"If you think my truck is big..." (bumper sticker on Bubba's pickup)
Going Cowboy Crazy is Katie Lane's cheeky debut novel about life in a small Texas...more"If you think my truck is big..." (bumper sticker on Bubba's pickup)
Going Cowboy Crazy is Katie Lane's cheeky debut novel about life in a small Texas town...and she has hit the ground running. Her style is a mish-mash of Susan Elizabeth Phillips (quirky but loveable secondary characters), Rachel Gibson (believable romance between two polar opposites) and Vicki Lewis Thompson (sexy, swaggering, modern-day cowboys). This is one of the sweetest books I've read in a long time and was just what I needed to pull me up from the literary doldrums I've been wallowing in lately...having no one to blame but myself for the slew of angst-ridden books I've been reading.
Faith Aldridge is on a mission. The demure, introverted woman from Chicago received the most unsettling news from her mother on her death bed...she has a twin sister. So Faith makes the trek across country to the small town of Bramble, Texas to, hopefully, meet her sister, Hope. Upon her arrival, Faith stops at what looks to be the local watering hole, but before she can open her mouth to ask after Hope, the townsfolk swoop down on her with kisses, hugs and adoration for their favorite hometown girl who is back from making it big in Hollywood. And they are gonna make damn sure she does things right this time by getting hitched to her high school sweetheart, Slate Calhoun.
Faith is overwhelmed by everyone's reaction and Slate, who knows instantly that Faith is not Hope, comes to her rescue. That's right, darlin. The big, strapping hunk o' cowboy with the rock-hard abs and sexy bedroom eyes becomes her champion of sorts...and he two-steps her right into bed in almost no time flat! (Of course, this is after she has no choice but to go along with the farce and do what Hope would do...slam down a number of tequila shooters.)
When Faith learns she has slept with her sister's "boyfriend", she wants to hi-tail it out of Bramble but her damn car has been impounded and nobody will tell her where it is. Resigned to her fate, Faith "adopts" Hope's identity and is soon practicing her southern drawl as well as her line-dancing. And somewhere along the way, she falls in love with the man the good people of Bramble have earmarked for her...er... for her sister. Uh-oh...look who's really back in town!
I can't recommend this book enough to someone looking for a "pick-me-up" read that will actually have you laughing out loud one minute and sighing "awww, that is so sweet" the next. For maximum enjoyment, listen to the audio book if you can. The narrator, Nicole Poole, gives voice to an entire town of rednecks so well you will think you've been plucked out of your cozy reading cubby and dropped dead center into the town of Bramble, Texas...wearing your big hair, skin-tight jeans and shit-stompin' cowboy boots! Ride 'em, cowgirl!
I really like Shannon Stacey but this Kowalski, although he was hot and rode a Harley, was a bit of a bore when compared to his cousins. The only conf...moreI really like Shannon Stacey but this Kowalski, although he was hot and rode a Harley, was a bit of a bore when compared to his cousins. The only conflict in this story was exclusive to the secondary characters, mainly Mitch's brothers. I'm looking forward to reading their stories.(less)
Short but sweet story about a guy who is guilt-ridden over the fact that he is in love with his dead best friend's wife. The narrator for this audiobo...moreShort but sweet story about a guy who is guilt-ridden over the fact that he is in love with his dead best friend's wife. The narrator for this audiobook, MacLeod Andrews, should be credited for giving this tired plot the oomph it needed to make this a worthwhile listen.(less)