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Title: Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Cowboys Don’t, Book #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 22, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance/Cowboys
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.
I haven’t read the previous book in this series, so it’s safe to say that this one can be read as a stand alone. I usually don’t read a lot of books that have a femme/flamboyant hero, because I am much more into the whole big bad alpha thing.
What I do love, however, are cowboys…they are my kryptonite.
Danny is a ranch hand at a dude ranch, which is owned by Rand (book 1). He used to be a famous bull rider in the past, but his dad put a stop to that, in a very cruel way. Danny changed his name and even though, he still rides on rodeo’s from time to time, to make some money…
…he tries to stay as far away from his past as he can.
Danny also has a very specific preference, when it comes to his romance/sex life. He loves flamboyant men, but he loves it even, more when they top him. Finding such a mystical unicorn isn’t very easy, though.
Until one day, such a rare unicorn walks into the ranch as a guest…. Danny feels an immediate attraction towards the flamboyant man. There is only one problem. Laurie didn’t come alone, he is with his boyfriend. His very rich boyfriend.
While Danny is trying to outrun his past, Laurie is struggling with his future.
He wants to do right by his parents and he knows his boyfriend could be a big help, but shouldn’t his feelings matter. He knows Grove is not the man for him. What he really wants is a go at that cowboy.
Luckily for both of them, he gets that chance …
“Hang on. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride”.
But what will happen when Danny is confronted with his past and Laurie’s future gets in the way….
This book was heavy on the insta-love, I would have liked it more if the two of them would have gotten to know each other a bit better. I also would have liked to read more about Danny and his father. The situation between them was quite volatile and it was fixed a bit too fast and easy for my taste.
Still ..it was a very nice read, even though my preference for alpha men has not changed.
In the end, I am happy that Danny found his unicorn….
“Everyone knows it takes a real cowboy to ride a unicorn”.
Exposed wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.
Some bits I liked, others not so much.
It took me a while to grasp what wasn’t working for me, but by the end of it, it was clear.
Greg’s character (Daddy) brought to the story a heavy and traumatic baggage from his past.
The author exposes Greg’s broken side, his vulnerability, insecurities, and fears of leading a dominant relationship again. Add to all that, an extra and new aggravating factor: an age gap of 20 years. Greg was scared and thus always holding something back, when the other part, Emyr, wanted to get into this shite heads in!
This combo wasn’t appealing to me.
It was like throwing a damp towel on all my dirty expectations. You have a kink? Daddy kink? whatever kink? Own your shit.
Sometimes, a bit of depth and angst mixed with kink works for me. This time, it failed.
I am sure this will work brilliantly for some readers. I for one was looking for something more shameless.
There is a note to the reader at the start of this book, from the Author.I’m only going to quote her final words and hopefully, that will be enough to convince anyone to read this amazing book.
No one will die in this book.You will not journey with Landon to his end.Instead, you will walk beside him and watch him live.
I knew reading this would be painful for me as someone very close to me had the exact same illness Landon has.I knew all those memories would come flooding back and they did but I wouldn’t have missed reading this for anything.
Landon is 26 and has a terminal illness.
He’s working his way through his bucket list and while he’s in China he meets Abel. Abel is like a breath of fresh air….he’s pushy but so endearing. Landon is happy in his own company, he’s resigned to the fact he can’t let anyone get close to him.
But Abel has other ideas…
After their initial encounter they bump into each other again and no matter how hard he tries Landon can’t seem to deter Abel.One of the things on his bucket list is to have sex with a stranger so Landon thinks why not?
It was only supposed to be a one night stand…
Landon and Abel are two of the most engaging characters I’ve read about and together they are perfect.
I had a lump in my throat more than once reading this.
Every happy moment.
Every sad moment.
The message is a strong one and it’s so beautifully written.
Life is for living!
Take every moment, and if you’re lucky enough to find that special person to share it with-grasp it with both hands and don’t let go.
“I love you, Abel, as much as you’ve made this harder on me, you’ve made my life a million times brighter.No regrets, okay?”
This book ended with hope for me.
Hope, that these two amazing men get to share their lives'(however short) together.
Landon and Abels’ story is just beautiful.
A copy of No Regrets was given to me by Nicky James for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, is happy to introduce a new Wicked Horse club in Las Vegas and you’re cordially invited to attend the grand opening…
As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up.
Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed.
As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett heats up Sin City when the Wicked Horse comes to Las Vegas. Stop by and visit the Wicked Horse Vegas to fulfill your Wicked Wish and to make your darkest desires reality.
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.
Can Oliver and Sebastian help each other embrace who they are? Or will a cruel twist of fate end their journey before it’s even begun?
Angie at Wicked Reads ~ “Very heartwarming story, the banter between these guys is so sweet. I can’t say enough about this book to do it justice, just read it, you will love it.”
Beverly at Southern Babes Book Blog ~ “Sebastian and Oliver’s story is beautiful and heartbreaking… These two amazing men are trying to figure out who they really are and together they figure out that they can do anything.”
Jodi at Alpha Book Club ~ “Oliver’s story will make you cry and stand up and cheer for how strong of a human being he is… Loved this story and would recommend to anyone.”
MJ at Alixzia Reading Corner ~ “I ache and bleed with this book for every page turned! Highly recommend!”
Deanna at Two Chicks Obsessed ~ “This might be my new favorite Nicola Haken book. Broken nearly broke me, thus becoming my favorite; but this one left me far more emotional and thoughtful. I think it’s taken the crown.”