Book Reviews

A Cowboy's Secret by Carol Lynne at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-October-2017

Book Blurb

Will Lex be willing to sacrifice his long-held secrets for true love?

Nick Barker was thrilled. A summer working on his college roommate’s family ranch was a dream come true for a veterinary student. He didn’t anticipate his reaction to his best friend and roommate’s father, though.

Lex Whitefeather hired his son Sam’s best friend for the summer. He figured he’d be generous and help the kid out. He wasn’t expecting the young Adonis who stepped off the plane. Nick Barker was no kid. Years of repressed sexual desires rose to the surface that summer.

When Lex and Nick finally come together and admit their feelings, Lex is plagued by guilt. He’s not “out” to his family and friends. Lex pushes Nick away with his unwillingness to open up to his family.

A few years later, Nick is back on the ranch…

First edition published by Ellora's Cave under the title Sex with Lex in August 2007.


Book Review

Big age gaps between lovers can be problematic, especially when the younger partner is still in college when they first meet. In this story, when twenty-six-year-old Nick falls for forty-four-year-old Lex, his best friend’s father, it is very clear that all they have between them is lust – at least in the beginning – and maybe a kernel of potential for something more. And the fact that Lex is neither out nor willing to consider being open and honest about his sexuality is a huge obstacle. I can see this happening, and in this sense, ‘A Cowboy’s Secret’ is realistic. Building a real relationship on the basis of lust and secrets is no foundation for permanency.

What is really interesting is how the author has the men meet again three years later, both now at a point in their lives where they can consider something more than a tumble in the hay. Not that this makes their search for love easier, but at least it is now possible. There are obstacles galore, more than one misunderstanding gets in their way, and continued hesitancy on Lex’s side makes things difficult – all of which add up to making Nick and Lex finding their way together a real challenge.

If you like May/December romances, if you think separation sometimes really does make the heart grow fonder, and if you’re looking for a read full of passion, a lot of personal pain, change, and growth, and a blissfully happy ending, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 94 pages/34772 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-August-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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