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Friday, September 24, 2010

My Give a Damn’s Busted by Carolyn Brown

My Give a Damn’s Busted by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (366 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

He’s just doing his job…
If Hank Wells thinks he can dig up dirt on the new owner of the Honky Tonk beer joint for his employer, he’s got no idea what kind of trouble he’s courting…

She’s not going down without a fight…
If any dime store cowboy think’s he’s going to get the best of Larissa Morley—or her Honky Tonk—then he’s got another think coming…

As secrets emerge, and passion vies with ulterior motives, it’s winner takes all at the Honky Tonk…

Add one hot head to one bar mistress. What have you got? A whole lot of trouble and one saucy story.

I love stories that show the warmth of human kind and the depth of female irritation by man. My Give a Damn’s Busted is just that kind of story. Once I opened Carolyn Brown’s third installment of her Honky Tonk series, I felt like I was revisiting good friends. It was as though I was there in the bar with them, watching them fight, love, fight, and realize that needing someone isn’t bad. The characters, both primary and secondary are well-developed and snagged my attention from page one.

Larissa has the fortitude of a saint. She’s been through the wringer and isn’t backing down from any fight. I love strong heroines. Lots of times, heroines melt into the hero and lose who they are. Not so with Larissa. Even when Hank’s driving her berserk and romancing her at the same time, she never loses an ounce of her self — she remains true to who she is. I love how she stands up to him as well. Her reaction is easy to relate to — she wants him to go far away and stay right there, because she’s starting to love him as well as hate him for what he’s done.

Hank is easy and hard to love. I know that makes no sense. He’s easy to love because he’s drop dead gorgeous and when he falls for Larissa, it’s a beautiful sight to see. But, at the same time, his initial reason for being in her bar isn’t on the up and up. Once I found out his motivation, I wanted to hate him. I wanted to shut the book, but I couldn’t put it down. The way he repents is sweet and kept me right in my seat to find out what happened next.

Want a book filled with red-hot chemistry, a nasty antagonist, and a rollicking honky tonk? Then you need to read My Give a Damn’s Busted. I give this book 4.5 books.