Sunday, September 23, 2018

Review: Cowboy Charm School

Title:  Cowboy Charm School
Author:  Margaret Brownley
Series:  The Haywire Brides #1
Genre:  Romance
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format:  Print ARC
Date of Publication:  September 4, 2018
No. of Pages:  384
My Rating:  4 Stars


When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.


Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancĂ©'s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

My thoughts:

Brett Tucker is doing his darnedest to display altruistic behavior. Brett is a Texas Ranger and manages to interrupt a wedding as he has just caught his man, Frank Foster. However, it is the wrong Frank Foster! The wedding is nearly ruined and Brett approaches the bride to offer his apologies. The problem is, Frank, the groom, has an insane jealous streak and immediately chaos ensues and a fight breaks up. Bride-to-be Kate Denver has had enough of Frank and his jealous behavior and ultimate calls the wedding off.

Brett feels incredibly bad. So, he is determined to do whatever it takes to bring this couple back together. I immediately thought of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Brett soon discovers that Frank is far from the romantic type as he begins coaching him. After all, he suggests to Brett that a tire jack would serve as the perfect make-up gift to Kate. Meanwhile, Brett is still looking for the criminal he tried to find at the outset and continues on in that endeavor as well. Brett soon discovers that a match should truly be made - and that perhaps he should be the man in Kate's life. What does Kate have to say about things? Determinedly she resists Frank's attempts at a reconciliation. Does her letting Frank go for good have anything to do with her growing feelings towards Brett?

Cowboy Charm School is a warm and delightfully sweet love story. There was so much humor in this story. There were Frank's allergies, Brett's attempts and Kate's responses - and all of these made this quite the pleasurable read. I thoroughly loved the characters in this story, even Frank. The story takes place in Texas in the late 1800s and Kate was a candy maker, which I thought was an admirable profession for a woman to have during those days. She also was an animal lover, which I really enjoyed. This engaging story captured my heart and I was able to read it in one sitting. This is the first in the Haywire Bride series and I am looking forward to the next story.

Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


N.Y. Times Bestselling author AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth- grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

Aw-shucks, I think they like the book. 

“Exquisitely intriguing” –Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Gunpowder Tea.

“A Lady Like Sarah is Margaret Brownley at her peak. A perfect blend of romance, the old west, and characters that steal your heart, along with writing that sings. A fabulous read. I laughed and cried and wished I could pick up the sequel immediately. Write faster, Margaret” – (Lauraine Snelling author of the Red River of the North series:,

“Margaret Brownley has created two wonderful, unforgettable characters in Sarah and Justin. Their story held my interest from the start, and I couldn’t wait to find out if or how their love would overcome the obstacles set before them. A Lady Like Sarah is one of my favorite reads of the year. I think it will be one of yours as well.”- (Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied,

“Margaret Brownley brings the old west to life though her humor, drama and memorable characters. A Lady Like Sarah is completely enjoyable from beginning to end.” – (Jill Marie Landis bestselling author of Heart of Stone , )

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