Publisher: Grand Central
Date published: May 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Reeling from not just her mother’s death but from a secret that has turned her life upside down, Faith Aldridge arrives in Bramble, Texas hoping to find answers and a long lost sister. When she arrives in town everyone in the small burg insists on calling her Hope. They comment on her hair—it’s way shorter than Hope’s, they comment on her voice—it’s not quite as strident and they comment on it being high time she returned to her high school sweetheart, Slade.
Slate Calhoun’s sweetheart Hope left Bramble five years ago. From star quarterback on the high school team he’s now Bramble’s coach. Sadly the skill that made him a top player isn’t quite playing out in his coaching career. All he can think about is finishing a rather poor seasons and whiling away the hours on a sunny beach. That is until Faith arrives. He know immediately the woman he quickly finds in his arms isn’t his high school sweetheart but he also realizes right quick she is everything he has ever wanted. But Slate wants answers and to get them he takes Faith to a favourite haunt. The answers aren’t quick coming but when they arrive back in town her car is missing. At a loss of where to go and what to do, Faith finds herself in a very hot and sexy cowboy’s trailer falling for him in ways she never imagined.
In no time the town is planning Slate and Hope’s wedding. The problem is, Faith isn’t Hope.
If you were around for Urban Cowboy in the 1980’s you have a hint of the sweet romance and matter of fact lifestyle of small town Texas. If you missed that or are also a fan of Friday Night Lights you will still see that heart in your hand, day to day living and heartfelt romance Katie Lane brings to the pages of her debut novel GOING COWBOY CRAZY, the first of her Deep in the Heart of Texas series. Despite the fact that Slate is a blond there are elements of Taylor Kitsch’s portrayal of Tim Riggins in his character. He could well be Tim once he has his house built and found a career of his own. He has the sweet yet so very sultry personality that makes you want to love him and take him home for your own. And, like Tim, he wants a home and family.
The sheriff reminded me a lot of Buddy Garrity’s big hearted yet sometimes misplaced personality. And the composite personalities of the residents of Bramble bring to mind how Dillon’s residents supported their football team no matter what they did.
While to some Faith and Slate’s romance may seem very fast tracked, Ms. Lane does a fantastic job of addressing that very issue through Faith’s taking her own long look at just what her heart is doing. Likewise Ms. Lane brings the subject of adoption and what happens when young parents have no choice but to let go of their child, to the story with compassion. Through the characters gives her readers virtually every emotion anyone who has found their birth family and that family itself may experience.
I’m not generally a fan of contemporary romance but Ms. Lane has made a believer of me. She has also moved to the top of my auto read list and I am eagerly awaiting my copy of book 2, MAKE MINE A BAD BOY.
If you are looking for a good read, a book that is a really good read in and of itself with laughs, some tears and a true to the heart romance GOING COWBOY CRAZY is an awesome place to start.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.