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From Publisher’s Website

This cowboy is living a charmed life

Winning comes naturally to bronc rider Brady Caine. Ruggedly handsome, careless and charismatic, the rodeo fans adore him and the buckle bunnies are his for the taking. He’s riding high when he lands an endorsement deal with Lariat Western Wear that pairs him up with champion barrel racer Suze Carlyle.

Until one wrong move changes everything

A stupid move on Brady’s part lands Suze in the hospital, her career in tatters. Now it’s a whole new game for both of them. Brady is desperate to help Suze rebuild her life, but he’s the last person she wants around now. Suze’s got plenty of grit and determination—learning to trust Brady again is a very different matter.

My Review:

Thank you, Joanne! Finally a large busted cowgirl (like me) who knows the importance of keeping the girls from bouncing too much and the struggle of getting out of one of those $60 sports bras! Somehow, I’m able to ignore breast support in romance novels, but I absolutely love when an author gets it right, including the acrobatics it takes to put one on or take it off. 🙂

I swear Joanne was in my head when she wrote this story. Like Suze, I’ve always wanted a horse service animal, and I don’t know who said it to me as a child but cowgirls don’t cry (especially in public) is so seared in to my brain that I don’t think a mental health professional can remove it.

I truly love these characters; Brady with his hidden need to take care of others, and Suze with her hidden belief that she isn’t good enough for anyone. I understand the pain of feeling like you aren’t good enough for your daddy. Just like my Andy did for me, Brady shows Suze that she is good enough and doesn’t need to worry about what her father thinks (which works most of the time). It’s amazing how much love can heal.

I love stories of friends falling in love. Probably because that is how my marriage happened. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

How to Kiss a Cowboy is the second book in Joanne’s Cowboys of Decker Ranch series.

I give How To Kiss A Cowboy a 5 Horseshoe rating.

How To Kiss A Cowboy is available from Amazon in Kindle and Print editions. From Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author Joanne Kennedy
Title How To Kiss A Cowboy
Format Print
Length 480 Pages
Publication Date February 2015
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-8369-7

From Publishers’ Website:

First-born son Jesse Cody is proud of his place in the close-knit Cody family. But everything he’s worked for is on the line when he falls for Janie Hansen. The alluring former tomboy is the sister of his rival for World Champion Bull Rider…a man who also happens to be the older brother he never knew he had.

Janie has loved Jesse all her life. And one romantic week in December at the National Finals Rodeo tells her he returns the feeling—and then some! She couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present than being the sexy cowboy’s wife. But the long-buried secret threatening to divide the Codys forever could also tear apart their new found romance.

When the dust settles, can Jesse step up and prove he’s worthy of the Cody name—and Janie’s love—not just for the holidays, but forever?

My Review:

Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy is the 6th and final installment of Harlequin’s Continuity Series, The Codys: First Family of Rodeo. I’m very sad to see this series end. I have loved this family since the first book.

Lynnette Kent probably had the hardest job of all of the authors included in this series. She had to take the information presented in the previous 5 books and make sure she didn’t change the history of this family or the series. I feel that Lynnette did a wonderful job living up to this difficult task.

Out of all of the Cody boys, Jesse has been the one I’ve wanted to know more about.  Lynnette has portrayed him exactly how I imagined him to be,  a gentle and kind man who feels that he needs to be something different to make his father happy.  But he quickly learns that the important thing in life is his happiness not that of his father’s.

Janie has had a hard life and presently it isn’t any easier.  She is caring for a mother who has dementia, dealing with the truth of who her brother’s biological father is, working two jobs, and going to school so she could go to Veterinary School (and she wants to go to my Alma Mater, Colorado State! Go Rams!).  She has a lot on her plate, but she still has her eyes on Jesse.  But she convinces her self that she isn’t worthy of him because of her background and because her brother is actually Jesse’s half brother too.

The bringing together of these two characters was done with realistic and beautiful story telling.   This book will be a go to book when I need something to lift my spirits.

I give Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy a 4 Horseshoe rating.

Publication Details:


Lynnette Kent

Jesse: Merry Christmas Cowboy
Number of Pages 217
Publication Date November 9, 2010
Publisher Harlequin
ISBN 978-0-373-75334-5

From Publisher’s Site:

Elly Cody, the only daughter of Wyoming’s most powerful ranching family, set her sights on being a champion barrel racer long ago. Right about the time Will Jackson set his sights on Elly! Years away from Markton has dulled none of her appeal, and seeing the beautiful cowgirl again is like a one-two punch. He still wants her. Badly.

The tide has turned for Elly. Will the boy has turned into Will the man—and now he’s the one making her heart beat triple time. But why is he back in town? And what the heck is he doing working for her brother?

When Elly finds out Will was hired to unearth a secret that’s probably better off staying buried, she realizes it’s time for a confrontation. Is he going to finish the job he’s been hired to do? Or lose his chance with the only woman he’s ever loved…?

My Review:

Elly: Cowgirl Bride is the fifth book in the Harlequin series Codys: First Family of Rodeo.  Each book in this series has been written by a different author.  Each book is a wonderful stand alone, and the authors have done a wonderful job of working together to maintain a continuity that makes this family very realistic.  I have been looking forward to Elly’s story since she was first introduced in Walker’s book.  It’s tough enough to be the youngest and the only girl in a family of boys, but it is worse when your brothers are cowboys.  But Elly doesn’t let her stop her.  I love her strong will, and willingness to stand up to her brothers.  Through the entire series I have been cheering Elly on to make it the National Finals Rodeo to try for the National Champion title.  In this book, Elly discoveres that there are somethings out there that are more worthy of her hard work than barrel racing.  Will is just perfect for Elly.  He understands what it means to deal with the Cody men, and is not afraid to stand up and say he wants Elly.

I am giving Elly: Cowgirl Bride a 4 horse shoe rating!

Publication Details:

Trish Milburn
Title Elly: Cowgirl Bride
Number of Pages
Publication Date October 2010
Publisher Harlequin
ISBN 978-0-373-75330-7