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Today I’m hosting another giveaway! I absolutely loved Red’s Hot Cowboy by Carolyn Brown and want to share it with another reader. If you like the sound of this book, enter my giveaway by filling out the form at the bottom of the review!
Red’s Hot Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release: Aug 2011
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review
He wasn’t looking for trouble….
Wil Marshall is only looking for a place to say after a winter storm knocks out power at his ranch. The sexy cowboy never imagined he’d get entangled in a murder investigation – or that events will ignite irresistible passion between Wil and the motel’s fiery proprietress…
But trouble was looking for them both…
Pearl Richland never expected to find herself in a middle-of-nowhere Texas twon as owner of her great-aunt Pearlita’s vintage motel. But in the midst of chaos, this spitfire is about to learn a thing or two about fate and love, the silent majority that always has the final say….
Red’s Hot Cowboy by Carolyn Brown is the second book that I have read by Ms. Brown in the last few months. This book seems to be loosely connected to the first book that I read, Love Drunk Cowboy as there are characters in common. Wil Marshall is a rancher who meets Pearl when he checks into her motel when his power goes out one night. Pearl has inherited this motel from her great aunt Pearlita and has given up her job in the big city to be her own boss. Wil and Pearl set sparks off one anther right from the start. He calls her “Red” which irritates her and his dog attacks her cat. Their relationship takes off from there. The first night at the motel, Pearl prevents some young girls from sneaking into Wil’s room and then she has to go fetch him in jail the next morning after he is mistakenly arrested for murder. To her astonishment, he pays her back for her kindness by helping clean rooms at her motel the following day. She’s pretty impressed by a man who doesn’t mind cleaning!
This delightful story rocks along at a good pace. The humor is plentiful and most of it on the sarcastic side which appealed to me! The author sprinkles in country music tidbits and being a fan of country music, I found this great! Right near the beginning of the book there is a section where Pearl comments on being reminded of a Toby Keith song.
She was reminded of Toby’s Keith’s song “I Love This Bar.” He sang about hookers, lookers, and bikers. Well, if he’d loved her motel instead of a bar he could have added a bride and groom, a pissed off granny who was trying to corral a bunch of bored teenage grandchildren, and sure enough there was Santa Claus over there in the corner. Pearl didn’t see anyone offering to sit on his chubby knees, but maybe that was because he’d taken off his fake beard. He was bald except for a rim of curly gray hair that ended, of al things, in a ponytail about three inches long at his neck.”
The Texas twang comes through loud and clear in the speech of the various characters. I found myself thinking in twang even when I wasn’t reading the book! Although I absolutely loved the characters of Wil and Pearl, my most favorite character was Lucy. Lucy was physically and mentally abused by her husband for years before she decided to fake her death and leave him. She showed up at Pearl’s hotel covered in healing bruises needing a job. Pearl gave her a job, somewhere to live, clothes, food and a start at developing her new life. Lucy’s strength brought tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful secondary character for this book and in my mind, almost stole the whole show!
Yet another winner by Carolyn Brown! A total delight to read and a book I would highly recommend!
Just a side note, I went to the mailbox today and found this waiting for me:
It’s obvious to me that this is a great book! I mean, really, would they put such a yummy man on a book that isn’t good??? Stay tuned for that review – Closer to Christmas, I think.
Now for the giveaway. Just fill out the form to enter. US and Canadian address please. I’ll have an international giveaway at the beginning of September!