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Review ❤️ Cowboy Strong by Carolyn Brown

July 7, 2020


Alana Carey can out-rope, out-ride, and challenge even the best Texas cowboy. Working on her father’s ranch for most of her life has made her tough as nails, but she does have one soft spot — and his name is Paxton Callahan. And with Pax back in town, Alana’s old feelings have returned with a vengeance. But she barely has time to process her attraction for the hunky cowboy before her father falls ill and presents her with an ultimatum. Alana’s father wants her married and settled before he passes away, and she isn’t about to break a dying man’s heart.

Paxton Callahan has been in love with Alana since . . . forever, and he’s finally ready to stop running from his feelings. It’s been ten years since he’s seen the sexy cowgirl, and now that he’s living next door, the electricity between them is about to set the whole Texas panhandle on fire. When Alana presents him with a crazy proposal — to pretend to be her fiancé so her father can die in peace — Paxton can’t refuse. But as the faux-wedding day draws near, and her father’s health improves, Alana and Paxton must decide whether to commit to the charade or finally admit their love is the real deal.

Includes a never-before-published bonus story from Carolyn!

Release Date: Jun 30, 2020
Series: Longhorn Canyon
Book: 7
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Grand Central
Imprint: Forever
Price: $6.99


Fathers love their daughters and sometimes life isn’t long enough to protect them. For Texas cowgirl, Alana Carey, life has always been about the Ranch and her daddy. But when her father’s health is compromised, she’s forced to make some tough decisions to make her daddy’s dream come true.

Tough decisions sometimes come in strong, tall, sexy packages. Enter Paxton Callahan, handsome, rugged and a dangerous kisser. For Alana, growing up has always included Paxton. From a stolen kiss to longing looks, Paxton has always been the sexy Cowboy next door and someone she could always count on. When life is short, you’ve got to make every memory count and for Alana, Paxton will do whatever it takes.

“Not if you live by the Cowboy Code,” Pax said. “I know that code as well as you do,” she asked.

“Then you know should never let anyone take your courage, your strength, or your dignity.”

“I guess it would take a strong cowboy to follow his heart and not let other people say influence his decision to fall in love with a woman because she owns more dirt than he does, Alana said.”

“Had it been anyone other than Pax sitting at her table that evening she might have snarled at the dirt on his shirt. But she saw right past the grime and even his bulging biceps and looked right at the heart of the man. He’d dropped what he was doing to go with her, had taken over the wheel to calm her down, and then hustled up a meal. Now that was a man that any woman should be proud to call her husband.”

Life and the memories we make along the way, the joys and sorrows it brings, make these characters, Cowboy Strong. Set on the ranch lands of Daisy, Texas, this romance will take you through some scorching Texas heat and fiery neighborly attraction. So, get ready to get lost in this shot gun romance! With a plan set in place, a mutual goal to make someone’s dream come true and a chemistry that is off the chart’s tangible, this author will take you along, to discover that sometimes love was always next door.

My thoughts 🤔 💭

It was a bit of a challenge to read through the story. I kept having issues with the dialect, even though I’m from Texas. The story itself is good. I kept rooting for the characters and felt invested in their outcome, meaning l was committed to the end of the book. The main characters and the supportive characters were well written. I felt like everyone was comfortable and I believed that they knew and cared for each other.

There was lots of chemistry between the main characters but was a bit disappointed the sex scenes were really toned down; not necessarily a bad thing, but I just wasn’t expecting it and it took me by surprise.

I would recommend this book to a friend with some caution. These characters are religious. Again, not a bad thing, I certainly didn’t mind it, but it might be off-­putting to some.  I would caution you, that these characters are cattle ranchers and there is mention of cattle buying and breeding. Texas born and raised, that is just the way of life here for most. I would just caution because there are a lot of people that don’t support that industry.

Overall, I enjoyed it. This story evokes emotion. Reading through it, feeling their love and their loss, I couldn’t help but feel along with them. I absolutely got lost in this story and it was entertaining to read and to see the characters fall in love.

~ Patricia

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