Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown #Review

Posted August 17, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown #Review
Hot Cowboy Nights

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Series: #2 Lucky Penny Ranch
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on May 31, 2016
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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She was dumped practically at the altar and now the low life slime who did it is returning to parade his new wife around.  So what’s a sassy rancher gal to do?  She makes everyone believe the hottest cowboy in the county has a thing for her and he has his own reasons for playing along with the ruse.

This is the second installment in the Lucky Penny Ranch series.  It follows the events of the first book and shifts the attention from one Dawson brother and one Logan sister to another pair.  Will lightning strike twice?

The story opens with Lizzy Logan and Toby Dawson both realizing that their secret three week tryst needs to come to an end.  Lizzy wants a loving husband, home, and family and those things give the free-wheeling Toby a rash.  But just when they decide to call it quits, they learn that Lizzy’s former fiancé plans to return for the big town festival parading his new wife.  Lizzy’s friends decide that she needs to prove that she has moved on, too.  Not that Lizzy really hasn’t because being with Toby completely burned Mitch and his controlling ways out of her system.  Never again will she let a guy lead her around by the nose and try to change her.  But Lizzy does agree that it would feel good to have a handsome guy of her own to show Mitch up.  No one is more surprised than Toby when he volunteers for the job of fake boyfriend.

Toby likes Lizzy and considers her a friend.  She isn’t his type, but he was having fun with her even if he was a bit relieved when she called off their secret meet-ups.  Toby doesn’t want to be tied-down.  So whatever possessed him to pretend to be boyfriend material?  Well, he tells people it’s to keep the marriage-minded women of Dry Creek off his back and to look like a stable guy, but deep down he knows it’s because he didn’t want to see any other guy going around with Lizzy.  Everything about the woman appeals to him except their different views on permanent relationships.  But somewhere between dates to the ice cream joint, a wreck, a tornado, a skunk, a picnic, and a town full of gossips, Toby slowly starts to change his mind.

Another fun, flirty, gently-paced romance set in a small town ranching community of West Texas.  I just love cozying up to one of these stories and grinning through all the sassy dialogue and antics of Carolyn Brown’s quirky characters.  The story cruises along at an even pace with not a ton of excitement and hype yet somehow it captivates as two characters get past their issues, get over the barriers, and find love.  There are some slow spots, but nothing that made me bored.  This pair was sweet together and not for a minute did I doubt that Lizzy would convince Toby to give up his wild ways.

I’m not sure who is next with Jud coming to town and Fiona needing to return to her roots along with the unattached Deke.  Any of them would be great.

All in all, another sizzling helping of summer cowboy romance that I can easily recommend to those who love down-home country charm, sassy dialogue, and a hot pair of lovers in a contemporary western romance.

My thanks to Forever- Grand Central 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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6 years ago

*groans* you do know I have a thing for cowboys in my romances, right? And so, Toby sounds like the kind of hero I’d love reading about… especially as he probably comes to realize that permanent doesn’t mean something bad 😉 Great review, Sophia!
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Lexxie

Oh my glands, me too! 🙂 Have you read any of Carolyn Brown’s books yet? These are so fun, hot and flirty.

vvb reads
vvb reads
6 years ago

Aww, sounds cute, especially if it includes sassy quips.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

Definitely full of sass! I usually end up laughing at some point when I read her books.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
6 years ago

Great review I love Western romance, in fact I’m reading one now! LOL

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Oh really… haha! I look forward to seeing your review in case its a new to me one that I can add to my list. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

oh I so agree about the characters this author writes!!! They just win me over every time. Great review.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

I can’t wait to read the next installment knowing it will be a lot of fun. Thanks, Renee!

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

I do like a hot cowboy romance. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

You are so welcome, Mary! 😉

Christy LoveOfBooks
6 years ago

A skunk, huh? I bet that was entertaining. This sounds like a good one. I like the premise of a pretend relationship.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Her stories are a hoot. Some are more outrageous than others, but there is always some sassy heroines and hot cowboys.
This pair had a good time with their pretending.

6 years ago

When I want cowboy lovin’, Carolyn Brown is the best! Hugs…

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  RO

For sure, Ro! These boys can get a girl sighing and swooning. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh that sounds like a good time! I do enjoy hers quite a bit and that’s one of my favorite tropes. Definitely going to have to make time for these 😀

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Uh huh, I really think you must. 😉 You’ll love these, I think!