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Monday, November 8, 2010

Honky Tonk Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Honky Tonk Christmas by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

She Means business…

Sharlene Waverly is determined to have the “new and improved” Honky Tonk up and running before the holiday. For that, she’ll need Holt Jackson, the best darn carpenter in the state. But his warm, whisky-colored eyes make her insides melt, and before she knows it, she’s sharing her darkest secrets and talking about the nightmares…

He’s determined to keep things professional…

Holt Jackson needs the job at the Honky Tonk, but is completely unprepared to handle the beautiful new bar owner he’s working for.

Sharlene and Holt try like crazy to deny the sparks flying between them, but their love may just be the best Christmas present either one of them ever got.

She’s not marriage material, let alone mother material. He’s looking for a good time, not forever. What happens when these two people who have divergent goals collide? Hot stuff!!

I’ve read the rest of the books in Carolyn Brown’s Honky Tonk series and all are winners. This one is no exception. I know when I grab one of these books, I’m in for a great time with fantastic characters. There is a real sense of community and I want to visit there often.

In Honky Tonk Christmas, we meet Sharlene and Holt. From page one, I wanted to lick the man from head to toe. He’s yummy to look at and -- bonus! -- he’s a family man. I loved his slow to anger personality and his perpetual patience with Sharlene. The man has a heart of gold, even when he’s making a mess of things. Reading him interact with Judd and Waylon was sweet and touching and I wanted to be right there with them.

Sharlene posed some challenges for me. She’s a very negative character. She wants to be loved, she just doesn’t realize it. She wants someone to be there for her. She just doesn’t realize how good she’s got it. What she’s been through is some tough stuff that would cripple lesser people. I totally got her, but there were times when her negativity grated. I wanted to tell her, you can let yourself live and love. But if that was the case, the book wouldn’t have been nearly as good.

And the build-up between Holt and Sharlene is fun to read about. I love the way the kids got involved to help bring them together. It’s sweet and something not to miss.

If you want a story with a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, then you need to read Honky Tonk Christmas. I give this story 4.5 books.