Just a Cowboy and His Baby

Author: Carolyn Brown

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: December 4, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5.0 RR


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Gemma O’Donnell was raised on a ranch in Ringgold, Texas, the baby in a family of five children. Her big dream is for a cowboy and baby of her own. Recently, her sister-in-law Liz read her fortune and told her she would have a blond haired cowboy and a baby by Christmas. But there was no one in her social life at the moment and Christmas was only six months away. So she did not see how this fortune could come true for her, unless she mixed up her friend Jasmine, who recently wed blond cowboy Ace and was now expecting a baby, with her fortune. With three brothers and a sister, competition was nothing new to her. Now, leaving behind the beauty shop she owns, she entered into the PRCA Million Dollar Rodeo Tour, riding wild broncs and determined to be the second female to win the championship. So far, she was one of the leading contenders, except for a sexy cowboy named Trace, who was ten thousand dollars ahead of her in winnings. So when this hunk interfered with her concentration at the start of one of her matches, she was not happy. But she made sure to return the favor. After all, no one was going to take the title away from her, no matter how sexy he was…if she could only forget the impromptu kiss he had given her so easily.

Trace has entered the circuit, hoping to win the championship so he can buy his Uncle Teamer’s ranch, a place where he spent much of his life. His uncle is planning to retire and had wanted to give the ranch to Trace, but the cowboy was determined to pay his uncle for it. He has had his eye on Gemma since his first glimpse of her performing. Thoughts of the Irish beauty kept him up some nights. His social life has been nonexistent for some time, despite the many groupies who try to seduce him. His last intimate encounter was over a year ago when he spent a weekend with Ava, the only groupie to ever make it to his bed. He now regretted ever hooking up with her.

One night after a rodeo, Trace comes to Gemma’s rescue when a cowboy drugs her drink. Picking her up and carrying her home, he takes care of her. She even allows him to follow her as she drives to the next rodeo. Attracted to the cowboy, she remembers Liz’s fortune telling and wonders why Trace couldn’t be blond, instead of having dark hair. They agree to spend their off time as friends and competitors during the rodeo. But their friendship turns heated, travelling together, each in their own vehicles, to the various rodeos on the circuit. But then Ava appears at one of the rodeos, with a baby in hand…Trace’s baby. Will Trace and Gemma be able to work things out for a future together, or will he end up being JUST A COWBOY AND HIS BABY?

A sexy read, JUST A COWBOY AND HIS BABY, the sixth book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s SPIKES AND SPURS, is a witty, adrenaline-packed contemporary romance that I read in one sitting, unable to put it down. Gemma is a feisty, independent woman and just what Trace wants; these two were perfect together. Watching the two interact and work out their differences is guaranteed to raise a few temperatures. Brimming with passion, humor, rodeos, family dynamics, romance, love and a beautiful baby, this story is unforgettable. Author Carolyn Brown writes from the heart and her stories will steal yours. JUST A COWBOY AND HIS BABY is definitely no exception. Fans of Ms. Brown’s work will be happily reunited with the characters from her previous books in this series. As a big fan myself of her work, I am eager for the release of her next book, THE COWBOY SEEKS A BRIDE, due out in August, 2013. In the meantime, do not miss JUST A COWBOY AND HIS BABY. A definite keeper!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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