One cowboy. One cowgirl. One ranch.
Who will win the Double Deuce by the Fourth of July?
Adele O'Donnell knew that Double Deuce Ranch had to be hers the second she walked onto the property.
Freshly divorced, she sees it as the perfect spot for her and the kids to start a new life. Remington Luckadeau was always a carefree playboy...until his suddenly orphaned nephews became his responsibility.
The Double Deuce Ranch would be the perfect place to raise two boys. But some fiery woman is fighting him for it, and Remington is not sharing-no matter how the sparks fly when he and Adele are together.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Four stars: A charming, whirlwind romance with a fun cast of characters.
Adele O' Donnell and Remington Luckadeau have a problem. Both of them are determined to buy the same ranch. Walter, the owner, can't decide whom to sell the ranch to, so he comes up with a wicked proposal. Both parties will live on the ranch for one month, working the land and performing a list of chores. At the end of the month when Walter returns, he will choose the winner based on merit and work. Adele is a stubborn red haired woman with two young girls who wants to find a place to plant roots after a bitter divorce. Remy finds himself the surrogate father of his two nephews, and he wants to find a home for them all. The six of them move in and get to work, bringing along a fierce competitive spirit. Surprisingly as the month wears on, the group finds some common ground. Who will win the ranch?
What I Liked:
- I almost always say this after finishing a novel by Carolyn Brown: that was pure comfort reading. This book has a delightful cast of characters, a cozy setting, plenty of comfort food, romance and a fun situation involving the sale of the ranch. I loved the down home feel to this one, and it left me with a big, goofy smile.
- I always love Ms. Brown's characters. This time around, I was introduced to Adele and her two determined daughters, Bella and Jett. There is nothing prim and prissy about any of these ladies. They are ranchers through and through, able to do the work of any man. I loved that these girls could do anything and everything. Plus, the two daughters were funny and feisty. Remy has a reputation of being a womanizer, but since he became the caretaker of his nephews, he wants to be a good role model. I liked that he was kind and patient, and that he took on such a huge responsibility. His nephews are sweet and courteous. The entire cast of characters, including a mama cat, an old cow dog and a crazy rooster made me smile.
- I liked the whole contest involving the ranch. It was interesting to see how the two parties, who started out as competitors, quickly evolved into friends. What a fun premise.
- The romance is full of heat and sizzle and it starts with an immediate attraction that neither party wants to act upon. Yes, it moves quickly, but it is so fun to watch it unfold.
- I was surprised by the story line involving Dahlia. It was moving and poignant and it pulled at my heart strings.
- The ending is sweet and satisfying. It ends on a high note, after a bit of sadness that will leave you smiling.
And The Not So Much:
- There was some unnecessary drama inserted in the story involving Adele and her ex husband and former in-laws. I expected this conflict to rear it's head and cause some significant problems for Adele and the girls, but then it suddenly went away with no further mention. It bothered me that this story line was left hanging.
- I wished that Dahlia had a bigger part. I wanted to know her a bit better.
- I liked the romance, but I am always bothered when they move too quickly. I wish that they hadn't rushed things at the end. Just a personal preference.
Talk Cowboy To Me is a delightful romance with fun, feisty characters, a cozy setting, an interesting premise involving purchasing a ranch, and a group of people who must learn to live and work together. I loved the down home feel to the story and the romance. This is pure comfort reading. If you need something light and easy, this is a sure bet.
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.