Posted:  Aug. 29, 2014

Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn BrownA sassy redhead with an axe to grind…
After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.
A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…
A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?
Loretta caught Jackson Kissing a woman in there barn just after they were finally getting in the black on the ranch.  Or at least she thought she thought they were good in their marriage, the ranch, and in what she saw.  She didn’t give him time to explain.  She bundled up her 4 year old daughter Nona, and left Lonesome Canyon Ranch, to go home to her very controlling family in Oklahoma.  Not retuning until now 17 years later. 
     You see Nona has one year left in college and she has gone out to Jackson’s for the summer and fallen in love even further with the future foreman even more, Travis Calhoun.  He is a young man that her father even likes and respects a great deal.  Loretta is spitting nails and they are aiming for Jackson.  So without telling Jackson or Nona she is going to be camping-out at the Ranch with them so she can convince Nona to go back to school and finish that last year. 
     Travis and Nona have already done the deed and no Rosie (the elderly cook/housekeeper/grandma) is concerned a baby is on the way as well as a wedding.  She is telling Loretta she has no room to talk she had been in the same boat.  Which is what she’s worried about.  Which is mentioned, she is starting to have old feelings for Jackson pop up and that is scaring her.
     Her parents and sisters hate Jackson for what they think he did to Loretta because she never did tell them what he did.  But it could be more than that Rosie just told her Jackson went to Oklahoma once a month for a year.  Her mom and sisters don’t like Jackson and want her home so they would stoop to anything to get what they wanted only dad was in the middle trying to keep the peace.
     I really enjoyed this story for it dealt with a lot of the emotional sides of a break up that couples never want to address especially couples who marry young like they did.  It’s so much easier to cut and run, than to ask a lot of important questions first.  We are ready and willing to fight for a parking space but not a marriage.  Why is that?
     This shows how we allow family members to interfere with our heads, emotions and lives.  We allow ourselves to see only one side to a story, our own, mostly out of fear.  This story does show that from both the male and female side.
     One glaring item that grabbed me is when Jackson, his daughter, housekeeper, really everyone say, “Why didn’t you fight for him?”  No one addresses, “Why in the hell was he flirting in the first place and enough to allow this women to think she could meet him in his barn?  Only guilt preventing it.  That is what I want to know?”  I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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