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Cowboys Don't Samba (Cowboys Don't 3) by Tara Lain at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-May-2019

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

“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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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 229 pages/75016 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-May-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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