Friday, May 15, 2015

Kissing Carly (Kiss A Cowboy Series #3) by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Kissing Carly

Kissing Carly by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Series: Kiss A Cowboy #3 
Paperback and e-book, 204 pages
Published May 11, 2015 by Deanna Lynn Sletten

She never expected to fall in love…

Carly Stevens loves to have fun but her carefree lifestyle has finally caught up with her. Broke and in debt, she heads to Montana to spend the summer with her sister, Andi Brennan, at the Brennan ranch. Her sister agrees she can stay on two conditions—she works to pay down her debt and changes her wild-girl ways. Reluctantly, Carly agrees, but it isn’t long before she breaks her promise and finds herself in a bind and Randy comes to her rescue. Carly begins to see the ‘crusty old cowboy’ in a different light and soon finds herself falling for the one man she’d never thought it was possible to fall in love with.

Randy Olson’s life has never been easy—growing up with an alcoholic mother and an absent father— but he considers himself lucky to work for the Brennans and to be considered a part of their family. When Carly shows up to stay for the summer, he does his best to ignore the spoiled city girl, as he has done over the past two years when she’s visited. Then, one night, everything changes and he realizes there may be more to Carly than he ever imagined. As their relationship grows, old doubts plague Randy—could a city girl like Carly ever truly love a simple ranch hand?

My thoughts about Kissing Carly ~~ 

I love that I got to take a trip back the Brennan ranch and was able to see all those people I had come to know and love in the first two books of this series. That place and the people who live there are so comfortable, kind, and warm that I just want to stay there. I love this family so much!

Kissing Carly, book #3 focuses on Carly, the wild one in the other two books. She runs into trouble in the big city and heads to the ranch to regroup and to try to figure out what is important in life. Okay, so we kind of know from the start that she and Randy are going to try to hook up but they both have a lot to work through and get past. Watching that happen is what made me want to keep reading. 
'He never paid a bit of attention to her, though, and that irked her. Men fawned over Carly wherever she went. Everyone, except Randy.'
Randy has Carly figured out from the first moment he laid eyes on her. He sees right through her and is the one male who doesn't fall for her games. 
'That's the problem right there. You think all you have to do is put on a show, bat your eyelashes, smile prettily, and a hundred men will do your bidding. From the first time I met you, all I saw was you putting on a show for Colt. You'd pout and smile and shake back your hair and he was putty in your hands. You know exactly how to manipulate men by being what you think they want, but the minute a relationship gets serious, you run away. You work so hard convincing a man you're something you aren't, that it scares you when you can't live up to your lies. You know how to reel them in by playacting, but you don't keep them, because you aren't being yourself. Your real self. Sweetie, you did fulfil your childhood wish. You became an actress after all, except that your acting leads to broken hearts.'
Carly and Randy have both had rough lives and those experiences have shaped who they are perceived to be today. But is that facade their real personality? Can they let their guard down and become vulnerable and able to love and be loved?
'Women. They were more trouble than they were worth.'
Like I said, I love this series; the setting, the people, the conflicts, the love. I love it all. I am sad to see it end but I know I can always go back to visit the Brennan Family again, any time I want.

Kiss a Cowboy ~ book #1

A Kiss for Colt ~ book #2

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women's fiction and romance novels that dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna's romance novel, Memories, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012. Her novel, Sara's Promise, was a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2013 and a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Susan! You're amazing! I'm going to miss the Brennan family too. I loved writing their stories and they feel like a real family to me. I'm so happy you enjoyed it and shared it with your readers.


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