Carolyn Brown delivers yet another steamy cowboy romance, and a nice set up for a brand new series. Good news...alright. Here's the thing...I've yet to read a C.B. book that I haven't liked, and this one was no different. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down ... or keep the smile off my face.
I liked the promising plot: Colton was a billionaire cowboy who had woman trouble. He couldn't beat the women off with a stick. Not because he was all that (cause he totally was), but cause they're all after his money. After some bad experiences with scheming females, his best friend and financial adviser suggests that the problem could be solved with a bit of subterfuge (a fake girlfriend). Colton thinks it sounds mighty nice, so he goes along with the plan.
Laura has a trouble-making sister with a penchant for gambling. Big Sis gets in over her head and Laura makes a deal with her cousin Andy to work off the debt. She ends up on Colton's ranch and her clever cousin talks her into playing Colton's girlfriend.
Sparks fly between Colton and Laura, but they face some serious trust issues. Considering the problems Colton has had with gold diggers, he can't help but have suspicions about Laura's motives. While Laura finds it hard to live down her past, and teach her sister to grow up and be a responsible adult. They both have trouble working through some misunderstandings.
This wasn't my favorite Carolyn Brown book, but it kept me entertained for a few hours. I enjoyed the way the characters interacted. I liked reading about a family that looked out for each other, and the sense of community. It didn't have the zany characters usually found in Brown's stories, but the same witty dialogue and hilarious banter were here to be enjoyed. Overall, it was a cute read that left me looking forward to the next one in the series. I know I'll enjoy watching each one of Colton's friends find their own special lady.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves cowboy romance.
Colton Nelson was 28 when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. When people started lining up wanting some of his millions, he hired a friend, Andy Joe, to handle his affairs and find him a bride and buy her, no matter what the cost.
Laura Baker and her sister, Emily, had been raised in foster homes. Though she was the younger of the two, Laura was always bailing Emily out of trouble. So when Andy Joe slid into her booth at a diner one night and made a proposition to Laura, it seemed the perfect solution...until Laura met Colton and realized she didn't give a damn about his money and that her love was not for sale.