LOVE DRUNK COWBOY
Brown’s delightful romance has a heroine who is quite willing to make her own decisions. Still, the hero’s way of manipulating her is sweet. The switching back and forth from one point of view to another can be a bit confusing, but keeps the reader on their toes.
For the six months since her Granny Lanier died, Austin Lanier has been talking to Rye O’Donnell on the phone. Rye was her Granny’s friend and neighbor, and Austin is shocked to discover he’s a 32-year-old sexy, handsome cowboy. For his part, when Rye sees her in person, he knows in an instant she’s his soul mate. Austin feels an electrically charged attraction to Rye, which doesn’t help her make decisions about the watermelon farm Granny left her. She has a great job in Tulsa, which her mother and aunts encourage her to return to, but as Austin gets involved with her farm — and Rye — she begins to wonder if perhaps Granny’s spirit is influencing her to stay on the farm. (SOURCEBOOKS, May, 416 pp., $7.99)