Review: Red’s Hot Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Posted January 4, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Red’s Hot Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Red's Hot Cowboy

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Series: Spikes & Spurs #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on August 2, 2011
Pages: 370
Format: ARC
Source: Giveaway
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A fiery-tempered red head chucks her city job and takes up running her aunt’s smalltown motel and tangles with the bad boy cowboy in the tight wranglers wearing the easy smile who needs a room for the night.  Laid back country loving and charm was what I was expecting and what I got in this older title from a long-time favorite author.


Red’s Hot Cowboy is book two in the Spikes and Spurs series, but it read just fine out of order and standalone.  The couple from the first book are friends of this pair, but the earlier story was completely separate from this one.

Pearl was dissatisfied with her bank job so when her aunt died and left her the Longhorn Inn she chose to keep it rather than sell it making her genteel mama howl.  But, as hard as the work is she’s pleased with her choice.  Then an electric outage on the other side of town on Christmas Eve fills up all her rooms and brings her into contact with one hot cowboy, Wil Marshall.  She’s been known as a carefree party girl, but Wil spells trouble.  She a guy broke her heart and no one else ever sized up so why should Wil be different?  Only after flirting their way into several dates and a sizzling night-time encounter makes it clear that they both might have found their match if they can get past their doubts to not lose a good thing.

This one started out fun and feisty with Wil getting hauled out of bed in the wee hours as a murder suspect and Pearl vouching for him.  He proves he’s more than a pretty face and suddenly her party days and hook-ups along with his fall to the side and they work through past issues and confused new emotions.

The motel in a ranch town was a fun added element as Pearl took care of her guests in particular being a secret stop for an organization helping abuse victims escape their circumstances.  It was so fun when Lucy, one of the survivors, joined her as the extra help at the motel.

Then there were their circle of friends who surrounded them.  A fun group that I suspect will be the future lead characters in the series.  I realized when I spotted mention of the O’Donnells’ that I’d read a later series involving folks from that family.

There was some lag in the middle of the story, but then it picked up and I cracked up for both their ‘meet the parents’ events.

Wil and ‘Red’ were great together even when her temper was flaring and he was tickled to rile her up.  Their flirting and sexy time and their dates were all good times in a slow-burn romance that I enjoyed.

In summary, this was a sassy and satisfying cowboy romance in a series that I want to keep reading.  Those who enjoy low angst, gently-paced laid back cowboy romance should definitely give this author and this series a go.


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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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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I do love Carolyn Brown’s sassy fun romances! Usually low on angst and that’s something I appreciate. Will have to add this one to the list. Fab review, Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

They are just easy going fun and that’s what I like, too. I am trying to read some older books this year and this was an easy first choice. 🙂

3 years ago

I like Carolyn Brown. She is fairly prolific. I don’t know when I will get to more of her titles. Nice review. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Anne

Oh my stars, yes! She writes like four or five a year. It’s impossible to keep up. I’m working to read the ones I’ve already got on my shelves plus keeping current with her more recent ones.

Carole rae
3 years ago

The author is so good with this genre! I must read more by her

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

She sure is. I like others, but I gravitate more toward her books.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

This sounds like a fun romance setup – and I absolutely adore her red boots! Want want want!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes, those books are sassy. 🙂
It really was a cute one and I loved the funny things that happened as she ran the motel and had some quirky guests.

herding cats
3 years ago

I don’t think I’ve read any from this series. Hmm! That does sound like a fun set up. And neat with the hotel aspect, too!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yeah, this was from one of her older series. I was determined to start the year off right and pulled down some dusty books from the shelf that have sat for years. 🙂
This was a cutie and I’m so glad I grabbed it. I think I have a couple more from her older series so hopefully I can get to them, too.