Red's Hot Cowboy
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publish Date: August 1, 2011
When Pearl Richland inherits her aunt's 1950s motel she returns to her roots. Tired of the big city, she's ready for small town life, especially when sexy cowboy Wil Marshall comes in to escape an ice storm. Pearl never thought she'd turn in her high heels and start dating a cowboy, but Wil's got an awful lot to offer if a girl's available for a whole lot of fun, sizzle, and unexpected trouble...
Pearl Richland has given up her job as a loan officer in a large bank, and has decided to run the motel her great aunt Perlita left her in her will. She's tired of watching other people pursue their dreams and has decided it's her turn. She's enjoying running the hotel, even if it does leave her tired and with no time to go out and have fun. A winter storm knocks the power out in the next city over, and suddenly her little motel is full. The last guest to check in, Wil Marshall, is one handsome cowboy, even if he did call her Red. But Pearl has no time for handsome cowboys, she's got a motel to run.
The next morning, however, the motel is overrun by police, looking for Wil, claiming he murdered someone during the night. Pearl knows he didn't do it, and heads down to the police station to say so. After a few hours, Wil is released and the police admit they made a mistake.
Wil appreciates her assistance, but has no plans to pursue any sort of relationship with Pearl other than a thank-you dinner. Pearl doesn't even want that, she's too busy. Neither can get the other out of their mind, though, and they start talking by phone, then go out a few tiimes, and by the time they realize they're head over heels for each other it's too late to slow down.
This was a cute read, neither Pearl nor Wil were looking for romance, it just happened. I have to say, one of the parts I loved about Red's Hot Cowboy was how they'd talk and flirt on the phone just like an old fashioned romance, and had a few kisses before anything else happened. Their comraderie and friendship was refreshing to read.
I enjoyed seeing Pearl's cousin Austin again, from the first book in this series, Love Drunk Cowboy, and getting to check in on how she and Rye are doing. We also get to see Rye's family again (I'm looking forward to his brothers' stories)
That being said, I had a little trouble with the dialogue...I think it was because there were so many times contractions were not used ("you are" instead of "you're") it just felt awkward and pulled me out of the story. I also didn't see the conflict very well: Wil was worried Pearl wouldn't want to settle down with one cowboy, but I didn't really see what was holding Pearl back.
All in all though, a light, cute read. Fans of Ms. Brown's books will enjoy Red's Hot Cowboy and be anxious for the next installment in the series, Darn Good Cowboy Christmas, featuring Rye's brother Raylen (*whew!* that should be good!)