30 Jun '13
A Nix Review – Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown (2.5 Stars)
A Billionaire Can Buy Anything…
Colton Nelson was twenty-eight years old when he won the Texas Lottery and went from ranch hand to ranch owner overnight. Now he’s desperate to keep the gold diggers away. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a pretty girl and hire her to pretend to be his one-and-only.
Or Can He?
Laura Baker’s got mixed feelings about this–she’s on the ranch to work, not to be arm candy. On the other hand, being stuck for a while in the boondocks with a gorgeous cowboy isn’t half-bad.
What neither Colton nor Laura expects are the intensely hard lessons they have to learn about the real cost of love…
I got this from NetGalley for an honest review. I didn’t get paid for it and I don’t have any sort of relationship with the author.
Carloyn Brown writes a lot of cowboys and this one is a billionaire…I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately, I really struggled with it and I found my attention wandering off a lot of the time. It just wasn’t for me.
Colton won the lottery and is now trying to fight off every gold digger in town. At the beginning of the book we see him being roofied by one of the towns more aggressive women and I felt so fricking sorry for him. He just wanted to be left alone and work on his ranch; I wasn’t even sure he wanted the money by the end. He is convinced to take on a fake girlfriend by his friends and that fake girlfriend is Laura.
Laura is a woman who has always “enabled” her gambling addict sister. When her sister runs up thousands of dollars worth of debt to a loan shark, Laura has to call in the big guns in the family to pay it off. One of the conditions to the loan is that Laura moves onto Colton’s ranch and doesn’t have any contact with her sister. She complies and, whilst there, she is convinced to play the part of Colton’s girlfriend as part of the deal. Of course, it doesn’t stay fake for long.
I liked the love story. They were both people who didn’t trust easily and it was nice to see them open up to each other slowly and learn how to trust another. The chemistry was definitely present but there weren’t many scenes that showed a connection that was more than friendship. The relationship building didn’t really leave me with the warm and fuzzies and I can’t put my fingers on why.
The rest of the characters are the main reason that I couldn’t like this story. I didn’t like the way they manipulated Colton and Laura towards a relationship together and it made me feel a little icky. The biggest problem that I had was with the character of the sister. She seemed to have more faces that a dice and I just couldn’t get a decent enough grasp on her character to be anything more than confused about her. If they hadn’t have had such a massive impact on the story I think I would have liked the novel more.
Overall, I liked the core of this story but really not the plot threads that wove into it. If you like Carolyn Browns’ previous work then give it a try as there are some very positive reviews from other reputable bloggers.