Monday, January 4, 2016

Review: Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown

Publication Date: December 22nd 2015 by Forever
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

About the book:


Allie Logan isn't the type to land a hot hunk of cowboy. Truth is, she's given up on dating since shedding her no-good ex. But the new owner of the most ramshackle ranch in Texas might just change her mind about that. He's six-foot-plus of tall, dark, and charming—the kind of guy who could make a girl throw caution to the wind . . . or the kind of guy who could break her heart.

Blake Dawson hopes he can make Lucky Penny Ranch finally live up to its name, but the property needs a ton of work. Allie and her carpentry skills are his best shot at getting things in order. Besides the fact that her brown eyes and dangerous curves have him roped and tied. Now Blake only needs to convince her that a wild cowboy can be tamed by love—and she's just the one to do it.
My Thoughts:
Blake Lawson has just moved to Dry Creek, Texas set on turning the rundown Lucky Penny Ranch a successful cattle operation with his brother, Toby and cousin, Jud.  The history of the ranch is anything but lucky with a slew of owners quitting and selling over the years, but Blake is determined to make it a success.  Blake’s also determined to leave his “wild cowboys ways” loving one bar bunny and moving onto the next in short order, and there’s a flock of women at Dry Creek bent on staking their claim on him.  Too bad for them, Allie, the brown-eyed sassy carpenter, is the only woman he can’t get off his mind.

Allie Logan has had her heart broken by one cowboy already and has no plans on going for round two with Blake Dawson.  One look at that sexy cowboy and Allie knows he’s trouble, but she finds him hard to resist the more time she spends fixing up his ranch. 

Wild Cowboy Ways was a sweet, easy going cowboy romance filled with Carolyn Brown’s signature country humor.  Grandma Irene provided a lot of that humor with her antics and no-nonsense views which she had no trouble sharing:

“Who are them cheap barroom Rosies in the kitchen?” she asked.
“Just a couple of women who followed me and Deke home last night,” Toby said.
“Like a couple of dogs in heat, I suppose,” Irene said.
Toby chuckled. “Don’t let them hear you say that.”
“I’ll say whatever the hell I want. Truth is truth, don’t matter if you pour chocolate syrup or cover it up with fresh cow shit, it’s still the truth.”

Granny Irene is one feisty lady, lol!

Blake and Allie had immediate chemistry and I liked that there weren’t any mind games with these two.  I was a little annoyed with Allie’s self-righteous sister, Lizzy, a lot of the story, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her by the end.  I was a little surprised that Allie was so forgiving of the ladies of Dry Creek when details were revealed about her previous marriage, but I guess when you hold onto bitterness the only one you harm is yourself.  The best revenge is living well.

If you haven’t picked up a Carolyn Brown cowboy romance, you are definitely missing out on some good times!  I look forward to the next Lucky Penny Ranch romance featuring Blake’s brother, Toby and Allie’s sister Lizzy in Hot Cowboy Nights coming this May.

4 Suns

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Previous books by Carolyn Brown I've enjoyed:
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Daisies in the Canyon  The Trouble with Texas Cowboys (Burnt Boot, Texas)  Long, Hot Texas Summer  The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop (Cadillac, Texas, #3)

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  1. Ooh so I just read a few cowboy romances (some holiday ones) by C.J. Carmichael! I loved them! Definitely going to check this one out and this author. Great review Rachel!!

  2. I would need an entire series. Preferably over 8 books long and paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or steampunk.