Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black Lion Tours: "Crazy for Cowboy" by Roxy Boroughs Review/Guest Post/Giveaway (Ends 12/21) WW

She’s through with cowboys. But this one’s the ‘reel’ deal.

Equine veterinarian, Emily Grant, has had her share of cowboys, and they always break her heart. After vowing to give them up forever, Brandon Hollister strides into her life.
He’s a different kind of cowboy, one that works on the silver screen. But is he just playing the part when it comes to love? Or can this sexy hunk get past a case of mistaken identity to become the man to win Emily’s heart.
"From the moment I started reading CRAZY FOR COWBOY I knew I was going to love it. There are tons of great one-liners, the characters are fun and engaging, and since I'm a sucker for a strong, sexy, vulnerable hero, I was cheering all the way for the "cowboy" to win his girl! I laughed out loud as I was reading, and found myself anxiously flipping the pages to see what would happen next. Kudos to Roxy Boroughs for spinning another winning tale. Job well done!"
– Pamela Yaye, multi-published Harlequin author.
Crazy for Cowboy Excerpt

Emily followed Houston’s line of vision down to the front of her wet blouse. Her white, cotton shirt was matted to her body, revealing her skimpy bra beneath. Even from her perspective she could see the pink tips of her breasts showing through the material. She imagined he had an even better view. In fact, she could guarantee it. His ragged breath might have been in response to their recent dash, but that fiery look in his eyes came from a more primal place.

He grasped her shoulders. A part of her prayed that he’d kiss her. The other more logical part ... well … it was kind of hopeful about it, too. She watched as he moved closer and closer, until his mouth brushed against hers.

Just say no to cowboys. Just say... “Mmmmmmm.”

His grip around her tightened as he traced a line of soft kisses along her cheek. “Emily, when can I see you again?”

“Oh, Houston,” she heard her breathless voice say, “I can’t.”

He pulled away. Slightly. “You’re not seeing someone else, are you?”

“No. It’s nothing like that.”

“Good. Then answer my question,” he whispered against her neck as he nibbled his way to her collarbone.

How could she answer? She couldn’t even think straight. “Houston,” she gasped, “we have a problem.”

He gave a low chuckle. “More than you know, darlin’, but let’s not get into that right now. We’ll approach this another way. If you weren’t going to see me again, when would be the best time to do it?”

It took her a while to figure out what he was aiming at. “I’ll be back at the ranch again this Friday, but I don’t think–”

“Friday is perfect. We can have dinner together.”

“But Houston, you don’t understand. I made a vow...” The rest of her sentence came out in a moan as his lips descended onto hers once more. This cowboy must have used liquor in his lip balm, because she was definitely getting tipsy. By the time he came up for air again, she was mush. If he hadn’t been holding onto her, she would have floated away.

“Now, I have only one question left,” he said, curling an arm around her and guiding her out of the pond. “How am I gonna get you back to your truck safely with you looking like that?”

Emily wrapped her outside arm across her chest. “Are you worried about protecting me from the other cowboys?”

“No, ma’am.” He smiled. “I’m worried about protecting you from me.

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Crazy for CowboyCrazy for Cowboy by Roxy Boroughs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let me begin by saying this is about as clean as you can get in a contemporary romance, and I appreciate that more than anything else.  No sex scenes--although it was alluded to, but no acts happened within the confines of the book.  Profanity was nonexistent.  Add in cowboys and a hot romance, and you have the perfect light romance.

I so appreciated the humor in this book!  So often I read books and barely crack a smile.  Either humor is nonexistent or too corny for words.  Roxy Boroughs has a great sense of humor, and it comes out in her writing extremely well.

So why did I give the book four stars?  This is a light romance, and the last several pages were nothing but sappiness.  That will appeal to those who must have a happy ending.  This is a fun read, and I think it can make a long winter's night pass in a much nicer fashion.  But there is really not meat--only fluff.  That is not necessarily bad because after all, fluff is a great way to escape reality for a while. But understand that the story is sweet, and conflict is nonexistent.  Not bad, just light.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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Tour Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour. 

Meet the Author
Roxy Boroughs got the acting bug in elementary school, creating skits at recess and performing them for the class, thanks to her very indulgent teacher. She went on to study theater in university, met the love of her life there, and spent many years performing in movies, commercials and on stages across Canada and the US. Soon, portraying one character wasn’t enough. She wanted to be them all. So she poured her years of drama experience into writing plays and novels.

Look for her award-winning romantic suspense ASTRANGER’S TOUCH, as well as its sequel, A STRANGER’S KISS, along with a sweet, romantic comedy called CRAZY FOR COWBOY. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and her website http://www.roxyboroughs.com/.

Thanks for having me here today.

I’m visiting from snowy Calgary, Alberta. It may still be autumn in most places but it definitely feels like winter here.

When I moved to this western Canadian city, I figured it was high time for me to make use of the setting and write a cowboy romance. I only had one problem. I knew nothing about cowboys. Had never met one. I don’t think I’d even watched a John Wayne movie. So that idea went on the backburner.

Shortly thereafter, I got a job at Heritage Park Historical Village. Set on 127 acres, with glorious views of the Rockies, the park features a village depicting life in the old west—as shown in this photo, courtesy of Wikipedia.

For several summers, I was part of the street theater program at Heritage Park. I’d dress up in beautiful, turn-of-the-century costumes and act out scenes for the tourists, playing everything from a rich heiress to a visiting suffragette. It was a great place to work and a lot of fun, as you can imagine.

And every summer, acting alongside us, would be Hollywood stars making movies. That gave me the idea for my hero, Brandon, to be an actor who’s playing the part of a cowboy in a film, which happens to be shooting on location at Heritage Park. In fact, the long yellow building on the left-hand side of the photo is the Wainwright Hotel, where Brandon films his first scene.

Since my background is in the performing arts, and I’ve been on a few movie sets, I wasn’t worried about accurately portraying those parts of the book. But I still didn’t know anything about cowboys.

Luckily, one of my fellow performers in the street theater program came from a ranching family. He was kind enough to answer my questions and even showed me how to ride a horse bareback, just for the experience. He also let me tag along with him to the Calgary Stampede, to see the chuck wagon races and ride on the giant Ferris Wheel, which also found its way into the story.

Now, all I needed was a heroine for my hero. She’s Emily Grant, an equine veterinarian. When she first meets Brandon Hollister, in his Stetson and spurs, she’s immediately attracted to him, but resists because cowboys have burned her in the past and she’s sworn off them. Meanwhile, Brandon hears Emily only dates cowboys, so he plays up his “Houston Savage” personae hoping it will win her heart. And so the comedy begins, in my sweet romance, CRAZY FOR COWBOY.

If you’d like to see more of Heritage Park and my home town, check out these videos available on YouTube.

Calgary—with shots of the Rocky Mountains, Heritage Park, and the Stampede: http://youtu.be/URHUBuA9zKc


  1. big hi to a fellow canadian! i live in ontario and would LOVE to vist the west coast one day.

    the book looks really good...but i will have to wait to get it. with being out of work i can't buy books like i use to :(


  2. Hi Laurie. I was born in Ontario! Sorry to hear you're out of work. Hope 2013 brings you mucho good fortune.

  3. A big thank you to My Devotional Thoughts. Thanks for hosting today and for the lovely review.

  4. Loved this book!!! (Heck, I love all of your books that I've read!)

  5. Thank you for hosting today and reviewing Roxy's book. It's always nice when we can sit down and enjoy a fun romance.

  6. Hey Jamie! Thanks for dropping by. Love all the photos you post on FB.

  7. Brandon must have learned a lot being a "reel" cowboy to be able to fool Emily, in "real" life since she only dates cowboys. Can't wait to read this book. It sounds fantastic.


  8. Thanks, Joanne. All the best of the season to you.

  9. Sounds like a great read! Love romance. Happy holidays.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net


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