Cowboys Don't Samba

Cowboys Don't Samba

A Cowboys Don’t StoryMaury Garcia’s one of the greatest bull riders in the world—and one of the biggest liars. Can he turn forbidden love with a rodeo rookie into a lasting romance? Ever since his brother was killed because he was gay, Maury’s worked to take his brother’s place as the bull rider, the provider, and the ideal of his family’s macho expectations. The only thin...

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Title:Cowboys Don't Samba
Author:Tara Lain
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Cowboys Don't Samba Reviews

  • Donna

    Cowboys Don't Samba is a heart wrenching story about a professional bull rider raised in a macho Latin culture home afraid to love the man he’s come to know also raised that he can’t be gay even though he most definitely is. They can take everything a two thousand pound bull throws at them but disappointing their family and PBRA fans is something they just can’t do. This is a sweet and touching story that will fill your heart and leave you with a smile.

  • Lena Grey

    “There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” ~ Judith Naught

    Maury Garcia, of ‘Cowboys Don’t Samba’ by Tara Lain, lives by the motto of “family first”. He works hard to provide for his mom and siblings, participa

    “There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” ~ Judith Naught

    Maury Garcia, of ‘Cowboys Don’t Samba’ by Tara Lain, lives by the motto of “family first”. He works hard to provide for his mom and siblings, participating in the dangerous but, if you are good enough, lucrative sport of bull riding. Maury has fought hard to work his way up to the top of the heap. Although he has lots of fame, fans, and the respect of fellow riders, he has a lonely, unfulfilling personal life. He’s had a few dalliances with men but has mostly been with women because it’s easier. Maury has never been attracted enough to a man to consider himself gay, that is, until he meets Tristão Silva, a rookie bull rider and younger brother of one of his most hostile competitors. From the way Tristão makes him feel, Maury senses that he will be a challenge in more than just the rodeo events.

    At first Maury is wary of the attractive young man, mostly because of who he is. He is afraid that Tristão will be just like his obnoxious, belligerent brother. Maury soon finds that Tristão is a gentle, kind soul who, although is very skilled, bull riding is not his first occupational choice. Tristão is gay but has never told anyone. The repercussions in his macho family would be devastating if not dangerous. He too is bound by the opinions of his family. Against all odds, they are thrown together time after time. Eventually they begin to explore their sexuality and their feelings for one another grow stronger. Being together seems impossible – Tristão and Maury have family obligations that seem ironclad, but the longing the two men have for each other is almost unbearable. Somehow, there has to be a way to get around the roadblocks and find a way to be together.

    Tara has written an awesome story about two amazing men. I loved Tristão and Maury. They had such a sense of responsibility and integrity. Yet they were strong enough to fight to keep what was good in their lives and leave behind what wasn’t. It was good to visit with the characters from the other ‘Cowboys Don’t’ stories, all of whom overcame difficult obstacles in order to be themselves and live the lives they deserved. Thanks, Tara, fo,r once again, giving two wonderful, unique men their happily ever after.

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  • Joscelyn Smith

    Maury and Tristeo were such great characters, I loved that they chose to defy family expectations in order to grab love by the horns.

    Choosing to be true to themselves in such a macho environment to a hell of a lot of inner strength, I was rooting for them all the way. A very enjoyable read.

    *I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*

  • Elle

    What a wonderful story, full of heartache turning to joy. I liked both MCs, neither Maury or Tristeo were perfect, and both had their own insecurities. I loved the way their characters were developed by the author, both were much stronger by the end of the book, stopped allowing themselves to be manipulated, and were totally honest about who and what they are.

    As with the majority of Ms Lain's books, the dialogue is spot on, what's also great is that there are no long run-on internal monologues.

    What a wonderful story, full of heartache turning to joy. I liked both MCs, neither Maury or Tristeo were perfect, and both had their own insecurities. I loved the way their characters were developed by the author, both were much stronger by the end of the book, stopped allowing themselves to be manipulated, and were totally honest about who and what they are.

    As with the majority of Ms Lain's books, the dialogue is spot on, what's also great is that there are no long run-on internal monologues. The dialogue also served to reflect the growth of the characters, in both self and confidence.

    Ultimately, it's a great story about a good person finally getting a win and two people whose differences are incredibly complementary. Overall, a great reminder of being with the one you love is enough to help you ignore the opinions of outsiders.

    A good addition to the series, it was lovely to once again meet characters from the earlier books. Highly recommended. Ms Lain at her best.

  • Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms

    TLain always explores different social/religious constructs which create prejudice and other issues that gay men must face. In

    , she takes on

    - that culture of how masculinity is defined by Mexican and Latino societies. And she does it with aplomb. I was impressed with how she wove it into the story as well as how she ultimately allowed her characters to live life as determined by them because LOVE IS LOVE.

    Full review coming...

    **I received an eARC from the publisher

    TLain always explores different social/religious constructs which create prejudice and other issues that gay men must face. In

    , she takes on

    - that culture of how masculinity is defined by Mexican and Latino societies. And she does it with aplomb. I was impressed with how she wove it into the story as well as how she ultimately allowed her characters to live life as determined by them because LOVE IS LOVE.

    Full review coming...

    **I received an eARC from the publisher. This did not affect my rating and my review is provided voluntarily.**

  • Cathy Brockman

    This is one of my favorite western/rodeo series. The cover is beautiful! I loved Cowboys Don’t Come Out and Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns. I have been waiting for more in the series and this one didn’t disappoint.

    Maury is on top of the charts and destined to be World Champion. He is reaching his peak in years though and with his best friend Danny coming out and marrying his lover, working with Rand and Kai another loving gay couple, he longs for more. He feels he can never have it since he is sure

    This is one of my favorite western/rodeo series. The cover is beautiful! I loved Cowboys Don’t Come Out and Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns. I have been waiting for more in the series and this one didn’t disappoint.

    Maury is on top of the charts and destined to be World Champion. He is reaching his peak in years though and with his best friend Danny coming out and marrying his lover, working with Rand and Kai another loving gay couple, he longs for more. He feels he can never have it since he is sure his older brother’s death was no accident and his uncles had something to do with it. When he finds out his youngest brother is gay, he fears for Antonio. His rival with Silva gets worse on tour and when he meets the youngest Silva, Tristao, staying in the closet may e harder than he thought.

    I loved all these characters especially Tristao. I liked getting to meet Danny, Laury and Rand and Kai again too.

    The storyline is good too. I didn’t want to put the book down once I started. I have to say I would have loved to seen that Samba scene!

    You could read this as a standalone, but with as much as Danny, Laury, Rand and Kai are in it, you may want to read the first two, so you understand those characters and get a better grasp of the story.

    If you like Cowboys, Rodeos, interesting characters, age gap, family rivalries, and a hot romance this is for you!

  • Calila

    So I really mostly like this romance. I have a few quibbles. I really liked Maury...he was kind of stuck between a rock and hard place, but I get why he didn't really stand up sooner. Though I wish he had. And I wish his family issues were more resolved. He takes a stand. Ties are cut. But it felt a bit incomplete to me. I think I wanted more definitive answers about his brother who died. Also, just as a general since I'm talking about his family, but r

    So I really mostly like this romance. I have a few quibbles. I really liked Maury...he was kind of stuck between a rock and hard place, but I get why he didn't really stand up sooner. Though I wish he had. And I wish his family issues were more resolved. He takes a stand. Ties are cut. But it felt a bit incomplete to me. I think I wanted more definitive answers about his brother who died. Also, just as a general since I'm talking about his family, but really both MCs families...I am a bit uncomfortable with the way the cultural aspects are handled. Some of the ways Latinxs were portrayed just left me cringing. Raging homicidal homophobes, drunks, controlling, etc. Very cliched IMO. Tristao was a great character, like Maury he was struggling with family expectations vs who he wants to be. I really liked that they came from similar backgrounds so they had the same struggle and outlook, it was nice they had that understanding and lack of judgment of each other. I wish more of his personal resolutions with his family happened on page and from his POV. I also wish the romance had developed more or faster or something. I feel like Maury/Tris (as Maury calls him) didn't actually have that much on page time together. I don't know if that's factual or just how I feel but it's where I am. But those quibbles aside, I found the time Maury and Tris did spend together really sweet and nice. I loved Maury's relationship with Antonio, his brother, again I wish more had been on the page. I loved seeing the guys from the previous books again. I was happy with Maury and Tris' happily ever after, which is really all you can ask for.

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    4.5 stars

    *I received a free copy of Cowboys Don't Samba from the author. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

    Cowboys Don't Samba took a little while to take off for me, but once it did - it really did. Maury was living with his doubts, his fears, and his confusion. And until he met Tristao, he didn't even think he'd ever find happiness. Lain managed to make most of the macho bull-riders in this story understand that love is love. And that it's nobody's business

    4.5 stars

    *I received a free copy of Cowboys Don't Samba from the author. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

    Cowboys Don't Samba took a little while to take off for me, but once it did - it really did. Maury was living with his doubts, his fears, and his confusion. And until he met Tristao, he didn't even think he'd ever find happiness. Lain managed to make most of the macho bull-riders in this story understand that love is love. And that it's nobody's business what a couple does when they're alone.

    I especially enjoyed that even if both of the men's families appeared to be against them, the men still found it in them to fight for love and happiness.

    Well written, in third person point of view, Cowboys Don't Samba made me really happy, and I truly enjoyed the story.

  • Emily Seelye

    In this, 2 Latino & Hispanic bull riders fall in love.

    Growing up in the macho culture, neither man is comfortable with their sexuality, and is afraid of the consequences of coming out. Past experience shows Maury it’s not a good idea.

    When they meet, Maury and Tristeo have a connection they can’t deny. How can they be together without disappointing their families and continue in their chosen profession?

    I loved this. Being true to yourself is a main theme of this book, and as this is the th

    In this, 2 Latino & Hispanic bull riders fall in love.

    Growing up in the macho culture, neither man is comfortable with their sexuality, and is afraid of the consequences of coming out. Past experience shows Maury it’s not a good idea.

    When they meet, Maury and Tristeo have a connection they can’t deny. How can they be together without disappointing their families and continue in their chosen profession?

    I loved this. Being true to yourself is a main theme of this book, and as this is the third book, they have supportive role models in the other couples.

    I don’t know much about bull riding, but this seems to accurately portray the sport.

    Highly recommended

    *I received an ARC

  • books are love

    Received in exchange for a honest review.

    Tristao- love him his family not so much. His family his horrendous...Well most of his family is..Tristao comes onto the bull riding scene and isn’t like others. He is definitely not mean and spitefullike his brother. Tristao respects those riders around him and doesn’t judge them as well. He is smart and kind as well. He has the weight on his shoulders though with his family expectations.

    Maury- such a great character. He, like Tristao, is a family man.

    Received in exchange for a honest review.

    Tristao- love him his family not so much. His family his horrendous...Well most of his family is..Tristao comes onto the bull riding scene and isn’t like others. He is definitely not mean and spitefullike his brother. Tristao respects those riders around him and doesn’t judge them as well. He is smart and kind as well. He has the weight on his shoulders though with his family expectations.

    Maury- such a great character. He, like Tristao, is a family man. He is loyal to them and loves his family deeply. He supports them and takes care of them. Even the hateful ones. This wasn’t something he knew though. He didn’t realize his mom took care of his uncle through him. I love how Maury is introspective and kind. How he doesn’t judge or look down on people. He is supportive and understanding. His interactions with his brother is awesome and how he protects him and brings him to a environment where he feels safe and can grow. And boy does he...

    Maury has friends that are amazing and kind. They support each other and love one another like family. We see Maury with them and you can’t help but smile. Maury on the bull riding circuit is well respected. He is kind of a role model in his attitude and professionalism. He is successful as well and it is this that keeps his family supported. Meeting Tristao does have him in knots though The attraction and chemistry between them is felt from the beginning.

    When these two end up at Maury’s friends ranch we see them explore this attraction and wow..They really belong together. They understand one another and support each other. They learn about one another and gain strength from each other. Only we see fear take hold at one point and decisions must be made. Maury steps up and in a big way. It’s a swooning moment...He is like the prince saving his prince from the evil..only the evil is his stupid family. And while he is at it, Maury saves the day with his brother again and stands up to his family. He shows us how brave and amazing he is.

    The story is fun and entertaining. We see growth of characters, loyalty in friendship and love of family. We see two people fight against all that weighs them down for one another and the chance to be who they are meant to be and to be together. We see friendships that are strong and supportive and these friendships help this couple find their way back to each other...Well that and Maury’s awesome gestures.... A wonderful story that has you smile and root for these two the whole way through.

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