Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: Honky Tonk Christmas by Carolyn Brown ~ ARC

She Means business...
Sharlene Waverly is determined to have the "new and improved" Honky Tonk up and running before the holiday. For that, she'll need Holt Jackson, the best darn carpenter in the state. But his warm, whisky-colored eyes make her insides melt, and before she knows it, she's sharing her darkest secrets and talking about the nightmares...

He's determined to keep things professional...

Holt Jackson needs the job at the Honky Tonk, but is completely unprepared to handle the beautiful new bar owner he's working for.

Sharlene and Holt try like crazy to deny the sparks flying between them, but their love may just be the best Christmas present either one of them ever got. description taken from here.

I have wanted to read a honky tonk romance for a while now and was excited when I got my hands on Honky Tonk Christmas.  I just love cowboys and all their tight fitting wranglers too ; )  Brown did a great job with this book.  In the beginning I was a bit confused about Holt's situation (that's all I'm going to say about it, no spoilers here!) but it cleared by quickly enough and that was the end of my confusion.  All of the characters were nicely developed, even the more minor characters that didn't really have much of a part.  The plot was nice, while it was also predicable. 

There were good moments, but in between those good moments seemed to be a lot of boring (yet needed for the story to make sense and progress) details.  The characters were nicely developed and the plot was there, it was just that the story didn't really want to hold my attention.  It was an ok book, but I didn't need to read it, I didn't need to know what was going to happen next, and that element is really what was missing from this book.
The ending was soft and sappy. Yes, I know this is a romance, but it was sappy for a romance too. Overall though, it was ok. It wasn't my favorite book simply because it didn't keep my attention for too long at any one time.

**I received a free ARC in order to write my review. I did not get paid. All opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise stated.**

* Eh, ok...
Heat Rating= Sweet/ MILD

Until Next Time,
Happy Reading!