Review: Cowboy Brave by Carolyn Brown

Three Stars

After two attempts, I think I am tapping out on Carolyn Brown books. Clearly, something about her writing style just doesn’t click for me. I liked this book’s plot, a plus-sized heroine and a playboy, cowboy hero falling in love.

The parts I liked: Justin is sweetly devoted to Emily. The setting is cute, the secondary characters, a group of senior citizens, are funny. I think fans of Carolyn Brown will like this story. Parts of this story, especially the more romantic times between Emily and Justin made me smile.

The cons: I just couldn’t fully get into the book. I appreciated that there was more conflict than the previous novel, but every argument seemed a little contrived. There was way too much time with secondary characters and not enough time with Emily and Justin.

I think my biggest problem with the book, and every Carolyn Brown book I’ve read so far, is the dialogue. Something about the banter doesn’t connect with me. Everything sounds stilted and hokey to my ear. I also thought there was a lot left dangling, Justin and Emily didn’t work out everything before the end of the book, making this seem more like an HFN rather than an HEA.

Overall, I didn’t hate this book, but I wasn’t dying to finish it. I know that Carolyn Brown has many fans, I think her writing style just doesn’t work for me.

**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

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