Saturday, March 25, 2017

Random Review: Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain #Review #Giveaway

Author: Tara Lain
Book: Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns
Series: Cowboys Don't #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: March 22, 2017
Length: 226 page

Reviewed by Meredith


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 house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.

Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like 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 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.

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This is book two in Tara Lain’s Cowboy’s Don’t series. The previous book was about Rand and Kai and we are dealing with a whole new duo in this one! Cowboy’s Don’t Ride Unicorns is absolutely a standalone and doesn’t require you to read book one to understand anything.

Danny works for Rand and Kai on their ranch and he has quite the sad and violent past.  He also has big dreams about a small life. You can feel the longing as you read this character. He has a “type” and there’s nothing wrong with that. Being a big bad bull rider once upon a time, and surviving a homophobic father who stole all his money and nearly killed him, Danny’s dreams feel like just that…dreams.

Laurie is pretty much everything Danny craves. When we meet him he’s in a relationship and has his boyfriend with him on this vacation. I have to say, I wondered how the author was going to work this. Laurie is beautiful. He is the femme unicorn Danny has longed for and a power top to boot! Laurie is super unhappy in his current relationship. He has an awful mother and is so stuck in his occupation. He needs more.

There’s some issues with cheating that this book touches on that in a small way made me have sort of an icky feeling about Laurie. I felt that he really needed to deal with his current relationship before anything with Danny and that left me with a bad taste in my mouth toward the character. But there are cheaters and redeemers in this world so I didn’t feel it took me out of the story too much to hope for Laurie and Danny.

It is a sweet story with a lot of self-discovery and making dreams come true. Though I loved book one better I found this one to be enjoyable and entertaining.


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