Happy Thursday, the weekend is almost here. I have had a busy week trying to catch up on the blog. I know I have been a bit absent as of late and the blog has suffered, but I am happy to get things rolling again with a terrific guest post and giveaway. It has been a long time since I've hosted one......Today, I am welcoming back one of my favorite authors: Carolyn Brown. Carolyn writes terrific cowboy books with lots of romance, sizzle and humor. I know when I pick up one of her books I will get a cozy read and laughter. Just what I need right now. For those of you who are new to my blog, let me introduce you to Carolyn:
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Her books include historical, contemporary, cowboys and country music mass market paperbacks. The Blue Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee is her debut woman’s fiction book. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, she refers to herself as a Tex-Okie. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Find Carolyn on her website,Facebook, and Goodreads.
Here is Carolyn to tell you about the hot cowboys and the feisty women who love them in her series: Cowboys & Brides.
Good morning every! It’s such a delight to be back here at Rainy Day Ramblings to talk about the Cowboys & Brides series. There is a certain thrill to starting a series and a bittersweet feeling the day that series ends. For most of a year, I had those cowboys, sassy ladies and sometimes children in my virtual world. It’s not always easy to tell them goodbye and move on to the thrill of starting to write the next book.
A while back four very sexy, very rich cowboys showed up on my porch. Hats in hand, boots polished, jeans starched and creased; they were here to ask me to write their stories.
And I said “No!”
I’ve always, always been told that a person should write about what they know. And believe me, dear hearts, I have never been rich. But then Colton told me that they were just good old ranchin’ cowboys and there was a major difference between in a rich cowboy and a cowboy with money.
That started to sway me so I put them to the test and said, “Okay, if I write these stories then I get to choose the sassy lady as the heroine.”
Lucas drawled, “Yes, ma’am. But remember I’ve got that year in Kuwait coming up so maybe Colton should go first.”
So it was—Billion Dollar Cowboy started off the series
and then Lucas came home from Kuwait right at Christmas time in The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby.
Meanwhile out in Happy, Texas Emily’s grandfather died and she had to bring some letters to his old love and met Greg in The Cowboy’s Mail Order Bride.
And before I could blink twice here is How to Marry a Cowboy with Mason’s story and the series is coming to an end.
It’s not over yet because I’m getting wonderful reviews and lots of fan mail. Folks tell me that they love those twin daughters of Mason’s and the love story that unfolds between him and Annie Rose. And to be honest I’ve loved working with those very wealthy ranchers. Colton was right when he told me that they were just hard working cowboys who had money.
The day I sat down before the computer to start How to Marry a Cowboy, there were two little girls jumping around and carrying on behind me talking about a real life Sleeping Beauty on their porch swing. One of them squealed about getting a mama for their birthday and so the story started like this:
“Gabby, come quick! Hot damn, Daddy done got us a new mama!”
The sound of a little girl’s running feet pounded through her head like a longhorn cattle stampede, and her eyes snapped open to see two little blond girls with tangled hair flying out to the sides of their heads as they jumped up and down on the wooden porch, giving Annie Rose the mother of all headaches. The bright morning sun rising above the trees out there on the horizon stung so bad that she frowned and quickly shut them, hoping it was all a bizarre nightmare.
The faint smell of a ranch that wafted to her nose on the morning breeze was one of her favorite scents in the world, but even that wasn’t comforting under the circumstances. She felt the rumbling purr of a big yellow cat who had apparently curled up in the curve of her body sometime during the night. Sudden fear, not of the cat, but because she’d slept past daylight, put her into flight mode, and she pushed the cat to the side and sat up.
The porch posts tilted off to the left, and the little girls went fuzzy. She shut her eyes again and muttered to herself, “Where am I? I’ve got to find an airport or a bus station.”
“More important, who are you?” a deep man’s voice asked, half-gentle, half-suspicious, and Annie Rose opened her eyes again to look into the concerned green eyes of the handsomest man she’d ever seen in her waking moments.
She glanced down at the torn and dirty bridal gown and the suitcase sitting off to one side of the swing, and it all flashed through her mind like a dying woman’s last visions—the terror that gripped her so hard that it nauseated her, the drive across the northern part of Texas, and the last time she checked her rearview to be sure she wasn’t being followed. Looking up to see the tree coming right at her, the impact when her left front bumper hit and bark flew, then the long, greasy slide into the muddy water. It was all there in vivid color, right along with Nicky standing across the room from her with a telephone to his ear.
Maybe if she faked amnesia it would buy her a couple of hours. That’s all she needed to get cleaned up and get out of here. People did get amnesia. She’d seen it a few times when she was working as a nurse. What she’d dealt with lasted only a day or two, but she’d read case files where it had gone on for much longer. If she could buy herself time to change and catch a ride that would work out perfectly.
Maybe some time in the future, I’ll come back to north Texas, and revisit the four cowboys. They tell me that at first they were ready to strangle me for the sassy ladies I picked out but I do believe by the end of the series that they’d changed their minds.
These four books are connected more by location, friendship and the Angus Association in north Texas than by blood kin so they can be read out of order. Tell me, do you like to read a series in perfect order or does it make a bit of difference how you read them?
Thanks, Carolyn! To answer your question, I can read out of order and still enjoy the books, but I do like to catch up with characters from the previous books, but either way, I know I will get a cozy read with a sweet romance and a dash of humor.
To celebrate the release of the fourth and final book in the Cowboys & Brides series, Carolyn is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a paperback copy of How To Marry A Cowboy. Just read the Contest Polices and fill out the Rafflecopter to enter. This is open to U.S. Residents only.
Watch for Carolyn back here in August with her next book: Long Hot Summer.
Here is my review:
How To Marry A Cowboy(Cowboys & Brides #4) by Carolyn Brown
Rancher Mason Harper’s two little girls want nothing more than a mama of their own.So when a pretty woman appears on his front porch in a tattered wedding dress, while Mason’s looking for a nanny, he can’t help but wonder if it’s fate.
Annie Rose Boudreaux is in a downright hellish mess. She’s just a few steps ahead of the low-life ex who’s been hot on her heels, but she’s tired of running, and nannying Mason’s two sweet girls may be just what she needs.
Four stars: Sweet, simple and satisfying for summer.
Annie wakes to the jabbering of two young girls. She blinks furiously in an effort to recall how she got here. Annie Rose finds herself in a dirty, torn wedding dress with a big yellow tom cat in her lap on a porch swing somewhere in Texas. Before her are two eager twin girls, Gabby and Lily, who believe that their daddy married her and she is their new mom. Annie agrees to stay on for a couple of days and be the girls nanny until she comes up with a better plan. Little does she know, a couple of days might be enough time to lose her heart. Will Annie Rose find peace and happiness at last?
What I Liked:
- A sweet, romantic, cowboy book by Carolyn Brown is just what I needed to perk me up. With any book by Mrs. Brown, you can count hot cowboys, strong minded women, Texas ranches with lots of animals, sumptuous food and a sizzling hot romance. Her books always make me smile and leave me feeling happy. If you need a simple, feel good, light book for summer grab one of Carolyn Brown's books. You won't be disappointed.
- As I mentioned in a book by Mrs. Brown, you can expect to find stubborn, outspoken women. This time you get two precocious, active and fiery nine year old twin girls, Gabby and Lily. These two young girls have earned a reputation in the small town as being little devils. They are certainly headstrong and full of energy. They made me laugh, especially Lily with her cursing. It was fun to see them in action whether it be piercing goats' ears or beating up the bully who calls Annie Rose a slut. There is never a dull moment where these two are concerned.
- The romance is spice and fire. I have come to expect when reading a book in this series for a whirlwind fast romance. From the moment Annie and Mason meet, there are some serious sparks of attraction. Both are damaged, but together they overcome their burdensome pasts. Within a few days, it moves to kisses and then in a month it is a full blown romance with forever in mind. For those of you who prefer a long, drawn out romance, this may not work for you, but I have grown to appreciate the simplistic, beautiful romances in Mrs. Brown's books.
- This is the fourth book in the series, but don't feel like you have to go back and read the first three. This is a companion book series. Each book is a complete stand alone story, but the fun part is that you get cameo appearances from many of the characters in the previous books. Grab one, or grab them all.
- One of my favorite things about this book where the adorable and funny little how to books that were presented to Annie Rose by the twins. So fun!
- I love that everything resolved by the end and I got a nice, sweet happy ending. Just perfect.
And The Not So Much:
- I was a tad bit disappointed that the major conflict in Annie Roses' past resolved so easily and quickly. I was expecting a dramatic confrontation, perhaps with some cowboy punching. I was rather shocked that it ended so simply rather early. I was prepared for something big, and I got a fizzle.
- Nash was an adorable old man who makes an appearance in the final pages of the book. I would love to have had more of him in the story, but I was at least satisfied with what I got.
- Early on, Annie shows symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then there is no further mention of her issues. I was expecting more taking it slow so she could get over her trauma. Not a big deal, but I thought it was a bit unrealistic how quickly she moved into a romantic relationship considering her past.
How To Marry A Cowboy is a quick, pleasant romance without drama. It has terrific characters and plenty of feel good moments. This is a light, easy breezy read perfect for summer days or anytime you need a fluffy, feel good read. I know every time I pick up a book by this author, I will end up with a smile.
"Looks were deceiving. Words couldn't be trusted. Body language could lie. But the eyes told the truth."
"Experience is what you get when you didn't' get what you wanted."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.