Title: Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander
Publisher: The Kindle Alexander Collection LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance
Length: 318 pages/ 113,000 words
Book Rating: C
Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Author
When mega movie star and two time Academy Award winner, Austin Grainger voluntarily gave up his dazzling film career, his adoring fan base thought he’d lost his mind. For Austin, the seclusion of fifteen hundred acres in the middle of Texas sounds like paradise. No more cameras, paparazzi, or overzealous media to hound him every day and night. Little did the sexiest man alive know when one door closes, another usually opens. And Austin’s opened by way of a sexy, hot ranch owner right next door.
Kitt Kelly wasn’t your average rancher. He’s young, well educated and has hidden his sexuality for most of his life. When his long time wet dream materializes as his a new neighbor it threatens everything he holds dear. No way the ranching community would ever accept him if he came out. With every part of his life riding on the edge, can Kitt risk it all for a chance at love or will responsibility to his family heritage cost him his one chance at happiness?
Kindle Alexander’s Texas Pride is a highly erotic romance between two deeply closeted men. Austin Grainger is a highly successful actor whose return to his small hometown in Texas puts him in close proximity to his super sexy (and hopefully gay) next door neighbor cowboy Kitt Kelly.
Austin Grainger and Kitt Kelly are fabulous main protagonists. The sexual chemistry between them is sizzling and their sex scenes are steamy and plentiful. Their relationship is based solely on sexual attraction at first but it does not take long for the men to fall in love. Both characters’ reasons for keeping their homosexuality hidden are valid and I could understand their fears of coming out.
For being a Hollywood superstar, Austin is pretty down to earth. He knows what he wants and is willing to go after it. Austin is loyal to his friends and I really like how he went out of his way to help his fake girlfriend when she spiraled out of control. However, I really disliked how he handled a pivotal situation near the end of the story.
While I did enjoy Texas Pride, the novel is slow moving. There are a lot of sub-plots, and while some advanced the overall story, a couple of the story arcs late in the book came out of the blue and seemed unnecessary. Some of the plot is predictable and repetitive. There are numerous editing errors, misspellings and misused words.
My final impression of Texas Pride? An entertaining romance with likable protagonists. Maybe not as grounded in reality as other books in the genre, but definitely a worthwhile read.