Saturday, March 9, 2019

ARC Review: Cowboy Seeks Husband by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn

Blurb:
Walker Reed's Louisiana cattle ranch is in debt after costly repairs from hurricane damage. To get the money, his family schemes to make Walker the star of a new bachelor reality series: Queer Seeks Spouse.. How hard can it be to fake interest in a dozen handsome men for a few weeks in exchange for enough money to solve all of his problems?

Roan Carmichael never got his Masters degree after his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With medical bills piling up, and a costly experimental treatment available, Roan signs on to be a suitor on Queer Seeks Spouse. While he hates having to leave his sick mother long enough to win the cash for her treatment, he's willing to do whatever it takes.

Can two men who are just in it for the money fake their way into real and lasting love? Cowboy Seeks Husband, the latest book by Vespertine authors Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn, features a cowboy, a hipster, opposites attract, steamy scenes, and heart tugging moments that will leave you wanting more.

Dani's rating:




I couldn't get enough of this story! I haven't watched television in forever, but I used to love all the reality competition shows, especially America's Next Top Model (don't judge me!), Top Chef, and Project Runway. I'm well aware the "reality" in reality TV isn't real; it's scripted, edited, and polished within an inch of its life.

As such, I wasn't surprised that a bachelor type show featuring a hot gay cowboy plus numerous sexy men wanting to rope him in would be laden with drama. Walker, the cowboy in question, isn't actually seeking a husband. He's doing the show to save his family ranch.

Most of the contestants are in it for the money too, although some just want their ten seconds of fame.

Roan, the femme, quirky guy who catches Walker's eye from day one, is there because his mom's medical bills are mounting, and Roan needs money for an experimental treatment for her late-stage cancer.





There is a LOT going on in this book: scary TV producers who hold all the power, family angst (Roan's dying mom, plus Walker's elderly father who's not managing his diabetes very well), contestants vying for Walker's attention, catfish noodling (this is a thing; google it), cow emergencies, ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork, and sex on a horse (you read that right; it was strangely erotic).

Despite the numerous distractions, the time Roan and Walker spend together didn't feel forced. The intimacy between them was palpable; they gravitated toward one another like magnets, and everyone noticed. I liked some of the other contestants, especially Ben, and would love to read their stories.

I never felt like the ever-present reality TV drama detracted from the men's relationship. The UST simmered with passion as Roan and Walked tried to snatch private moments to be together, which was damn near impossible considering the crew and cameras everywhere.

The ending wasn't exactly what I expected, and that's a good thing. Walker and Roan do get their HEA (and what a glowing HEA it is) but not without some jealousy, hurt, loss, and tears.

I loved the last few chapters. The way Roan let go ... oooohboy, talk about crazy sexy. Giddy up, cowboy, indeed.







If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.
~J.K. Rowling







An ARC of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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