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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Two Book Reviews and Double Giveaway! Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy

Double fun with twin sisters and two hunky men, a cowboy and a biker. What's not to like?
Going Cowboy Crazy (A Deep in the Heart of Texas novel)
Going Cowboy Crazy (A Deep in the Heart of Texas novel) by Katie Lane
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582780
     Genre: Contemporary Romance
      My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0
Product Description
Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they're fixin' to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope's long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there's no way like the Lone Star way . . .
But Slate's no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He's determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart. Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she's got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she'll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.
Review: This is a fun fast read.
Faith doesn’t set out to impersonate her sister but the townsfolk latch onto the idea and don’t want to let go. So quiet, sunny city girl Faith gets a taste of what it’s like to be a sassy, brassy country home town sweetheart.

Most of the townsfolk may be blinded thinking Faith is Hope, but Hope’s high school sweetheart Slate, knows immediately that this sweet mouthed girl isn’t sassy, spitting Hope. Slate never felt this special hot zing with Hope. Even though it looks like Faith is set on getting info and then heading out of town to find Hope, Slate wants time to know her better before letting her slip away. But it’s a bit difficult to stage a quick, quiet affair when the town starts planning a wedding for Slate and Faith, who they think is Hope.

Faith came looking for a sister to call family but she discovers that she may have found more family than expected in this tight little town. Plus she’s found a sexy cowboy she could call family if she would agree to stay. But just when it looks like she could claim happiness, the real Hope shows up to claim her old sweetheart, Slate. They may be sisters but that doesn’t mean that some fur won’t fly. Faith may have to toughen up if she wants to prevail against her bigger than life twin.

This is a fun and fast read. The town is full of quirky characters and they all have stubborn streaks. Some of the scenario is a bit zany but I enjoyed the confusion of the town in reaction to the unexpected twins. I also liked Faith’s quiet, sincere personality and that fact that she is willing to see beyond the surface to encourage Slate, and others, to break out of their rut. The romance is steamy yet sweet and the writing is a perfect fit of charm and sass for a small Texas town that has a big heart.

Make Mine a Bad Boy (A Deep in the Heart of Texas novel) By Katie Lane
Make Mine a Bad Boy (A Deep in the Heart of Texas novel)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582797
     Genre: Contemporary Romance
     My Rating:  4.0 of 5.0
Product Description
Hope Scroggs is finally ready to get hitched. After years of sowing her wild oats, the former head cheerleader and homecoming queen has returned to Bramble, Texas, to marry her high school flame. But her perfect wedding plans are stomped to smithereens when her adoring cowboy two-steps down the aisle with someone else. Now Hope is stuck with the one man from her past she can't shake: Colt Lomax, an irresistible bad boy whose sultry kisses are hotter than the Panhandle in August . . .

Colt lives for freedom and the open road; he never gets attached, never looks back. Still, he can't forget the night of passion he once shared with Bramble's sweetheart--a night he wouldn't mind repeating. So, he piles on the Texas charm to tease the feisty beauty back into his bed, while she tries her darnedest to resist. But something unexpected is about to tie their fates together . . . and oh, baby, will it ever!
Review: I am glad I had Hope’s story to read right after Faith’s story.
Hope comes across as tough, rough and sassy. She has always been determined to push through the teasing to help others and support her home town. But few people looked beneath her brassy exterior to see the girl inside who was scared of failing. She doesn’t want the townsfolk who believe in her to know she didn’t make it in Hollywood. Now she has come home from one failure only to face another when she discovers that her high school sweetheart is not prepared to marry her. Instead he is marrying her twin sister, whom she didn’t know about until she looks up to see herself... only with short hair and a softer personality.

Standing on the sidelines as Hope realizes she has lost her “back up” plan is the town bad boy, Colt. He has always had a thing for Hope but never had a chance to express it since Hope and Slate were the town sweetheart couple. Rather than stick around to watch the seemingly perfect couple, Colt left town on his hot motorcycle and he’s been roading ever since.

Everyone has always seen Colt as the bad boy and they think he’s been in prison while away from town. Even Hope is convinced that he has been mooching off his sister and wealthy brother-in-law who owns the biggest business in town.  When the business starts having trouble and Colt steps up to help everyone is surprised. But it seems it will take more than that for folks to see that Colt might be the perfect hombre to handle the town sweetheart, Hope.

This book continues the fast entertainment with the fun characters and fun twists to the plot. The reader may figure out what’s going on much earlier than the town but it is fun reading the conflict and reactions that take place. The attraction between Colt and Hope really sizzles. I particularly enjoyed Colt’s character as he gains more confidence in revealing who he has grown to be and in getting bolder in approaching Hope.

What will it take for Colt and Hope to get past their fears and face their fated future?  I hope you get to read and enjoy the book to find out.

Thank you to Hachette for both books to read and offer for Giveaway.

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