Monday, March 19, 2012

Contemporary ARC Review: Catch Me A Cowboy by Katie Lane

Series: Deep In The Heart of Texas #3
GENRE: Contemporary
LENGTH: 384 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (March 27, 2012)

Back In The Saddle

Shirlene Dalton has it all: a dream marriage to a man who spoils her rotten and the most outrageous mansion Bramble, Texas, has ever seen. But when her husband unexpectedly dies, Shirlene finds herself right back where she started—in a rundown trailer on the wrong side of the tracks. Never the type to let a little bad luck and a whole heap of heartache get her down, Shirlene is ready to prove to the local gossips she can make it on her own...until she ends up living next to the most tempting cowboy in town.

Billy Wilkes has a score to settle and a plan to wipe Bramble right off the map. But when his sexy, redheaded neighbor figures out what he's up to, his good ol' boy charm won't be enough to save him. With the town on his tail, Billy will have to come clean quick—or kiss Shirlene goodbye.
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Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Powell's
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt
I liked it.
Other Books in Series(click on covers for excerpts):

Hot hillbilly cowboy dumber than rocks but really has a secret identity? Check.
Sassy gold digging widow with a heart of gold? Check.
Four orphans camping out at said gold digging widow's old digs? Check.
Town full of good ol' folks who cain't seem to keep their mouth shut from gossiping about anyone and everyone even though it's probably not true? Check.

Welcome to Bramble, Texas.

Shirlene Dalton has been kicked out of her home due to the fact that she can't make payments on it. She's spent all her dead husband's money and didn't realize it until reality came knocking in the form changed locks on her mansion.

Billy "Bubba" Wilkes is in town trying to take care of some business. At least until a sexy long legged cool drink of water comes back to his part of the woods. From that moment on, Bubba is enchanted by Shirlene. He shouldn't be because lord knows she's probably on the hunt for her next sugar daddy.

Everyone has secrets and Shirlene and Bubba are full of them. Shirlene has no money so she returns to the trailer she grew up in, only to get chased away by some Texas Chainsaw Massacre-like wielding psycho and into the arms of none other than Bubba Wilkes. Dang hillybilly is full of southern charm and will let her take a tour of Wilkesville. Heh! Turns out the chainsaw wielding psycho is one of four children who have taken up residence in Shirlene's trailer.

At first Shirlene doesn't know what to do with them but over time, they grow on her. She's even filled out papers to be their foster parent until she can find them a good home. Of course, she wants her old life back. Or at least her McMansion.

Things heat up between Shirlene and Bubba. It all comes down to: will they give in to that attraction, will the children find a good home and once Shirlene and Bubba's secrets are all laid out, can they learn to forgive? And will Bubba's family curse be lifted? Yeah, there's a family curse and apparently, Bramble is where it all began.

Bubba stood at the bottom of the steps. A country boy in faded jeans and bare feet. A redneck with stubbled jaw and wavy hair. A knight in shining armor who always seemed to be there when she needed him.
Confession: It took me several tries to finish this book. I kept picking it up, putting it down. At first, Shirlene just grated on my nerves. I wanted to slap her so hard, her teeth would knock back into her head. She was totally self-centered. All she cared about was getting her house and the good life back. Nothing could stand in her way. Not even four helpless kids who obviously were shacking up in her old trailer. Then Bubba with his good ol' southern boy charm was laying it on a bit too thick that I wanted to hurl. Once things unraveled including the identity of the new bank owner as well as the person taking up residence in Shirlene's McMansion, it got interesting. Once Shirlene realized that she might not get her old life back, the story started to get interesting. Mentions of characters from the previous two books have me intrigued. Looks like I'll be dusting off my copies of those when I get a chance.

***review copy provided by publisher***

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