(Cowboys Don't Series, Bk 3)
When an American bull riding champion meets a Brazilian rookie the results are one hot samba.
Maury 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 thing Maury’s ever done for himself is buy a secret ranch so he can get away from the responsibilities he’s chained himself to. Then he meets Tristão Silva, the younger brother of the one man who could rob Maury of his bull riding championship.
Tristão may be a world-class bull rider in his own right, but his kind, gentle nature and sexy samba hips make Maury long for something beyond his selfless, sexless life. The two men’s lives are worlds apart, even if they’re both buckling under family expectations. Will their future last beyond an eight-second ride?
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About the Author
About the Author
Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters – and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara shares this passion in her best-selling stories that star her unique, charismatic heroes — the beautiful boys of romance — and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey and her soulmate dog decided they wanted less cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zoeys, and her readers. She also loves to hear from you.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Cowboys Don’t Samba by Tara Lain showcases bull rider Maury Garcia, who not only has to deal with the challenges of the enormous animals he has to conquer in 8-second encounters, but must find a way to be himself in a homophobic professional and personal culture. Discovering his biggest rival’s younger brother, Tristao Silva, is not only a competitor in the sport but is a threat to his precariously balanced personal life may be just the thing he needs to shake him out of his rut, if he can avoid the fate of his late older brother.
This adult contemporary gay romance is part of the entertaining ‘Cowboys Don’t’ series that features men dealing with the very macho environment that tends to be very gay-unfriendly. Both Maury and Tris have to combat not only the cowboy culture but also their respective ethnic expectations and it was fascinating to get a brief glimpse of the rivalry between their countries.
I love that these two guys are so family-oriented and devoted to their respective moms while being fearless in their sport as well as respectful toward their prospective mounts. The conflicts that arise between their heart’s desires and their responsibilities are deftly showcased and the strong women in their lives are excellent additions to the story.
As always, the heavy emotional burdens of the story are leavened by lighthearted interludes, and the dance sessions are vividly entertaining. I like that the dangers of this intense sport are not minimized and I was delighted by the cameos by the guys previously introduced in the first two books in the series. There is no problem reading this as a stand-alone tale, but I think it enhances one’s enjoyment to know more about the backstory of some of the other men who form Maury’s support system. This is my favorite book in this trilogy and I am saddened that the series is ending but hopeful that the author will find that more of these characters demand their time in the spotlight. Those in search of a poignant and sexy gay romance should definitely give this one a try.
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