A single woman finds herself falling for "an irresistibly charismatic cowboy" in this heartwarming USA Today bestseller (RT BookReviews).
Allie Logan isn't the type to land a hot hunk of cowboy. Truth is, she's given up on dating since shedding her no-good ex. But the new owner of the most ramshackle ranch in Texas might just change her mind about that. He's six-foot-plus of tall, dark, and charming-the kind of guy who could make a girl throw caution to the wind . . . or the kind of guy who could break her heart.
Blake Dawson hopes he can make Lucky Penny Ranch finally live up to its name, but the property needs a ton of work. Allie and her carpentry skills are his best shot at getting things in order. Besides the fact that her brown eyes and dangerous curves have him roped and tied. Now Blake only needs to convince her that a wild cowboy can be tamed by love-and she's just the one to do it . . .
Brown's first Lucky Penny Ranch novel combines the themes of historical western romance with a contemporary setting, but her characters are too old-fashioned for the 21st century. The two Dawson brothers and their cousin have purchased a "bad luck" ranch in Dry Creek, Tex. Handsome Blake is the first to arrive in town, and he asks Allie Logan, a skilled local carpenter, to work some magic on the dilapidated property. Allie is not interested in relationships because her no-good ex let her down, and Blake's "love them and leave them" reputation has accompanied him, but Blake is hard to resist when the sawdust starts flying. Allie spends the entire book whining, sulking, and making bad decisions; Blake is never developed beyond being attractive and pleasant. The obstacles separating this couple are unconvincing and overcome with surprising ease, so there's not much in the way of plot to entertain the reader. Allie's trusted friend Deke, her overprotective family, and the gossipy Dry Creek mean girls add some much-needed color to a pedestrian romance, but they don't compensate for the lack of a likable heroine, a basic requirement in this genre.