Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pam's Review: Make Mine A Bad Boy by Katie Lane

Make Mine a Bad Boy
~Katie Lane

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: June 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0446582794
ISBN-13: 978-0446582797
ASIN: B00495ZE08

From Goodreads:
Hope Scroggs is finally ready to get hitched. After years of sowing her wild oats, the former head cheerleader and homecoming queen has returned to Bramble, Texas, to marry her high school flame. But her perfect wedding plans are stomped to smithereens when her adoring cowboy two-steps down the aisle with someone else. Now Hope is stuck with the one man from her past she can't shake: Colt Lomax, an irresistible bad boy whose sultry kisses are hotter than the Panhandle in August . . .

Colt lives for freedom and the open road; he never gets attached, never looks back. Still, he can't forget the night of passion he once shared with Bramble's sweetheart—a night he wouldn't mind repeating. So,
he piles on the Texas charm to tease the feisty beauty back into his bed, while she tries her darnedest to resist. But something unexpected is about to tie their fates together . . . and oh, baby, will it ever!

The story takes place in Bramble, Texas; a small town where everyone knows your name, and your business. Hope is the town’s sweetheart, just back in town after living in Hollywood trying to make it big for the past few years. Colt, the town’s troublemaker, is also recently back in town, supposedly just released from prison.

Before Hollywood and prison, Colt grew up constantly teasing and harassing Hope, playing all sorts of mean pranks on her, like hanging her bra from a flagpole. Because of that, Hope thinks Colt hates her, as does the town, but yet neither of them can stay away from each other.

What a great book! It was my first contemporary romance, and I was not disappointed. The citizens of Bramble made me laugh out loud with the way they spread gossip and that they were always there to help, even when you didn’t want them to be. I also like how I had no clue where the story was going, and how there were surprises along the way.

The only thing that took me away from the story was that the author used the word ‘ornery,’ a lot. I had never heard the word before, so something good to come out of that is that I now know it means ‘ill-tempered’. But it was a used a little much.

There is a lot more to say about the plot and the characters, I just don’t want to give anything away. I’ll need to add some more books by Katie Lane to my ‘to be read’ list, and so should you, because this was a great read.

My Rating:

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Oh, good - I was thinking about taking this one along on my vacation next month so I'm glad to hear you liked it! I've I have Lane's other book too - Going Cowboy Crazy - so I think I'll bring them both. I know it's a series, but do you think this one could be read as a standalone?

  2. I only need to see a cowboy and I say yes without a thought ;)

  3. Sarah: It can definitely be read as a standalone; that's how I read it.

    Blodeuedd: Yee-haw, lol.

  4. Wow, your very first contemporary, glad you liked it. I love a lot of humor in a story, and a contemporary can certainly have that.

  5. Aurian - I loved the humor in this book. Made me lol several times.

  6. Great review! So glad you enjoyed your first contemporary :) I think I need to read more books with Cowboys.

  7. I'm only 1/3 of the way into this book and I already want to tear it up. I don't understand this need authors have to make EVERYONE love their characters by telling us repeatedly that EVERYONE loves their character. It's ridiculous and if I hear one more time "our little Hope" or the fact that Hope is "the town sweetheart" I'm going to scream. How does one even become the sweetheart of an entire town?! Maybe because the townspeople are portrayed as bumbling idiots. Very disappointed with this book and I definitely won't be reading any more from this author.