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Charlize 'Charlie' McCloud, young widow and mother, is seemingly content with her secluded life on a sprawling Texas ranch. Her moonlit horseback rides provide the perfect dreamscape to obsessively reminisce about her college sweetheart—her first and final love—Cash McCloud.

When intern Hunter Bowie arrives on her ranch to work for the summer, his engaging persona threatens
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Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Arena Books, Austin, Texas
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Kathleen
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 BIG TEXAS STARS!

This book was AMAZING and a VERY EMOTIONAL read for me.

This is a story about a young widow and mother that has been struggling for years to get over the death of her husband. He was the love of her life and her first and only true love. Just Not Ready Yet gives us Charlie’s story, about how she str
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Marta Cox
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Austin , Texas and the life of Charlie McCloud. A widow with two adorable children and a ranch to run that keeps her pretty busy. Caught up in the grief she feels since losing her much loved husband Cash, Charlie has thrown herself into work but her life is stagnating under the responsibilities she has shouldered. Enter Hunter, a vibrant confident young guy looking to earn money during the summer vacation. He's not much of a ranch hand if honest and his soul is full of music but the n ...more
Jacqueline
Dec 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The only thing worse than first person present tense is third person present tense. Worse even than that is poor grammar within that tense. Pronouns have to match their antecedent. Pronouns should have some sort of antecedent even.

Authors shouldn't make up words. "This isn't so bad," he spirits to himself." Say what again? I talk to myself all the time but I don't know how to spirit something to myself. Let's look that up. 27 noun usages for this word and 2 verb usages. The author is using this
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Patty
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!!

Opening Lines
“Keep on…keep on keepin’ on,’ Jack Ingram & The Beat Up Ford Band floods out of the speakers of a 1972 convertible Ford Bronco.
Hunter Bowie, a sandy-haired blue-eyed Texas A&M student, sits at the wheel of the customized maroon and white Bronco, proudly touting his school colors. Flagrant decals―Gig ’Em, I Bleed Maroon and Fear The Aggies―line his bumper.”


Just Not Ready Yet was a book that blew me away. I love reading a good romance story but this one just had ele
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Maureen
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
In ‘Just Not Ready Yet’ we meet Charlize ‘Charlie’ McCloud, a young widow with two young children. Charlie has lost the love of her life almost three years ago and now she is stuck trying to figure out how to move on without her husband. But everything Charlie sees and does reminds her of him. Especially when her husband’s brother Cage McCloud is around. Cage looks so much like his younger brother, and Charlie finds herself more and more attracted by him and not only because of his looks. Tryin ...more
Lynn Worton
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic contemporary western romance. I loved it!

Charlize "Charlie" McCloud is a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is a young widow and mother, who is still mourning the death of her husband. Afraid to face the future without her college sweetheart, her world revolves around her children and the ranch. That is, until eighteen year old Hunter Bowie (pronounced like the knife), turns up and throws her life upside down. Hunter's entrance onto the scene makes Charlie realise th
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Charlie
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in my own part of the world: Austin, Texas. From the descriptions used, it is before a lot of the modernization and urban growth that has happened in the last 20 or so years.

I adored the characters. There wasn’t one I didn’t like. They all had a role to play in progressing the plot. Charlie, the main character, is a woman continuing her husband’s legacy three years after his death. She’s raising their two kids on their ranch outside of Austin, with the help of her husband’s mom,
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DJ Sakata
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

“LUST is a thief, she thinks to herself, correcting Cage, the superficial carnal urge a malignant assault on one’s senses, making fools of otherwise rational beings. At least there is honor in LOVE,…”

“No matter how or why his life was cut short, you have to know that the life he lived was everything he wanted it to be.”

My Review:

This was not what I was expecting as it was a rather melancholy story. Basically the woman is grieving throughout most of the book, which proves to be a
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Kenzie
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books-owned
Just Not Ready Yet was beautifully written and I loved how Brooklyn James mixed Charlie's past with the present flawlessly. The flash backs always had meaning and were very well timed throughout the book. The main characters all played strong roles and each had great personalities that complimented and challenged each other. You couldn't help but wish for the best for each one of them. The emotions that they all experienced are easily felt by the reader and I found myself tearing up more than on ...more
Carol Kowalski
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I'm not typically a contemporary romance reader, however the sci-fi / mystery / thriller (with a dash of sensual romance) _Vigilare_ series by Brooklyn James captured my interest, so I couldn't help but read _Just Not Ready Yet_. I found myself captivated by Charlie and the McCloud family. Charlie has the fighter spirit of a New Yorker w/ a true blue Texas-sized heart; Charlie's poignant flashbacks during her moonlight rides talking to the Man on the Moon are tear-jerkers. Brooklyn J ...more
Donna Block
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paths, some cross, some never do. Do we control which ones we take or is it in the hands of fate?

Hunter Bowie heads into Texas Hill Country to begin a work/study program with a Charlie McCloud. After being bested by a runaway mare and a staple gun, Hunter settles into life on the ranch. Not having a real plan for the summer, Hunter enjoys being part of the ranch ‘family’.

As Hunter and Charlie (aka Charlize) bond over their love of music, they find themselves on converging and diverging paths.
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Charlotte Lynn
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love a good, easy romance book and that is what I was thinking this was. It kinda of was, it kinda wasn’t. This had a lot of romance, some of it hot and steamy, some of it nice and easy. It also is the story of a woman left to raise her two young children after her husband unexpectedly dies. How she copes with being a single mom, not wanting lose her memories of her husband, and trying to move on with life are all part of this story. Then throw in her husbands, hot older brother and things get ...more
Tracy Beth
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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"Oh cowboy love stories, they sure know how to reach the heart of a mid-western girl."
Charlene
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Angie
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Synopsis: "Charlize 'Charlie' McCloud, young widow and mother, is seemingly content with her secluded life on a sprawling Texas ranch. Her moonlit horseback rides provide the perfect dreamscape to obsessively reminisce about her college sweetheart—her first and final love—Cash McCloud.

When intern Hunter Bowie arrives on her ranch to work for the summer, his engaging persona threatens Charlie's treasured reliving. Her interest in moving on as departed as her late husband, Hunter's youthful exuber
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This was a difficult one for me to read. It was almost like a commentary and very distracting.
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Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle's Top 100 Coming of Age and Women's Fiction.

When she is not writing books, she can be found playing live
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