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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

One Hot Cowboy Wedding by Carolyn Brown

One Hot Cowboy Wedding by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (355 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

A marriage made in Vegas...

Hunky cowboy Ace Riley wasn't planning on settling down, but his family had other plans for him...The only way to save his hide, and his playboy lifestyle, is to discreetly marry his best friend, Jasmine King.

Can't possibily last...

Fiesty city–girl Jasmine as just helping out her friend—that is, until their first kiss stirs up a whole mess of trouble, and suddenly discretion is thrown to the wind.

One hot cowboy, one riled up woman...

And they'll be married for a year, like it or not!

Need to settle down? Why not marry your best friend?

I know when I pick up a book by Carolyn Brown I'm in for a treat. I consider her books like little socials with old friends. She brings back characters from the previous books all while introducing new ones. Now don't let that be a deterrent. It's truly a huge family reunion with spicy romance to boot. The words flow and I couldn't put the book down once I started it. I had to know what would happen next.

Ms.Brown takes on two very popular tropes - friends to lover and secret weddings. While a lesser author might take the easy road with these story arcs, Ms. Brown doesn't. Jazzy and Ace may not be able to see their feelings for each other right away, but I felt it. These characters struggle with real issues - if they add sex into the mix, will the friendship wither? If they give in and admit they love each other, will the other one not feel the same way?

And my favorite story arc - having to get married because the will says so. Again, this story arc has been done, but Ms. Brown makes it feel realistic, not forced. Don't get me wrong, there's some forcing involved, but I rooted for them to get married. I rooted for them to get that elusive happy ever after because I genuinely loved the characters. Jazzy is the complete opposite of Ace, but it works. They have a sizzle I couldn't get away from.

If you want a book that will stay with you long after the last page, then this one is the book for you. Classic characters, a dash of spice and a healthy addition of southern twang. It's a winner.