Review: The CEO and the Cowboy by Starla Kaye

Posted August 27, 2012 by B. in 3 stars, Gay Romance, LGBTQ, Rating B Tags: , , ,

The CEO and the Cowboy
Author: Starla Kaye 
Release Date: July 9, 2012
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
ISBN: #978-1613333327
Genre: m/m Romance – light BDSM
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
The whole thing about relationships and feelings confuses the heck out of Calhoun. He’s a simple cowboy and he’d been planning to marry a long-time friend for a while. When he finally realizes it doesn’t feel right, he lets her go. He probably shouldn’t have gone to her wedding to another man, but she wanted him there. But that’s when he really gets confused. His eye is drawn to a seriously hot businessman…and that sure does unnerve him…and yet….
Emotionally burned by the last man he thought he’d loved, Daniel isn’t anxious to replace him. But there is something about the proud, bedroom-eyed cowboy who shows up at his friend’s wedding. The CEO isn’t even sure if the cowboy’s gay, although the heat firing between them makes him wonder…
What he does know is that he plans to find out.
What B is talking about:
Calhoun Cordell is a successful rancher who works hard, lives honestly, and doesn’t back down from a challenge. So when an uneasy introduction at his former girlfriend’s wedding turns everything he thinks he knows about himself upside down, he’s determined to figure out why. 
Daniel Patterson doesn’t understand why he can’t take his eyes off the seemingly straight cowboy talking to his best friend’s new bride, especially so soon after being hurt in his previous relationship. Still, he can’t resist trying to get to know the handsome stranger better when the opportunity presents itself. 
The CEO and the Cowboy is a quick, steamy look at a new romantic beginning, and hopefully a “happily ever after,” for its main characters. The brief backstory and lack of details in Cal and Daniel’s tale were somewhat limiting, but the direct nature of their first night together was exactly what I’d anticipated.
Although The CEO and the Cowboy doesn’t lack for highly erotic depictions of the sexual relationship between the two main characters, the characters’ personalities were missing a certain vibrancy, making it more difficult for me to get wrapped up in their story. Calhoun, in particular, seems to be inconsistent in both his confidence and voice, and both characters’ speech borders on being too simple in places, which conflicted with the image of the successful, grown men presented at the beginning of the story. 
The CEO and the Cowboy is a short and sexy introduction to two characters I’d really like to know more about in the future. Cal and Daniel have the potential to be great characters, if given more room to develop, and I very much wish theirs was part of a longer story. As an erotic short, The CEO and the Cowboy definitely delivers, and is a good choice if you want explicit content that can be read in less than an hour. While I had some difficulties with parts of the story, I think it’s a good addition to Decadent’s line of books, and would like to see more of Cal and Daniel in the future.
Bs Rating:
Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)

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One response to “Review: The CEO and the Cowboy by Starla Kaye

  1. Thank you for taking the time to review this story. Unfortunately I do agree with you that it would have been nicer to learn more about Cal and Daniel, along with the erotic relationship development.

    Just so you know, I AM writing a sequel to this story, which will be longer, more in depth, and add another character into the mix.