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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One Lucky Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

One Lucky Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Western
Length: Full (331 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Jane Day is on the run from the paid assassin who had been her fiancé. 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…

She’s running from her past and what could be her future. He’s sure she’s not what she seems and puts a guard around his heart. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Neither and both. Want to know more? Read One Lucky Cowboy and find out. You won’t want to miss this novel.

Ms. Brown’s novel is compelling from page one. I couldn’t put the book down. Her descriptions were rich enough that I could easily visualize the characters. By the end of the story, I felt like I was reading about good friends.

This novel revolves around the idea of trust: trusting others, trusting strangers, trusting one’s own heart. Jane makes a great heroine because she works on her own terms. Yes, she worked for Nellie, Slade’s grandmother at the family ranch, but Jane only discloses what she wants to and only lets people as close as she can handle. Then there is the hero, Slade. He wants to find a woman who wants Slade the man, not Slade the heir to money from the Double L Ranch. Trust works both ways.

The antagonists are both interesting and scary – both great traits for the bad guys. You wanted to see them get busted, yet you could also see why they went for the brass ring of killing off Jane. A good storyteller has the reader feeling for both sides while still rooting for the side of justice to prevail. In the case of One Lucky Cowboy, Ms. Brown delivers.

As for the love scenes, I’m not a fan of sex and alcohol, but in this novel it worked and worked well. You were reading about people you might know and experiences you may have even been through. When sex was involved, the passion between the hero and heroine was scorching. They may not have liked each other, when they got together, they sizzled.

If you want a great story with hints of blinding passion and biting repartee between the heroine and hero, then you need to read One Lucky Cowboy. You’ll be lucky you did.

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