Review: The Trouble With Texas Cowboys by Carolyn Brown

Review: The Trouble With Texas Cowboys by Carolyn Brown
The Trouble With Texas Cowboys

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Series: #2 Burnt Boot, TX
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 6, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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With this second installment of the Burnt Boot, TX series, the feud is heating up and it’s more than banjos that dual as Sawyer O’Donnell takes the job as foreman for one of the neutral people, Gladys Cleary who owns a small spread and runs the store. He is joined by Gladys’ niece, Jill Cleary, and almost the moment he meets the sassy red head sparks fly. But not between the two newest members of the Burnt Boot community. The feuding families, the Brennans and Gallaghers, want Gladys’ ranch which along with its water rights sits between them. Gladys is willing her spread to Jill when she dies so both feuding factions now treat her as a prize to win or a bone to fight over. Jill isn’t sure which, but thank goodness for Sawyer who stands on the shaky, volatile neutral ground beside her.

I am really getting a kick out of these flirty, feisty, contemporary cowboy romances set in small town ranch country of Texas. This is the second book and in a pinch it can be read as a standalone, but I think the reader would enjoy it a sight more if the books were read in order. The overarcing theme of ‘The Feud’ and scenes with characters that carry over from the first book would make more sense, but admittedly the immediate romance and story of Sawyer and Jill would be okay on its own. I had a good time with their story and enjoy the author’s humor-laced meandering, down home style of writing. It can get silly especially some of the feud scenes, but it also draws me into the story so that I’m disappointed to leave when the last page shows up. Now, I’m eager for the next O’Donnell cousin that is coming to town, the wild cowboy, Rhett.

So, as I said, this one kicks off with the arrival of Jill right behind Sawyer’s almost new arrival on Gladys’ ranch. They don’t even get a chance to sort out ranch responsibilities when Jill’s other aunt, Polly Cleary breaks her leg and has to go through surgery and is laid up. Gladys must care for her so that leaves Sawyer and Jill juggling the ranch responsibilities, Gladys’ store and Polly’s bar. They soon figure out there is safety in numbers when they are individually accosted by members of the two feuding families that plan to win Sawyer and Jill into their respective camps. Sawyer is fought over by Betsy Gallagher and Kinsey Brennan and Jill gets equal attention from Tyrell Gallagher and Quaid Brennan. Meanwhile, the two families stir up their feud to dangerous levels as livestock is stolen, fights, and a kidnapping result. Sawyer and Jill have their reasons for not diving into a relationship, but they are thrown together as allies, then friends, and finally start to feel the draw of love even if both shy away from it. Not that the feud and the hard work they must do gives them much time to do anything about it.

My thoughts on this one were all good. It meanders a bit and ends abruptly while I was thinking there was more to tell- maybe in the next book. I confess that the feuders drive me nearly to insanity with their antics, but I still had a good time. Sawyer and Jill were a good match. They fight it a bit with their own reasons for not thinking a relationship is a good idea, but their scenes together are warm, fun and even passionate. The backdrop of the ranch area/small town feel was almost like a character of its own. It was fun to have the three old ladies present and nice to pop in with Finn and Callie with the kids from book one.

These are like my curl up and relax books that put a smile on my face. I recommend the series and author to Contemporary Romance fans who love their cowboys and modern western settings, who appreciate humor in dialogue and scenes and who like their romance nearer the sweeter end of the spectrum though the passion is there.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Net Galley 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.


  1. Haven’t read her work in a while, but from what I remember, Carolyn Brown is just downright fun and her books make me smile. Thanks for such an awesome review and looks like I’m going to have to go out to get this one! Hugs…

  2. Oh I really loved this one. And I agree with Anna, the feuding families were a riot….most of the time I just had to laugh, because really who does those things like stealing pigs and kidnapping and such. But I really loved the whole friendship turning into romance theme, and they were such a cute pair. Great review. Glad to see you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

    1. Good choice for your wish list! Her cowboys and gals are the real deal and their stories are so fun and heartwarming. Those feuders, yeah, they get crazy. 😉

  3. Just stopped by this morning before I get back to editing the WIP so I won’t be late on the deadline. Love, love, love all your posts, folks! The feud is crazy but then this is a town that thrives on drama and believe me, it can and does get worse in the next book. It slows down quite a lot in the last book but the romance in that one involves Declan Brennan and he’s the apple of his grandma’s eye!

  4. The last cowboy romance I read was by Diana Palmer and I do love her books. It’s definitely been a while since I read a book like this but next time I’m in the mood for one, I’ll give this a try.