Can you believe we are almost to the big day? I hope you are all still sane and enjoying the season. If you aren't, it's time to sit back, grab a pair of warm socks, a snuggly blanket, a plate of cookies and a warm drink, and don't forget the good book. If you are needing a light, sweet, simple, feel good romance, I have the perfect book for you. I am delighted to once again be welcoming back author, Carolyn Brown, with her latest release: Wild Cowboy Ways, the first in her newest series: Lucky Penny Ranch. I love that I can always count on a book by Carolyn to make me smile and to leave me feeling all warm and gooey inside. So let's get to the good stuff. First, let me reintroduce you al 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. 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.
The lovely Carolyn is guest posting here again today interviewing Irene, so please welcome her:
Merry Almost Christmas to all y’all! And thank you to Heidi for asking me to come back to Rainy Day Ramblings to talk about my second book to hit the shelves this month, Wild Cowboy Ways!
In only twenty four hours it will be right out there, in audio, paperback and in ebook formats, so you can choose however you want to read (or listen)! Wild Cowboy Ways is the debut book in the new Lucky Penny Ranch Series and I’m so excited about this series which is set in northern Throckmorton County in the fictional town of Dry Creek.
Although the hero and heroine are Blake Dawson and Allie Logan, it’s Allie’s grandmother, Irene, who begged to come to Rainy Day Ramblings with me today. Note: Irene has that “forgetting” disease but she wanted so bad for me to interview her. She says that Blake and Allie will get all the attention starting tomorrow and that she’s just a secondary character. I couldn’t refuse her because she’s brought me such joy as I continue to write this series. So here goes:
Carolyn: So tell me a little about the Lucky Penny Ranch, Miz Irene.
Irene: Lucky, my naturally born white butt. It ain’t never been lucky, not even if the owner that give it that name did have a little luck at the poker table and turned his last penny into enough to buy that worthless place. And if Blake Dawson thinks he can turn it around to amount to something, he’s got rocks for brains.
Carolyn: And what’s this about a man named Walter who used to live on the ranch?
Irene (tucking her chin into her chest and giving me the old stink eye): I don’t want to talk about him. Sometimes when my forgetting disease is acting up, I think that Blake is Walter. That’s the way I met him. I got confused about what year it was and went over there to see Walter. It’s all a jumble in my head sometimes. But ask me something else. I’m not talking about Walter or how I almost fell in love with him or how crazy his mama was. No, ma’am, I am not!
Carolyn: Okay, then let’s talk about Allie. Did you worry about her going over there to fix up that house for Blake?
Irene: Damn tootin’, I did. That Blake had a reputation for havin’ wild cowboy ways. And (She lowers her voice and whispers) if I wasn’t so old, he’d make my panty hose sneak down around my ankles as sexy as he is. But I lived long enough to know his type and besides that ranch is unlucky. He won’t be there past Easter.
Carolyn: So he moved onto the ranch right after Christmas, right?
Irene: That’s right and it rained and the roof leaked and he hired Allie to fix it. She’s a cracker jack carpenter. Her daddy taught her well and she’s got a good mind and her head is on straight. But (She lowers her voice again) I tell you, it’d take a woman of steel to tell that Blake Dawson to hit the road. Not that Allie isn’t strong. Lord, I ain’t never known a woman stronger than she is, but sometimes the heart whines when it wants something and it ain’t satisfied with nothing else. I’m gettin’ tired now. You said there was cookies and hot chocolate so let’s have some of those.
Carolyn: Well, there you have it folks. Irene and I are going to have cookies and hot chocolate with Heidi.
While Irene nibbles on her cookies and visits with Heidi about recipes, I’ll give you a little blurb about Wild Cowboy Ways. Hot Cowboy Nights will be out in May and Merry Cowboy Christmas in September, so keep your boots on and the reading lamp ready!
I’ll give away a signed copy of Wild Cowboy Ways or an ebook copy (your choice of Kindle or Nook) to one lucky person. What do you think of the cover? Would it make you snatch it right off the shelf and read it?
A huge thank you to Carolyn for stopping by during her busy holiday season. Carolyn comes bearing a gift for one lucky winner a copy of Wild Cowboy Ways. To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. This is open to everyone. International winner will receive and ebook copy, U.S. winner a paperback.
Here is my review:
Wild Cowboy Ways(Lucky Penny Ranch #1) by Carolyn Brown
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 . . .
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Published: December 22, 2015 by Forever
Four stars: A sweet, satisfying romance, perfect for comfort reading.
Blake Dawson is settling in at The Lucky Penny Ranch. He is hoping that he, his brother and cousin can finally turn the ranch with its string of bad luck into a profitable ranch. He is sipping his coffee in the kitchen with his dog, Shooter, when he hears the front door open and a woman's voice. A frazzled, old lady confronts him, believing he is someone named Walter. The old woman reads him the riot act, and then she propositions him. What on earth? He settles her in with a cup of coffee, and then he calls the local Feed Store. The woman on the phone promises to send over help right away. Help arrives in the form of his new neighbor, Allie. Allie quickly retrieves her grandmother, and lands herself a job fixing up the Lucky Penny. What neither Allie or Blake expect is for sparks to fly. Will the Lucky Penny finally be lucky?
What I Liked:
- Sigh.... you can't go wrong with a Carolyn Brown romance. This is the perfect read to settle in with on a cold, stormy day as it is sweet, light, fluffy and packed with all kinds of humor and feel good. Ms. Brown knows how to write romance, and her books are perfect for comfort reading. I know I will always get a fantastic romance, a few giggles, and that I will finish with a big smile. If you need a pick me up book for winter, don't hesitate, grab this one.
- I loved Allie and Blake. Allie is not your typical gal. She is feisty, head strong, and she is a capable carpenter. Nothing sweet and feminine about Allie. She has sworn off love and men after her divorce to her high school sweetheart seven years ago. Blake is a bad boy cowboy, who with his good lucks and charm, has had many a woman. These days, Blake is leaving his bad boy behind, and preparing to settle down and become a rancher. I liked how down to earth he was, and how nice. He may have a bad boy image, but in reality, he is a big old teddy bear.
- The secondary characters are well rounded and just as interesting. Leading the cast is Irene, Allie's grandmother. Irene is in the early stages of dementia, and at times, she is very confused. However, that doesn't stop her. Irene is sharp tongued and downright funny, a straight shooter if you will. I loved her. Deke, Allie's best friend, is a sweetheart and all around good guy, even if is taste in women is questionable. Allie's sister, Lizzy, with her religious streak and good girl image is entertaining as well. I love how realistic and fun the characters are.
- I enjoyed the small town setting. With any small town, you can be sure that tongues wag with gossip, and that is indeed the case in this book. I like, though, how things took a nice turn with the three notorious girl gossips and how the town came out and supported their own.
- The romance is one that starts out with an attraction, but then it takes its time to build into a friendship. Nothing is rushed. I thought it was perfectly paced, and I enjoyed seeing it play out. When it did get to the heat, it was sizzling and tasteful. Loved it!
- The ending is fast and crazy, but it manages to tie down the story lines regarding Allie and Blake, while laying out new threads for future books. I will be interested to see what happens to Lizzie.
And The Not So Much:
- Irene is the electric spark to the story, and I loved her parts. I was disappointed, though, that Allie never got to the bottom of Irene's infatuation with the Lucky Penny and Walter. What really happened between Irene and Walter? I am hoping Irene will return in the next book.
- I loved Deke, Allie's best friend. However, I found that I wanted to know a bit more about him. How did he and Allie become such close friends? Did he ever tell Allie about his feelings for her in the past?
- I was curious about Allie's other sister. Something is definitely up with her, I am expecting more in a future book.
Wild Cowboy Ways is a lovely comfort read. This book has a terrific cast of characters, wonderful small town setting, a sizzling romance and a feisty grandma. This is a book that you can pick up and settle in with on a stormy day. It will make you laugh and swoon. I had a terrific time with this one, and I am eager for more.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Don't miss book two: Hot Cowboy Nights coming May 2016!