One crazy night, and even crazier accident, followed by some big time soul searching leads to a romance they both hoped would happened but felt sure it never would. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
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…
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I know when I pick up a Joanne Kennedy book that I’m in for a treat; she has such a way with words and always entertains her readers. I loved the first book in the Cowboys of Decker Ranch series so I was excited at the opportunity to read and review How to Kiss A Cowboy which is book two in the series. What I didn’t expect was to see was that Brady Caine, the good time, fun loving, jokester cowboy had way more layers to him than anyone gave him credit for and I really didn’t expect him to fall in love with Suzanne (Suze) Carlyle a ball busting barrel racer who was almost as ornery as her father. One crazy night, and even crazier accident, followed by some big time soul searching leads to a romance they both hoped would happened but felt sure it never would. Confused? Well, that pretty much describes both the hero and heroine for most of this story!
Brady is one of those heroes women should probably hate but there’s just something about them that makes you smile. Sure he’s a man-whore, he has no idea how to have a relationship, he often says the wrong thing even when he doesn’t realize it but underneath is this super sensitive, caring, and loveable man whose childhood shaped him into the man he’s become. There’s no doubt Brady has kind of skated through on his good looks and jovial attitude or that most people don’t take him seriously but when Suze is injured and needs help, he is there to provide it even when she flat out tells him to stay away. He’s a determined kind of guy something most people never see in him but for Suze he’ll do anything.
I’m going to admit that Suze is a freakin’ piece of work; I get that she’s had a rough life losing her mother at 10, living with her father who constantly belittles her, and dealing with trying to win enough money to hang on to their ranch but man she has a sharp tongue and a short fuse temper and she’s really great at using both to cut people down to size, especially Brady. I’m not saying that at times it wasn’t warranted and that her inability to trust wasn’t all her fault but man at times I wondered why Brady even bothered. I do appreciate that she saw more in Brady than most people did and that over time she began to realize that there was an innate goodness in him.
For years these two kind of danced around each other each thinking they weren’t good enough for the other but then one night together changes things for both of them and not in the best of ways. Their relationship was fraught with landmines from the beginning and the fact that neither one of them had any real relationship experience and trust issues to boot it was pretty ugly for most of the book. What I appreciated was that they kept working at it, that they understood they had problems, and that they were both big enough people to admit when they were wrong.
I really loved getting to see Ridge and Sierra from the first book and the boys from the group home where Sierra works. There is something so refreshing about young kids who have seen so much and have no filter sharing just what they think about a situation. Wise beyond his years Isaiah provided some much needed straight talk.
Complicated, tender, sexy, and enjoyable How To Kiss A Cowboy is another fine offering from author Joanne Kennedy and a must read for anyone who loves romance.