Luckiest Cowboy of All by Carolyn Brown Release Date: January 30, 2018 Publisher: Forever Book #3 in the Happy, Texas series Number of pages: 344 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Rating: R Read 6/28/18 to 6/29/18
Whew! I have to admit I was a bit nervous about this one after reading Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas. Of course, as I’ve stated before, I love all of the characters in this series so I had a bit of hope the author would pull through. And she did!
That’s not to say that the characters stopped talking to themselves far too often…they still do that. But not so much that it drove me to distraction. And there are a few timeline inconsistencies. One big one you won’t notice if you didn’t read the other books, but we hop right into Henry being back in town and having showed up at Christmas. That was a big problem of mine with the end of the last book, how that wasn’t resolved. Apparently, it was but not written about? I’m not sure. But he’s there in Happy and everyone is aware.
I have just loved Jace throughout this series. He’s such a great brother and uncle. I just knew he’d be a good daddy. He’s so patient with the situation and gives his daughter, Tilly, plenty of space to come to her own conclusions about him and their relationship. In fact, Jace is such a great guy that he doesn’t really give Carlene the full brunt of his hurt and anger that he should. At least in my opinion. In fact, the whole family is pretty darn accepting of what Carlene did to them by keeping Tilly a secret. As much as I love their open arms and love, it really threw me for a loop after the way some of them treated Lila when she came back to town sans child in Toughest Cowboy in Texas.
As for the chemistry, Jace and Carlene have that in spades. I especially enjoyed how their young daughter could even feel the vibe between them when they thought they were being so careful and discreet with their own feelings. That Tilly sure is precocious!
I may not have been completely enthralled with the second book in this series, but I am thrilled that it has ended on a high note. I’ve read a lot of this author over the last couple of months and she can really be all over the map. This story is a good, solid read.