LET'S GIVE 'EM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT . . .
If gossip is the lifeblood of a small town, then Lizzy Logan has been its beating heart. After being dumped by her fiancé for another woman, she could have decided to crawl under a rock. But no, she'd rather really set tongues wagging by "moving on" with one of the hottest cowboys in Texas, who happens to live next door at the Lucky Penny Ranch. Those busybodies don't have to know it's actually all pretend. And just because Lizzy has no aim to tame her wild, blue-eyed neighbor doesn't mean she can't enjoy the ride of her life.
Toby Dawson never was and never will be the settling-down type. But what harm could there be in agreeing to be Lizzy's pretend boyfriend? They'll put on a show for a few weeks and be done. Yet the more he gets to know Lizzy-really know her-the harder it is for him to keep his hands off of her in private. Soon this rough-and-ready cowboy is hoping to heal Lizzy's bruised heart and turn their fake affair into a true romance . . .
Also in the Lucky Penny Ranch series:
Wild Cowboy Ways
Merry Cowboy Christmas
Wicked Cowboy Charm
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Forever
Four stars: A sweet, funny, romance that gets tongues a wagging in a small town.
Lizzy tries desperately to keep her composure as she eats dinner with her family. Sitting next to her is Toby Dawson, the cowboy whom she was tangled up with in the sheets not an hour ago. If her family found out she has been having hot, torrid sex since she broke up with her boyfriend, they would be shocked, and the entire town would be horrified. Lizzy knows that Toby is not the settling type, but he has been a balm to her heart. She knows she must break it off or risk her reputation, but then a situation arises and Toby and Lizzy agree to fake date, but can they really fake date and keep their hands off one another?
What I Liked:
- A www.....sweet comfort reading. I love a fun, flirty romance set in a small town, and this book and series delivers everything you love in a cowboy romance.
- The romance is one of heat, sparks and desire, and it starts out backwards. At the end of the first book, Lizzy is dumped by her boyfriend, and sexy Toby Dawson comes to the rescue. The two start a sizzling hot affair, that is all about sex and sneaking around, no strings attached. Then after a time, Lizzy comes to her senses and breaks it off since Toby isn't the settling type. They end up fake dating when they learn Lizzy's ex boyfriend is coming back to town, and the local gals won't leave Toby alone. I enjoyed watching the two scramble back from their feelings, and then they realize that they really do have feelings for each other. Even though it starts out with all the heat, it simmers down and takes it time coming to a boil all over again. What you get is delicious and satisfying.
- I was tickled with Lizzy's growth. In the first book, I didn't like her much since she was going to marry a preacher. She lost her fire and sass, and was too accommodating. Thankfully, once she gets rid of worthless Martin, her true colors come shining through. I loved how Lizzy handled Martin at the end.
- The small town setting is all kinds of fun. I like the way everyone comes together and helps each other, but then there is also the darker side when gossip and tongues wag. The church ladies and their officious ways were funny, and I liked the way the Logan ladies handled them all.
- Irene isn't as present in this one, and even though it is sad, I appreciate that Mrs. Brown keeps it real with her. Irene continues to decline as she battles Alzheimer's.
- This is a companion series so you can read the books in any old order. I have read the first book, so I liked catching up with Allie, Blake and the rest of the town folk.
- The ending is lovely. The kind that leaves you smiling and satisfied.
And The Not So Much:
- I am all for a romance that sweeps you off your feet, but I felt that this one moved a bit too fast. I would love to see it slow down just a tad, that way it would feel a bit more realistic.
- There was a small side story involving a gal named, Myra. I loved how Lizzy and Fiona came to the rescue, but then Myra disappears. I couldn't help but want more of her, and I am hoping against hope that she will resurface. I want to know what happens to her.
Hot Cowboy Nights was just what I needed. This is a light, sweet romance that will sweep you off your feet with its engaging characters, small town charm, humor and romance. If you are in need of any type of comfort reading, grab this one, or any one of Mrs. Brown's books. She never fails to leave me smiling.
I received 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.