Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown #Review

Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown #ReviewHot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown

Series: #2 Lucky Penny Ranch
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever on May 31, 2016
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • *groans* you do know I have a thing for cowboys in my romances, right? And so, Toby sounds like the kind of hero I’d love reading about… especially as he probably comes to realize that permanent doesn’t mean something bad 😉 Great review, Sophia!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Oh my glands, me too! 🙂 Have you read any of Carolyn Brown’s books yet? These are so fun, hot and flirty.

  • Aww, sounds cute, especially if it includes sassy quips.

    • Definitely full of sass! I usually end up laughing at some point when I read her books.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review I love Western romance, in fact I’m reading one now! LOL

    • Oh really… haha! I look forward to seeing your review in case its a new to me one that I can add to my list. 🙂

  • oh I so agree about the characters this author writes!!! They just win me over every time. Great review.

    • I can’t wait to read the next installment knowing it will be a lot of fun. Thanks, Renee!

  • I do like a hot cowboy romance. Thanks for the great review.

  • A skunk, huh? I bet that was entertaining. This sounds like a good one. I like the premise of a pretend relationship.

    • Her stories are a hoot. Some are more outrageous than others, but there is always some sassy heroines and hot cowboys.
      This pair had a good time with their pretending.

  • RO

    When I want cowboy lovin’, Carolyn Brown is the best! Hugs…

    • For sure, Ro! These boys can get a girl sighing and swooning. 😉

  • Oh that sounds like a good time! I do enjoy hers quite a bit and that’s one of my favorite tropes. Definitely going to have to make time for these 😀

    • Uh huh, I really think you must. 😉 You’ll love these, I think!