Title: Cowboy’s Don’t Ride Unicorns
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Cowboy’s Down’t #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Genre(s): M/M Western/Cowboys
Page Count: 226
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.
I’ve just finished this book and literally have a huge smile on my face – I love when the ending to a story gives me a wee warm glow.
This is not the first TL book I’ve read and it won’t be the last. There’s something so engaging about the way these stories are written that draws you in and keeps you wanting to know more. It makes the reader wish they were there to see the places that are being described and you want to meet the colourful characters that star in these books. So easy to read and always perfectly paced so you’re not bored and wishing something would hurry up and happen.
Here we meet Danny, working on a guest ranch and living each day taking care of the horses and the holidaymakers who arrive for the horse riding and to get that ranch experience. Living under an assumed name to hide from an incredibly homophobic father, he lives a quiet life and avoids competitive bull riding in the hopes of avoiding coming face to face with the man who previously tried to kill him. Life is quiet, he’s saving his money to hopefully have his own ranch one day and his wish would be to find his perfect partner. As a cowboy, he’s expected to do the macho thing and be a top but he secretly wants to meet a femme who will take charge of him. Enter stage right…… Lawrie. With his beautiful long hair, he looks like he is used to the finer things in life and unfortunately for Danny, he has a very rich boyfriend. They’re from different worlds and really, there’s no competition. Or is there?
It took me a long time to warm to Laurie. He’s not just a whole bunch of contradictions, he’s the extremes of every personality type going and I found him really difficult to get a handle on. Danny, on the other hand, is just such a simple, lovely character and you can’t help but want him to find his elusive unicorn.
Further into the book, Laurie really comes into his own and we start to see the real him and not the character he tries to be for his overly demanding mother, his weak father and his manipulative boyfriend. I think I almost fell for him as much as Danny did. I love the HEA that these men are given and am sad their story is over. This is a great book and I’d happily read on to find out more about the other characters.