Here we are headed into the final week of August... the summer is dwindling away. Has it been a long, hot summer for you? Are you ready for those cooler fall temps? I have mixed emotions, I adore summer, but I love Fall as well. I just am not excited to be headed back into winter. Sunshine seems so fleeting....
Anyway, speaking of long, hot summers, how about a long, hot Texas summer? Today's book, Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown is a book with lots of spice and sass by a delightful, sassy and spunky gal! I am pleased to be welcoming Carolyn Brown back to the blog today. For those of you who have not met Carolyn, she writes terrific romance books, many featuring cowboys, and there is always a feisty gal or two. Carolyn's latest book, features a scorned woman who has an axe to grind with her old flame. Lots of sizzle and fun with this one and plenty of laughs. You really need to read one of Carolyn's books if you want a light, fun romance and Long, Hot Texas Summer doesn't disappoint. However, I am jumping ahead of myself. First let me reintroduce you all 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.
Carolyn is back today and she is interviewing the daughter caught in the crosshairs of her parents failed marriage.
Welcome Carolyn and Nona:
Hello to everyone at Rainy Day Ramblings. It’s so good to be back here amongst familiar friends to talk about, Long, Hot Texas Summer, my debut book in the Palo Duro Canyon Series.
This is really Jackson and Loretta’s story but I brought along their twenty one year old daughter with me today and she’s agreed to answer a few questions, so get a glass of good cold sweet tea, ease down in a rocking chair and let’s visit.
Carolyn: Nona, darlin’ tell us about how this whole summer started.
Nona: Well, Miz Carolyn, my mama is one hard-headed woman who was determined to make me see things her way and believe me, she pulled out all the plugs. I thought I was safe when I got to the ranch since she’d never, not even one time set foot on it since the divorce when I was just a little girl. But I was dead wrong.
Carolyn: Why do you say that?
Nona: Well, it’s like this. Mama decided that I had to finish college and get my degree no matter what and I wanted to quit, marry Travis, who worked on the ranch that my Daddy owned, and be a ranchin’ woman. I told her what I was going to do and escaped to the Palo Duro Canyon where our family ranch is located. And I thought it was over.
Carolyn: But evidently it wasn’t.
Nona (shaking her head emphatically): No, ma’am. Mama packed her bags and moved right into the house with me and Daddy. Lord, I wasn’t sure the place would withstand the summer with both of them and seventeen years of pent up anger in their hearts. Mama’s got a temper and Daddy can set his heels like a stubborn old bull. I knew we were in for it but I didn’t know how bad it would get.
Carolyn: And how bad was that?
Nona (her big eyes widening): Let’s just say that I had to step in several times. Not only between Mama and Daddy but also between Mama and Grandma and Mama and her sisters. It took her a while to find herself as we say these days. Some of the time it was funny and sometimes, I almost wept with her.
Carolyn: Tell us about this Travis.
Nona (with a big smile at the mention of his name): Oh, Miz Carolyn, he’s wonderful. I’m so in love with him. Even though Mama thinks I’m going to make the same mistakes she did, I’m not. I’m ready to be married and I’m ready to take on more responsibility on the ranch.
Carolyn: I won’t ask how this all turns out because I know you aren’t going to give away any spoilers but can you tell me if you and your mother were closer at the end of the summer than at the beginning?
Nona (whispering): That might have been the longest, hottest summer I ever spent in Texas but let’s just leave it at this: it was also the best summer I ever spent in my life. Now to all you readers out there, y’all aren’t getting any more information from me. If you want more, you’ll have to ask Miz Carolyn, or order the book…it comes out tomorrow so if you order it right now, it will be on your Kindle right after midnight. Or if you are a die-hard book-in-hand reader, it could be there in two days!
So folks, what would you like to ask me? I’ll be around all day to answer your comments. But first let me ask you a question—do you believe in second chances? What if it’s with a tall, dark handsome cowboy like Jackson?
As always with a book by Carolyn Brown, you can expect plenty of sparks to fly, romantic or otherwise. Never a dull moment. I love that I can pick up a book by Ms. Brown and slip away to a ranch and laugh and swoon. This one was a whole lot of fun. Don't miss it. Perfect for an end of summer read.
Now the wonderful Carolyn Brown wanted to be sure that some of you good readers had an opportunity to win a copy of this book. So Carolyn is generously offering up two ebook copies of Long, Hot Texas Summer. This giveaway is open Internationally. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies.
A huge thanks to Carolyn for stopping by again. I love having her here.
Here is my review:
Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown
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?
Paperback, 248 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Four stars: A sizzling, hot summer you won't soon forget.
Loretta turns up the radio. The local country station is keeping her company and taking her down memory lane as she heads back to the place she swore she wouldn't return: Lonesome Canyon Ranch. Loretta hasn't set foot on the ranch for seventeen years, since the night she caught her husband, Jackson, kissing that hussy Dina in the barn. Loretta grabbed their four year old daughter, Nona, and left. Now, Nona is twenty one and refusing to finish her final year in college because she is in love with a cowboy and determined to be a rancher. So in order to convince her daughter to return home and finish college, Loretta is going to stay at the ranch until Nona relents. What she doesn't expect is for her traitorous heart to keep her there. Will Loretta survive the long, hot summer on Lonesome Canyon Ranch?
What I Liked:
- Once again, Carolyn Brown has delivered another hot, spicy cowboy book with lots of humor sprinkled in. This is a book perfect for end of summer. It has everything you love in a good cowboy romance. Hot cowboys, Texas ranches, headstrong women, and a sizzling romance. If you need something fun and spicy for a hot afternoon, grab this book.
- I adore Carolyn's female characters. She never fails to write a female that makes me laugh. In this book, there are three feisty, stubborn, cussing gals who will make you giggle. First there is Loretta. At forty, she is divorced and settled in to her real estate career. Seventeen years ago, she packed up her daughter and left her husband when she caught him kissing the town floozy in the barn. She refused to look back and never gave him the chance to explain. The years have gone by, but her heart refused to heal and find someone else. As much as she hates to admit it, her heart still goes pitter patter when she sees her ex husband. Her stubbornness might keep her from forgiving. Nona, her daughter, at twenty one, is just as head strong as her mother. She is determined to be a rancher and marry the cowboy who stole her heart. She has no desire to go back to Oklahoma and finish her last year of college, her mother will have to drag her off the ranch. Finally, there is the sharp tongued Rosie, the eighty year old house keeper. Rosie can whip up something delicious in no time and give you a good dressing down if you don't toe the line and follow her rules. These three gals make sure that there is plenty of sparks and hilarity throughout with their feisty comments and actions. Not one of them is afraid of a few cuss words. This trio made me laugh.
- The romance is sizzling hot. I loved that this was a romance born when the couple was ten years old and rekindled after the two realize the error of their ways and admit their mistakes. Jackson and Loretta have a long history and their chemistry is amazing. It was sad to see that they were torn apart due to their own insecurities and bull headedness, but thankfully, a second chance is in the stars for them. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them try to deny their attraction. This is a hot, hot romance and so fun. Loved it! Sometimes you can go back.
- The Texas setting was fantastic. Ms. Brown always manages to make her Texas ranches come alive in her books. I could almost feel the dry, dusty heat while reading this. I not only liked the Texas setting, but I also enjoyed the small town setting. There is just something so cozy about a small town where everyone knows everyone and they all have long memories. It was fun to watch Loretta walk down memory lane and see how little things had changed since she was a teenager. The folks in the town are memorable, my favorite being Ezra, the eccentric old man. I get the feeling that book two is going to be all about Ezra and his kin, and it is set up to be hilarious.
- I appreciated the way that Ms. Brown wove in lots of well known country songs current and past into the book. It gave it more flavor, and I liked the way the music seemed to reflect the characters' lives.
- I love that with Ms. Brown's books, I get a complete story, a fantastic romance and a happy ending with no loose ends. Even though this is the first in the series, there aren't any lingering questions. I love that about Ms. Brown's books.
And The Not So Much:
- There was one scene that I wished was in the book. Loretta is feeling rather blue, so her high school best friends proceed to get her drunk at eight in the morning, and Loretta does some drunk dialing. I think this scene would have been hilarious, so I am not sure why it wasn't in the book. Instead the reader gets a brief recount of what went down.
- Both Jackson and Loretta make some immature decisions and their stubbornness causes them to split up. I was curious as to why Jackson didn't fight harder to win Loretta back. Why didn't he ever talk to her afterwards, especially on all those trips he took to Oklahoma? Was he too embarrassed? Worried of rejection? It wasn't clear as to why he gave up so easily.
- Ezra was a fascinating character. I wanted to know him better. I am hoping that the next book is going to be about Ezra and his kin. There were some tantalizing threads laid down for what I hope is going to be an entertaining companion novel.
Long, Hot Texas Summer is my favorite Carolyn Brown book to date. This book is all kinds of fun with its head strong, feisty females, sizzling romance and entertaining story. Loretta proves that sometimes you can go back and get a second chance. There is never a dull moment in this one. If you are looking for a light, breezy romance to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon, grab this one. I assure you that you will laugh and smile.
"Loretta shot a mean look his way, but he reached up and pretended to catch the look and shove it in his pocket. "I'll keep that one for later when I need to remember how mean you are."
"History couldn't be changed no matter how much anger was applied. But that did not mean history had to be repeated---bot even if a physical attraction would die."
"If a sock falls in the forest and no one is there to pick it up, does it make a noise?"
"If a man throws his clothes toward the hamper and he doesn't have a wife, the next closest female will bitch about it," she said."
"They say that you can't believe anything a woman says when she's drinkin' or what a man says when he's having sex."
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.