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June 21, 2014


Caroline Brown

 Long, Hot Texas Summer

 (from Amazon)
A sassy redhead with an axe to grind…
After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.
A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…
A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?
 Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477823891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477823897
I absolutely love these cowboy romances.  This story is about Loretta Sullivan Bailey. Those red boots couldn't carry her fast enough away from Lonesome Canyon Ranch when she finds her husband kissing another woman.One problem, her daughter threatens to drop out of college and marry a rancher.  Will this mother let her daughter make the same mistake she did?  At least not this mothers..  She decides to go back to the ranch letting the past stay there.  This should be easy except, she has to ignore her feelings for her ex husband.  That should be easy, but is it?  She also has to get her daughter back in school which may be a real struggle. It's been 17 years after the divorce and her ex hasn't counted on the sparks that are still there.  Will they be able to let the past lie or will the sparks fly in the grand Texas way?
Now, how could anybody pass up this cowboy?  Tight jeans, a real boot scooting boogy, tougher than any cowboy and he isn't afraid of anything.  Wow, what a description the author did on this cowboy.  Who could resist Jackson Bailey?
The reader goes through a lot of emotions reading this book.  Emotions such as laughing, crying, getting mad.
The author wrote a fun romance that let you believe second chances are possible.  But is it possible between Jackson and Loretta?  The book was well written, the characters described vividly and the book was exciting, fun and a little warm?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves those hunks of cowboys in their tight jeans and has no fear of anything, that is, except, a woman.  

 I received a complimentary copy of Long Hot Texas Summer from the author Carolyn Brown and NightOwlReviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 BULLETS.
Carolyn BrownHi! 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 best friend. He's even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio's box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it's about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn't changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter... all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I've touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it's brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They've also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN'S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there's enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I'm writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I'm telling it right and not
exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I'm very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!


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