Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Cowboy’s Don’t Come Out
SERIES: Cowboy’s Don’t #1
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
NARRATOR: K.C. Kelly
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 50 minutes
RELEASE DATE: Avril 20, 2017
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.
I read this one first when it came out in book format and really fell in love with the characters. So when it came out in audio format, I had to have it as well. When I read it the first time, it took a bit to grow on me, but having already experienced it, that was not the case the second time around. I was invested from the get go and was excited to see if there were things I may have missed the first time around.
Again, 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. Kai’s relief when Rand granted that safety flowed from my speakers and it really captured my heart. I was so happy with how these men ended up.
It bears mentioning yet again 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 and well worth the listen.
K.C. Kelly is not always my favorite narrator, but when he is good, he is good and I felt he nailed this story. He read the characters so well with good accents and their personalities were very evident. He really brought out the overall tone and the emotions shone through. He brought this one to life for me.