Saturday, April 30, 2011

Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane

Title:   Going Cowboy Crazy
Author: Katie Lane
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Deep in the Heart of Texas #1
Main Characters: Faith Aldridge & Slate Calhoun
Release Date: May 2011
978-0446582780 or 0446582786
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $5.99 
Borders- $5.99 
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they're fixin' to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope's long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there's no way like the Lone Star way . . . 

But Slate's no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He's determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart. Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she's got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she'll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.

My Review:
Being a Texas gal at heart, this book had all the things that my TX heart cowboys, rough & tumble trucks, Friday night football, and a great honky tonk.

Faith came to Bramble, TX looking for her twin sister, Hope. She just found out about her at the age of 30. What she finds instead is an entire family that she didn't know about, a town that takes her into it's embrace refusing to believe that she's not Hope, and Slate, the town's high school football coach who wants to embrace her in an entirely different way-- and NO Hope!

Faith was raised in Chicago by her very conservative adoptive parents. She didn't know until they were both dead that she was adopted and had a twin, Hope. Nothing in her life has prepared her for life in Bramble, but she quickly finds herself adjusting and feeling more at home. Unfortunately, that's just about the time that Hope shows up and not so happy to find out that she has a long-lost twin in Faith.

Faith starts out this book as a quiet, meek little thing, but as the book progresses, you get to see her develop into her more natural self that she has kept hidden her entire life. She's more like her wild twin, Hope, than even she would have guessed. It was fun to watch her become more assertive and self-assured.

Slate is from Bramble. He was the high school football hero and best friend to Hope. They were inseparable during their school days, but it never went beyond friendship no matter how many times they tried. Now he's back as the high school coach and floundering after 4 seasons of NOT being state champs- NOT acceptable in Texas football.

Slate has his own developing that he does in this book. A lot of this is done with the teenager, Austin. I loved this aspect of the story line. Austin is a 16 yo with a chip on his shoulder after being forced to move to Bramble, but he offers an amazing perspective and a fresh twist to the story. I loved all of the scenes in this book that included Austin- really heartwarming and honest!

Slate & Faith are absolutely perfect together, but they are living in a crazy little town full of quirky, funny characters. Highly entertaining doesn't even begin to touch how fun it is to read their story. You know that love is going to eventually win out, but it's a crazy ride to get there through honky tonks, homecoming parades, football games, disappearing cars, hot locker rooms, family reunions, and, oh yeah, a town-planned wedding. You just have to laugh along with it.

There is a lot of emotional trauma happening in this book with the family aspect, but I really enjoyed the way that Katie wrote it. It's completely believable and natural. This is a new author (her first book) and she is definitely on to watch for...a great first book and the good news is that we only have to wait a couple more months until Hope's book is out. From the teaser at the end of this one, it promises to be a good one!


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you review but don't forget about faith's nood to treat the poor dog for injuries or ailments!!! Totally fell in love with her.

Christi Snow said...

You are so right...poor Faith. She only wanted to help all those poor dogs and just always almost killed them. was a great little detail about her personality that made this book even more fun! smiles....