This review was difficult for me to write. I didn’t hate this book, but it also didn’t really grab my attention in any real way. In COWBOY HONOR, Carolyn Brown crafts a sweet world set on a Texas ranch with a big loving family. When I say these characters are sweet and loving, I mean it. They were all inherently kind, which made it difficult to relate to them occasionally. No family is that nice!
This was my first Carolyn Brown novel, but not my first cowboy romance by a long shot. That said, it took me way too long to get into the actual writing style. I think it had something to do with all the Texas-isms like “dollars to cow patties.” I just couldn’t picture a real-life person saying those things, never the less a rough and tumble 28-year-old ranch foreman. Each time Levi casually threw out an outdated colloquialism, I rolled my eyes.
Now, I am always down for a cute modern cowboy romance but, dang there was a lot of cheese in this book. Nice guy heroes have been my jam lately, but Levi so perfect and good, he lacked real depth. His character was so predictable and bland, I couldn’t make myself get invested in him.
All of that said, I did like the family aspect of this novel. It was sweet and would perfect for someone looking to read a romance novel with little to no conflict. I also enjoyed Claire and her cute niece, Zaylie. The gentle commentary about the difficulties related to military life was the only part that kept me really engaged.
Overall, once I finally got into the story, COWBOY HONOR was an ok read. I will continue on in the series in the hopes that Justin and his playboy ways can liven this series up for me.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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