Tuesday 22 December 2015

Review - Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown

Title: Wild Cowboy Ways
Series: Lucky Penny Ranch #1
Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: December 22, 2015


Allie Logan isn't the type to land a hot hunk of cowboy. Truth is, she's given up on dating since shedding her no-good ex. But the new owner of the most ramshackle ranch in Texas might just change her mind about that. He's six-foot-plus of tall, dark, and charming—the kind of guy who could make a girl throw caution to the wind . . . or the kind of guy who could break her heart.

Blake Dawson hopes he can make Lucky Penny Ranch finally live up to its name, but the property needs a ton of work. Allie and her carpentry skills are his best shot at getting things in order. Besides the fact that her brown eyes and dangerous curves have him roped and tied. Now Blake only needs to convince her that a wild cowboy can be tamed by love—and she's just the one to do it.

It is nigh on impossible for me to turn down a sexy cowboy, especially a WILD and sexy one. Which is what Blake Dawson is...

Having acquired the poorly named Lucky Penny Ranch—apparently the least lucky bit of land in all of Texas—Blake Dawson is determined to make a go of it, and prove all the naysayers wrong. And to do that, he'll need the help of the luscious carpenter next door, Allie Logan. 

Allie is not the type to fall for (and land) an untamable cowboy. She's been burned once before, so trusting Blake isn't something that's going to come easily to her—despite the fact she can't keep him out of her mind. 

Now Blake is determined to win Allie over as well as succeed on his new ranch—but will he be able to do it? 

This book was a good time. I really enjoyed both Allie and Blake, and their instant, swoony chemistry. It was a lot of fun to see them fight their attraction—even though it was clear that they were inevitable. 

Allie's family provided good friction, determined as they were to stop her from making a mistake with Blake, but I did find it a little over the top and overwhelming on occasion—especially Allie's naive sister, Lizzy. However, it worked well to not only cause some interesting tension but also to pique my interest for the next Lucky Penny Ranch book, which I'm hoping will be this couple's siblings... 

I'm also looking forward to hopefully seeing more of Deke, that charming, friendly and playful cowboy that was a source of fun and a voice of reason on occasion. He was my favorite of all these characters—although the wild Blake was delicious in his own way—and he definitely deserves his own HEA. 

While this one could be termed instalove, I had less concerns about that than I did the sometimes back-and-forth musings of Allie and Blake, which left me a touch bewildered at times. However, they made a good match, and Wild Cowboy Ways made a good start to a new series. I won't be saying no to more! 
~ Review by Beth

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than seventy-five books. She presently writes both women's fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at www.carolynlbrown.com

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