Review: Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Posted June 15, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Billion Dollar Cowboy

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Series: #1 Cowboys and Brides
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 4, 2013
Pages: 349
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Reading this story was like reading a modern fairytale in many ways.  There were several improbably aspects to it, but I just went with it when I treated it like a romance painted with a soft colors and brushes over the canvas like impressionist art rather than has bold realism in contemporary romance.

It’s the story of an ordinary cowhand, Colton Nelson, that strikes it rich winning the lotto and then richer through investments.  He just wants to live his life simply and quietly on his ranch with his adopted family all around him, but unfortunately his new bank account figures have all the ladies salivating to become Mrs. Nelson, the billionaire cowboy’s wife.

His good friend, Andy Jo, has a solution to the problem for him.  Andy Jo has hired his cousin a few times removed, Laura Baker, to be his assistant in a special arrangement.  Andy paid off her sister’s gambling debt to a loan shark and now she’s paying it back by work as his assistant to pay off the loan.  Andy’s plan is to use Laura to pretend to be Colton’s girlfriend.

The family is all in on it and Laura agrees because Andy allows her to bend one of his rules regarding her sister.  Colton and Laura enter into the act and things are going well until things get real.  Unfortunately, Colton wants nothing to do with the ‘love word and Laura can barely say ‘commitment’ let alone feel she can manage it.  There is also a little suspicion on Colton’s part that Laura is just playing a deep game to get her hands on his money.  As they continue along fooling everyone else with their mock relationship, they both realize that they can’t fool themselves.  Laura’s time on the ranch is coming to an end and she plans to walk if Colton won’t give her the one thing that will make her stay.

As I said before, this has qualities to it that are parts fairy tale, parts sweet romance and a few other things thrown in for good measure.  The hero is rich, but it has a small town romance feel to it. The pace on this one took its time which was fine, but I admit there were a few moments when I just wanted the story to move it along a bit faster.  The transitions between scenes was a bit choppy, but other than mildly distracting, it wasn’t too bad.

All the characters were well written and I enjoyed getting to know each one.  I liked how the story switched to various characters perspectives though mostly the two main characters of course.  Laura and Colton got on my nerves a bit with their insecurities and denial that what they had was the real thing and not just some fake relationship or that they were good in the sack.  They were both passionate people and the scenes included sex, but it didn’t get graphic.  There was one character (who will remain nameless because of spoiler issues) that threw me off because what was described in most of the book didn’t jive with what came later.  There was a sudden change and while I was glad for it; in truth, personalities don’t go through that drastic of a change like that.

All in all, it was an enjoyable Contemporary Western Romance that those who tend to enjoy their romance on the sweeter side will enjoy.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing my copy for review purposes.

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.

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