One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown #Review

One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown #Review
One Texas Cowboy Too Many

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Series: #3 Burnt Boot TX
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 1, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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With each new installment of this series, I have learned to sit back and anticipate the wild and wacky fun between two feuding families, the small town life of Burnt Boot, TX, and a whole lot of cowboy romancing.  For the first time, the series takes the plunge and involves a romance between a member of one of the feuding families and new-comer and cousin to the neutral party.  If the Pig War from the previous book didn’t furnish some laughs, the latest antics of the Brennans and the Gallaghers will with Rhett O’Donnell and Leah Brennan smack dab in the middle.

The story opens when Leah Brennan gets her first look at the new O’Donnell cousin who has come to help the three old ladies and his cousins get their feet under them with the running of the ranches, the store and the bar.  Rhett O’Donnell rides up on black motorcycle with cow horns attached to the front, long hair, and tattoo.  He looks like every girl’s bad boy dream, but he is full-blooded cowboy for all that.  Leah is the quiet, good girl of the Brennan clan and has never once stepped out of line, but for this cowboy, she is willing to defy even her hard as steel grandmother herself.

Rhett has no plans to get anywhere near the feud and has only come to help out his cousin Sawyer with the running of the bar and out on the ranch, but one look at sweet, lovely Leah and he’s ready to cross the neutral line.  But will Leah give up even her family so she can be with a small-time cowboy like him when suddenly Tanner Gallagher her childhood crush is suddenly showing his interest?

This was a fun ranch country romp and as I’ve noted with the earlier books, not meant to be taken seriously.  It builds on the stories that came before it and I enjoyed the connection to Finn and Callie and then Sawyer and Jill from the other books along with the three old ladies who make up the neutral parties.  The feud is incredible and I giggled my way along as one crowd blew up a septic tank that rained down poo and then the other family retaliated also involving the noxious contents of a septic tank.  Things get crazy.  There is a bit of everything in this one even the mystery about Leah’s past and the tantalizing temptation Tanner Gallagher offers about ending the feud if she gets together with him.

The romance was sweet and I enjoyed watching quiet Leah stand up for what was right and best even as her formidable grandmother did quite a lot to break her away from honest, hard-working Rhett.  They are cute together.  Loved their sassy dialogues and fun ‘dates’.  The author has a gift for the way her romantic pairs play off each other and for the charming, heartwarming simple romances.

I’m not sure what will come next in the series, but I am eager to find out.  The feud has escalated one notch higher, but there is hope that maybe the feud can be put to rest.

All in all, this was fun and sassy just as I expected.  It’s not deep, but it brings a smile to the face.  I would recommend the book/series for those who enjoy light and fun small town contemporary western romance.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #82 CR
Literary Pickers #80 ‘cart’

About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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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.


    1. These are very cute. I guess if you stretch it; you could call it a love triangle. I don’t like them, but this doesn’t have the usual feel of one. Leah knows who she is truly drawn to, but the other guy dangles peace between the feuding families and that is really her only reason not to send him packing immediately.

  1. I really enjoy this author, and haven’t begun this series yet. Good to know they build off each other. I am loving your review and will bump this series up my list.

  2. I like reading this author, and she does great with the cowboys. I am excited to read this one soon. I love the Feud in this series although they get crazy. But that is why feuds are so fun to read hehe