In the final romance of her Burnt Boot, Texas series, bestseller Brown (One Texas Cowboy Too Many) borrows from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to pair up a couple from families caught in a matriarch-driven 100-year-old feud. Declan Brennan looses a poker bet: before Christmas, he has to woo and bed the next woman who walks into the bar. Feisty Betsy Gallagher saunters in, the very woman Declan has loved since they were kids. Through a couple of coincidences, the two contrive to secretly gather props, costumes, and decorations for the church Christmas pageant to replace those destroyed in the Gallagher-Brennan feud. They sneak around trying to avoid detection in a gossip-fueled town. Hot sex seems a bit at odds with the devoutly churchgoing couple, and readers will yawn as Brown adds country songs and their artists to prop up the story, but the characters are refreshingly straight talkers who discuss their kisses and emotions without hedging. Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary. (Sept.)
- Opposites attract
- Families in a long-standing feud
- And a truly happy, Texas Christmas miracle
Opposites may attract...The Brennans and the Gallaghers put aside their one-hundred-year feud every Tuesday for a weekly poker game. This week, the stakes are sky-high. Goaded to recklessness, Declan Brennan bets one thousand dollars that he can woo the next woman to walk into the saloon. A minute later, fiery-haired Betsy Gallagher pushes through the doors. If Declan can tame this wild Gallagher, he'll have earned every penny.
If they don't kill each other first...Betsy can outshoot anybody in Burnt Boot and loves ranching more than anythinguntil she falls for Declan. He's fallen for her too. But when she discovers what sparked their courtship, Declan will need a Christmas miracle to save his hideand his heart.
Praise for The Trouble with Texas Cowboys:
"Humorous, heartwarming, and full of sass and spunk."RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"A delightful romance amid hilarious feuding families...What a treat to be back in Burnt Boot!"Fresh Fiction
"Captivating...filled with love and laughter!"The Romance Reviews
"The highlights of Brown's latest are her strong, engaging storytelling and colorfully distinctive, down-to-earth characters, both of which move her light-hearted plot along well. Betsy's sassiness compliments Declan's cowboy swagger, and their heartwarming connection will appeal to readers. Steady pacing and humorous tension give depth to this wonderfully delightful story. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews