Red’s Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs #2) by Carolyn Brown
Sourcebooks Casablanca (Sept 2011)
Paperback, 384 Pages
 | Western Romance

Red’s Hot Cowboy was a fun, hot, contemporary romance. Pearl has given up her banking job and partying lifestyle in the city to run the 1950s motel her aunt has left her. On Christmas Eve, hoping for a quiet night, a storm and local power cut gives her a full house and leads the police to her door.

It’s a case of mistaken identity for Wil Marshall who somehow finds himself in handcuffs at Christmas after a night’s stay at Pearl’s motel. Now he needs the feisty motel owner to help him out.

I really liked both Pearl and Wil. Wil is sexy and charismatic and you can almost see him breathing off the page. I’m a big fan of hunky cowboys, perhaps I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the cowboy bit, but he was certainly a hero that was right up my street! Pearl is sassy and brave and as lover of clothes, I did love her sense of style. As a pair the banter between them was both amusing and entertaining.

The setting of a fifties motel should not have worked, or at least I wasn’t quite sure about it, but it did adding a sense of quirkiness to the story. Adding in a mix of interesting characters and mini story-lines to the overall plot. The best of these was Lucy, an abused woman who has escaped her husband and ends up working for Pearl. I would like to see her get her own novel.

I do think it missed one thing and that was a big climax. Whether it was a life or death scene or major will they, won’t they moment in the relationship. Instead the book was a slow, steady burn. But I couldn’t really put my finger on a real pivotal moment.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but it really didn’t matter. You could easily pick it up as a stand-alone novel. It’s a cute read, for when you don’t fancy picking up anything too serious or heavy going.

VERDICT:

This is the first book by Carolyn Brown that I have read and I will definitely be looking out for more. A great, fun and heart-warming romance.

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CAROLYN BROWN ONLINE
Website | Goodreads

BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Love Drunk Cowboy
  2. Red’s Hot Cowboy
  3. Darn Good Cowboy Christmas
  4. One Hot Cowboy Wedding
  5. Mistletoe Cowboy
  6. Just A Cowboy & His Baby

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Laura

A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!

2 Comments


LoriStrongin November 26, 2011 at 2:49 am

I definitely have a thing for cowboys–it's part of the reason I went to college out in Colorado because I just love the history and romance of the Wild West.

And yay for stories of mistaken identities that end with handcuffs! :)

Thanks for the rec!

Smiles!
Lori

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Laura November 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Lol Lori :-D
I'd love to visit the West at some point, all those cowboys! Just don't tell my husband the reason for us visiting ;-)

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