Book Blast ~ Somebody Like You + Nearest Thing To Heaven by Lynnette Austin ~ Excerpts & Giveaway

Book: Somebody Like You

Author: Lynnette Austin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 4, 2012

WHEN A COWBOY MEETS AN HEIRESS…

Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman…until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can’t help wondering if she’s the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?

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Review ~ Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas

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Book: Cowboy In My Pocket

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Author: Kate Douglas

Format: e-book

Page Count: 226

Published: Beyond The Page Publishing, 2012

Source: Publisher

 

Michelle Garrison is a prolific romance writer whose career is suddenly on a downslide. Her plots are boring, her writing is stale and her readers are fleeing for greener pastures. Desperate to revive her career, Michelle sets out to write a bestseller, and who could make a more worthy hero than a cowboy.

Force-marched to a dude ranch by her editor, Michelle soon finds herself trudging along a mountain road with no memory of who she is or where she’s going, but thanks to the quintessential sexy cowboy hero, Michelle is saved. Swept up in her cowboy’s arms even Michelle can see the parody in her own story: “Everything she’d read about cowboys must be true, she thought, almost hysterically. No wonder they made such popular heroes in romances.”

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I like cowboys. I like writers. I even like writers who write about cowboys, who are stuck in their creativity, who, according to their editor, need a dose of the real deal so they travel to a ranch for a little bit of firsthand experience. I didn’t, however, like this story. It had all the potential with the heroine being a famous writer who’s in a conflict with her editor about how real cowboys live and love. So our heroine packs her things, gets into her car and starts driving. During her roadtrip she has an accident where she has amnesia, is found by a complete stranger who’s actually the seventy year old best friend cowboy of the hero who’s there to pick up the woman the hero is going to fake marry in order to fool his grandmother into thinking he has his future all figured out so she can give over the ownership of the ranch he’s loved and worked for all his life to him.

A couple of problems I had with this book. First of all, I truly believe amnesia should be taken seriously, and if a woman can’t even remember who she is, her own name or what she does or where she lives, then she should know better than to get in a car with a complete stranger. Even if he’s seventy years old and looks harmless. People get into more trouble for less. And of course she should be worried that she doesn’t even know her own name instead of preparing for a wedding she can’t remember she agreed to. Even though the people look and act nice and as if she’s supposed to be there. Again, people get into more trouble for less.
It wasn’t just these issues from the beginning of the book, but more throughout the story that bugged me. From the way the heroine being worried more about her headache on her supposed wedding day than her amnesia, to the old man who picked her up from the middle of the road with only one small luggage in her hands and mud and bruises all over her, not at all being concerned about, well, her being in the middle of the road with nothing but a small luggage and mud and bruises all over her. The book is supposed to be a funny blunder of weird circumstances, but it frustrated me more than it made me laugh.

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Kidnapped Cowboy by Lindsey Brookes

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Author: Lindsey Brookes

Format: e-book

Page Count: 380

Published: Toot Suite, 2013

Source: Publisher

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Had I known kidnapping a cowboy was this easy, let me tell you, I would’ve been on my way to do just that a long time ago.

Caitlin Meyers is in charge of running a retreat for troubled teens, which is in danger of being closed down by the town’s rich guy Brandon ‘The Ogre’ Barnes. Brandon is the owner of the retreat and he wants to turn it into a resort for the rich ones like him and add more to his finances. In order to speak to him and change his mind, Caitlin decides to kidnap him in the middle of a snowstorm but ends up with taking hostage the wrong guy, Dalton Barnes, The Ogre’s rodeo riding, easygoing, commitment phobic brother.

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