Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Trouble with Texas Cowboys (Burnt Boot, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown (@SourceBooks)

When Sawyer O'Donnell takes a ranch job on a whim, he lands smack dab in the middle of a Texas-sized feud! The Gallaghers and the Brennans are at each other's throats to woo the red-headed spitfire, Jill Cleary, and stake a claim for the Fiddle Creek Ranch.

Jill makes Sawyer's blood boil. They argue, they banter, but Sawyer soon goes from being driven crazy to crazy in love. Damned if he knows how that happened. But now that it has, how does he compete with two men that can give this cowgirl a lifestyle beyond her wildest dreams?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5
Rating: 4

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Well, that was a real good time. I mean. You know it's gonna be a lively time when things kick off with the heroine holding the hero at gun point with a shotgun. And The Trouble with Texas Cowboys definitely delivered with a slow burning romance that was sweet, heartwarming and impossible not to smile over as Jill and Sawyer decide to team up for their own protection against a crazy little town that's feuding and set on dragging them into the mix. 

So. Both Jill and Sawyer are newly arrived to Burnt Boot. They're both going to work on her auntie's ranch and wind up having to live together much to their mutual surprise. Even better...they get hit with another blow. The two families that are feuding in this town have set their sights on wooing Jill and Sawyer. Both families want them bad and plan on stealing their affections away from their rivals. And telling them "no"...just ain't cutting it with these folks much to Jill and Sawyer's ever loving dismay. 

I loved the romance between Jill and Sawyer. These two got off on a rough start but real quick life had them bonding and having each other's backs as they fight off their woo-ers and having to work pretty much 24/7 together for weeks on end. Life's exhausting but they're making the best of it together. Jill's a pretty tough one. Feisty and lively and willing to work hard and get her hands dirty. And Sawyer. Lordy he's sexy. Sweet, cooks, a solid support and oh man definitely romantic in his own way. He had me swooning no question.

Right smack in the middle was an old chipped crock cookie jar. Glazing cracks started at the bottom and wove their way in different directions, some on the sides, with others winding their way around in circles.

"Are we having cookies with our waffles?" Jill asked.

"Look at it closely," Sawyer grinned, "Pay especially close attention to the lid."

"Daisies," She smiled.

"I would have gone out into the pasture and picked some wild ones for you, but it's the wrong time of year. That's all I could find with a daisy on it," Sawyer said.
I loved watching them slowly fall without realizing it. Becoming best friends and each other's support. It was sweet, charming and made me go all girly. They just had cute moments like joint naps together when the days were long and they were tuckered. Heat-wise. LOTS of sexual tension and chemistry but then sex scenes over before you could blink an eye. That was a wee bit disappointing to me. I would have liked to see more of the "wild and passionate" moments but the tease was nice even without them. 

The town...batshit crazy. Funny but crazy. Like cray cray crazy. These families have feuded for years and they just won't give it up. Stealing hogs, cows, causing fires and bar fights and starting up the great "Pig Wars". Oh man you'd just want to slap them silly for sure. But it was still a riot and a chuckle-worthy backdrop for the story.

I did have one quibble. Not huge but that kept hanging me up. Contractions. They were used sometimes but then others not at all which made for some stilted dialogue. It just didn't flow and was too formal for how most people would speak. Especially easy going cowboys. 

But overall...The Trouble with Texas Cowboys was a fun and quirky ride. Not too much happened but everything happened at the same time. It made me snicker and laughingly roll my eyes over all the antics and shed a few tears too. Brown definitely has a way of  has me interested in more from Brown. 

Have you read Brown? Have a favorite?
Any quirky small town cowboy romances you're just smitten over?
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