Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review of Wicked Cowboy Charm by Carolyn Brown

Brief Book Summary Courtesy of Forever-Grand Central Publishing 


Josie Dawson is new in town, but it doesn't take a local to know that Deke Sullivan is trouble—in a smokin' hot package. He's sweet, sexy, and has charmed just about every woman in Dry Creek, Texas. Well, Josie won't be next. She'll keep her distance, even if he is great with babies and makes a mean cup of homemade hot chocolate.

Deke Sullivan really is a one-woman type of guy. He just had to do a lot of looking to find that one woman. Now he thinks he's found her and he won't let a strong, sassy gal like Josie slip away. Just when he's wondering how to convince her he only has eyes for her, they get stranded in a tiny cabin during a major blizzard. If Deke can melt her heart before they dig out of the snow, he'll be the luckiest cowboy in Texas . . .

My Review: 

This is the 4th book in the Lucky Penny Ranch series by Carolyn Brown and the second that I read. After reading Fiona Logan and Jud Dawson's story in Merry Cowboy Christmas I was excited to read the next book in the series and to see what love interest she would pick for Deke. So when I got the opportunity to read Wicked Cowboy Charm I jumped at the chance. In regards to character development I really enjoyed how she continued telling you the story of Deke Sullivan and why he was connected to the Logan sisters. In addition, I thought she did a pretty decent job of giving you back story on Josie so you could understand better her actions. I think a little more of Jud and her back story I would have enjoyed but i understand why it wasn't in there. 

In regards to pace of the story I felt that it dragged on at times and that I had a hard time really seeing the characters grow together as a couple like I did with Fiona and Jud. In addition to the pace of the story I also felt that some of the things that happened in the book were very predictable. Not that it is bad all the time but when the pace was slow and then parts of the story being too predictable I had a hard time connecting to the book and really keeping my attention. I found that this book took me a lot longer to read then the other one did. 

All in all this wasn't a bad book and I enjoyed some of it. I am interested to see if Carolyn adds more books to the Lucky Penny Ranch and who the next couple will be. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

REED Release Day Blitz

A new beginning . . . 

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest . . . until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe . . . and make her his. 


Title: REED
Author: R.C. Ryan
Series: The Malloys of Montana
On Sale: April 25th, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99
eBook: $7.99



Matt, #1
Luke, #2
A Cowboy’s Christmas Eve, #2.5
Reed, #3


New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical.  Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.  

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan.  She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America.  

R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan. 


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review of Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Brief Summary

Julia Padden is liked by almost everyone that she meets and vice versa, except for her neighbor Caine. Julia does not know why Cain is unfriendly and stand offish so when the opportunity at work arises to create a popular blog that will grab audiences attention she decides what she is going to write on. Her blog is called "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Julia's plan is to on the last twelve days til Christmas to get Cain to warm up to her and break down the tough exterior that he has. However, as she begins to track the progress and gets to know Cain she starts to fall for him. Only problem is what does she do about the blog? Tell him or keep it hidden.

My review:

I am an avid reader of Debbie Macomber's book so when I heard that she had a new Christmas book coming out I jumped at the chance to read it. Debbie did a great job of really developing Julia's character as well as Cain's. In addition to creating well developed characters, Debbie also chose the right setting for the book. It was different from her other books that I have read which typically take place in small town not the city, which this one did.

In addition to the well developed characters and the scenery that Debbie described I also enjoyed how the book was different from the others that I have read. I enjoy all of her books but this one definitely held my attention better than previous books. I think it was because the book to me was more about the two characters then it was about the town (i.e. Cedar Cove series).

I really enjoyed how Debbie worked in Caine's Grandfather into the story as well. I thought that it was very sweet to see how Cain changed when he went to visit him and how close Julia got to him as well. They always say that elders in this time hold the wisdom and that was definitely true for this book. I also enjoyed seeing the relationship of Julia and Caine develop through out the book from strangers, to neighbors, to friends and then last but not least to significant others.

Can't wait to read more stand alone novels like this from Debbie in the future.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review of Merry Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown

Brief Book Summary :

When Fiona Logan left the small town of Dryer Creek at age 18 she never thought she would be coming home again. However, times change and now, 19 years later she finds herself divorced and jobless. Her luck does not get any better when she lands in the ditch after driving on an icy road back to her house. Luckily a handsome cowboy by the name of Jud Dawn shows up to save the day.

Jud Dawn recently moved to Dryer Creek and into the Logan household well him and his cousin work on the ranch that they just bought. Life changes however for him the night he helps Fiona Logan when her car goes off the roadway on icy roads.  Fiona is more than just the owners daughter, she has something that he just can't let go.

My Review:

This is the first book of Carolyn Brown's that I have read and the third in the Lucky Penny Ranch series. Carolyn did a great job of developing the main characters. I liked that she gave you the back story on Fiona so that you would understand why she was back in town and why she acted the way that she did. In addition, she gave you a little bit of Jud's past so you would know why he was in town.

In addition to creating very well developed characters she also created a chemistry that the readers could connect with. She built their love story through out the book but you could see from the words that Carolyn wrote the instant romantic connection from their very first instance. It was fun to see their love story grow through out the book.

Lastly, I also enjoyed that she also intertwined other stories with in this one. For instance the story about Fiona's grandmother and how the Alzheimer's/dementia had affects on both the grandma and her family. This really hit home to me with my own Grandma's diagnose with this unforgiving disease.