Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Review: Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown

Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown
Publication Date: August 26th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

A sassy redhead with an axe to grind…
After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.
A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…
A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?

My Thoughts:
Long, Hot Texas Summer is my second Carolyn Brown story and this one did not disappoint. I love her take on romance.  She writes smart, feisty heroines and sexy, sweet cowboys! Giddy up!

Loretta is on her way back to Lonesome Canyon Ranch after being gone for seventeen years.  She married young and after four years of marriage she left with her daughter and a broken heart.  Loretta hasn’t looked back since, or at least that’s what she tells herself, but necessity forces her to return.   Her twenty-one year old daughter, Nona, is has announced her plans to stay on at Lonesome Canyon, learn ranching so that she can take over someday when she inherits the ranch. Loretta is determined to convince her to come back to Oklahoma and finish college.  She doesn’t care if she has to face Jackson, her ex-husband, or the sparks he still ignites when she sees him. Loretta’s not giving up on her daughter’s future.  

Both Jackson and Loretta have regrets with how things played out in the past. They married young when Loretta found out she was pregnant at eighteen, and they let the horrible influence of Jackson’s mother put doubt in their minds which undermined their relationship.  They both know they should’ve fought harder to save their marriage, but Loretta thinks that’s water under the bridge and they can’t go back.  Jackson has other ideas:

It was his fault that Loretta left; it was hers that she hadn’t fought for their marriage. But this was a second chance, the only one he might ever get, and he damn sure wasn’t going to blow it.

Second chance romances are a favorite of mine, and Jackson and Loretta’s was the kind of love that only comes once in a lifetime.  No other person ever came close to igniting the same powerful feelings in either of them, and you could feel the tension crackling in the air every time they were together!  

I’m as attracted to you as I was in the fifth grade, Loretta, and ever’ bit as much as I was in high school. I’ve measured every woman I’ve gone out with by your yardstick and they came up lacking.

I yearned for them to fight out the past and patch things up.  I was happy that Loretta and Jackson weren’t childish in their interactions and yet still managed to speak their mind and be honest.

The heat of the summer, the smell of hay, the beauty of a Texas sunset, and the hard, satisfying work on a ranch came to life through Ms. Brown’s writing.  I felt I was living and breathing it, as well!

I can tell Carolyn Brown is a smart cookie when it comes to relationships and love, it shows in her romance writing.  I love her portrayal of ranch life and sexy cowboys, and I can’t wait to dive into another of her cowboy stories!

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