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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cowboy Crazy by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Crazy by Joanne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (364 pgs)
Heat Level spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Sparks fly when sexy cowboys collide with determined heroines in a West filled with quirky characters and sizzling romance. Acclaimed for delivering "a fresh take on the traditional contemporary Western," Joanne Kennedy's books might just be your next great discovery!

From stable to boardroom...

Sarah Landon's Ivy League scholarship transforms her from a wide–eyed country girl into a poised professional. Until she's assigned to do damage control with the boss's rebellious brother Lane, who's the burr in everybody's saddle. He's determined to save his community from oil drilling, and she's not going back to the ranch she left forever. Spurs will shine in this saucy romp about ranchers and roots, redemption and second chances.

When she left Two Shot, she had no intention of ever returning except to visit her sister and her niece. Now her job was taking her there and she’s been assigned to “work” the town and make them see just how drilling the land for oil would bring them benefits. It turns out to be much worse than she expected…

Ms. Kennedy picks a young woman with sad memories for her main character. She's not weak; she got a scholarship to Vassar and is a smart professional figure now. She’s also made up her mind she’s done with men. I found Sarah very easy to relate to. I also grew up in a small town and worked myself up to the top of my profession so her life story sounded familiar.

The author’s male characters are brothers of two different types that are also carrying some baggage from the past. Lane is the oldest and a cowboy; Eric is an executive who owns the mineral rights to the land Lane has for his ranch. This causes a conflict between the two with Sarah in the middle. She’s the Public Relations gal, but convincing Lane of anything when he’s against it is no easy task. The romantic interest between Lane and Sarah also sparks trouble for them. It’s hard to argue while kissing each other, but they manage.

Ms. Kennedy mixes environmental issues with a desire to retain a small town atmosphere and does some creative plot work to find a compromise that will work for all. The plot was well thought out and the interaction between the characters was realistic and enjoyable. It’s a good read; why not get you a copy and check it out?