Title: Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Cowboys Don’t 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Genre(s): M/M Western/Cowboys
Page Count: 250
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
We met Danny in book 1 of this new series from Tara.
Danny Boone is not your regular rodeo bull rider. He works on the ranch for Rand and Kai. They all have become a family since Rand returned from his vacation with a husband and 2 children. Danny loves what he does but since seeing the happiness his friends have, he wants that for himself. Danny knows he will never find what he is looking for so he settles. Throughout the story we learn more about Danny’s past and why he hides what he wants and does what everyone thinks a cowboy should do. He has one night stands where he tops but he longs for a femme guy who he can bottom for. That is his dream guy but he says that is like finding a unicorn. Hence the book title.
When new guests show up at the ranch. We meet Laurie.
Laurie is as femme as they come on the outside but inside he is all alpha. He shows up at the ranch with his rich boyfriend. The chemistry between Danny and Laurie is instant but since he has a boyfriend there is nothing they can do about it. They flirt with each other and when Laurie’s boyfriend leaves the ranch for work and he leaves him stranded Laurie get mad. He decides to go back home only to find out his boyfriend is up to no good.
Danny goes to drop off luggage left at the ranch and finds out what happened. He feels for Laurie and tries to help him. Needless to say they have a hot night of sex and Danny goes back to the ranch. Danny needs money to buy some land next to Rand and Kai but he invested his savings so he needs to go on the rodeo circut to get more.
I really love the way Tara writes her characters, you feel as if you know them. Her stories always make me smile because I think humor plays a big part in her writing. The angst is low in this one but you still find yourself turning the pages so you find out what happens next with these 2.
Laurie is a great character to read about. He is so opposite of his looks. He is a beautiful femme guy who loves to dress up and strut his stuff. All his life he was told how beautiful he is and to use that to his advantage. Inside he wants to take care of everyone especially his mom and dad who he feels like he owes so he does what he has to do for them until that isnt enough. Laurie wants to find someone to love him for who is is. When he meets Danny he feels that he can be himself with him. He was always thought to be a bottom because of his looks and the way he dresses but he doesnt want that anymore. When Danny and Laurie get together the hotness is off the charts. You can feel the heat between these 2 but they are unable to get it together at first. Reading this story will make you feel like there is someone out there for everyone and that life will throw you curves balls and it is how you deal with them that matters in the end.