Review: Cowboy Courage by Carolyn Brown

Posted January 31, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 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.

Review: Cowboy Courage by Carolyn Brown
Cowboy Courage

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Series: Longhorn Canyon #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on January 28, 2020
Pages: 401
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Steady, quieter, and hard-working Hud Baker never wanted much, but he starts wishing mighty hard for the girl of his dreams to want him back and want to stay with him when sassy Rose O’Malley arrives to temporarily help out her great-aunt by running the B&B while Molly’s on her European vacation.  If I want feel-good, fun-loving down home cowboy romances, I need look no further than Carolyn Brown’s Longhorn Canyon series and Cowboy Courage is no exception.


Cowboy Courage is the sixth entry in the Longhorn Canyon series of standalones.  It can be easily picked up on its own though it does reference back to the earlier couples in the series who are some of the side characters in this one.

Hud encountered Cactus Rose O’Malley at his friend’s wedding, but it was not their first meeting.  Rose was his junior high first love and the girl who stayed in his memories long after her family moved away.  Now, nearly fifteen year’s later, she’s around again and that electrifying feeling he had for her is sparking as strongly as ever.  Hud never wanted more than a ranch to work on and build up, a wife, and family and now he suspects that Rose might be it for him.  If only she would stick around instead of going back into the Army.

Rose’s enlistment is up and she needs to do some powerful thinking on whether to re-enlist or move on.  Her folks want her to come to live at the Commune in Kentucky with them.  She loves her family, but commune living and its rules is not for her.  But, what is?  She has a gift for linguistics and speaks seven languages which made her a great asset in the army, but there isn’t much call for that sort of thing in ranch country.  But, there is Hud, his extended family, the friendly small town there.  Maybe she can finally stop wandering and sink her roots.

Cowboy Courage is an easy going, gentle romance.  There are some mishaps and a brief bit of excitement, but for the most part, the conflict is internal as Rose has to figure out what she really wants and where she fits.  Hud is a hero all around from his quiet, humble, hard work as rancher and volunteer firefight to his love for family and his neighbors.  He’s rooted deep and knows who he is and where he belongs.  In a sense, he is static with Rose moving and shifting around him.  Waiting and respecting her enough to do it without putting on pressure or trying to manipulate her made him even more fabulous.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Longhorn Canyon story without a feisty senior to liven things up and this comes from Rose’s Great Aunt Luna and her pistol, Madam.  There were some hilarious scenes with her around.  Oh, and that crazy cat Chester who stole the scene more than once.

While I enjoyed Cowboy Courage and am semi-in love with Hud, I do have to admit that this one just missed it for me.  I think it was the last quarter that caused this.  I saw the point of where the author took things and why they went there.  However, it felt obvious to me that the important choices were presented and made with the heroine just hem-hawing at that point and going through the motions of hashing through things longer than needed.  Then there was that quick bit of fussing at the end that came out of the blue to me.  Fortunately, it was gone just as quickly.

But, that said, this was still a solid, entertaining and enjoyable read that I’m glad to have picked up.  I definitely want more Longhorn Canyon series- Paxton!!! And, more from this auto-buy author that I can easily recommend to those who love cowboy charm, hilarious antics, and sassy heroines in their cowboy romances.

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

Challenges Met

New Release #10
Literary Pickers #22 cord/less phone
COYER Winter Friends #37
Books N Tunes #5 Blake Shelton’s Ol’ Red
Romance BINGO #13 cowboy romance



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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2 years ago

Don’t you just hate when a story sort of seems rushed? Still, I like the sound of Hud as a character. Hugs and Happy Friyay! RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  RO P

Yes, especially when most of it was cruising along at a gentle, steady pace. LOL Fun story!

Yay for the weekend, Radiant Ro! 🙂

2 years ago

I only tried one book from the author and I should try more

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes, fun times, Melliane!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Sounds like a nice romance. This one is different with the female being in the military instead of the male which usually happens. I like that.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I liked the role reversal aspect, too. It’s good that she recognizes women military personnel. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Yeah, the last minute stuff. Still, this was a fun read with Aunt Luna and her antics! Chester and his sock addiction, lol! I’m looking forward to Paxton’s story, too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Agreed. Aunt Luna was my favorite. Chester cat and his socks was soooo cute.

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

Lovely review. I am sorry to see that you struggled with it here though, This author is such a treat to read though. So I am glad it was still a overall solid story.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It wasn’t too bad, but I just wanted it to get on with it in the end. There are some cute moments and I adored the hero. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

I really must continue the series. I read book 1 so far. SIGHS so much to read so little time

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She puts out so many books. It’s tough to keep up. This series has some fun moments. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I really enjoy cowboy / western stories and I should read more. I also enjoy Carolyn Brown. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Sure thing!