Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: A Cowboy’s Secret
AUTHOR: Carol Lynne
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2017
Will Lex be willing to sacrifice his long-held secrets for true love?
Nick Barker was thrilled. A summer working on his college roommate’s family ranch was a dream come true for a veterinary student. He didn’t anticipate his reaction to his best friend and roommate’s father, though.
Lex Whitefeather hired his son Sam’s best friend for the summer. He figured he’d be generous and help the kid out. He wasn’t expecting the young Adonis who stepped off the plane. Nick Barker was no kid. Years of repressed sexual desires rose to the surface that summer.
When Lex and Nick finally come together and admit their feelings, Lex is plagued by guilt. He’s not “out” to his family and friends. Lex pushes Nick away with his unwillingness to open up to his family.
A few years later, Nick is back on the ranch…
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
I hate reviews like this. I really wanted to like this story, and in some ways I did, but overall, A Cowboy’s Secret did not work for me.
The concept was a good one. I loved the age gap and the cowboy in the closet trope because it had so much promise for character growth and plot development. Both main characters were likable and I connected with them as people.
But this story fell into the trap of tell not show. The design was one where everything happened off page (except for the sex of course) and the dialogue between the characters was left to fill in the gap. So there were all of these scripted and awkward conversations that told me what happened and how I was supposed to feel about it. Only I didn’t feel anything about it. This whole story was a dry and rather detached telling of a story that had so much potential.
And the angst could have been well done, but instead everything was drama and heartache that was easily resolved with a conversation. Everything turned out utterly perfect and then the story was just over. It was too short and too rushed and overall felt like an outline of something bigger.
I want to say I recommend this one, but I can’t. This is not a prime example of this author’s writing ability and I suggest you give something else from her a try. This one needs more development.