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Cowboy Seeks Husband by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn

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About the Author
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family. 

After living in Michigan, USA for seven wonderful years, Indra Vaughn returned back to her Belgian roots. There she will continue to consume herbal tea, do yoga wherever the mat fits, and devour books while single parenting a little boy and working as a nurse.
The stories of boys and their unrequited love will no doubt keep finding their way onto the page--and hopefully into readers hands--even if it takes a little more time.
And if she gleefully posts pictures of snow-free streets in winter, you'll have to forgive her. Those Michigan blizzards won't be forgotten in a hurry. 
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Publication Date
February 26, 2019
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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.

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Fun but Odd
I jumped at the chance to read this, because Leta Blake(!) and because I'm unfamiliar with Indra Vaughn and am always looking to expand my author base. The premise sounded fun - a gay version of the tv show Bachelor, only taking place on a working ranch. Unfortunately, I never really connected with the main characters, but oddly enough that didn't really detract from the fun of the book!

Walker lives in a generations' old family house, where his father and stepmother also reside. He's a farmer down to his bones, but hurricanes have wiped out all his reserves, so when he is surprised with the opportunity to be the Bachelor, he takes it, knowing the payout at the end will be more than worth any hassles.

Roan is a decade younger than Walker and lives in Ohio, caring for his terminally ill mother. Making it to the end of this show guarantees they can afford the experimental treatment that may help her, so off to a Louisiana ranch he goes, even though he's certain that everything there will kill him.

This book gives a ton of insight into the behind-the-scenes of a reality show, and features a huge cast of players that get weeded out over the weeks, while Walker and Roan get to know each other a tiny bit better. Emphasis on the tiny part. It's their looks that attract them to the other, and while I can understand a slow burn, this felt more like someone forgot to turn the stove on through most of the book. There wasn't much character building, which I think is a large part of the reason I didn't really connect to the pair.

When they did finally make it to the first sexy time, I'm sure I looked like a fish, my mouth was gaping open so huge. What an incredible scene! Completely original (at least to me), it was brilliantly executed and refreshed my somewhat lackluster enthusiasm. Talk about chemistry - those two could have started a wildfire in a swamp!

Overall, it really was a good read. I laughed, I got violently angry (at one of the tv producers who deserved to tumble face first into a fresh cow patty), I cried, I hoped, and I grieved. The main group of secondary characters were interesting, insightful, and occasionally lecherous, much to the mortification of our cowboy. 

I'm rating this at three and a half stars, and if you like angst-free, super-slow-burn romance, this book will be right up your alley!
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