Author: Carolyn Brown
Type: Contemporary Western Romance
ARC graciously provided by the publisher and NetGalley for an honest and voluntary review. Previously published in 2009, and free on Kindle Unlimited
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Available at Amazon
Reviewed by 2shay
Rating: 2 Stars
From New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author Carolyn Brown comes a contemporary Western romance filled to the brim with sexy cowboys, gutsy heroines, and genuine down-home Texas twang.
Jane Day is on the run from a former fiancé who’s out to kill her. In Wichita Falls, Texas, she meets Nellie Luckadeau, a spitfire of an old lady who desperately needs someone to work on her ranch. But Nellie’s drop-dead gorgeous grandson “Lucky Slade” is sure he can spot a con artist a mile away. He’s determined not to let some upstart like Jane fleece his granny.
When his signature intimidation methods don’t convince Jane to leave, he pours on the charm to make her spill what she’s up to. She’s happy to play along, but she’s not going to let this hot, hostile cowboy run her off his land when all she needs is a lucky break…
I have no idea why this book, originally published in 2009 with a different cover, is being re-released, but it is, with a release date of March 6th. When I requested this book from NetGally, having never read Ms. Brown’s books, I thought I was getting new work, not a nine year old book being dusted off and re-covered. I do think the new cover is way better.
The dialog is way past the “Texas twang” mentioned in the blurb, and uses every cliché ever written about Texas and Texans. Talk about bad stereotypes.
The story is pretty good. The plot is okay, and the pace is quick and linear. The constant bickering between Jane and Slade got old. I understood from very early that the two main characters didn’t like or trust each other, it didn’t need to be used as a mental battering ram. Sometimes silence speaks louder than words. When they finally decide that the bickering is foreplay, the sex scenes…aren’t there. Just a big zero. Apparently they tear up the sheets off page, but we hardly get a hint.
We get to hear them talk about old movies at length. Some of that was pretty witty. There are several conversations about books, so many in fact that I wondered at times if I was reading a book or a review blog!
The grandmother, Nellie, singlehandedly saved the book from a 1 star rating. She was great. Her sister wasn’t bad either. However, Slade’s previous love interests were an insult to Texas women. Trashy, trashy, trashy.
If you’re in the mood to read about basically good people, church going people with big hearts, you might enjoy this book…if you aren’t from Texas. Texas people might feel a little belittled. Keep in mind that the author was born in Texas, but makes her home in Oklahoma. Oklahoma loves to make fun of Texas, so the whole thing may be a little “tongue-in-cheek.”
Enjoy! (Tongue firmly in cheek!)