Book Reviews

Cowboy Seeks Husband by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-April-2019

Book 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 their 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? 



Author's Note: '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.

Book Review

“What has reality shows got to do with reality? It is beyond unreality; there is nothing real about it.” ~ Morley Safer

Walker Reed, of ‘Cowboy Seeks Husband’ by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn, is signed up by one of his ranch hands along with his stepmother’s blessing, to be on a television reality show called Queer Seeks Spouse.  He is not excited about the idea of being on the show and doesn’t expect to find a husband, but, most certainly, he can use the money for repairs on his cattle ranch.

As soon as the TV crew shows up, Walker begins to have regrets. They disrupt everyone and everything on the ranch. Most of the people he has to deal with in the production and direction of the show are less than amiable, some are downright mean. Soon Walker learns that the entire process is superficial and fake. The name of the game in reality TV is about as unreal as anyone could imagine. They will do anything for drama, including exploitation of emotions in any way, shape, or form they can get them.

The contestants are there not looking for a husband, but mostly for the money in one fashion or another and range in personalities from meek and mild mannered to completely obnoxious. Even so, the producers try to force situations between Walker and them. There are only two that Walker even comes close to liking: Ben, a gentle giant who is not even sure he’s gay, and Roan, who seems like he’s shy, but whom Walker nicknames “little lion”. Roan almost immediately wins Walker’s heart with his unassuming manner, but with hidden depth and courage. It becomes obvious that Roan is his favorite, despite efforts from the crew to dissuade him from feeling that way.

Roan’s mother has cancer. He entered the contest not expecting to win, but at least to get enough so his mom can start an experimental drug program that might save her life. He doesn’t tell Walker or anyone else on the show because he doesn’t want the situation to be exploited. The producer and crew know because he had to put it on his application, but he extracted explicit promises that it is not to be mentioned. As the weeks go by, Roan misses his mom. Every week, he is torn between wanting to stay because of his feelings for Walker and wanting to leave because he wants to be with his mom. When the dreaded call comes that his mother has taken a turn for the worse, there’s no choice. Roan rushes home realizing that he will lose the money he was hoping to earn from the show, and anything that may have happened with Walker as well.

I have mixed feelings about this story. I’m always a sucker for cowboys, but the whole reality show scene was creepy. The thing between Roan and Walker seemed to just come out of nowhere. There are some great scenes like Roan and Walker’s “sneakaway” date, but generally, there were lots of scenes that seem to drag on forever. I hate reality shows and this book did nothing to endear them to me. However, it did bring together two people who never would have met otherwise. I just wanted them to get on with it and it was a form of torture for me to see what they had to do to get there. If you like hot cowboys, lots of angst and drama, reality TV, and hard-earned happy endings, you may enjoy this story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 332 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-February-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.55 paperback
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