Book Reviews

The Cowboy's Secret by Riley Knight at LoveLight Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-June-2019

Book Blurb

Bobcat Ranch is struggling. Since the illness of his father, Malcolm is trying to keep the ranch in business and hold onto the family property--as he promised his father he would. But his brothers want to sell, and they send Kyle, an up-and-coming lawyer to try to convince him to let the farm go. 

Their scheme doesn’t quite go as planned because Malcolm has a secret hidden away in his heart--one only Kyle has the key to unlock.

Book Review

“Hiding, secrets, and not being able to be yourself is one of the worst things ever for a person. It gives you low self-esteem. You never get to reach that peak in your life. You should always be able to be yourself and be proud of yourself.” ~ Grace Jones

Kyle, of the ‘Cowboy’s Secret’ by Riley Knight, is a young lawyer struggling to keep his new practice afloat. When Wyatt, a seedy-looking man, comes into his office, Kyle is wary of him, but he can’t afford to be picky. Wyatt explains that he and his brothers owns part of a ranch that is doing poorly and he wants to sell it before it is too late. Wyatt offers Kyle a large sum of money to fly out to the family ranch and stay until he convinces his brothers to sell. The job has nothing to do with practicing law, but Kyle needs the money. Kyle accepts Wyatt’s offer, thinking that he will go out there, use his skills to explain why selling would be a good idea, and be back home in no time.

When he arrives, no one seems surprised that Wyatt sent him since he has tried several other tactics, all of which have failed. Despite Kyle’s mission, everyone is congenial and accommodating, except for Malcolm, the brother who has been running the farm and the one he has to convince the most. It is then when Kyle realizes that his task is going to be more difficult than he thought. When Malcolm finds out who Kyle is and why he is there, he avoids him like the plague. It’s going to be hard to convince him of anything when Malcolm is determined to avoid him.

Malcolm is furious that Wyatt is being so underhanded. Wyatt could care less about the farm that his father worked so hard to build. Malcolm is not going to even discuss it, even though the lawyer his brother sent is so pretty. Although it is hard for him to admit, Malcolm can’t help but be attracted to Kyle. Everyone else at the ranch loves Kyle so Malcolm decides that it’s not fair to be so belligerent toward him. After all, he is just there doing his job. Malcolm tries a different tactic. He sets out to help Kyle understand just why he loves the place so much. Kyle begins to appreciate the beauty of the land, the people, and Malcolm. In the process, they get much closer that two men who are convinced that they are straight should be. One day matters come to a head. Malcolm and Kyle are out horseback riding. Kyle knew how to ride, but wasn’t an expert. The horse he is on is gentle, but when a shotgun is fired, Kyle’s horse rears up and throws him headfirst in a muddy river. Malcolm rushes to save him, but trips and ends on top of him. They stare at each other, both realizing that their denial isn’t going to work any longer.

I like cowboy stories, so I enjoyed this one. The characters were pleasant, although their insta-love was even more “insta” than usual. There was lots of sexual tension, particularly since they’re both in denial. The mystery part of the story added flavor as well as complexity, even though I guessed who the traitor was. I especially loved Malcolm’s dad and his wisdom when it came to Malcolm and Kyle. Thanks, Riley, for giving Malcolm and Kyle their happy ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 164 pages/60000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-February-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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