Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #1)” as Want to Read:
Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Love Drunk Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,665 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
Carolyn Brown's first five cowboy/country music single title mass market romances have sold over 65,000 copies.

All Austin Lanier wants is to sell her inherited watermelon farm, slip on her stilettos and run back to corporate America. Until the drop dead sexy cowboy next door, Rye O'Donnell, decides he'll only take the farm if he can get the fiery woman who owns it as part
Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Love Drunk Cowboy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Love Drunk Cowboy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboys
I am LOVING this book...the build up and angst are fantastic...the romantic kisses and intimacy are wonderful and I am not even missing the sex--but I am looking forward to it coming! For a book that describes the sex scenes in less than one sentence...this book was so romantic, sweet and lovely! I love the PBR and wine what is not to love about these two!

I quite literally giggled and smiled all the way through this book. For those of you are looking for a wonderful
Jul 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wow bad...story could of been great but the writing was horrible and characters lacked substance and hotness was -0! Seriously I've never read a romance novel that literally skips over and barely highlights love scenes. Editing was horrid, paragraphs didn't connect, story line was all over (i.e. He asks her do you like Blake Shelton? She says no I wouldn't know if I like him I don't listen to country. Then she's talking about a Shelton concert she went to....ummm ok! Plus her whole personality, ...more
Jenn Scranton
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank God! Nothing like a hot and sexy cowboy to pull me out of my reading rut! Carolyn Brown did not disappoint with this one! A quick and exciting read with a few speed bumps along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute while squealing like a school girl!!

Rye, named after rye whiskey is a hunky cattle rancher who rides bulls for the fun of it. Anyone up for a 8 second ride with him?...

Austin is considered a "city slicker" for living in Tulsa, OK and having a high power desk job. Her family
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: waste-of-my-time
While the story itself may be somewhat entertaining, the writing was once again horrible.
I don't know why I picked up this book. I should have known better than to think that Carolyn Brown would even think of getting an editor who would have an oppertunity to correct her horrible writing.
I don't understand how someone is supposed to follow her story when she keeps switching viewpoints without any breaks in paragraphs. The fact that this somehow makes sense to both her and her editor is mind bo
Michelle K
Jun 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-read
Here is a perfect example of where the cover, book blurb and title of the book made me purchase.

I am not even writing a review for the blog on this one. The first 20% of the book was pretty good and I was thinking it was a winner but it started going on and on and on about the attraction they had towards one another. Seriously nothing else was happening.
Then around 30% I was getting really bored. Austin has a hissy fit because he made a joke about her mother (it was truly in jest) and she flie
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Austin Lanier is an oil executive in Tulsa. Her mother has always encouraged her to put her career first and focus on working her way to the top.

Rye O'Donnell is a cowboy through and through - he owns a ranch, raises bulls, and rides in the rodeo.

When Austin's grandmother dies, she leaves her a watermelon farm and very specific funeral instructions. Austin goes out to Terral, Texas to carry out her grandmother's wishes, and she meets Rye, who lives across the street from her grandmother's farm.
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very witty novel about a Texas professional who is one her way to a very lucrative position in a Texas oil company and who inherits her grandmother's watermelon farm and her winery. Her mother is absolutely opposed to any other outcome than selling the farm and shaking all that farm dust off her $300 shoes. But Austin dearly loved her grandmother and as she begins to investigate her legacy and get to know those who were involved in the growing of the melons and the manufacture of wine, she beg ...more
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
This is a cute LOVE story, I will definitely be on the look out for the next in the series. It is a longer book and in just a couple spots drug on for me, but it was worth it in the end. I love all the secondary characters, especially Greta, Molly and Rye's siblings.

Going into this book I knew that Carolyn Brown does not write erotica. So I was not disappointed by lack of steaming hot sex scenes. Ms. Brown writes cute, funny LOVE stories, with a lil' bit of sex thrown in, but you can still feel
3.5 Stars

This book was a re-read for me. I read it originally many years ago and I loved it then. Maybe my tastes have changed a bit but I didn't love it as much this time around.

It was still a really fun story, but the writing style bothered me a little bit. The author would jump between characters thoughts and sometimes I had to go back and re-read a paragraph before I knew which characters head we were in.

Like I said, I did enjoy this story. The characters were a lot of fun, and who can say n
Smut Junkie
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a really endearing story.
This town and these people are so appealing. You can't help but love them. And my goodness Rye is one hunk of hot cowboy that I wouldn't mind having all to myself! I agree with the fact that this book could have been shorter - I stalled out a bit in the middle - but I still loved it and am glad that I saw it through!
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the first in this series! The secondary characters Molly and Greta were a hoot! i loved the transformation that Austin went through to become the woman at the end of the book. Looking forward to more of them.
I really enjoyed this book. I plan on continuing with the series and will also start some of her other series. I love a good cowboy book :)
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Austin was really out of her element. She had worked night and day to get where she was in the corporate world--poised to take over her entire section in a very large company when her boss retires in a few months. Yet she dearly loved her grandmother, a gutsy lady who never knew what the world "old" meant and who lived life to its fullest right up the last. Now Austin is back in her father's hometown, presiding over the scattering of her grandmother's ashes per the will and last instructions. He ...more
Jade Fallaw
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was horrible. The writing was terrible, there was no plot, and the hero is so "in love" that he's repulsive. Also, as a southerner, the way she makes them talk is offensive. We don't talk in bad western metaphors, you jackass.
Karen Merrill
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Love Drunk Cowboy
Author: Carolyn Brown
Read: Oct. 30, 2016
Review by: Karen Massee
This book is about a car Saleswoman, Austin, from the big city, who’s grandmother dies in a little country town from nowhere and she is called back for the funeral. Her grandmother is the proud owner of a watermelon farm and is famous for her watermelon wine. Grandma leaves everything to Austin, including her secret recipes for her famous wine in hopes that she’ll pick up where she left off. Although Austin has many
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Review from Backchatting Books

Austin Lanier has breezed into town to get her inherited watermelon farm ready for selling. She got a very pleasant surprise when Rye, the next door neighbour she imagined to be elderly, turned out to be a fairly hot and young. Their relationship thwarts her efforts to get a quick sale.

Austin has clearly worked hard to succeed in her chosen career. Her mother and two aunts who she sees as role models are married to their jobs. Spending time at her grandmother's farm
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the second book of my Christmas in July challenge. My book with a "twist". . I would never have found this author or chosen this book because I have so many others to be read and more come out every week. Having said that - I am pleased to say I throughly enjoyed this book. Many of the characters in this book are exactly that - "characters". The author brought them to life for me and I laughed, I cried, and smiled my way through Love Drunk Cowboy. This is a HEA with the struggle to reac ...more
Jul 12, 2012 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish
I wanted to like this book. Heck, I wanted to finish it but I just couldn't do it.

I'll start off by saying I really don't understand the extreme popularity of cowboy books generally. I'm from a small town, but am now a urban liberal so perhaps that is the barrier. The cowboy books are so popular, however, I thought I'd give it a spin and see if I am missing something. I am still not getting it (though I recognize this book may not be representative of all cowboy romances).

My biggest complaint
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love Drunk Cowboy
By Carolyn Brown

All Austin Lanier wants is to sell her inherited watermelon farm, slip on her stilettos and run back to corporate America. Until the drop dead sexy cowboy next door, Rye O'Donnell, decides he'll only take the farm if he can get the fiery woman who owns it as part of the deal...

Austin Lanier has only come looking to say goodbye to her grandmother but found out that the soil and water seeped into her heart. She’s a silk suit and stiletto girl who’s nev
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: western-romance
First paragraph: "The Lanier gut was never wrong.
Austin Lanier didn’t need a deck of Tarot cards or a psychic to tell her something was fixing to twist her world into knots. She looked behind her… nothing but willow trees with new mint-colored leaves dancing in the spring breeze. She looked ahead… nothing but the muddy waters of the Red River."

"Love Drunk Cowboy" is a vanilla-flavored, tender-hearted romance that's easy-breezy reading for a Sunday morning. Nothing exciting to get your heart raci
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Where to begin? Oh yes, at least I didn't waste money on this read. It was a freebie for Kindle users. The writing was so immature that she makes Stephanie Meyer look like a national treasure.

To start off, the author attempts writing in 3rd person, but she switches between perspectives so quickly (often within the same paragraph) that I had to attempt to figure out whose thoughts I was reading. Then she tries so hard to 'country up' the novel that it's not realistic. I'm sorry but I don't buy t
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Austin thought the trip to her Grans watermelon farm would just be to spread the ashes and close up the house for a sale, but Gran has another plan. Even from the other side shes planning and plotting for Austin to come back home to what she needs.
Neighbor Rye will play a big deal in the plotting as well, and soon Austin is feeling the effects of drinking the water on the farm..
Contemporary romance, fluff and smut in a great combo. Listened to the audio version and the narrator was great as we
Katy Budget Books
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: karla
Karla says: It made me crazy when the main character, supposedly an educated oil exec, turned into a complete redneck when she went back home. The more I read, the worse it got. I probably won't read another one. However, Jan, another employee here, raves about Carolyn Brown. Guess it's just a matter of taste.
Denise Van plew
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
If having a watermelon farm comes with a cowboy like this one as a neighbor I'll take one too. Great story line with romance and comedy. One thing missing though on the cover is his tattoo, referred a lot about it I kept expecting to see it on the arm on the cover. That was only thing missing though. I would say after reading this love drunk is my kind if I was to tie one on.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Theme was good, but it just didn't work for me.
Ani Gonzalez
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved the watermelon farm. Cute characters. Great interactions.
Amary Chapman
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
loved it
Valeria  Lee
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gotta tell ya....I loved this book!! I loved Rye's character. He was the typical good ol' cowboy who worked hard and knew how to treat a woman. I was a little iffy about Austin's character at first but she eventually grew on me. I still think she should have stood up a little more to her mother but I was glad that Barbara came around in the end. I stumbled across this book by accident and when I first started reading it I immediately go home sick. I grew up in Duncan and a lot of my family sti ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice contempary romance. It seemed a little old school to me. The author seemed to write as I suspect older romances would be. There was one scene where Rye and Austin got pulled over by the police and it was just so unrealistic and I'm not sure why the scene was there in the first place. The chemistry between Austin and Rye was okay, but nothing exceptional. The author skips over most of the intimate details between them. I did like Austin, especially they way she handled her mother ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Carolyn Brown's style of writing! Plenty of sexy cowboy's, drama and witty elderly women! Austin Lanier is a city girl who works for an oil company. When her grandmother dies and leaves Austin her watermelon farm. Austin goes to the small town planning on selling the farm. Along comes the Rye O'Donnell, the sexy rancher from across the field, who also happens to be one of her grandmother's dear friends. This story was fun and very entertaining! Not to mention that Rye is every girls dream ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Going Cowboy Crazy (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #1)
  • Tall, Dark and Cowboy
  • Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys, #1)
  • Quinn (Wyoming Sky, #1)
  • Wanted! (Sons of Chance, #1)
  • A Knight in Cowboy Boots (McKnight, #1)
  • Fencing You In (Riding Tall, #3)
  • Unbridled
  • The Real Deal (Roped, #1)
  • The Cowboy (Bitter Creek #1)
  • Three Weeks with a Bull Rider (Oklahoma Nights, #3)
  • The Cowboy Takes a Bride (Jubilee, Texas, #1)
  • A Tall Dark Cowboy
Hi! I'm twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can't trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who've made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my be ...more
More about Carolyn Brown

Other books in the series

Spikes & Spurs (7 books)
  • Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #2)
  • Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Spikes & Spurs, #3)
  • One Hot Cowboy Wedding (Spikes & Spurs, #4)
  • Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #5)
  • Just a Cowboy and His Baby (Spikes & Spurs, #6)
  • Cowboy Seeks Bride (Spikes & Spurs, #7)

Romance Deals

  • Hidden Secrets
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Breath of Malice
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Kian (Undercover Billionaire, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Greensleeves
    $3.99 $1.99
  • From Thin Air (A Black Swan Historical Romance, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Sweet Caroline (Lowcountry Romance #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • All the Breaking Waves
    $4.99 $1.99
  • To Hope (The Broken Roads #5)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Royally Bad (Bad Boy Royals #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Royally Ruined (Bad Boy Royals #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Finishing Touches
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Accidentally in Love with...a God? (Accidentally Yours, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • Splinter (Reliquary, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Claimed (Servants of Fate, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Keeping You a Secret
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The PMS Club
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Gypsy (The Promised Land, #3)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Bodyguard (Hollywood A-List, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Willow (The Promised Land #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Mosaic (Reliquary #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lullaby Sky
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Secretly Hers (Sterling Canyon, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Tycoon Takedown (Lone Star Burn, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Come High Water (A Black Swan Historical Romance, #3)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Paradise of Glass (The Glassblower Trilogy #3)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Trusting You & Other Lies
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Once Haunted, Twice Shy (Peyton Clark, #2)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Lullaby Girl (Angie Pallorino, #2)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Say Goodbye for Now
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Bridged (Callahan & McLane, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Love Is
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Unimaginable
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Hating Game
    $11.24 $1.99
  • Unbeautifully (Undeniable, #2)
    $3.99 $1.49
  • The Traitor's Kiss (The Traitor's Circle, #1)
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Augusta (The Promised Land, #5)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Twisted Truth (Rogue Justice #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • Morning Glory (Drifters & Dreamers, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Worth the Wait (St. James, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • My Best Friend's Ex (Binghamton #2)
    $3.99 $1.49
  • A Totally Awkward Love Story
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Charmingly Yours (Morning Glory, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Sit! Stay! Speak!
    $8.99 $1.99
  • In the Barren Ground
    $4.99 $1.99
  • About the Night
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Violet's Wish (Oklahoma Land Rush, #2)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Exploited (Zero Day, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • About That Fling
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Promises to Keep (Love in Provence Book 2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Taken Home (Lone Star Burn, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Hard to Handle (Caine Cousins, #2)
    $4.99 $1.49
  • The Austen Escape
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Garnet (The Promised Land, #4)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Truth Be Told (Rogue Justice #2)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • From Wine to Water (Angels & Outlaws, #1)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Worth the Risk (St. James #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Dove
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Ladies' Room
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Kissing Max Holden
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Known (Bone Secrets, #5)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Omega (Penton Legacy, #3)
    $4.99 $0.99
  • Taking Charge (Lone Star Burn, #4)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Vanished (Callahan & McLane #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • All the Lies We Tell (Quarry Road, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Hidden (Bone Secrets, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Ivy Tree
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Misadventures of the First Daughter (Misadventures, #3)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Daisies in the Canyon
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Claiming Felicity (Ace Security, #4)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Barefoot in the Rain (Barefoot Bay, #2; Barefoot Bay Universe, #2)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Only You (Sweet Torment, #2)
    $4.49 $0.99
  • A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Claiming Alexis (Ace Security, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Unlucky in Love (Lucky, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • A Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Bullets & Bonfires
    $3.99 $1.49
  • White Lace and Promises
    $3.99 $0.99
  • To Commit (The Broken Roads #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Yard Rose
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Taken, Not Spurred (Lone Star Burn, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • One Summer Day in Rome
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Pursuit of Love
    $11.99 $1.99
  • After the War Is Over: A Novel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Kissing Mr. Right (Colorado Hearts #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Riding the Storm (ACRO, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • It Had to Be Him (It Had to Be #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Love Goddess' Cooking School
    $10.99 $2.99
  • That Way Again
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Never Let Go (Haven, Montana #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • To Dream (The Broken Roads #4)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • All the Way from Texas
    $3.49 $0.99
  • Pretty Little Killers (The Keepers #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Ghouls Rush In (Peyton Clark, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Forever Surprised (Forever Bluegrass #6)
    $2.99 $1.49
  • To Trust (The Broken Roads #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • A Falling Star
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Bombshell (Hollywood A-List, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bones Don't Lie (Morgan Dane #3)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Just Grace (Oklahoma Land Rush, #4)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands, #3)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Nailed (Worked Up, #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Montana Cherries (Montana Wildes, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lake House
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Velvet (The Promised Land #2)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Targeted (Callahan & McLane, #4)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Emma's Folly (Oklahoma Land Rush, #1)
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Redemption (The Love's Valley #4)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • In the Cards
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Sweet Tilly (The Drifters & Dreamers #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
“God bless the corners of this house, and be the lintel blest, and bless the hearth and bless the board and bless each place of rest, and bless each door that opens wide to stranger as to kin. And bless each crystal window pane that lets the starlight in, and bless the rooftree overhead and every sturdy wall. The peace of man, the peace of God, the peace of love on all. Amen.” 0 likes
“Was this all there was to life? Joys and sorrows reduced to a box full of gray ashes.” 0 likes
More quotes…