Cowboys Don't Come Out

Cowboys Don't Come Out

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 Ka...

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Title:Cowboys Don't Come Out
Author:Tara Lain
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Cowboys Don't Come Out Reviews

  • Diverse

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book and I was right. I ended up loving it! Cowboys Don’t Come Out is one of those stories where you know what needs to be done and you wait for the characters to figure it out.

    This is so much more than a romance; it’s a story about family. Kai lives in Hawaii with his brother and sister. He’s sacrificed his whole life for them and harbors so much guilt, sadness, and low self-esteem. He’s gay and so far in the closet he’s living in Narnia.

    Rand is a cowbo

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book and I was right. I ended up loving it! Cowboys Don’t Come Out is one of those stories where you know what needs to be done and you wait for the characters to figure it out.

    This is so much more than a romance; it’s a story about family. Kai lives in Hawaii with his brother and sister. He’s sacrificed his whole life for them and harbors so much guilt, sadness, and low self-esteem. He’s gay and so far in the closet he’s living in Narnia.

    Rand is a cowboy from California. He owns a ranch, has amazing parents, lives with a secret that has pretty much ruled him his whole life. He’s also closeted. But he’s also everything Kai and his siblings need…. Love and a family.

    This story warmed my heart so much. I was crying and smiling and aching. My heart was a mess and the emotional suspense was so well done. Nothing felt dragged. The author’s timing of character discovery and plot were, in my opinion, spot on. There’s depth to this tale and a lesson too. Times are changing but fear doesn’t go away with the passing years.

    Cowboys Don’t Come Out is a story about love being stronger than hate. It can’t erase the past but it can heal your present and smooth out your future. This is a feel good triumphant book and you should absolutely read it!

  • Morgan  Skye

    This was a fast paced, relatively low angst and medium steam-filled romance - with kids and cowboys in Hawaii over the Holidays! So, it's got a little bit of something for everyone.

    The reasons for these guys staying in the closet was reasonable, which I was glad to see, because I was worried about that from the blurb. Kai, especially, I understood as needing to be circumspect in all things. Rand had been hurt - badly - in the past, so I saw his reasoning as well.

    Things moved quickly - you have t

    This was a fast paced, relatively low angst and medium steam-filled romance - with kids and cowboys in Hawaii over the Holidays! So, it's got a little bit of something for everyone.

    The reasons for these guys staying in the closet was reasonable, which I was glad to see, because I was worried about that from the blurb. Kai, especially, I understood as needing to be circumspect in all things. Rand had been hurt - badly - in the past, so I saw his reasoning as well.

    Things moved quickly - you have to put on your "it's fiction" hat and ride it out - else the insta love might be a bit overwhelming.

    While I loved the ending, I did wish I'd gotten to see more of these guys in an actual relationship before they did what they did. The timing was important, I get that, but still... I wanted them to be a couple on page more.

    The kids were cute if COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC. Again, I donned my "it's fiction" hat and just enjoyed them for the roles they played in moving the story forward.

    All in all, if you're looking for something light, sweet, a little sexy and fun. Give this a go! If you're looking for "real" - keep looking.

    4 of 5 stars

    Audio

    I thought KC Kelly was a good choice for the narrator here. He handles the “cowboy” very well and I think he does a great job with the “Hawaiian” as well. His voice is maybe a bit older than I’d imagine, especially for Kai, but all in all that didn’t really affect my enjoyment.

    4.5 of 5 stars for the narration

    If you’re a fan of the author and coming out of the closet stories, this is definitely for you!

    Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Welcome to my stop on the Cowboys Don't Come Out tour! I just love Tara Lain's stories, and this one was no different - prepare to be swooned!

    Cowboys Don't Come Out is such a sweet and tender story! And Lain managed to bring so many truths into it, while using the characters to move the story along, too. Rand and Kai are both cowboys, and they both think they can't let anyone know they're gay - for different reasons. Kai is quite t

    Welcome to my stop on the Cowboys Don't Come Out tour! I just love Tara Lain's stories, and this one was no different - prepare to be swooned!

    Cowboys Don't Come Out is such a sweet and tender story! And Lain managed to bring so many truths into it, while using the characters to move the story along, too. Rand and Kai are both cowboys, and they both think they can't let anyone know they're gay - for different reasons. Kai is quite the mystery, and apart from the fact that he works at the stables at the hotel Rand is spending Christmas in Hawaii, it takes a while for both Rand and the readers to get to know him. There are some amazing dancing scenes as well! The first time Rand and Kai really meet they were having a dance-off in the cowboy bar :D

    Of course, the fact that Rand's mom was ready for him to get married - to a nice girl - and give her grandchildren made for some humorous scenes. Especially as it was evident from the beginning that Rand had fallen hard for Kai! I really enjoyed the interactions between the different characters, as well as some of the one-liners that were delivered at times. Like one guy who said that being gay made it so that other people always thought about their sex-lives...

    I enjoyed both the fact that the story happened in Hawaii, the dancing, the relaxation, and the sweet romance between the guys. And while the story is quite short, and things happen very fast, I still had a great time getting to know Rand and Kai.

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  • Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

    This is the first book I have read by Tara Lain. I was intrigued by the synopsis and not disappointed at all by the the story!

    This one has lots of perks! Single "dad" Kai, looking out for his younger siblings, two hot cowboys with very different personalities, vacation romance, and a blossoming love story even though both Rand and Kai believe the story needs to end in Hawaii.

    The author does a great job setting the scene for the reader. I was immediately sucked into Rand's life and his need to

    This is the first book I have read by Tara Lain. I was intrigued by the synopsis and not disappointed at all by the the story!

    This one has lots of perks! Single "dad" Kai, looking out for his younger siblings, two hot cowboys with very different personalities, vacation romance, and a blossoming love story even though both Rand and Kai believe the story needs to end in Hawaii.

    The author does a great job setting the scene for the reader. I was immediately sucked into Rand's life and his need to please his family. Family is a big theme in this story. Our love and our need to protect bring out the best and the worst in us it seems. I enjoyed all the secondary characters, especially the children. When push comes to shove, it is love that helps us keep everything together.

    Even though, Rand did not think things would work between him and Kai, I was happy to see they came to an understanding. Great vacation read! Looking forward to delving into more stories by this author.

    *Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

  • Sandra

    I absolutely loved this book, and I think

    . K.C. Kelly is a favorite narrator of mine, his voice is sort of unique so I'm not sure if he just choses amazing books to read, but I almost always love them. He seemed to slip in and out of Kai's accent a tad, and sometimes Rand seemed to have a Hawaiian flare, but it didn't really bother me. He did well with the Hawaiin pronunciations and the Hawaiian characters felt believable. Especially Aliki for some reason!

    I absolutely loved this book, and I think

    . K.C. Kelly is a favorite narrator of mine, his voice is sort of unique so I'm not sure if he just choses amazing books to read, but I almost always love them. He seemed to slip in and out of Kai's accent a tad, and sometimes Rand seemed to have a Hawaiian flare, but it didn't really bother me. He did well with the Hawaiin pronunciations and the Hawaiian characters felt believable. Especially Aliki for some reason!

    , realistic to their age and an important part of the story without over taking over. I loved them both almost as much as I loved Kai and Rand, so it was totally believable that Rand would fall in love with them too. Aliki's innocent exuberance was infectious, and Lani's serious soul was heartbreaking.

    The progression of their relationship felt realistic wasn't rushed. Despite being a short time span, it was

    and they weren't spending every second together.

    . The cowboy joke was funny at first, but I found the dirty talk totally awkward. They were hot together and I believed their chemistry, I was just hoping for a tad more steam, although the second scene was better than that awkward first one.

    I do wish that more attention had been paid to the cause for Rands fear of heights. After all that buildup and attention to it, at the end he finally told Kai the reason... and then it's dropped with very little fanfare. So much time was spent focusing on Kai and the kids, that I wished we had had that for Rand. I wanted him to open up to his mom about, so she could know hm better. Although I did think that was about one of the best coming-out's I've ever read!

    Overall it was

    and well done, I ended up just sitting around the house listening to it and staying up WAY too late! I'll definitely keep an eye out for the audio versions of the rest of this series.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    I had high hopes for this book because cowboys, and Hawaiian cowboys (panilolos) at that. Or at least Kai is a paniolo. Rand is just a plain ol' California cowboy who runs his own tourist ranch specializing in horse riding lessons.

    Rand hates leaving his space (and hates flying even more), but when his parents invite him to spend Christmas with them in Hawaii, he feels obliged to go.

    I had high hopes for this book because cowboys, and Hawaiian cowboys (panilolos) at that. Or at least Kai is a paniolo. Rand is just a plain ol' California cowboy who runs his own tourist ranch specializing in horse riding lessons.

    Rand hates leaving his space (and hates flying even more), but when his parents invite him to spend Christmas with them in Hawaii, he feels obliged to go.

    Soon Rand finds himself spending a lot of time with Kai and Kai's two younger siblings, Lani, who's 12, and Aliki, who's 10.

    Kai has been raising the kids on his own and is used to relying on no one but himself. He's prickly and defensive, pushing Rand away even when Rand bends over backwards to help.

    I really like the idea of two closeted cowboys falling in love. I don't mind Insta Love stories when they make me believe. This one didn't, not quite.

    Even the sex scenes felt kind of rushed and mechanical. I can't remember if the two ever kissed. Probably, but I was missing the romance and tenderness.

    Aliki and Lani are sweet kids, but they're a little too perfect, especially Lani who talks like a 30-year-old New Age guru.

    In fact, all the secondary characters in this book are AMAZING: Rand's parents, the wise grandma Rand meets on the plane and her daughter, Rand's ranch hands, Julie (a woman Rand invites dancing who won't go away), Kai's two female friends (who serve as dancing props only, minus the time they're naked on the beach, which WHY?).

    I could have done without the random melodrama. The scene where Kai and Rand have to fight a crazy ex-husband, and Rand ends up saving Kai from falling to certain death was particularly bizarre and seemed to be there solely to show that Rand would risk his life for Kai. Which he totally does, only to have Kai get all pissy and broody. Kai's good at that.

    The HEA is pretty damn sparkling, what with family and togetherness and sacred waterfalls. Also, bamboo forests. (No pandas, though.)

  • Jewel

    2.5 Stars

    I saw

    and immediately thought-- "Hawaiian cowboy and California cowboy? Sign me up!" But...well, it didn't work for me as well as I hoped it would. And that makes me sad, because I think it could have been awesome.

    The story concept, two cowboys who have stayed closeted for whatever reasons, find each other and discover that they can't live without one another, I really really like. And the setting, in Hawaii, appeals to me quite a lot, I mean, why wouldn't it? So,

    2.5 Stars

    I saw

    and immediately thought-- "Hawaiian cowboy and California cowboy? Sign me up!" But...well, it didn't work for me as well as I hoped it would. And that makes me sad, because I think it could have been awesome.

    The story concept, two cowboys who have stayed closeted for whatever reasons, find each other and discover that they can't live without one another, I really really like. And the setting, in Hawaii, appeals to me quite a lot, I mean, why wouldn't it? So, why didn't this story work for me?

    Well, the first half of the book was paced way too slow. All the repetitive inner dialogue, the meddling mom, the distraction of a girl to throw mom off the trail...all that just about killed me. The second half of the book was, in some respects, better for me, but then we get not one, but two huge doses of melodrama. Just when I was enjoying things, too. And they just seemed so pointless, and seemed to serve only to add conflict, where there was already plenty with said stubborn cowboys. And that doesn't even address the insta-love and the wrap up - which was way too much way too fast.

    There was potential here, but for me, that potential wasn't met. You might like the story better, though, so if the blurb appeals to you and you like this author, give it a try. Even though it didn't work well for me, it might be better for you.

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  • BWT (Belen)

    I was excited for this but, to be honest, just didn't feel like the story on the whole worked for me.

    I knew from the blurb that the relationship would move quickly, and I understood it would be insta-love, which requires really good writing or the ability of the reader to suspend disbelief...but it moved at such a breakneck pace that I felt like the chemistry between the characters never really developed. Even the sex scenes, to me, didn't really convey more than getting off.

    I suppose part of t

    I was excited for this but, to be honest, just didn't feel like the story on the whole worked for me.

    I knew from the blurb that the relationship would move quickly, and I understood it would be insta-love, which requires really good writing or the ability of the reader to suspend disbelief...but it moved at such a breakneck pace that I felt like the chemistry between the characters never really developed. Even the sex scenes, to me, didn't really convey more than getting off.

    I suppose part of the problem for me with the story was that both characters are deeply closeted and I never really got a good sense why. For me to sympathize with a closeted character I

    to know

    they feel they can't come out. Is it because they fear disownment, harassment, retribution, abuse? I never got a clear understanding why either Rand or Kai were closeted and hiding by dating women. That just never came clear for me. Then, it was exasperated by when they

    finally come out and there's no backlash or problem whatsoever.

    The story moved quickly and there was quite a bit of melodrama in the second half to spice things up and keep things moving. Most of the characters were overall likable, even Kai who was a bit Sybil-prickly throughout the story, but came around by the end.

    Overall the story was enjoyable, but my suspension of disbelief didn't really stick.

  • Sara

    So this one didn’t work for me.

    I am usually a sucker for the closeted MC and when you have two, well color this ginger happy because it’s double the swoon… but it wasn’t.

    For me, when a character is so deep in the closet as both Rand and Kai are, I need to know why. I need to know so I can be on the journey with them to coming out. But I never got the depth of need for either of them to hide in this and with that, never came the chance for me to feel any emotion for either of the men.

    Ra

    So this one didn’t work for me.

    I am usually a sucker for the closeted MC and when you have two, well color this ginger happy because it’s double the swoon… but it wasn’t.

    For me, when a character is so deep in the closet as both Rand and Kai are, I need to know why. I need to know so I can be on the journey with them to coming out. But I never got the depth of need for either of them to hide in this and with that, never came the chance for me to feel any emotion for either of the men.

    Rand, doesn’t make sense. Like, ever to me. When someone has as much internal dialogue as he does, I expect to get to know him but I don’t ever think Rand got to know himself. I will never understand why he even went on this forced family holiday with his parents when he is a grown man who runs his own business. The vacation felt like one a teen would be forced to take and beg his parents for a private room so he could feel more adult but Rand, seems to have regressed to a child when he is around his parents. It’s bizarre and then there is his leading so many women on by dating them or pretending to like them because he needs to. Um, dude. I get you are gay and closeted but being a total dick to women and using them to make you feel better about not telling your parent’s you like men, is unacceptable.

    But then there is Kai whose POV randomly shows up at 30% and… I dunno. I lived on Maui (Upcountry in Pukalani, just across the highway from Makawao and where the ranches/cowboys are) and knew a lot of gay men out there and there wasn’t a big deal about it even way back when I lived there. Not gay men or women so the fact that Kai is so closeted, again, made zero sense. Yes, I know every situation is different but that just confused me.

    Ugh.

    The whole repetitious “Cowboy’s Don’t Come Out” deal and the comparison to Brokeback Mountain that kept coming up, just rubbed me the wrong way. The men acted juvenile to me with how they approached one another. That first “I know he is gay!” moment with the flashlights was on the side of ridiculous. Good lord. The sex was really bizarre and not sexy to me at all and that end… really? They are in the closet for how long and when they come out it’s just ‘oh, cool! You wanna sandwich?” deal. No drama, no hate no… nothing so WHY were they so in the closet.

    The drama with Kai’s siblings at the end was way OTT and I won’t even go into it. I mean you ask but don’t say anything and then you are all “Oh yeah. Totes dude.” I just… I’m done.

    Me and this book, we did not get along. Not even island nostalgia could save this one.

  • Jenni Lea

    Wait. Hold on just a dadgum minute here.

    This book is about a cowboy named Rand?

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