Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Cowboy Seeks a Bride

Cowboy Seeks a Bride (Spikes & Spurs - Book 7) by Carolyn Brown

Publication Date: 08/06/2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Genre: Western Romance
Pages: 384
ISBN-10: 1402270216
ISBN-13: 978-1402270215

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

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Books in the series:

Love Drunk Cowboy (2011), Red's Hot Cowboy (2011), Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (2011), One Hot Cowboy Wedding (2012), Mistletoe Cowboy (2012), Just a Cowboy and His Baby (2012), Cowboy Seeks a Bride (2013)

Coverart: Click the image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.



Excerpt from Cowboy Seeks a Bride, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.

Synopsis:

He's Tough as Nails and Ready to Ride...
Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time—until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...
She's Way Out of Her Element...
Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show—but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding?
It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down.
Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...

Thoughts:

What is it about cowboys? There is just something inherently swoon worthy about a strong man in a cowboy hat and Carolyn Brown knows just how to pick'em. The final book in Brown's very popular Spikes & Spurs series, Cowboy Seeks a Bride, is available now. Brown's cowboys are loyal, hard-working and hot! Her city girls gone country are always classy and full of surprises. It's no surprise that this romance is full of passion, love and humor. Brown scores once again!

I read a lot of books. I mean a lot. Sometimes 5 or 6 a week or even more. I read just about every genre out there, but I honestly like some better than others. Contemporary romance isn't usually my cup of tea. It's okay, but not what I would consider a favorite, unless you are talking about Carolyn Brown. Brown's books have a contemporary setting but still have old-fashioned values, hard working people and of course cowboys. 

Before reading Brown's books I hadn't really thought that much about their still being cowboys around, but of course there are, ranches still exist and rodeo's still go on. I had just forgotten the allure of the open range and joy of reading about men and woman who are still taming the west so to speak. Brown does a fantastic job bringing sassy city girls into contact with strong cowboys and bringing them together even though they are so fundamentally different. Every Carolyn Brown western romance holds that same good feeling you get when know that two people who may never have crossed paths with get their happy ending.

Cowboy Seeks a Bride is no exception to that rule. City girl meets a cowboy she can't resist. This story not only brings two very different people together, but two very different worlds. Dewar O'Donnell is your typical western cowboy looking forward to reenacting the famous Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The kicker is, Hayley McKay works for a company who is doing research for a new reality TV show featuring cowboys. Two totally different worlds. I love the way that Brown is able to show both sides of the coin. Dewar's world of horses and trail rides vs. Hayley's high-powered executive world of TV productions and big city life. The contrast is both appealing and fun to read about.

Both of the main characters have strong personalities and unfailing loyalty to their own worlds. It is almost like a clash of wills between these two. Both passionate and fiery, in the bedroom and out. Brown is able to capture the untamed spirit in both of them and show the reader how amazing a relationship between two very different people can be. Opposites most certainly connect in this one. 

Hayley won't back down even though a business suit and heels isn't exactly trail gear. Dewar is determined to make sure snakes, storms and stampedes do not get the best of her. The romance is both steamy and tender. I loved the way that Dewar looked out for Hayley and wanted to see her make it. He wasn't vindictive nor did he look at her with a snicker and laugh about how she'd never be able to do it. He supported her and showed her exactly what she could do. A great romantic hero.

Brown uses a lot of humor and comical situations in her books to add a lightness and fun element to the read. I always look forward to that part of any of Brown's books. Sometimes you understand the urgency of the circumstances but you also see the humor in every mistake and stumble. Brown does an excellent job of making romance... fun!

Cowboy Seeks a Bride is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!



About the Author:

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than sixty books published. She writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances, as well as women's fiction. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma.





Giveaway Details:

I wasn't able to provide a giveaway for this title, but today is the last day of Carolyn's blog tour for Cowboy Seeks a Bride. She is guest posting and answering questions at Fresh Fiction. You can leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of her book, but you only have TODAY to do it! So get busy... LOL!

Fresh Fiction also provides a plethora of other giveaways each month, be sure to check out their contest page while you are there!


1 comments:

Lexi H said...

So nice of you to find a giveaway to go along with your posts, even if you don't have one. Takes extra effort. :)