Sunday, April 3, 2011

Random Romance Sunday: Double Your Pleasure

The Book: Should've Been a Cowboy by Vicki Lewis Thompson

The Particulars: Contemporary Romance, Harlequin Blaze, May 24, 2011

The Blurb:  
Party organizer Tyler Connelli is on the fast track to her dream career. She’s so close she can almost taste it. But when she returns to her family and sees her one-night stand, Alex Keller, all done up in his cowboy gear, her self-control is stretched to the breaking point....

They’re worlds apart. She’s a busy career girl, and Alex is a cowboy. But while getting together might not bode well for anything long-term, it more than makes up for it in sheer hot chemistry! Problem is, this is one wrangler she might want to get tied down—and tied up—to...indefinitely!
 The Book: Cowboy Up by Vicki Lewis Thompson

The Particulars: Contemporary Romance, Harlequin Blaze, June 21, 2011

The Blurb:
“Never fall in love with a cowboy.” These words were drilled into Emily Sterling’s head since her parents divorced over twenty years ago. But now Emily has returned to her father’s ranch... only to find herself face-to-face with jaw-droppingly hot rancher Clay Whitaker.

Clay is the resident stud expert at the Last Chance Ranch and isn’t so keen on “spoiled” city slickers...until Emily arrives. Now he’s showing Emily just what a ranch—and a cowboy—has to offer. And it’s an offer Emily can’t refuse. After all, she’s not falling for a cowboy—she’s just getting hot and naked with one. Yeah, right....
Wendy Says:  Uh, yes please?

Oh, you're looking for something more inspired than that?

Uh, pretty please with sugar on top?

Oh, and if you seem to recall me saying somewhere online that I was bored with man-titty covers?  Yeah, that wasn't me.  It was a pod person.  Because yes, while I am bored with some man-titty covers, cowboys are automatically exempt.  Save your breath - they just are.  Because they're cowboys.  Shirtless cowboys wearing tight jeans and cowboy hats and......where was I going with this again?

Oh!  Yeah, the stories.  Yeah, that's the ticket.  The actual stories.  Ahem. 

This is a continuation of Thompson's Sons of Chance series that came out last summer.  I read that trilogy back-to-back-to-back, and reviewed them all over at TGTBTU.  The whole experience pretty much wrapped up as "Just OK" for me - but now here I am, a year later, starring at the glorious cowboy-man-titty that those evil masterminds at Harlequin have doctored up....

Damn them!  Damn their black merciless souls!

Wait - do you hear that?  It's pretty faint, but it sounds like crazed maniacal laughter coming out of Toronto......


FiaQ said...

That Cowboy Up cover took my mind to a place where I didn't want it go. The horse is far too near him. The title doesn't help either.

nath said...

LOL, looks like you have something to look out for, Wendy :)

So, Harlequin Blaze took away that red border? It's about time!

Hilcia said...

Well... these two books will definitely make it to my list of books to read. You know that! I'll probably buy the ebooks so I'll only enjoy the covers here... and on my blog once I post the review! But hmm... I'll enjoy them too. LOL!

PS: FiaQ! Now I can't keep my eyes away from that horse. *g*

LoriK said...

I'm such a sucker for cowboy stories that I can't help but get excited about these even though, like you, I've been sort of "meh" about the VLT books I've read in the past.

Sigh. It's tough having an addiction.

Brandy said...

Couple more books to look to try oh yay...Love Linda Lael Miller but looking for new western writer and may have found via you.
There will be a stop at the Borders store this week ;)

oh and love your term man-titty *gol*

Wendy said...

FiaQ: He's just waiting for the right woman to come along ;)

Nath: You got me curious, so I looked. The April and May releases are all still showing the red border. I wonder if all the books will be sans-red border starting with June...or if it's just something special they're doing for VLT's books. We'll have to wait and see!

Hilcia: I'll probably end up going with ebooks too. It's just so convenient and easy to get my category romance fix digitally these days.

LoriK: I know I'm going to get sexy and fun with a VLT book - but sometimes that doesn't always translate for me. She's written a couple of real solid books though. I really liked the last book in her previous Sons Of Chance trilogy, and she has an older Temptation, The Nights Before Christmas, in my keeper stash. I really need to reread that one.

Brandy: Well I can't claim man-titty. I think maybe the Smart Bitches were the first to really use that term hardcore online :)

There seems to be a number of contemporary westerns out these days. I'm more of a historical girl - but hey, I'll take my westerns however I can get 'em!

*Goddess* said...

Hmmm, I don't know. The other day I came across the term "cop off" and now "cowboy up"?! I'm liking them both!

Leslie said...

Cowboys are always exempt. ;)

The hats & jeans are so sexy. Which is why I'll never understand the popularity of the baggy ass jeans. Jeans hanging down to your knees - yeah, real sexy. NOT.

I'm definitely putting these on my list. :)

Wendy said...

Goddess: Any guy wearing any semblance of a uniform. Cowboys, cops, firefighters :) Yum!

Leslie: And skinny jeans! Yuck! Give me guys in normal, average, everyday jeans please!