order.
- Hell or High Water – This film was released this year and immediately became an all-time fave of mine. As one critic called it, “a genre film that transcends genre” this story of two brothers getting even with a bank that foreclosed on their mom features a fantastic cast including a virtually mystical performance by Jeff Bridges.
- The Magnificent Seven – I couldn’t wait to see the new version that came out this year starring Denzel Washington and Chris Platt. I wasn’t disappointed. Packed with villains you love to hate, unsurpassed eye candy, and a classic story no one can resist, the seven were really magnificent.
- Silverado – An old film notable for having introduced the world to a charming, snarky and unforgettable Kevin Costner, Silverado has much in common with the Magnificent Seven. In fact, it’s a bit of an homage with it’s taciturn cowboy assembling a misfit group to take out the bad guys, but lets face it, that formula works.
- Heaven’s Gate – Since this is often called one of the biggest film disasters of all time, you might question this choice, but Heaven’s Gate is extraordinary for capturing on film what the American west likely looked and sounded like. Waves of people in beards and babushkas speaking every language in the world push carts across the plains in a virtual Tower of Babel of immigration while the cattlemen pull their guns.
- The Long Riders – In this unique western, director Walter Hill cast brothers to play brothers – James and Stacy Keach playing Jesse and Frank James, the Carradines playing the Youngers, and the Quaids playing the Millers. Like Heaven’s Gate, The Long Riders is extremely authentic in detail and captures the frustration and anger that caused Missouri to be the home of many of the major outlaws of the American west.
- Tombstone – Worth seeing just for Val Kilmer’s amazing performance as Doc Holliday, the film is too long but still exciting from start to finish and packs a real history lesson. I’m your huckleberry.
I know there are great westerns not on the list but that’s because they just aren’t my cup of tea or I forgot them. Check them out and I hope you’ll also check out my new book, Cowboys Don’t Come Out.
What did I expect? Whatever he thought, this wasn’t it. The small living room/dining area/kitchen combo shone so clean and bright, it defied the shabbiness. An old couch had been decorated with a bright throw covered with Hawaiian flower prints, while a couple of chairs stood opposite it, looking comfy if worn. At the center of things, a large table was set for three with mismatched but colorful ceramic dinnerware, and at the stove, wearing shorts, flip-flops, and an apron, stood Kai.
He frowned stormily. “What the hell are you doing here?”
“I brought the kids.” Rand crossed his arms. Not moving.
Kai’s dark eyes flashed at his sister. “Damn it, Lani.”
Rand took a step forward. “Don’t you yell at her because you’re too chicken to face me.”
“Chicken?” He glanced at Lani and Aliki, and his chest expanded with a big breath. “It’s complicated.”
Rand walked to the couch and sat. “I’ve got time to hear all about it.”
Kai huffed and turned back to the great-smelling onions frying in his pan. “Go back to your girlfriend and leave us alone.”
Rand glanced at Lani, who gazed at him like he should do something. “I already explained to Lani and Aliki how sorry I am about breaking up our party unexpectedly. My mom invited Julie, and I was so surprised, I didn’t act appropriately. I apologize.”
Aliki walked over and wrapped his arms around Kai’s waist. “Hey, brah, give the cowboy a break. He’s our friend, right?”
Kai looked down at his brother. Rand tilted his head to see Kai’s expression, and it was—soft. “Yeah, kaikaina, he’s our friend.” Kai looked over Aliki’s head, his face neutral. His chest expanded, contracted, and he said, “You want to stay for lunch, brah?”
Rand nodded. “Yeah. I’d like that. What can I do to help?”
“Maybe Aliki can be persuaded to eat salad if he knows his riding teacher made it?” He held Aliki’s chin and stared into his face. The kid wrinkled his nose and ran to the back of the house. Kai yelled, “Change your clothes and then come back and help.”
Lani had removed her boots and was wiping them with a cloth. “I’ll change too and be right back.” She grinned at Rand and walked out.
Alone—at last. “I really am sorry about yesterday.”
“Nothing to be sorry for. Hell, what you and your folks did for my kids—I can’t even say.” He shook his head, but his eyes never left the pan to which he’d added tomatoes, ground beef, and a bunch of spices that made the whole room fragrant and Rand’s belly rumble.
“I’m talking about you. You and me. I’m sorry for putting you in such a weird position.”
He glanced at Rand, frowned, and lowered his voice. “There’s no ‘you and me.’ You’re a haole tourist, brah, who goes back to his life tomorrow. I’m a brown-skinned dropout with mouths to feed.”
As kicks in the teeth went, that one qualified as pure, fourteen-carat-gold truth.
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 34. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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