This is my stop during the blog tour for One Good Cowboy (Diamonds in the Rough #1) by Catherine Mann. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 April till 30 April, weekdays only. You can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-one-good-cowboy-by-catherine-mann/
One Good Cowboy is the first in the new series by the super talented Catherine Mann. When Stone and his ex fiance, Johanna, are forced on a mission by his dying grandmother to find homes for her dogs they can’t deny the sparks flying between them, or the heartache that their break-up caused. The chemistry between Stone and Johanna was intense. Not just the instant physical attraction but the history between them, you obviously have a lot of chemistry with someone you were supposed to marry.
All of the characters were really well fleshed out and their relationships were extremely believable. The plot was solid and cohesive and fun and sexy all at the same time. The family vibe was definitely strong in this one. The relationship with Stone and his grandmother was the best. I loved that Stone was a take charge kind of guy but could be brought to his knees by not only his ex but by his grandma. I also loved his weakness for Johanna. He truly loved her. He was complex and strong and yet simple. Johanna was strong in her own right as well. I loved how Stone was her weakness and she truly loved him but she also had a good, firm grasp on her own dreams and what she wanted. Some things, the things that were most important to her, she was not willing to waiver on and I really liked that about her. And Stone’s bombshell secret I never saw coming, which shows you that Mann was doing everything right!
One of favorite things about this story, aside from the incredibly hot love scenes, was visiting old characters from Mann’s previous novels. Readers were able to catch up with characters from the Alpha Brotherhood(another Desire series), and the Landis-Renshaw family, who we first heard of in the Wingman Warrior Series. It was very clever to include characters not just from one series but multiple ones and integrating them into one book. (and getting readers curious about the other series).
Mann also did a fantastic job at integrating jewels and gems into the names and places on the Ranch…and the dogs names, which were the best part in my opinion. The dogs had back stories and histories, too, which made them characters in their own right. They weren’t just there for show, they were part of the story.
I’m really looking forward to Amie and Alex’s stories and revisiting this family. The other two books can’t come fast enough for me!
**I’m writing the post on the anniversary of my own grandmother’s passing so this story holds a special place in my heart today.
Excerpt of One Good Cowboy:
…”What are you doing?”
“You said you didn’t want to talk.” Sure he knew they weren’t really going to have sex on his desk, but he reveled in the regret in her eyes that she couldn’t hide in spite of her scowl.
“You’re being outrageous.”
“Stop. Now,” she said firmly.
Okay, he’d pushed her far enough for today, but he could see that while their love for each other might have burned out, their passion still had plenty of fire.
He buttoned his shirt again and tucked in the tails. “Spoilsport.”
She brushed papers into a stack. “The pilot’s waiting.”
“Damn waste of an empty desk,” he said with a smile…
You can find One Good Cowboy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18774824-one-good-cowboy?ac=1
You can buy One Good Cowboy here:
– Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=51415
Do you like books with an animal rescue theme? Keep an eye out for Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, it’s being released on August 5, 2014. It’s a heartwarming novel about a returning soldier, the daughter of his fallen commander, and a very special dog with a mission.
Shelter Me (Second Chance Range #1)
By Catherine Mann
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…
Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…
But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.
You can find Shelter Me on Goodreads:
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About the Author:
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily. To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566
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