Thursday, February 12, 2015

Spotlight and Nanee's Review with Giveaway - How To Kiss A Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy


Book: How To Kiss a Cowboy
Author: Joanne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: Western Romance (Contemporary)


Between rodeo wins and endorsement deals, Saddle Bronc Champion Brady Caine is living a charmed life. But when he causes an accident that could end a promising barrel racer’s career, he decides that he’s done with loose women and wild rides. All he wants to do is erase his mistake by getting Suze Carlyle back in the saddle.

The last person barrel racer Suze wants to see on her doorstep is the man who ended her rodeo career, but she can’t help admire Brady’s persistence. Sparks fly between them, but when her barn is sabotaged she wonders if he’s really the straight shooter he seems to be…


Another shudder racked Suze’s body and Brady scooted down a step, so he was sitting right beside her, and put his arm around her shoulders. When she didn’t shrug it off, he edged a little nearer. While he’d been trying to figure out what to say, shed lost the fight to fake it She was crying again, harder than ever, without shame.

Suze might have every reason to hate him, but Brady knew nobody should ever feel this bad without someone to comfort them. Pulling her head down to his shoulder, he wrapped his other arm around her and drew her close.

To his surprise, she let him hold her. And she wept. That was a new experience for Brady. Women cried when they were mad. They sobbed when they thought their hearts had been broken forever. But Suze was weeping, and it was all his fault. Her loss went way beyond anger or heartbreak. She’d lost her sport, her vocation, her career, her everything. She’d lost herself, and that’s what she was mourning.

He’d done that – him and his ego and that stupid horse along with the rope he’d hung on to a second too long.

He whispered into Suze’s ear. He didn’t know what he was saying or where it came from. It was mostly there, there’s and now, now’s, along with some nonsense words. It must have made her feel better because her shoulders shook less and less. He swayed gently, rocking her as if she were a child, and she clung to him as if she needed him. He was surprised and ashamed at how good it felt.

He prayed the phone wouldn’t ring. He prayed her father wouldn’t come home and ruin the moment. He prayed this would last forever, the two of them on the stairs just holding each other, but of course it had to end.

Slowly, Suze regained control. He’d known she would; a great competitor never let things rattle her for long.

She pulled away, but only a little, and scanned his eyes for a long time, as if searching out his deepest thoughts. He never knew what to say to women, and when he tried to express his feelings, he usually said the wrong thing. But he knew how to open up and be honest with his eyes and with his touch. He’d learned that from horses, just as Suze had.

But women liked words, and he liked Suze. So he had to try.

“When other women cry, I feel bad,” he said. “When you cry, it’s like the whole world’s falling apart.”

“I’m sorry.” She sniffed. “I don’t normally cry that hard.”

“No, that’s not what I mean. I know you don’t cry much. That’s why it feels like my whole world’s falling apart. I just want to fix what’s wrong so we can get back to normal.”

He wiped away a tear that leaked from the corner of her eye with one finger and stroked her hair back from her face. And then he kissed her.

Miracles of miracles, she kissed him back.

Nanee's Review:

I just love a lighthearted romance with a sexy cowboy. This is the first book I have read in this series and thought the writing was excellent and a definite page turner. Brady Caine you think is your typical cowboy but as the book continues you learn more about him and appreciate him for more than his good looks and fun personality, he's caring, sweet and hot in the sack. wow! Suze is a barrel racer that is following in her mothers footsteps, she's loved Brady from afar for a while and doesn't think she has a chance. She isn't his typical women, shes not overly pretty and she is a rodeo star not a buckle bunny. lol. Suze is going through a lot with her father never appreciating her and not knowing what to expect from Brady. Love them together, they fit perfectly. I thought the author wrote great characters, a sweet and loving story and without saying too much a wild ride. 4 stars

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Author Biography

Joanne Kennedy's lifelong fascination with Wyoming's unique blend of past and present inspires her to write contemporary Western romances with traditional ranch settings. In 2010 she was nominated for a RITA award for One Fine Cowboy. At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Her fascination with literature led to careers in bookselling and writing. She lives with two dogs and a retired fighter pilot in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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