Book Reviews

Cowboys Don't Ride Unicorns (Cowboys Don't 2) by Tara Lain at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-March-2017

Book Blurb

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 on, enough money to make up for some of the education he missed… and, secretly, a beautiful femme who likes 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 the 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.

 

Book Review

“There is something about [being ridden by] a unicorn which is unlike any other experience: exhilarating, and intoxicating, and fine.” ~ Neil Gaiman

After his turbulent past, Danny Boone is content to live an uncomplicated life as a ranch hand and bull rider the rodeo. Danny has a friend with benefits who satisfies his physical needs, but it's nothing near a relationship. Danny has a special taste in men that he figures he will never find. He's resigned to being alone until Laurie, the most beautiful man Danny has ever seen, comes on a vacation at the ranch - unfortunately he also brings Grove, his male companion.

Laurie is exactly the kind of man that the rough and rowdy cowboy is attracted to but, since Laurie isn't free, Danny reigns in his passion. Danny figures Laurie is going to be an empty-headed bit of fluff, but is surprised to find that Laurie is considerate, definitely not delicate, nor is he defenseless. Beneath his outward beauty is a successful, competent, and intelligent man; Laurie is just waiting for someone to see that and Danny fits the bill. The kids decide they want to see Danny ride bulls in the rodeo Laurie is roped into attending  Danny knows it's risky and the chance of him running into trouble is high, but  Danny doesn't want to disappoint anyone and decides to take the chance. The kids and adults are ecstatic when Danny wins, but Laurie is positively traumatized by the whole experience.

Laurie's breakup with Grove throws a lot of things off balance. His parents are counting on him marrying Grove so he can be taken care of and, that as a lawyer, Grove will be able to settle a law suit that will enable his father to continue being head of his business. Everyone is upset with Laurie, but he doesn't care. Laurie has had enough of people telling him what to do. All is not well at his work either. His boss orders him to sign a no-compete clause which Laurie refuses to do, so he quits his job and decides to strike out on his own. The major problem with this is he doesn't have enough money to take that step so Danny offers him a loan with the money he's saved for years to go back to school and buy land to build a house on.

Danny and Laurie are an unlikely pair but they complement each other. Danny has that stubborn macho cowboy act going on and Laurie seems to be charming, demure, and feminine, but underneath both are powerhouses of strength. Neither are to be underestimated. I loved the chemistry between them and the astonishment that came with each disclosure. I enjoyed seeing Kai and Kade and the children again and how they have created a family that includes everyone else on their ranch. Entwined in the drama is also a lesson in not letting your past keep you from being happy in the present. Thanks, Tara, for the angst, sexual tension, intrigue, and for giving Danny and Laurie their chance to be together.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 226 pages/73735 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-March-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cowboys-dont-ride-unicorns-by-tara-lain-8301-b