You know when you are reading a Carolyn Brown book. Right
from the get go she has you smiling and anticipation is
already high for a great enjoyable read. Then she starts
the character introductions. Carolyn Brown is not subtle.
She lets you in on her plan to weave these heartwarming
charismatic folk into her newest Lucky Penny tale -- WICKED
COWBOY CHARM. Why waste words; Carolyn Brown has
something in her mind and she can't wait to share it with
her hoard of fans. Put me at the top.
Josie Dawson and I share a love of red lollipops so we are
immediately friends. Deke Sullivan is a tall smooth
talking cowboy who knows how to greet ladies with a line.
And lucky for us it looks like Josie and Deke are the
stars of WICKED COWBOY CHARM but let me assure you that
the supporting cast of men, women and animals will capture
Deke is as big as a barn or at least that's how he appears
to Josie who's rather tall herself. And yet with Deke she
feels more like a woman than ever before. There's no
denying that Josie is gorgeous. Deke is a kind hearted
warm blooded guy. Spending time together during a blizzard
-- Mother Nature's setting for romance right?!? -- gives
them perfect opportunity to get to know each other.
They work well together, make a good team and find
themselves thinking of the possibility of combining
business efforts. Meshing their talents so to speak. How
about on the personal front. Chemistry: check.
Personalities: check. Honesty, trust, reliability:
check, check, check. Add great with animals, kind to dogs,
and kisses like a dream. Well, Josie is going to have to
admit she's in trouble. Those leading men in her romance
novels don't hold a candle to Deke. And it seems nothing
would make Deke happier than forming a partnership with
Josie. First off with a bunch of tough, mean and
ready to rock and roll bulls. Then perhaps move on to a more
personal partnership. But both Deke and Josie
are levelheaded. They both know that this partnership
might not have staying power if the waters get muddy with
a relationship. Josie and Deke are excited about joining
forces. Neither one is too anxious to let their hearts get
All I can say is never underestimate Carolyn Brown. If she
means to pair up two characters then she means business.
Once again all the necessary elements are present in
WICKED COWBOY CHARM. Cowboys and cowgirls, ranches,
animals, old folk, family and love. I have always felt a
kinship with Carolyn Brown. We like the same things, share
respect for people and animals, love of country and
western romance novels. We even like the same authors and
television shows. I'd bet all Carolyn Brown fans feel the
same. Like a good piece of chocolate there's nothing more
delicious, memorable and addictive than a Carolyn Brown
story and you can now add WICKED COWBOY CHARM, the next
Lucky Penny tale, to the must read list.
Josie Dawson is new in town, but it doesn't take a local to
know that Deke Sullivan is trouble--in a smokin' hot
package. He's sweet, sexy, and has charmed just about every
woman in Dry Creek, Texas. Well, Josie won't be next. She'll
keep her distance, even if he is great with babies and makes
a mean cup of homemade hot chocolate.
Deke Sullivan really is a one-woman type of guy. He just had
to do a lot of looking to find that one woman. Now he thinks
he's found her and he won't let a strong, sassy gal like
Josie slip away. Just when he's wondering how to convince
her he only has eyes for her, they get stranded in a tiny
cabin during a major blizzard. If Deke can melt her heart
before they dig out of the snow, he'll be the luckiest
cowboy in Texas . . .
Josie could hardly take her eyes off Deke’s strong arms as
he carried a pile of wood the short distance from the box to
the fireplace. To have those arms around her, to cuddle up
next to him on one of those bunk beds—she shook her head to
get the picture out of it and reached for the tin box of
matches on the mantel.
“How many do you need?” she asked.
“Just one,” he answered.
“Confident, aren’t you?”
“Not confidence, just practice, ma’am.” He got the fire
going with the first one.
“Impressive,” she said.
“We’ll get it warmed up in here soon enough.”
Josie sat down on the sofa facing the fireplace and took
stock of the little cabin. A set of bunk beds covered the
wall to her right. A doorway into a bathroom was to her left
along with crudely made bookshelves with about a hundred
well-worn paperback books. A deck of cards was in the middle
of a card table with a couple of folding metal chairs on
either side. A second table was fitted into the small corner
from the end of the bunk beds to the wall and another oil
lamp had been placed in the middle of it.
“We’ll survive,” Deke said.
“Who are you trying to convince? Me or you?” Josie asked.
“Both of us. It’s better than freezing to death in our
vehicles. Lord, I wish I would have turned around and gone
right back home when the first snowflake hit,” he answered.
“Me too.” She threw one arm over her head and groaned.
“Top or bottom?” Deke asked.
“Well, now that depends on lots of things,” she said before
Deke whipped around, his eyes big as silver dollars. “What
did you say?”
She blushed and quickly covered her blooper. “I don’t care.
I could sleep right here. Maybe I’ll wake up to find this is
all a dream.”
“Okay then, I’ll take the bottom bunk. Rascal gets restless
if he’s not sleeping right beside the bed on his blanket or
else on the foot of it. And darlin’, if you wake up and find
this is a dream, don’t leave me behind.”
“No way, cowboy. You are stuck with me for the duration of
this damned storm.”
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