Wednesday, May 10

Audiobook Review: Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown

Author: Carolyn Brown
Narrator: Chelsea Hatfield
Title: Wild Cowboy Ways
Series: Lucky Penny Ranch #1
Genre: Western, Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 356 
Published:  December 22, 2015
Where I got It: Borrowed library

Allie Logan has her hands full with a bad breakup, a struggling renovation business, a sister who won’t stop flaunting her engagement ring, and a grandmother who keeps wandering off at the most inopportune times. In fact, Granny Irene’s latest habit is sneaking out to the ranch next door, where’s she’s convinced a lost love awaits. But when Allie goes to collect her, she finds instead a new neighbor—six‑foot‑plus of tall, dark, and charming.

Blake Dawson is one more thing Allie can’t deal with right now. But since he’s hired her to help repair his rundown ranch, they’re suddenly spending an awful lot of time together. And as family secrets—past and present—start to come to light, Allie finds that opening her heart might just be the fresh start her life needs.

Picked this up in my Libby app for my library. Been itching to reach a Carolyn Brown western. It's been a hot min. 

Here we follow Allie and Blake. Allie has her hands full with life after a bad marriage, a struggling renovation business, a sister who is engaged to someone who won't make her happy, and a grandma who keeps wandering off. Blake has moved in next door to try and repair a rundown old ranch and give it new life. When an old lady confuses him with an old love, he will meet Allie and who just might steal his wild, Cowboy's heart.

This was a nice one. I liked Allie and Blake. She is a tough cookie and likes working with her hands. She has her own business and can renovate pretty much anything. Blake is a hard worker too and has big dreams. They are the perfect pair. 

Gah, screw her ex. He was a sexist and needed to be kicked. 

Honestly...I wouldn't want to live in this small town as it stands. Lots of sexists (men and women) running around. Lots of bad men. Lots of bored housewives. Things seem to be getting better with women deciding to do what makes them one lady is finally going to open a Cafe! So maybe with book 2 I'll actually like this small town and the people. We'll see. But yes, I felt like this had 1800s morals that are tossed in a modern world. Mmm some parts did seem a hair over the top. 

There wasn't a crazy amount of drama. Mainly Allie battling her own demons from her ex and her bitchy sis and mom being all "HE IS A WOMANIZER AND THAT RANCH HE BOUGHT IS CURSED!". And he is/was a womanizer, but you can see him changing his ways. I'm glad the drama was pretty light. 

WHICH screw that sister of Allie's as well esp near the end when she unloaded on Allie and said some TERRIBLE and MEAN things in the name of "helping" Allie. I just wanted to kick that sister too. Let her be miserable with that preacher. Allie is a sweetie and didn't deserve that! I felt like Allie forgave her too quickly and it was uncalled for. 

The narrator was pretty good. She did well. All the men's voices sounded alike though so I had to really pay attention. 

Now, I will put a Trigger Warning for this book. It does deal with Alzheimer's/Dementia. Some scenes made me cry a bit thinking about my grandpa. 

In the end, this was a nice romance. Some drama, but you can tell it was instant-love before they even knew it. Yes, they spotted the lust but you can just tell they are perfect for each other. Some intense conservative values and some sexist folks. Things ease up, but yeah...and I am not a fan of Allie's sister who is getting a book. Mmm. I'll give this 3 stars. 


- #21 for Audiobook challenge
- #15 for Romance Reading Challenge - Blue pants on cover


Mary Kirkland said...

I had a family member with dementia too so this would probably make me cry as well.

Carole Rae said...

Yes, those are rough scenes for people that seen a loved one experience that.

Blodeuedd said...

I always like Brown, they are my cup of tea

Jen Twimom said...

Carolyn and her cowboys. Your description sounds like the theme of a country song! lol

Carole Rae said...

B, she is fun.

Jen, gotta love Carolyn and her cowboys! hahahaha maybe that is a secret calling of mine. Carole...the Country Song Writer.