Review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown

Posted May 30, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 17 Comments

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Review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown
Toughest Cowboy in Texas

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on 30 May 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A small Texas town, a bit of feudin’ and fussin’, a cowboy who fills out his denims well, and what heroine wouldn’t go weak at the knees and give him a second chance… well it was a near thing and it was a delight following along as it all went down.


A new series… sigh with happiness over the quirky folks of Happy, TX.  This one has loose ties to the series that came before it, The Lucky Penny Ranch when the Dawson family were first introduced.  Now that said, this new series can be started without reading the other.

The premise of this one had me a tad uneasy when it got rolling because I’m not one of those who enjoys reading about a person still fussing over something that happened when people were teens and made a youthful mistake and now the trouble is still rumbling years later.
But I really shouldn’t have worried because Carolyn Brown wrote a situation where the heroine holding Brody’s broken date with her close made sense.  She had so much on her plate back then, as did he, and they were so young and they both had mature adults around them feeding them lines and attitudes that pretty much sabotaged the pair.

I loved that this book was about Brody and Lila learning to look back and see the past more clearly, understand where they are at and what they want in the present, and decide whether a future is worth fighting for.  The interference is still there and interfering, but they are older and ready to face it.

I do think Lila dinked around longer than necessary near the end trying to wait Brody out for something clearer than his very clear actions and words had already been.  I really don’t know how ‘don’t go, I want us together, I want a second chance etc’ can be misinterpreted, but I guess it made for a good romantic conflict and build of suspense.

The humor and down home vibe were very present.  The surrounding cast of characters were as colorful and quirky as ever.  Now I’m eager for more Dawson romance with Brody’s sister and brother needing their shots at Happy.  Another fun, light, and warm-hearted contemporary cowboy romance I can recommend here.

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


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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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No one write about cowboy love better than Carolyn Brown! Hugs…

Sophia Rose

What she said. LOL!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt

I haven’t read her but I do love western romance. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose

They’re very cheeky stories, Debbie. Hope you get the chance!

Mary Kirkland

I haven’t read this one but that does sound like a good story.

Sophia Rose

These are laugh out loud fun and sweet. Worth it, Mary! 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB

For some reason, and I don’t know why, I just love old grudges. Maybe I just love to see people put in their place after so many years. LOL

I’m glad you enjoyed this one, because it’s on my to be read list! 🙂 Great review.

Sophia Rose

Oh, the grudges in the old gals in this town. LOL You’ll love reading it then. Her Cadillac, Tx and Burnt Boot, Tx series also have big family grudges at the center of things so add them to your list, Angie. LOL!

Sophia Rose

These are a hoot and a half, Lorna. Worth it for some good laughs and country romancing. 🙂


I really need to try her books! I have a novel from year and I still need to read it! One day one day!

Sophia Rose

You sound like me and my ‘one days’ about half my TBR pile. 🙂


we understand each other lol

Sophia Rose

Sure do! :)))

Carole's Random Life

This is the second really good review for this book that I have seen. I think that I am going to have to add this one to my tbr list. Great review!

Sophia Rose

Haha! We’re ganging up on you, Carole. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh I didn’t know that connection. I didn’t read the Penny ones yet. How fun. And yes on her moments towards the end. I was feeling the ‘what the heck, girl’? thoughts.

Sophia Rose

The Lucky Penny ones are a hoot for sure, but you can save them to fit them in when you can, or so it seemed after reading this one.

LOL, I wanted to give her a hard nudge to get with the program.