Review: Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown

Review: Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown
Talk Cowboy to Me

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Series: #1 Lucky Cowboys
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 1, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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When two parties are interested in the purchase of the same ranch, what could be more natural than a contest to see who is more serious about their offer?  Yep, Remy Luckideau and his nephews vs. Adelle O’Donell and her daughters spending a month together on the Double Deuce to see who’s still there when the 4th of July comes around.  Both families need this new start and dig in to outlast the other.

Talk Cowboy to Me is both a first in series, but also a crossover book with connections to a few earlier series featuring both the Luckideau and O’Donell clans.  It works well as a first grab, standalone, or out of order so don’t be shy about snagging it up.

Remy has been a playboy cowboy all his life until he becomes the guardian of his deceased brother’s two young boys.  He needs a new start and needs to put down roots in a place where his reputation doesn’t proceed him.  His nephews are city kids so he must teach them a love of the land and ranching which is the heart of who he is.   It’s a complication he does not need that the competing buyer is feisty and luscious Adell O’Donell and her girls.  Or maybe it’s a complication exactly like he needs.

Adelle and her daughters are coming from a past of an ex who cheated and walked away wanting nothing to do with his daughters and this is their big chance to start over far from anyone who knows about all that nonsense.  But sharing a ranch house and chores with the Luckideau boys and their attractive uncle make her realize that the rejection from her ex didn’t break her as much as she thought.  Suddenly she isn’t so sure that winning is everything- or at least her idea of the prize might be changing as two families start to work as one.

Alright, this was a fun one.  I felt so bad for both families and I wanted both to win the competition.  In true Carolyn Brown fashion, the answer to the difficulty isn’t that tough and it is fun for the two parties to work it out as they go along with daily ranch life, obliging family to point the way, and their own spark of attraction.  I loved that this was two broken families becoming whole and being there to sort out trouble and blend their strengths.  There is a good blend of the tender, the fun, and the passionate moments.

I missed out on the earlier stories of Remy’s relations in the Lucky series, but I’ll be going back of course and I can’t wait to see where the next one in this new series heads.  Maybe Adelle’s strong-headed sister Cassie?  This book is for those who enjoy light yet a pinch spicy contemporary cowboy romance.

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

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #64 CR
Literary Pickers #60 cowboy hat
New Release #32

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. Oh yeah, no foolin’, Mary. I was glad the author didn’t try to turn it into some long drawn out thing because it was a simple thing once the fireworks went off between this pair. 🙂

    1. So hard to cram all the good ones in, but at least you know there’s one you can snag when you need something light with a good cozy humor style.

    1. Loads of humor, Lexxie. It’s light and fun ranching life romance. And yes, two families sharing and growing together was a hook for me, too. 🙂

    1. It was a hoot. I enjoyed watching his nephews learn how to work on a ranch. There were some fun moments especially when they were competing against the girls.

  1. Oh a contest about who gets to purchase the ranch, that does sound like a fun and interesting set up for a book. Both families sound like they really deserve the ranch. The focus on the two families and the ranch life sounds like it made for an enjoyable read. Great review!

    1. Yes, the contest made it a fun element and they were all good people. The reader has it figured out long before they do, but it was neat to be along as they figured out how to make it work best for everyone.