Title: Talk Cowboy to Me
Author: Carolyn Brown
Series: Lucky Cowboys #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
One cowboy. One cowgirl. One ranch.
Who will win the Double Deuce by the Fourth of July?
Adele O’Donnell knew that Double Deuce Ranch had to be hers the second she walked onto the property. Freshly divorced, she sees it as the perfect spot for her and the kids to start a new life. Remington Luckadeau was always a carefree playboy…until his suddenly orphaned nephews became his responsibility. The Double Deuce Ranch would be the perfect place to raise two boys. But some fiery woman is fighting him for it, and Remington is not sharing-no matter how the sparks fly when he and Adele are together.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
This was such a fun read, packed with character and cowboy charm. Carolyn Brown is a master at creating stories that drag me in from the first chapter, and this is no exception. But as great as I found Adele and Remy to be, it was Adele’s youngest daughter, Jett, who had me laughing and wanting to know so much more about all of them.
I liked Adele from the start. She may have run away from her ranching roots as a young woman, determined she wanted a different life, but she owns up to her mistakes and everything she does is to make life better for her two girls. Especially after their jerk of a father has washed his hands of them all. She’s a strong woman, smart and capable, but I loved how even from the start she can recognise that Remy’s nephews have their own wants and needs too and she has enough compassion and empathy to care for them.
I love her girls. Bella, the oldest, gets her smart, caring competence from her mother, while young Jett has all Adele’s spirit and sass. They’re complete opposites, but I liked how much of a team they could be and how they were never afraid of hard work. To be honest, I felt the pair of them overshadowed Remy’s nephews (Nick and Leo) quite a bit, but I guess there’s only room for one Jett in any book.
Remy wasn’t quite what I expected. He has a real playboy reputation – fully earned – but there’s not much arrogance and swagger about him. He lays down a great example for the boys from the very start by splitting all the household chores fifty-fifty with Adele’s family. He also has a heart big enough to have taken on his nephews without quibble, and enough space to let Adele’s girls in too. He’s a great guy, actually, and I loved how his relationship with Adele slowly grew from that initial attraction into a real partnership.
There a few deeper themes running in the background of this book, though few really touch the surface. Nick and Leo didn’t seem to miss their parents too much, despite it being less than a year since they died, and I felt things with Adele’s ex could have been given a bit more depth. There is also a bit of loss in the mix, but again, it fades quite quickly. Because overall this is a fun book, light and fluffy, dealing with family and love and unexpected partnerships. Overall I loved it and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this series.
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