March is roaring in like a lion. Just think, a few more weeks and hopefully Spring will be making an appearance.
We are already starting to see signs here with some early blooms and the buds on the trees. I am more than ready to move past this long, rainy winter.
However, we still have a few winter days to get through, and if you need all the help you can get, I have the perfect escape book: One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown. Today, I am delighted to have the wonderful Carolyn Brown back again. I don't do as many author guest posts these days, but Carolyn is always an author I am happy to have back again and again because I love her comfort books, and she is just awesome. So let's take a minute and meet her:
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.
Here is Carolyn:
Thank you, Heidi, for inviting me to visit Rainy Day Ramblings again. I always love to stop by here on a blog tour and visit with my fans, especially when excitement is in the air about a brand new release. One Texas Cowboy Too Many (as if there could ever be such a thing) hit the shelves on Tuesday and Leah and Rhett are so excited that they are still dancin’ around the livin’ room in celebration.
This is the third book in the series. Cowboy Boots for Christmas came out in Oct. 2014 and The Trouble with Texas Cowboys in Jan. 2015. My characters have waited patiently so they deserve a big party and lots of attention from the whole town of Burnt Boot.
That reminds me of two things I’ve been accused of in my writing—pimping country music and too many characters.
On the country music issue: yes, ma’am!
Before Miss Anonymous sends me off to eternity I would like to explain. I give my characters free rein to choose their music. And not a single one of my cowboys have ever chosen anything but country music. I’m not totally sure I could write about them if they did. Somehow I don’t see Rhett, even though he does have a cute little pony tail and rides a motorcycle (it does have steer horns mounted to the front handlebars) listening to anything but country music on the tractor radio or down at the Burnt Boot Bar on Saturday night.
One of my favorite shows is The Voice and one of the coaches, Blake Shelton, has said that country music tells a story. I agree. Sometimes the story has a happy-ever-after; sometimes it’s the tale of getting through a rough patch to get to the HEA; and sometimes it’s the heartbreak of losing the HEA. But there’s a story and what is a good cowboy romance? It’s a story, right?
Too many characters? I grew up in a small town where everybody knew everybody and gossip was free. Our neighbors and friends doubled out joys during the good times and halved our sorrows during the tough times. I write about small towns like that and everyone plays a part in helping two people go from page one to the last page where they finally jump every hurdle that is thrown at them in their quest for their own HEA.
Such is the case in One Texas Cowboy too Many…there’s country music on the juke box at the Burnt Boot Bar. There are probably way too many characters but I hope you fall in love with every single one of them by the last page. And I really hope that after you read the book, all of those characters are so real that you wonder what they might be doing today—are they listening to Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner or the Pistol Annie’s music? Are they standing around after church services talking to all the folks who attend church in Burnt Boot? What happened to Betsy?
Speaking of which—could it possibly be that strong willed Betsy Gallagher would fall in love with a Brennan? Oh. My. Goodness! What kind of trouble would that bring about? Keep your boots on because you might find out in September when the final Burnt Boot book arrives and you find A Cowboy Christmas Miracle on the shelves.
So now it’s my turn to ask a question? What kind of music do you like? Don’t be shy; step right up here and tell me what your favorite song of all time is.
Thanks so much, Carolyn. I always love when you stop by. Your books and posts are like a breath of fresh Spring air. Carolyn never stops by empty handed either. Today she is offering up to one lucky winner an ebook copy of One Texas Cowboy Too Many. To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. This is open to everyone. Good Luck!
Here is my review:
One Texas Cowboy Too Many(Burnt Boot #3) by Carolyn Brown
For good girl Leah Brennan, the only thing worse than falling for the dark-eyed, tattooed Rhett O'Donnell would be falling for a member of the off-limits Gallagher clan—or maybe both.
All Leah wants is to please her grandmother and bring some peace to the feuding town of Burnt Boot.
With Tanner Gallagher—her forbidden, childhood crush—flirting with her and sexy Rhett showing up wherever she goes, Leah soon realizes that this may not be as easy as it seems…
Will love be enough to conquer her family's hundred-year-old feud with the Gallaghers?
Four stars: A cowboy romance with plenty of sizzle and some family feuding.
Rhett is eager to start ranching in Burnt Boot. When he arrives in town, he is immediately swarmed by the ladies of the town, but only one catches his eye, Leah Brennan. Unfortunately, Rhett learns all to quickly about the long standing family feud between the Gallaghers and Brennans. Rhett certainly doesn't want to be drawn into the feud, but Leah is a Brennan, and the heart wants what the heart wants. Can Rhett avoid the feud and win the lady he desires?
What I Liked:
- One Texas Cowboy Too Many is another fun, exciting and romantic entry in the Burnt Boot Series. This is a book to pick up when you need an escape, or when you are hungering for some comfort reading. This has book has romance, friendship, family feuds and a small town setting.
- The romance is one that starts out immediately with a zing of attraction. Then it slows down to settle into a friendship before moving into the romantic territory. I liked watching the two come together, and seeing them fall in love.
- This is the third book in the series, but you can read it as a stand alone since it is a companion novel. Each book in the series focuses on a different couple. I like that you can read this series without having read the others, but it is still nice to have the full story. I love that I got to catch up with the other two couples from the previous books in this one.
- One focal point of this series is the ongoing family feud in the small town between the Brennans and Gallaghers. Think Hatfields and McCoys. The squabbling is no joke, and these folks take their feuding seriously. Some of the pranks were funny, but I can say, I sure wouldn't want to be involved. Good thing I can sit back and laugh, especially when it came to two old ladies throwing down in the parking lot.
- I love that this series always has adorable animals. This time you get a lovable old dog affectionately named Dammit. There is a funny story behind the dog's name, you have to read it for yourself. Loved the sweet dog.
- The ending brings Rhett and Leah's story to a whirlwind close, and I was satisfied with the way it all worked out. However, there were some interesting tidbits thrown out that leave me very curious about the final book in the series.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though the ending brought closure, I felt like it moved a bit too fast, and I was left wanting more. I was hoping that there would be something more on the story line involving Leah's mother. I felt like that was left dangling.
- The romance gets a bit complicated, and it seems like it is going to move into the love triangle territory. Thankfully, that never happens, but I wasn't thrilled when the second suitor showed up.
- There is some conflict at the end regarding the romance and Leah's job, I was disappointed with the way it all worked out. It felt a bit to hasty. I would like to have seen the couple wait a bit longer.
- Throughout the story, seeds are planted for the possibility of the feud ending. I was hopeful that some would take root, but as of yet, I am still waiting. I am expecting the final book to somehow bring an epic ending to a long standing feud.
One Texas Cowboy Too Many is a nice book for when you need a comfort read. I loved escaping to the small town of Burnt Boot to experience romance, friendship and the family feud. This is a book with plenty of sizzle. I enjoyed the romance, and I can't wait for more of this series. I am expecting an big finale in the Fall.
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.
Don't miss the other two companion books in this series:
And if you are in need of another fantastic comfort book be sure to check out The Wedding Pearls by Carolyn Brown. I loved this book!