Long, Hot Texas Summer

Author: Carolyn Brown

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5.0

Format: PRINT

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Loretta Sullivan Bailey has loved Jackson since she was ten, but she never felt she measured up. So when she caught her husband kissing another woman in their barn, Loretta took their young daughter and left, rather than stay around to give him a chance to explain. Now, seventeen years later, their daughter, Nona, is refusing to finish her final year of college. Instead, she wants to be a rancher like her dad and she plans to wed her boyfriend, a young cowboy on her father’s ranch. Determined to persuade her daughter to come back home with her and return to college, Loretta arrives on her ex-husband’s ranch with plans to spend the summer if that’s what it takes to change her daughter’s mind, regardless of what her ex has to say about it. She does not want Nona to make the same mistakes she made.

It took a long time for rancher Jackson Bailey to get over his wife’s leaving and divorcing him. Fortunately, he has his daughter Nona, who has ranching in her blood, and he is happy that she wants to eventually take over the ranch. So it doesn’t bother him if she doesn’t return to college. After all, she can learn all she needs to know right there with him.

Jackson has been trying to move on with his life, so he is none too happy to come home and discover that his ex-wife has taken up residence. Right away the sparks fly as these two stubborn people verbally spar, but before long they are struggling with the red-hot passion that has always existed between them. Can they get beyond their past and find the forever happiness that has eluded them thus far?

A heartwarming tale, LONG HOT TEXAS SUMMER, the first book in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s PALO DURO CANYON series, is a sexy contemporary romance that will lift your spirits. Jackson makes no secret of the fact that he still loves his wife and he readily owns up to his mistakes in the past, but Loretta is having trouble getting over her anger. Now that she is on the ranch, they need to start communicating and let the whole story come out, so healing can begin. Their emotional reaction to each other is believably drawn as they go from anger to tentative forgiveness to sweet, sexy heat and love. I enjoyed watching them resolve their differences and the love that kept drawing them together. There are also moments that will make you laugh out loud.

Packed with loads of sass, red-hot passion, humor, hunky cowboys, feisty cowgirls, romance, love and second chances, LONG HOT TEXAS SUMMER is a sweet, but sexy, story that you will want to read more than once. I absolutely adore Ms. Brown’s books and this one is no exception. I read it in a matter of hours and hated to see it end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, DAISIES IN THE CANYON, which is due out in December 2014. For an entertaining western tale brimming with heat, humor and emotion, look no further than author Carolyn Brown!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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