Tuesday, March 1, 2016

One Texas Cowboy Too Many (Burnt Boot #3) by Carolyn Brown

{I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.}

Review and Curated Soundtrack

When I was granted a chance to review One Texas Cowboy Too Many by Carolyn Brown I was over the moon excited. See, one of my favorite cowboy romances of all time is by Carolyn Brown, so I am all game for exploring another contemporary western by her. The Brown book I’ve loved for awhile even has a song that factors into the story on several occasions. In fact, I can’t hear How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes without thinking of Lucky in Love (oh how I love a good secret baby). So what did I think of One Texas Cowboy Too Many? It was a solid three star romance. I didn’t love it but I found it entertaining and sweet, it’s a solid read that is light-hearted and fun.

I had two main problems with the plot. One: I just wasn’t feeling the meet-cute and relationship build-up between Rhett and Leah. Sure, they liked each other and had some chemistry, but I didn’t quite understand what drew them together. Besides a “love at first sight” thing going on, they didn’t have similar personalities or life experiences. What kept them coming back to one another? I just couldn’t seem to find the emotional connection between the two of them. Two: Do families seriously have feuds like in this book? The family feuds between the Brennans and the Gallaghers just seemed so far-fetched that I couldn’t suspend belief for what was, otherwise, a very realistic contemporary romance.

What I did like about the book was the idea of Leah having an alter ego, Eve. I found the conversations between Leah and Eve to be so very, very enjoyable. Who doesn’t want a sassy alter ego sometimes? Leah’s evolution, personally, over the length of the book was also wonderful to read about. She was already competent, but she became self-aware and self-assured throughout the book. It’s great to read about characters who are complex emotionally and aren’t afraid to show some emotion and agency. This book also came ready-made with an awesome playlist. Old school country mixed with some newer country hits? Yes please! Note: Brown specifically mentioned all of the songs and/or artists in this curated soundtrack!

I rate this book:

What did you think of One Texas Cowboy Too Many?
Are there any songs that remind you of Rhett, Leah and their HEA?

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