Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
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 an enjoyable story and while I liked it I can’t say it was great. Both Rand and Kai struggle with other people’s perceptions of cowboys and how they live their lives. Their vacation affair becomes much more than they ever expected.
Rand is awesome with kids and gets pulled in by Kai’s siblings as much as he does by Kai. Their affair is kept on the down low but the kids and other friends can see that they care about each other. I could see both of them struggling to come to terms with their feelings but once they did that they had to be willing to open up to those around them. I loved near the end and Rand realized that coming out to those around him was just a small thing compared to what he would do to be in Kai’s and the kids’ lives forever. I definitely look forward to seeing more of the characters from this book.
KC Kelly did a great job narrating this story. I enjoyed listening and was able to keep track of the stories and characters which is always nice. He was able to portray the characters emotions and thoughts in his reading.
Cover art by Reese Dante is wonderful and I think it’s perfect for this story.
Audiobook, 6hrs 50min
Published April 20, 2017 (ebook first published December 7, 2016) by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Cowboys Don’t #1