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Today is a review of Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown AND a Giveaway! That’s right – I’m giving away 2 copies to Canadian and US residents!! To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form at the bottom of this post. If you leave a question or comment for Carolyn, I’ll give you 5 extra entries!
When I started to research for this post, I found this promo for Carolyn’s trilogy, which apparently has turned into quite a series of books. Since I posted the blurb on yesterday’s post, I thought I’d post this instead of a blurb – I think it is great!
A hot new cowboy trilogy from award winning author, Carolyn Brown! Saddled with an inherited watermelon farm, Austin Lanier wants to sell the place, slip on her stilettos and run back to corporate America. Until drop dead sexy neighbor cowboy Rye O’Donnell shows up and tempts Austin to trade her heels for cowboy boots…
Carolyn Brown’s new series, Spikes & Spurs, is chock full of her signature wit, down home appeal and feel good love stories. Taking city girls who trade in their stiletto high heels for cowboy boots, they find love in the most unexpected places, and with the most unexpected, but sizzling hot cowboys!
Love Drunk Cowboy starts out with Austin Lanier, a dyed in the wool, big-city business woman coming out to the country to scatter her granny’s ashes in the Red River. Her granny had had a long life, but it makes for an emotional day. Following a pre-arranged schedule of events, Austin and her granny’s best friend, Pearlita head to the Peach Orchard for lunch. There she meets sexy Rye O’Donnell, her granny’s neighbour whom she thought was the same age as her granny. She and Rye have chatted on the phone every Thursday night for quite some time. It gives Austin the opportunity to keep tabs on her aging granny. She’s completely smitten at the sight of Rye, and Rye is immediately taken with Austin. This is the beginning of a story that entertains and pulls on the heart strings.
Austin is an only child of a career women. Her mother is determined that she NOT stay and run the watermelon farm, but come back to the city to resume her promising career. The longer she stays, the more she doesn’t want to go back to the city. It seems that granny is controlling events from beyond the grave. She scheduled events to put Austin on the farm just as planting is starting, realizing that Austin is too soft-hearted to send the Mexican workers home without any work for the year. It seems that everything and everybody conspires to keep Austin at the farm – including Rye. Austin likes his large rambunctious family – they and granny’s friends make her feel like she belongs.
The characters of this story are many and varied. Rye and Austin and well suited and incredibly well written. The chemistry and rapport between them is outstanding! There are many secondary characters of note. Granny’s friends, Molly and Greta are a riot! Their addition of humor, caring and small town gossip is a great addition to this book. Rye’s extended family is also great. I’m hoping that future books involve some of these characters. There are several that I’d like to read more about! The ever-present spirit of Granny was written in such a way as to add humor to the story, but also show how much Austin was loved by this indomitable woman. Lastly, the various women in Austin’s family, her mother, aunt and grandmother I absolutely loved. They were a force of nature and it was fabulous to see Austin face down this force!
Carolyn Brown’s writing style allows the reader to picture the scene. Here’s an example of what I mean. Austin is walking into her first rodeo:
The excitement was a living breathing entity that wrapped itself around Austin’s shoulders like a mink coat on a bitter cold day. From the moment she walked through the gates and up into the stands surrounding the arena her heart raced. The smell of dirt, horses, and bulls and the noise of the crowd surrounding her all mixed together to stir her emotions even before she looked up to see Rye coming across the arena with his tall Texas swagger that made her blood boil.
This book was an interesting read. It took me a few chapters to become involved in the story. Once captured, I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of the story! This is a romance, but it isn’t a “drop the laundry and get busy” kind of romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is tons of chemistry between Austin and Rye and they certainly steam up the sheets, but this is more of a classic love story. The focus is on the development of the relationship between them and their journey along the road toward being a couple than the intimacy between them. It was an enjoyable read, and one I would recommend!
I’m giving away two copies of Love Drunk Cowboy to Canadian and US residents. If you want 5 extra entries, just leave a question or comment for Carolyn! You need to fill out the form, however, to enter!
This giveaway is over – thanks for entering!