She was dumped practically at the altar and now the low life slime who did it is returning to parade his new wife around. So what’s a sassy rancher gal to do? She makes everyone believe the hottest cowboy in the county has a thing for her and he has his own reasons for playing along with the ruse.
This is the second installment in the Lucky Penny Ranch series. It follows the events of the first book and shifts the attention from one Dawson brother and one Logan sister to another pair. Will lightning strike twice?
The story opens with Lizzy Logan and Toby Dawson both realizing that their secret three week tryst needs to come to an end. Lizzy wants a loving husband, home, and family and those things give the free-wheeling Toby a rash. But just when they decide to call it quits, they learn that Lizzy’s former fiancé plans to return for the big town festival parading his new wife. Lizzy’s friends decide that she needs to prove that she has moved on, too. Not that Lizzy really hasn’t because being with Toby completely burned Mitch and his controlling ways out of her system. Never again will she let a guy lead her around by the nose and try to change her. But Lizzy does agree that it would feel good to have a handsome guy of her own to show Mitch up. No one is more surprised than Toby when he volunteers for the job of fake boyfriend.
Toby likes Lizzy and considers her a friend. She isn’t his type, but he was having fun with her even if he was a bit relieved when she called off their secret meet-ups. Toby doesn’t want to be tied-down. So whatever possessed him to pretend to be boyfriend material? Well, he tells people it’s to keep the marriage-minded women of Dry Creek off his back and to look like a stable guy, but deep down he knows it’s because he didn’t want to see any other guy going around with Lizzy. Everything about the woman appeals to him except their different views on permanent relationships. But somewhere between dates to the ice cream joint, a wreck, a tornado, a skunk, a picnic, and a town full of gossips, Toby slowly starts to change his mind.
Another fun, flirty, gently-paced romance set in a small town ranching community of West Texas. I just love cozying up to one of these stories and grinning through all the sassy dialogue and antics of Carolyn Brown’s quirky characters. The story cruises along at an even pace with not a ton of excitement and hype yet somehow it captivates as two characters get past their issues, get over the barriers, and find love. There are some slow spots, but nothing that made me bored. This pair was sweet together and not for a minute did I doubt that Lizzy would convince Toby to give up his wild ways.
I’m not sure who is next with Jud coming to town and Fiona needing to return to her roots along with the unattached Deke. Any of them would be great.
All in all, another sizzling helping of summer cowboy romance that I can easily recommend to those who love down-home country charm, sassy dialogue, and a hot pair of lovers in a contemporary western romance.
My thanks to Forever- Grand Central for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #231 CR
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