Title: Cowboy Seeks A Bride
Series: Spikes and Spurs Bk 7
Author: Carolyn Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He's tough as nails and ready to ride...
Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is a just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time - until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...
She's way out of her element...
Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show - but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding? It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down.
Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...
For some people the big city has everything they want. Cars and flashing lights in the fast lane, every single piece of modern day living to make your life comfortable and just seem like pure bliss.
For others it is the way they feel about the wild, they would rather suffer through hours of riding in the red hot searing heat on the back of a horse then drive around on the highway in a fancy sports car.
Whatever your preference, everyone is entitled to their own choice of bliss. But when taken out of your comfort zone and thrown into the dark side it can mean you will either adapt and get through it or fall and be ready to beg anyone to bring you back to civilization, especially if the dark side is hotter, wetter and more of a snore fest than the worst of reality shows.
Miz Brown tells the story of Haley, she is sent on a mission to tag along with some mighty fine cowboys as they embark on a re-enactment of the historic Chisholm Trail ride. Of course she has no idea what she is actually in for until she falls Behind first wearing a fancy suit first into a pile of , well let's just say it ain't mud ladies.
But Haley is not the kind to back down she is there to get the information needed to make the best reality show ever and she intends to do just that. What she does not see coming is the fierce attraction she feels for trail leader I'll-make-you-fell-so-good-you-will-never-want-to-leave Dewar.
Very soon they find themselves knee deep in nights of endless passion, but Haley misses her comfort zone and plans on getting back to the big city as soon as the thirty day trail ride is over, after all she has always wanted a man in a pinstripe suit ready to fight it out with the biggest of corporate companies, not some smoking hot cowboy, just ain't her style.
The character of Haley was so much fun! She gives as good as she gets and does not back down in the face of danger or any knee weakening eye winking cowboy. She falls, she simply gets back up on the horse and tries again. A real fighting spirit. Loved her to bits!
But I will admit the part about her having her heart set on the "perfect pin striped suit wearing man" We all know that we cannot control who we fall in love with and making sure you marry the "perfect man " just as you imagined him will never bring you happiness, you might as well then just marry for the money and not the love.
Dewar was a totally awesome! I loved that the more Haley shows she is ready and more than able to handle anything the cowboy life brings her way the more he likes to get her rattled up. He is like a joker, always out to get her to loose her cool of course this is before she gets him all hot and bothered and he no longer wants anything to do with cool unless it involves cooling his passion for wanting her in his arms all night long.
I like that he is not only a leader but ready to face danger and best of all he does this while still staying as smooth as any charmer you might have met, this man simply just does not loose it, keeps it all together like a neatly wrapped bedroll.
Dewar and Haley were, although miles apart back in the real world the perfect match on so many levels. They are both the kind to stand up and fight for what they want and they both have a passion for life, never letting the elements of the situation get them down.
The backdrop was mostly on the trail but it involved rain and when I say rain I mean the truly horrific pouring kind that feels like it will never end, blazing hot sun, wind and dust. This all blended in with the wildness of the characters, and brought out the sense of reality is just a few more desert elements away, perfectly.
But there was also moon lit nights by the river side and heart stopping dances by the fireside that gave the read the stunning romance is in the air feeling, bringing forth the love of two hearts beating as one when brought together by the land.
The dialogue was all spikes and spurs the author gave moments of conflict, emotional moments of reality setting in and earth shattering moments of danger and despair.
The message I am taking away from this read is that what you dream up in your mind to be the perfect life you always wanted never comes close to the reality of true happiness when you are finally offered up the chance to find who you really are deep inside. Your mind tells you what you want but only when listening to your heart will you find what it is you have really been looking for.
I recommend this read for all fans of Carolyn Brown books, lovers of romances that are much better than the best looking chocolate bar when you have been craving it for days. And for anyone looking to read about to people who are more alike then they think, and when brought together sparks of the truly sky falling kind come crashing down to earth and will leave you never wanting to get back up!
A head butting, heart stopping, mouthwatering, sassy and very sexy romance read!
Review by: Helen