Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane


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.

Bramble, Texas, is a small, small, small town, and Faith Aldridge has come there for some answers about her past.  The townsfolk recognize her immediately -- she's the spitting image (aside from her haircut) of her twin, Hope, who's Bramble's sweetheart -- and they are so happy to have Hope back from her five-year stay in Hollywood.  Since they finally have Hope where they want her, they scheme to keep her in Bramble and to marry her high school sweetheart, Slate Calhoun.

Slate is surprised to see "Hog" returned, with a spiffy new haircut, but once he kisses her, he realizes "Hope" isn't who she says she is.  He just cannot stay away from her, which surprises both of them (well, all of them, once the real Hope arrives in Bramble). 

Gone Cowboy Crazy was a fun contemporary romance, though there were eye-rolling moments along the way.  I never thought of Slate as a cowboy, regardless of the fact he favors Western wear shirts, so the title is a bit misleading.  The blind eye the inhabitants of Bramble turns to the fact that Faith is not Hope yet they continue to call her Hope despite being corrected numerous times, and the "big misunderstanding" which drives Faith from Bramble were a little frustrating, but I can recognize the Faith/Hope "confusion" is for comic effect.

And please tell me that D.J. Qualls is not the perfect Kenny Gene.

(A very special thank you to Love To Read for Fun, Forever, and Hachette Book Group who sponsored the contest in which I won a copy of Going Cowboy Crazy.)

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