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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: April 20, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072292DK3
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Now, being an island girl who speaks the language, these details bother me more than the average reader who knows none of what I've pointed out. That said, Hawaiians would stand on par with my position that if you're gonna write about and insert language and customs of a native people, you need to be accurate. Therefore, the storyline itself was great, but the boo-boos lowered the star rating for me...
I didn't expect any of the plot, characters, romance or danger from the first 10% of the book, and then I sort of figured out where it was going. So what, I had fun getting there and except for a serious and dangerous episode, so did the rest of the cast.
You will like this one if you give it a chance after Rand meets up with his parents at the resort--at which point I was a bit bored. After that, you will enjoy your ride. Giddyapp, brah!
Rand McInyre loves his parents and wants to make them happy. Unfortunately, that includes pretending to like women and someday settling down and providing them with grandchildren. Rand hates lying to them and is tired of pretending. When his parents ask him to go on a vacation with them, Rand reluctantly agrees, looking forward to being away for a while. Little does he know that life is taking him not only to Hawaii but toward truth.
Rand tries to tell himself that he's happy being a cowboy, owning his own ranch, and teaching riding lessons. But he's lonely. Yet Rand knows what is going to satisfy him is the one thing he's forbidden himself from having—a loving relationship with another man. Rand's vacation with his parents should be a time of relaxation, time to unwind and forget his troubles; until Rand goes with a new friend to a local Western bar and starts an unscheduled dance competition with Kai, a handsome man with coal-black hair, flashing eyes, and the coolest exterior Rand has ever seen. It's like dancing with the devil as they try to outdo each other on the dance floor. Rand knows he's trouble from the moment he sees Kai but he's just too mysterious, too intriguing to ignore.
Kai has been on guard for a long time, doing nothing to draw attention to his situation as caregiver to his younger siblings. It's a small miracle no one has caught on to the fact that he's doing it alone. Kai is afraid that the children will be taken away if the truth comes out. Kai has always known that he is gay and is strongly attracted to Rand. Even when they become involved, his reactions are not those of a caring lover. Kai is afraid if he lets go, he will never be in control again. Kai clings to this state of mind so firmly that he is willing to lose Rand rather than admit that he wants to be with him. Rand goes back to his ranch in California with a sore heart, knowing that life without Kai will never be good enough.
Tara's stories always involve so much emotion with great character development that I usually like her men immediately. This didn't happen with Rand and Kai. I came to appreciate Rand as the story went on; I never warmed up to Kai. I understood that he'd lived on the edge for a long time and had so much responsibility at such a young age and it had taken its toll, but I still wanted to smack him. It made me incredibly sad that he couldn't reach through his fear to accept what Rand was offering him.
If you like stories about hot, gay cowboys who can dance, ride horses, and each other, then you may enjoy this story. Thanks, Tara, for the cowboy history lesson and for the happy ending.
Originally published at Rainbow Book Reviews.