Title: Secretly Dating The Lionman (Cowboys and Angels #2)
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Cowboys and Angels: Book Two
Can a man burdened with family drama find his way into the arms of a happy-go-lucky stripper called Lionman?
Cris likes a drink at Cowboys and Angels bar after his shift at the strip club—until one night when a trashed young guy named Mikey tries to kiss him. He’s not Cris’s type, but Cris is good enough to see the kid home safely. There he meets Mikey’s handsome older brother, Bennett, and there’s an immediate spark between them.
But Bennett might not be in a position to start a relationship, let alone with the carefree Cris. He’s trying desperately to hold his family together, with a younger brother who’s running off the rails and hostile parents who will never accept not just one, but two gay sons.
When Cris is unexpectedly fired and Bennett’s family drama escalates, they turn to each other for support. But can a shoulder to lean on develop into something much closer, something they both deserve?
This is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series. It was just as good as book one if not a little better. Sue Brown did an incredible job on this book. It is full of anguish with one of the main characters being closeted, along with his younger brother as well. It is full of hope with finding the person that makes all of the fear worth finally admitting who you really are on a personal level. It is full of happiness with the other main character realizing his dream may be within arm’s reach. And full of love from not only family but also friends that are as close to family as you can get. This is one of those books that even though the main characters are somewhat resistant to admitting their feelings, you just know they will end up with their happily ever after in the end.
Cris, aka the Lionman, is happy with his job as a stripper. The only problem is as of late his boss has been screwing with his work schedule so it is putting his personal time up in air since he never knows when he will be working. After another night of expecting to work only to find out that his schedule has been once again switched at the last minute, Cris decides to go and hang out at Cowboys and Angels Bar. Of course Dan is behind the bar when he gets here and he knows that Gideon will not be far from Dan. What he never expects is a guy he knows named Mikey, who is also a regular at the bar, to get drunk enough to make a pass at Cris.
After Cris lectures Mikey on making a pass at an unwilling participant, Mikey proceeds to get sick from the alcohol he has consumed and Cris knows he cannot leave him on his own to get home. So Gideon and Cris load up a very drunk Mikey and take him home. This is where Cris meets Bennett.
Bennett is extremely worried about the way his younger brother has been acting as of late and knows he is heading down a road of destruction if something does not change. The fact that both Bennett and Mikey are in the closet makes it so much worse and the other fact their family would most likely not accept the fact they are gay makes it seem impossible to ever be who they truly are. But after Bennett meets Cris, it is impossible for him to keep who he is to himself any longer.
After some misunderstandings on Bennett and Cris’s parts, the two men start to get to know one another better and find it hard to resist one another. The only issue between them is the fact that Cris is not in the closet while Bennett is. Cris is willing to wait for Bennett to decide when is best for him to come out but it does cause some tension between the two of them.
As things continue to change between these two men, things also start to change on a personal level as well. Can they keep up with all the changes that seem to be happening between and to them? Can they continue to build a relationship while all these changes are going on or will it just be to much, too overwhelming?
This is such a great series. I have enjoyed it very much so far and look forward to reading whatever Sue Brown has coming next for Cowboys and Angels!!!