Friday, 25 June 2010

Review – I Love This Bar – Carolyn Brown

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I LOVE THIS BAR

Author: CAROLYN BROWN 

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated

Genre: Contemporary Western

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Funny, sexy, and sure to appeal to the huge audience of country music fans, this new trilogy features the Honky Tonk beer joint and its succession of lovelorn owners. Serving two counties, one wet and one dry, the Honky Tonk is the gathering place for every hothead, thirsty rancher, and lusty lady looking for a good time. Owner Daisy O'Dell vows she'll run the place until they drag her cold dead body through the swinging doors. That is, until the day Jarod McElroy walks in, looking for a cold drink and a moment's peace from his ornery Uncle Emmitt.

The minute Jarod sees Daisy, with her hot looks and smart mouth; he knows he's met not only his own match, but Uncle Emmitt's as well. Now, if only he can convince her to come out from behind that bar and come on home with him.

All the air escaped Daisy’s lungs in a whoosh when the cowboy collapsed on top of her body. She sucked in air

and pushed at the weight, but her arms were pinned. She opened her eyes to see a head full of dark hair and felt

the sharp bone of his nose pressing into her left breast. He raised his head and looked over at her, his face only inches from hers, his eyes zeroing in on her lips.

Hot damn! That’s one sexy face, they both thought at the same time.

She shut her eyes and started to lean in for the kiss, then reality hit. She had fallen flat on her back on the floor of the Honky Tonk beer joint and taken the nearest cowboy down with her. She popped her eyes wide open and wriggled back away from the sexiest gray eyes she’d ever seen.

Oh, shit, who saw us? Daisy looked up to find everyone staring down at them, the cowboy’s body still touching her from breast to toe, even though he had rolled to one side. The blush that filled her cheeks had nothing to do with afterglow.

The joint was as quiet as a tomb. It was a hell of a time for the jukebox to go silent.

“You all right?” Tinker, the bouncer, asked. He was hovering over the two of them, worry etched in his face as he bent to touch her shoulder.

“I’m fine. Make sure he is too,” she panted. he’d seen the girl slip in the same slick puddle of spilled beer and grab for him.

Daisy forced a smile. Tinker held out a hand and in one swift movement the cowboy was on his feet. Tinker picked up Daisy carefully and set her on a barstool. “You sure you’re all right?”

“My dignity is in tatters and I might have a bruise or two, but I’ll live,” she said.

© Carolyn Brown

Review

Contemporary western is a genre that has never really held much appeal for me, however when I spot the cover of Ms. Brown’s latest release it called to me – yes that little voice that said nekkid man on cover come and hear his story and so the fickle reader that I am took the plunge.

I LOVE THIS BAR  bloody well rocks.

The book starts out simply enough with Jarod McElroy walking into the local and only Honky Tonk in the area to get a drink and if truth be told to get away from his cantankerous uncle. Little does Jarod know that one accident with the owner of the place will turn his life upside and all in a good way.

The Honky Tonk is owned and operated by one Daisy O’Dell and she has a take no prisoner attitude when it comes to her business and the men in her life, if there was a man in her life that is. From the moment she bumped into Jarod she went all a fluster, but not being one to simper and act all girly like Daisy resorts to the golden rule set down by Mable, the woman who took in Daisy when she needed someone to lean on, and keeps Jarod at a save distance, but with friends, customers and underhanded people like those in her  life she did not stand a chance.

Jarod just want to get his job done, which is helping his uncle get his place up to date and out of the dark ages. He has no time for a woman in his life, more over he has no luck with woman - he has had three failures so far to prove it. Despite this he has not given up on finding that one person for him and he is liking the looks of one Ms Daisy alot.

With Daisy not playing ball and Jarod trapped out on the farm with his uncle Emmitt a few people just have to take matters into their own hands and set the wheels of this romance in motion. With a set of triplet who seems to have no life of their own, a sneaking underhanded best friend and an old man who is more here than there Daisy and Jarod did not know what hit them.

If you are looking for a book that just hits the spot and pops all the right button I LOVE THIS BAR is the book to read. I would be nitpicking if I said there was anything of worth that I didn't like about this book.

The characters were all over the place and they somehow worked in the Honky Tonk  setting. Daisy is my kinda girl, no lily liver, simpering miss of a girl was this woman, she was something else. Confident in her abilities, assertive in her position as a bar owner and a vet and she only feared giving her heart to the wrong man – did I forget to mention that she knows how to use the business end of a shotgun as well.      

Jarod is so lucky Daisy already claimed him or there would be a fight out in the boon docks for him, he was a great character. Courteous to just about everybody, generous with his time, comfortable in his own skin and most importantly he has not let life’s disappointments get him down – as I said Daisy is a lucky girl.

The eclectic mix of support cast made this book for me, who knew that I would enjoy a book with a set of triplet who were constantly underfoot, toss in a scheming little minx and a good lot of interfering family and Daisy and Jarod really didn’t know whether they were going up or down.

I love that there was no drama in this book, it was just a really fun read. Ms. Brown does move the action out of the bar setting for those people who are oppose to that sort of environment and I saw both protags hard at work, hard at play and in some rather emotional scenes as well.

I connected with more than one person in this book but one especially stood out for me, Uncle Emmitt. I thought his character was not only fully developed but was integrated into the plot really well.  

Lastly there was an over abundance of country music artist and songs tossed in to fit the scenes or the mood that the characters were in. I can see this being annoying for people who are already familiar with the music type or for people who are just turned off by name pimping in books – for me I loved it.  I have already put together a neat compilation of songs based on the flow of this book.

Bottom Line

All in all Brown and I LOVE THIS BAR jump started my interest in a genre that I have never thought I would like much less love. Sexy cowboys, sassy woman and in between that mix in much fun, and a barrel full of laughter.

Love it.. 

 

10 Speak To Me:

LilyofDarkness on 25 June 2010 at 21:27 said...

I have this book in my TBR pile to the left of my fave chair, it is about 8th down on the stack, but this review just gave it a promotion. I will have to pick it up.

Mary G on 25 June 2010 at 22:00 said...

Good to know EH. I enjoyed her first trilogy -the Lucky books & I wondered about this one.

Erotic Horizon on 26 June 2010 at 04:58 said...

@LOD..

Drag it out soon hon - you will not regret it...

Thanks...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 26 June 2010 at 04:59 said...

@MAry G..

Yes her first Cowboy stuff were fun read, but I think these are head and shoulders above them...

Happy reading hon..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 26 June 2010 at 08:18 said...

Great that you found a new genre in a way :)
A half nekkid man can't be wrong

Erotic Horizon on 26 June 2010 at 10:43 said...

@Bloedeed..

The end does justify the means sometimes....

Nekkid men and all..

E.H>

Sabrina @ about happy books on 26 June 2010 at 11:05 said...

Great review.

This book is already on my wishlist and I can't wait to get and read it.

Erotic Horizon on 27 June 2010 at 05:56 said...

@Sabrina

You are going to love it when you do..

Happy reading hon,

E.h>

Carolyn Brown on 27 June 2010 at 21:36 said...

Hi y'all!
Thank you for the amazing review on I LOVE THIS BAR and for posting it on Amazon!
I'm so glad that you liked Daisy and Jarod ... you'll hear about them or get a glimpse of them in the next three books in the series!
Again, my thanks,
Carolyn Brown

Leontine on 28 June 2010 at 13:55 said...

I've got this one on my wishlist at Book Depo! Sometimes a gal just wants humor, laughter and romance...I could sue some for these hot sizzling days of summer. This one is definitely going in my July order list!!