Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns

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.


What People Say!

Lena at Rainbow Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!

“Entwined in the drama is also a lesson in not letting your past keep you from being happy in the present. Thanks, Tara, for the angst, sexual tension, intrigue, and for giving Danny and Laurie their chance to be together.”

Lexxie at Unconventional Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!

“Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns tackles quite a few pre-conceptions, and it did so with amazing characters! I think Danny and Laurie are my favorites by Lain *sighs* I’m still swooning, they’re so cute!”

OptimuMM Book Reviews says — 5 Stars!

“Tara Lain takes us poor readers through lots of twists and turns, but I loved how she got us through them. This is the second book that I have read by Tara Lain, each of the books has been from different series, and so far she hasn’t let me down. Tara Lain is fast becoming one of my favorite authors to read.”

Cat at TTC Books and More says — 5 Meeows! 

“I loved the characters, the plot and everything about it. It is a heartwarming feel-good story if you need a good pick me up. I highly recommend it.”

Christie at Love Bytes says — 5 Hearts!

“If I could give Tara Lain 25 <3’s for this review, I would. Take my word for it that this book is a definite must read, and you are certainly missing out big time if you do not get it. ASAP! Tara, I curse you for making me cry. Yet again. But, I love you dearly for giving us the gift that is Danny and Laurie’s story. Brilliant, my dear. So very brilliant.”


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Laurie had thought they’d get here, he’d hold his breath for eight seconds while Danny
risked his life, and they’d go home. No such luck. The competition included two
rounds. One in the morning and one in the afternoon—the “short go,” Danny told
them. Of course, Danny might not make it that far. Shit, I might not make it either.

The smell of horses, cows, and sweat filled his head like smoke. He’d imagined all that
testosterone crowded into one place would be an aphrodisiac, but the arena had
an odd feeling. Uncomfortable. Embarrassing to admit, but Laurie’d taken pains
to look butch today—as butch as he could—so as not to make Danny uncomfortable,
but apparently butch Laurie didn’t measure up in this rarified alpha-male
universe. Cowboys walked by and eyed him, some looking shocked and others mean.
Only a few appeared admiring or even neutral. Laurie shivered. Hell, he lived
in San Francisco and decorated people’s houses. His personal style got him
extra points in his world, but not here, baby. Pay attention. That’s how different you and Danny are.

Danny was saying, “Okay, I’ve got to go back and get ready for my first ride.”

Andy smiled, awestruck. “Did you already choose your bull?”

“No, I don’t get to choose. I’m just an also-ran here, so my bulls are picked randomly.”

“Do you know who you got?” Andy looked worried.

“His name’s Humdinger. I saw him. I think he lives up to it.”

Another riderwalked by and gave Laurie a surprised look. Better than some. Laurie said, “Hey,
Danny, where’s your helmet? A lot of the riders have them.”

“I don’t use one. I need my hat for balance.”

Laurie felt his mouth fall open. “Isn’t that dangerous?”

Danny lowered his head and gazed at Laurie under the hat brim, which he reached up and
pulled. “Hell, I gotta give that beast a fighting chance.” With a grin, he
sauntered off toward the rider’s entrance to the arena.

Rand snorted, Aliki clapped, and Laurie just stared, mesmerized by the flexing muscles in that
gold-medal ass.

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