Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on August 2, 2011
A fiery-tempered red head chucks her city job and takes up running her aunt’s smalltown motel and tangles with the bad boy cowboy in the tight wranglers wearing the easy smile who needs a room for the night. Laid back country loving and charm was what I was expecting and what I got in this older title from a long-time favorite author.
Red’s Hot Cowboy is book two in the Spikes and Spurs series, but it read just fine out of order and standalone. The couple from the first book are friends of this pair, but the earlier story was completely separate from this one.
Pearl was dissatisfied with her bank job so when her aunt died and left her the Longhorn Inn she chose to keep it rather than sell it making her genteel mama howl. But, as hard as the work is she’s pleased with her choice. Then an electric outage on the other side of town on Christmas Eve fills up all her rooms and brings her into contact with one hot cowboy, Wil Marshall. She’s been known as a carefree party girl, but Wil spells trouble. She a guy broke her heart and no one else ever sized up so why should Wil be different? Only after flirting their way into several dates and a sizzling night-time encounter makes it clear that they both might have found their match if they can get past their doubts to not lose a good thing.
This one started out fun and feisty with Wil getting hauled out of bed in the wee hours as a murder suspect and Pearl vouching for him. He proves he’s more than a pretty face and suddenly her party days and hook-ups along with his fall to the side and they work through past issues and confused new emotions.
The motel in a ranch town was a fun added element as Pearl took care of her guests in particular being a secret stop for an organization helping abuse victims escape their circumstances. It was so fun when Lucy, one of the survivors, joined her as the extra help at the motel.
Then there were their circle of friends who surrounded them. A fun group that I suspect will be the future lead characters in the series. I realized when I spotted mention of the O’Donnells’ that I’d read a later series involving folks from that family.
There was some lag in the middle of the story, but then it picked up and I cracked up for both their ‘meet the parents’ events.
Wil and ‘Red’ were great together even when her temper was flaring and he was tickled to rile her up. Their flirting and sexy time and their dates were all good times in a slow-burn romance that I enjoyed.
In summary, this was a sassy and satisfying cowboy romance in a series that I want to keep reading. Those who enjoy low angst, gently-paced laid back cowboy romance should definitely give this author and this series a go.
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