Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Must Love Cowboys by Cheryl Brooks Blog Tour

When you find yourself in Cowboy Heaven, things can get hot as hell...


Shy computer specialist, dog lover, and amateur chef Tina Hayes has a thing for firefighters, but when she travels to the Circle Bar K ranch on family business, the ranch’s cowboys have no trouble persuading her to stay on as their cook. Especially not when she learns that brooding Wyatt McCabe—a man who makes her heart gallop like no one else can—is also a former firefighter.


Wyatt’s sizzling embraces leave Tina breathless. But being surrounded by a passel of smokin’ hot ranch hands can be complicated. With so many cowboys courting Tina all at once, Wyatt must prove to Tina that she belongs with him.

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“Uh, Tina,” Wyatt began. “Listen, what you said about a massage… That actually sounded pretty good.” He paused, seeming reluctant to admit he needed help and even more reluctant to ask for it. “Think you could…?”

I stared at the bowl of pie dough. I didn’t need to invent a reason why I couldn’t stop what I was doing and rub his sore shoulder for him. But at the same time, I had this itch to get my hands on something other than dough.

And some itches must be scratched.

“Sure. Just let me wash my hands.” I put a plate over the bowl to keep the dough from drying out, then washed and dried my hands. When I turned toward Wyatt, my worst fears were realized.

He’d taken off his shirt and stood facing me, the broad expanse of his muscular chest, lightly dusted with dark, curly hair, fully exposed. “Where do you want me?”

Right here. Right now.

Heat sliced through my pelvis, stealing moisture from my mouth to send it gushing from my core. My attempt to swallow failed utterly. “There at the table is fine.”

He would probably smell bad after being on the road all night and most of the day. Bad smells usually put me off immediately. I figured I was safe. But when I moved closer, he smelled fine. Not freshly showered, perhaps, but nice. “Do you have any ointment to put on it?”

“There’s probably something around here somewhere, but for now, just use a little olive oil.”

I was hard-pressed not to laugh out loud. Getting my hands on a hot, studly cowboy might make my temperature soar, but by the time I’d smeared him with olive oil, he would smell like a salad.

Not sexy at all.

Unfortunately, after dribbling oil on his back and placing my hands on his shoulders, I was forced to revise that assessment. Wyatt would’ve been sexy even if he’d smelled like a barn. And salads, on the whole, were quite tasty.

I squeezed my eyes shut, trying to block out the image of the powerful-looking muscles in his back and shoulders, but I couldn’t hide them from my hands. His hair, although relatively short, curled at the nape. Using the excuse of massaging his neck, I touched it. For some peculiar reason, that affected me even more than touching his skin had done—the gesture was more intimate, somehow.

Eventually, I found the sore spots in his upper back and shoulder and kneaded them hard. Wyatt’s groans and sighs were like candy, enticing me to keep going until I’d thoroughly massaged every muscle in his body. Twice.

After a glance at the clock proved I’d been at it for about twenty minutes, I figured it was time to quit or I was bound to do something really stupid—especially since he was getting to me on a level no real man ever had. Surely twenty minutes was enough. Then again, he wasn’t asking me to stop. If anything, I got the distinct impression he wanted me to keep going forever.

But I had work to do, a pie to bake, and chickens to roast. “H-how’s that?” My voice was hoarse and hesitant, no doubt due to the parched state of my mouth.

Despite his long, shuddering exhale, his throat sounded tight when he spoke. “Good—um, better. Much better. Thank you.”

I took a step back as he got to his feet. “Glad I could help.”

Rather than staring at the floor like I normally did, I made the mistake of tilting my head back and making eye contact. His gaze held mine for a long moment. Once again, what went on behind those enigmatic eyes was anyone’s guess. He certainly wasn’t giving me any clues.

A flick of his brow signaled the end of the interlude. “Well then. I guess I’ll leave you to it.” He slung his shirt over his shoulder. “I might lie down for a bit before dinner.”

All I could do was nod. I waited until his retreating footsteps died away before letting out the breath I was well aware I’d been holding.

I would get used to him eventually.

Yeah, right. Maybe by the time my car was packed and I was two hundred miles down the road.

Men had always made me nervous, but when it came to getting under my skin, Wyatt McCabe took first prize. Closing my eyes, I breathed deeply for a few moments before resuming my task. I still had a lot to do in the next two hours. Letting Wyatt freak me out wouldn’t help get it done.

Cheryl’s Tip for Dating a Cowboy

Since we can safely assume that most of you aren’t the type to be at home on the range, here’s a city girl’s tip on the fine art of dating a cowboy:

Always remember that when you die in Texas, you don’t go to heaven, you go to Willie’s house. If you have to ask who Willie is, you might as well throw in the towel right now.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m going to preface my review by saying that I am a big fan of Brooks’s writing, and have been ever since discovering her Cat Star Chronicles. With that said, I apologize in advance if I get a little fan-girly in my review because I’ve read most of her books at least twice and several of them many, many, many more times than that. Even though I haven’t yet had a chance to reread any of the books in the Cowboy Heaven series, I absolutely adore this cantankerous group of cowboys and cannot wait to saddle up for another ride, especially with Wyatt at the reins.

While I was one of five women in my family who rallied together to care for my grandfather in his final year, there are so many ways that I connected with Tina’s character that it’s not funny (and no, I’m not going to enumerate them). Suffice it to say, much like Tina, I too would have loved and hated the situation she found herself in when she arrived the Circle Bar K ranch…all that hot, muscled cowboy goodness. Yummy and intimidating. Fortunately for Calvin, Tina’s manners were so well ingrained that she found herself unable to refuse the invitation to spend the night on the ranch, thereby enabling her to sound the alarm in the middle of the night when she realized that he was likely having a heart attack. In some books, this would seem like a contrived scenario that set the stage for Tina to extend her stay at the ranch. However, considering the reason why Tina was visiting Calvin and the fact that the man was nearing seventy, Tina’s presence felt fortuitous rather than forced. Being that she has spent the past two years of her life as her grandfather’s sole caretaker, her swooping in to save the cowboys from their own inept attempt at cooking breakfast the following day fell in-line with what we had already learned about her character. So it was no stretch of the imagination that she would agree to remain on as the temporary cook while Calvin was in the hospital. Much like Angela in Cowboy Heaven, Tina finds that a bunkhouse full of cowboys is fodder for many a fantasy and she, too, soon finds the one cowboy she wouldn’t mind be rode hard and put up wet by – even if he did intimidate the heck out of her in the beginning. And it doesn’t hurt any that Wyatt McCabe is a former firefighter – Tina’s ultimate fantasy man. But can what started as a bunkhouse fling, really go the distance?

As expected, Brooks did not disappoint in the chemistry department between Tina and Wyatt. I enjoyed her initial attraction to Dean and Nick, but her responses to Wyatt made it easy to accept the speed at which the relationship develops. Yes, things progress VERY quickly between Tina and Wyatt, but with the constant interaction between Tina and all the cowboys, it felt like more time passed than really had. That, along with my knowledge that relationships often develop quickly in this author’s books, kept me from feeling like it was rushed. Now what really surprised me about Must Love Cowboys was the romantic suspense angle. I was not at all expecting the mystery that cropped up surrounding Calvin’s heart attack, but found that part of the storyline to be a seriously exciting bonus to the book. A mystery, sexy cowboys, hot sex, and romance made Must Love Cowboys an excellent addition to the Cowboy Heaven series and has me already looking forward to my next visit to the Circle Bar K ranch.

This turned out to be such a cute and heartfelt read! I definitely enjoyed it.

Tina has spent the last few years devoted to taking care of her ailing grandfather. She quit her IT job and focused on him. After he passes away, she is determined to respect his final wishes and deliver something to an old friend of his on a ranch in Wyoming.

After arriving on the ranch, a bizarre turn of events has her staying a bit longer to help out. Along the way, she befriends and falls for a bunch of fun and flirty cowboys. Two of them take a special interest in here, but she is most captivated by the mysterious ex-firefighter turned cowboy named Wyatt. He doesn't seem very interested at first, but as they get to know each other and go through a bunch of chaos trying to sort things out on the ranch, he realizes the little IT tech is a lot more than a pretty face, but can he convince her to choose him?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters were by far my favorite part. Their amusing and teasing banter throughout the story kept it fun. I also liked the touch of mystery the author added. I would recommend this to romance and western romance fans easily.

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Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse turned romance writer. Her Cat Star Chronicles series includes Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast, Fugitive, Hero, Virgin, Stud, Wildcat, and Rebel. She is a member of the RWA and IRWA and lives with her husband and sons near Bloomfield, Indiana.

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