It's hump day! Are you surviving your first full week back after the holidays? I know it is a bit hard to get back into the routine, but once you settle in, it feels good. I am glad to be back on the blog, and excited to host my first guest post and giveaway of the 2015. I am honored to have Carolyn Brown back with me once again. Carolyn is a regular here because I adore her witty posts and I love her books, they are comfort reading, perfect for a pick me up as you stave off the after the holiday blues. Let me take a quick minute and reintroduce 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.
Here is Carolyn:
I’m so happy to be back at Rainy Day Ramblings to tell y’all all about Sawyer and Jill’s book, The Trouble with Texas Cowboys that just hit the bookshelves yesterday morning. Here’s hoping they’ve already had to restock the shelves at least a dozen times.
It all started like this when Jill walked into the bunkhouse on Fiddle Creek ranch, owned by her Great-Aunt Gladys:
The scariest sight in the world is a woman’s finger on the trigger of a sawed-off shotgun. Sawyer O’Donnell was not an idiot. When he saw the big hole in the barrel of that gun aimed right at his heart, he dropped the broom and threw up his palms.
“Lady, you might want to put that shotgun down. I’m not havin’ no part of this feud business. Let’s talk about it,” he whispered.
The gun stayed right where it was, and his hands didn’t drop an inch.
Gladys hadn’t said a damn thing about a crazy woman in Burnt Boot when he hired on as foreman of Fiddle Creek Ranch. Maybe the redhead with the bloodshot green eyes was a member of one of the feuding families. Hopefully, she wasn’t out to shoot first and ask questions later.
“Who in the hell are you, and why are you in my bunkhouse?” she asked bluntly.
“Your bunkhouse?” Sawyer raised his voice. “Lady, you made a wrong turn back there at crazy and demented. This is my bunkhouse, and you are damn sure not welcome here. So put that blunderbuss away and take your ass back to wherever you came from.”
“Yes, it is my bunkhouse. I told Aunt Gladys I’d do my own cleaning when I got here. She said the door would be open and she’d meet me here,” she said.
His hands came down. “Aunt Gladys? Who are you? She didn’t tell me that anyone else would be living here.”
Deep-throated laughter preceded Gladys into the bunkhouse. “She’d be my great-niece, Jill Cleary, and I didn’t know until last night that she was coming to Burnt Boot. I didn’t tell you because I wanted y’all to meet before either one of you went to jumpin’ ship.” She clamped a hand on the gun and lowered it until the barrel pointed at the ground. “Darlin’, you got to load a gun, or it ain’t worth a damn. You made good time. I wasn’t expectin’ you for another hour. Saw you comin’ in, but I had one more bale of hay to kick off the back of the truck before I could get here. Now give me a hug and meet my brand-new foreman, Sawyer O’Donnell. He’ll be sharin’ this bunkhouse with you.”
And it went from bad to worse because before she could even unload her things there were two cowboys already knocking on the door wanting to date her. A member of each of the feuding families in Burnt Boot, Texas asking her to dinner…for all the wrong reasons. But then there was Sawyer…the dark-eyed cowboy in the bunk house with her every day and in the bar with her every night, who was winning her heart with his humor, loyalty and down right sexy good looks.
Here’s hoping that you love Sawyer and Jill’s story but don’t take your boots off because there’s more on the way. Sawyer’s cousin, Rhett (from Cowboy Seeks Bride) is on his way to Burnt Boot and the trouble that he stirs up might even outdo the famous “pig wars” that start in The Trouble with Texas Cowboys.
Thanks again to Heidi for letting me prop up my boots here at Rainy Day Ramblings and happy reading to all you awesome readers. Please know you are appreciated and loved by this author!
As always, a huge thanks to Carolyn for stopping by. Carolyn never comes empty handed, and today she is offering up a chance to win an ebook copy of The Trouble with Texas Cowboys. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading Contest Policies. Good luck!
Here is my review:
The Trouble with Texas Cowboys(Burnt Boot #2) by Carolyn Brown
When Sawyer O'Donnell takes a ranch job on a whim, he lands smack dab in the middle of a Texas-sized feud!
The Gallaghers and the Brennans are at each other's throats to woo the red-headed spitfire, Jill Cleary, and stake a claim for the Fiddle Creek Ranch.
Jill makes Sawyer's blood boil.
They argue, they banter, but Sawyer soon goes from being driven crazy to crazy in love.
Damned if he knows how that happened.
But now that it has, how does he compete with two men that can give this cowgirl a lifestyle beyond her wildest dreams?
Four stars: A fun, feisty, feuding families book.
Sawyer O'Donnell stares down the barrel of a sawed off shotgun. A feisty red haired woman is pointing the gun at him, demanding to know why he is in her bunkhouse. Her bunkhouse!? It is his bunkhouse. He is the new hired foreman of Fiddle Creek Ranch in Burnt Boot, Texas. The hot tempered red head turns out to be Jill Cleary, the niece of Gladys Cleary, the owner of Fiddle Creek. Sawyer and Jill are going to be sharing the bunkhouse and working the ranch together. The two quickly turn into allies when they find they are dragged smack dab in the middle of the century long feud between the Gallagher and Brennan families. Neither wants to be courted by a Gallagher or Brennan, so they decide to watch each other's backs. Will romance once again flare in Burnt Boot?
What I Liked:
- I keep saying this, but reading a Carolyn Brown book is comfort reading. I love slipping into her stories with sexy cowboys, feisty gals and sharp tongued old ladies who make me laugh. This latest installment in the Burnt Boot Series is no exception. I loved revisiting Burnt Boot and watching a new romance unfold. If you need a pick me up, feel good read, I recommend this series.
- The romance is excellent. I love that it takes its slow, sweet time to develop. It is a case where two folks are thrown together under unlikely circumstances and they end up forging a solid friendship which blossoms into something more. I enjoyed seeing Jill and Sawyer form a friendship as they worked side by side day in and day out, and I loved how they had to outwit the feuding Gallaghers and Brennans. This is a romance that is full of heat and chemistry and it takes its time getting to the good stuff. A very satisfying romance.
- I wasn't the biggest fan of the Gallagher/ Brennan feud in the first book, mainly because Cowboy Boots for Christmas was a holiday read and I thought the feud took away from the cozy holiday cheer. This time around, I was more entertained by the fighting. There are some crazy hijinks and some out and out brawling that made me laugh. I can honestly say, I wouldn't want to live amongst those two families, as they are down right nasty but highly entertaining.
- Even though this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone since it is a companion book. You get a complete story in this one, and all the loose ends are tied up at the end.
And The Not So Much:
- I thought the feud was funnier this time around, but I am still wanting to know about more about the origins. Why on earth have the two families carried on for so long? Second, some of the antics are so over the top, I couldn't believe what went on, and that law enforcement wasn't drawn in, but then again, I don't know much about small towns in Texas and what goes on there, so maybe it is more realistic than I know.
- I was hoping to catch up a bit with Callie and Finn, the players from the first book. While Callie and Finn do make several appearances, they are just quick cameos and nothing is really revealed about how they are all doing on Salt Draw.
- The end was a bit too fast paced. When the book gets to the sweet spot, it moves at break neck speed to a quick conclusion, I wanted more time in the happily ever after!
The Trouble with Texas Cowboys is another hilarious installment in the Burnt Boot Series. I loved the sweet, slow romance and all the feuding antics. If you enjoy comfort reading, this is a must read series. I am eager to pick up the next book and see how the feud escalates.
"Nothing was ever definite, but in that moment, Jill's soul had found a permanent home."
"Money is just dirty paper with dead presidents' pictures on it."
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.