Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cowboy Karma by @MiaHopkinsxoxo - New Release, Review and Giveaway @Barclay_PR

Cowboy Karma
by Mia Hopkins
Series: Cowboy Cocktail, #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2016

"Who needs luck when you can get Lucky?"

When Harmony Santos’s boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, she doesn’t get mad. She gets lucky…with a mysterious cowboy whose bedroom eyes and rough edges bring out her inner bad girl. But when their one-night rodeo turns into more than a rebound, Harmony worries her heart hasn’t healed enough to take on someone new—even if that someone is as sweet as he is sexy.

Tie-down roper Lucky Garcia can’t believe his good fortune. A shot at national finals and now this—his longtime crush, in his arms at last. The more time he spends with Harmony, the harder he falls for her. But financial demands and family responsibilities take him further and further away from her—as does his secret fear she hasn’t quite gotten over her dickhead ex.

Behind closed doors, Lucky and Harmony are filthy perfection. But when reality comes knocking, the star-crossed lovers must decide: walk away intact, or risk it all for a chance at happiness.

Warning: Get ready for rope tricks, spanking, self-pleasure, and a smoking-hot cowboy who puts the big D in Dominant.

     The room was steamy with dancing and pheromones. Harmony ordered a Bud Light and ran the icy bottle over her forehead.
     A new song started up. Shaking off her melancholy, she strode right into the heart of the crowded dance floor. Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”—an easy line dance. She counted her way in and soon was stomping across the dance floor. The loud music pounded in her chest. Even though it had been years since she’d line danced, her body knew the steps without her thinking about them. The heartache receded a little.
     More dancing. Maybe some shots. Maybe making out with a stranger. That’ll keep me from feeling…this. Whatever this ugly feeling is.
     She danced solo for three more songs. Then an old-timer led her in a waltz. The country gentleman was followed by a baby-faced cowboy in a camo baseball cap. She danced three more songs with him and bid him goodbye with a hug and a kiss on the cheek—too young.
     The DJ took the mike. “Next up, the cowboy cha-cha.”
     A slower dance. Harmony fanned herself with her hand and thought this might be a good time to grab a shot of Fireball chased with another beer.
     She turned to leave the dance floor when a big warm hand rested on her shoulder.
     “Wait. Don’t go yet.”
     She turned. In the dark, the new cowboy’s face was obscured in the shadow of his hat. The DJ cued up an old Bellamy Brothers song Harmony remembered her father loved. It began, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?” She knew the words as surely as she knew her own name.
     The dancers around them paired off in a hurry and got into the sweetheart position. Everyone counted off together and started around the massive dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction, all in time.
     Before Harmony could say anything, the stranger took her hands and spun her. His movements were sure and strong. He was an experienced dancer, not someone who had to be babysat around the floor.
     “Been a long time, hasn’t it?” he said.
     She stole sideways glances at him. Tall and muscular, he wore a black hat and a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His forearms were thick and smooth. She could see that he had a strong jaw, a dark, short beard, and dark skin. He spoke crystal-clear English with a lilting Mexican accent.
     “You don’t remember me, do you, Harmony?”
     She stared.
     A half-smile. “Guess I’m just another cowboy to you.”
     For strangers, they moved in perfect rhythm. Harmony felt grateful that he was a strong lead since her brain was otherwise occupied with trying to figure out who he was. When he brought their bodies together, chest to chest, she looked up at him. His body gave off controlled strength and a smooth, unnerving calm. At last, she peeked under the shadow of his cowboy hat.
     Dark brows. Bedroom eyes the color of whiskey.
     No way. “Lucky?”

A quick, fun read that delivers a very sexy, dirty-talking cowboy and a heroine trying to get over a recent heartbreak. I did enjoy Harmony & Lucky’s story and these two definitely had some serious chemistry, but like I sometimes find in shorter reads the story did seem a bit rushed which made it harder to fully connect to the characters on an emotional level.

I loved getting to know Lucky and seeing the man he was underneath all that cowboy swagger, and seeing the man he was for his family had my heart melting. Harmony had made some changes to her life to fit into her now ex-boyfriend’s life, so on top of having her heart broken and then trying to figure out if what she feels for Lucky is real or just some rebound emotions, she also has to try and figure out who she is as a person, which I really enjoyed watching her do.

All in all a good read that can be read as a standalone even though it is part of a series. I’m definitely hooked on the Cowboy Cocktail series and am looking forward to the next book!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Also in the Series

Book One: Cowboy Valentine

Book Two: Cowboy Resurrection

Book Three: Cowboy Player

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She's a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.

When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare."

She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

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