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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 their problems? 

Roan Carmichael never got his master's 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.

©2019 Leta Blake Books (P)2021 Leta Blake
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Real-Life Reality Show Love Story

Reality show shenanigans and unexpected love are on offer in Indra Vaughn and Leta Blake’s witty take on a ‘The Bachelor’-esque ‘Queer Meets Spouse’ production. I don’t watch much reality TV, but I sure did enjoy this sweet and comedic take on it.

Walker, the ranch-owning bachelor, and Roan, one of the show’s suitors are only doing the show for money. Neither one is looking for love, but it finds them anyway. The spark of attraction is immediate but their story is a slow-burn. In the meantime, the authors deliver some cute rom-com hijinks, show producers manufacturing ‘drama’ and a few tear-inducing sad moments. But it all ends in a long-awaited steamy scene and a happily-ever-after.

John Solo! The voice-acting by John Solo for this book is truly one of the best performances that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. He gets a well-deserved 5+ stars from me.

This audiobook came to me, by my request, as a free review copy. These are my voluntary opinions on it.

Highly recommended.

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Loved it all but the snakes

Loved this story and narration but please don't write about killing snakes. Yes, they were venomous cottonmouths and they made sure to mention that it was legal but you can have them removed or even sell them. It would have been way more sexy for Walker to catch the snakes to show his suitors how cool they are.

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Lots of feels

Even though I found much of this love story between Walker Reed and Roan Carmichael to be really heartwarming, sweet, and sexy, I hated the game show aspects of it, with the necessary intrusions of the people in charge and some of the other contestants. That part was not merely distracting but also frustrating and aggravating. Some of the secondary characters were not even remotely likable -- think Molly and Adam -- and while I liked Ben, I didn't like the way his whole storyline was handled. I get that reality shows like this do happen in likely this very same way, but I didn't like how intrusive the reality of a television production on the relationship that blossomed between these two men. I loved how they fell in love, despite the impediments in their way. The performance was quite delightful and helped me over the hurdles presented by the parts I hated. I especially loved how he made Walker sound like Elvis Pressley. I'm not sure he meant to do that, but I found it entertaining.

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A must read

A story about a gay dating reality show is a brilliant idea. Leta Blake has created a story that brings out just about every emotion. Sit back, buckle up and get ready to listen to John Solo take you in a ride that will have you wanting to find a ranch, a cowboy, a horse and a desire to ride both😵

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Best audiobook I’ve listened to!

This book was simply wonderful - the story was beautifully written, the characters had so much depth - but what really made it special for me was John Solo’s narration. He brought the story to life - I swear I could hear the cicadas in the background. My biggest pet peeve when listening to audiobooks is when you can’t tell who is who - not an issue here at all. Beautiful accents, tone and just amazing.

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Slow build but oh so worth it

The premise of this book was intriguing (despite the fact I hate the bachelor and bachelorette TV shows). I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this book due to that reality TV aspect, however, the romance and obvious lust and then love between Roan and Walker really drew me in. I also was a huge fan of the fact that the sex held off until the end of the book, it felt like an actual part of the story.

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Well Done

Well that was a tough sell, but it worked for me anyway. I've never seen one of those bachelor shows, but it was fun to imagine it would really be like that... with the staged productions and the controlling producers and directors.

I loved the parents, all the family drama was a great touch.

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Narration killed it

Worst narration ever. The accents weren’t “cowboy” at all. And the story was unexciting with too many characters. I couldn’t finish it.

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Reality tv!

“Mm-hmm. Basically you go to Louisiana to eat and drink and then horror-die from the bite of a venomous creature.”

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Enjoyed this one a lot. I don't watch the bachelor or similar reality shows, but liked the setting very much. I specially liked they couldn't really get together with all the cameras around

Bitchy dude, bitchy girl, prissy dudes, hopeful dudes, and a favorite cow

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Are we not gay strong men

This made me feel that I was back in the 1800s England!!! Very week gay men even the cow man

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  • 06-29-21

Good Story

I'm enjoyed the story and the narration. I like the main characters, however I didn't like Molly or the other producers. Molly was a bully, harassed and threatened the contestants. She and Andrew didn't care at all about the welfare of the contestants, they made me so angry. It not really reality if they keep on telling them what to do and how to act, it should be natural.

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  • 05-02-21

Wonderful spin on reality television

I absolutely loved this story. Walker and Roan were perfect for each other.
Both had struggles to overcome and there were some misunderstandings along the way.
The producers were a major hindrance to the blossoming relationship but thankfully they were able to fight for and obtain their HEA which was so richly deserved.
John Solo is one of my favorite narrators in the genre and has delivered a wonderful narration as usual.

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  • 04-22-21

A lovely story of love

A lovely story of love and an unusual way of finding your life partner with some unusual ups and downs on the way, its a lovely story and very well narrated, enjoy I know I did.

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  • 04-22-21

A Cowboy’s romance

Reality show... a cowboy and a good son. Walter is the bachelor at a gay tv show, where Roan is a contestant. They are not looking for love though. Each have their own agenda. What they don’t know is love will find them. There is drama, hot guys, tender moments, annoying producers, a great step-mama and a romance between a cowboy and a city boy. Enjoyed it specially with John Solo’s voice like music to my ears.

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  • Magnus
  • 04-21-21

Great

Another great story by Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn. Roan and Walker where amazing characters to get to know and the journey with them was pleasurable. John Solo did a super job with the narration. If you like this story also check Vespertine by the same authors.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • 04-21-21

Wonderful

This story was awesome! I got some serious feels reading it and I really enjoyed the whole trope! I can’t wait to read more by these authors!

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  • 04-21-21

Loved This

Cowboy Seeks Husband by Leta Blake & Indra Vaughn.

I have listened to Leta Blake's work before and always enjoyed it, but Indra is a new to me author.
This was no exception.

Although I did squirm a little at the title for the reality show (Queer seeks Spouse) I liked seeing the inside workings of how a Reality TV show is made.
Walker is pure southern gentleman which I loved.
Roan is just Roan, a lovely young guy who is struggling to look after his Mama who is ill with cancer.
Roan applied to go on this show to get the money to pay for a new treatment for his Mama, and didn't intend to fall for the batchelor.
But the best laid plans of mice and men!
It's the story of them falling on Love
I was thinking at first Andy (The director) was okay and pretty cool. I had Molly's number straighaway.
But it was a happy ending all round as most stories are and I like that. I don't like to cry ugly tears in any story.

This was read by John Solo and he did a fantastic job with Walker's southern accent. I like listening to John Solo, he has such a mellow voice.

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  • 04-15-21

Not Much Reality in Reality TV.

A fantastic heartwarming and at times sad MM love story. Walker Reed was put forward to be the bachelor for a new queer reality series and Roan Carmichael is one of the competitors taking part to vie gor Walkers attention. They both have other reasons than finding a love match to do this. I laughed and cried while listening to this fantastic story brought to life by the one and only John Solo, who yet again nailed the narration.

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  • 04-12-21

Awesome

This one was something unlike what I have ever listened to before. The characters had some really strong heat. The steamy scenes are definitely full of heat and The chemistry was entertaining. I loved how different the concept of this story was, and I cant wait to listen to more by this author and the narrator as the narration was also top notch.

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  • L.D.
  • 04-11-21

A Spectacular TV Courtship

Cowboy Seeks Husband is a delightful standalone romance that was filled with hijinks, shenanigans, tenderness, and above all: love. The plot setup was really interesting: two men desperate for money sign up for a reality dating show not expecting anything but money. Falling in love for real was not part of the script, but the connection between Walker and Roan was too strong to be confined by TV production rules. I found the reality TV portion really fascinating, especially how Walker and Roan had to be creative to escape the constrictions that have been placed on them. There was also some very emotional scenes that really touched my heart. This book has angst and sorrow, but the pain those scenes bring is soothed away by the sweet and tender romance between the two men. Absolutely loved the epilogue and wished it was longer and that there was a second or third epilogue – heck I would LOVE a sequel.

John Solo narrated this audiobook and did a fantastic job as always. John’s voice was perfect for both Walker and Roan, and he made the steamy moments even sexier. I loved the performance and could hardly stop listening. Overall, the audiobook’s narration, storyline, and production was so well done that it was a joy to listen to.

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  • 06-01-21

The perfect blend of trashy reality show and heartwarming romance!

OMG, I couldn’t put this down! Needing money for his farm, Walker reluctantly agrees to be the bachelor on the inaugural reality show, Queer Seeks Spouse, not anticipating just how controlling and intrusive the producers and cameras will be. Contestant, Roan, just wants to make some money for his mother’s cancer treatment. At $5,000 per episode, he hopes to make it through a few weeks on the show; he doesn’t expect to actually develop feelings for Walker. I was so pleased to find I liked most of the guys in this story, especially Walker and Roan - they were totally decent people. Despite the manipulative producers (Molly was just evil) and the gloriously trashy show, the romance and storyline were fantastic. The story has a very slow burn, but the payoffs towards the end are huge and well worth the wait. John Solo is always a great audio narrator, but he excelled himself here - he alternated between wonderfully comical, vulnerable, or emotional voices as required.