Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Billion Dollar Cowboy (Book 1, Cowboys and Brides Series)
Carolyn Brown
Published June 4th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

A Billionaire Can Buy Anything...

Colton Nelson was twenty-eight years old when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. Now he's desperate to keep the gold diggers away. It shouldn't be too hard to find a pretty girl and hire her to pretend to be his one-and-only.

Or Can He?

Laura Baker's got mixed feelings about this--she's on the ranch to work, not to be arm candy. On the other hand, being stuck for a while in the boondocks with a gorgeous cowboy isn't half-bad.

What neither Colton nor Laura expects are the intensely hard lessons they have to learn about the real cost of love...

A cowboy who wins the lottery and is more than proving he has the Midas Touch would be one the ladies wouldn't be able to stay away from! Add looks like a runway model's and it's no wonder plots are hatched right and left to get him hitched.

It sounds like a man's dream come true but to Colton Nelson it's a nightmare. The last straw comes when some women drug him to try to get him in their bed. For his close friends and family, that's more than enough. Something definitely needs to be done.

Enter Laura Baker, who has problems enough of her own.  A self-proclaimed computer geek who is forever bailing out her gambler sister, Laura finds a job with her cousin Andy who also happens to be Colton's finance officer. The job comes with a price - in order to bail out her sister, Laura is in debt and must do whatever Andy thinks is best to help her sister kick the habit.

Colt's family sees this as a perfect opportunity: why not let Laura pretend to be his girlfriend? After all, Andy trusts her and she's a smart rancher to boot who wants nothing to do with Colt's money. It seems the optimal solution for everybody - except the two involved!

How Carolyn Brown wove together this story of two people falling in love is something I can visit again and again. There is more reality in this relationship that I have read in a long time. If I cut out the fact that this man owns billions, it could be any couples' love story.

The best part for me is when Colt and Laura sit down to clear an argument. A butterfly lights down between them while they discuss their issues on trust and commitment. The butterfly doesn't leave the whole time and even stays on Colt after the discussion is done. It's believed that souls can inhabit butterflies while the dead visit their loved ones. So who was that? I'd bet it was Aunt Dottie, the woman who raised Laura and her sister.

And how could I resist any story set to music? And Blake Shelton's songs in particular? I'm just a teensy bit disappointed that Honey Bee wasn't part of it even though Who Are You When I'm Not Looking is on regular rotation on my iPod.

There is that farce that they go through in their "relationship" that makes for some really good laughs. And how great is it that the one woman who set her misguided sights on Colt becomes a good friend to Laura after the ranch party where she finds her own soulmate? It's so refreshing to have a story with a few cat fights in the beginning that turn out oh-so-right in the end!

All I was left with at the end of this book was - when does Carolyn Brown have the next one coming out?

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