Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy (Unabridged)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Karyn O’Bryant
Narrator’s Performance Rating: 3.5
Length: 11 hours and 29 mins
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
In the wake of a nasty divorce, Lacey Bradford heads for Wyoming where she’s sure her old friend will take her in. But her high school pal Chase Caldwell is no longer the gangly boy who would follow her anywhere. For one thing, he’s now incredibly buff and handsome, but that’s not all that’s changed….
Chase has been through tough times and is less than thrilled to see the girl who once broke his heart. But try as he might to resist her, while Lacey’s putting her life back together, he’s finding new ways to be part of it.
Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy is a compelling story of two people who are trying to find their way, while learning to forgive the past. The dialogue is fresh, the witty banter is humorous, the characters are engaging and three-dimensional, yet flawed, and the plot is well-developed with enough suspense to keep the reader guessing.
Lacey Bradford went from her father taking care of her to her older, lying cheating, scumbag of a husband taking care of her. Originally, enthralled by the money, Lacey never learned to stand on her own two feet. However, once she learns the truth about her ex and what he’s done to the people in their small town, Lacey quickly files for a divorce and becomes determined to find her own way in life. Unfortunately, some of her husband’s unscrupulous business partners have other things in mind and all of those put Lacey in harms way. On the run with little money and a junker of a car that’s about to breakdown at any moment, who can Lacey turn to for help?
Chase has been in love with Lacey for what seems like forever, so when she pops back into his life asking for help, the past and a few secrets has him telling her to hit the road. Fortunately for Lacey, Chase’s conscious and kind-heart takes over and he agrees to help once she explains the depth of the situation. Although sexual tension between Chase and Lacey sizzled below the surface, it was obvious that these two were still living in the past in regards to their perception of one another. Therefore, the only question that remains is whether or not these two will wake up, smell the coffee, and accept each other for who they have grown into be, but more importantly, who they are striving to be…better people?
The secondary characters were a hoot and definitely added to the humor and complexity of the story. I loved Chase’s niece who had me laughing on more than one occasion. I also enjoyed her take on the situation and her knack for seeing things for what they truly were. The dialogue is believable and the secrets keep the reader on their toes wondering who is friend and who is foe.
For the most part, I enjoyed the narration. My only niggle is that there were times it seemed as though the book dragged and I found myself getting lost in regards to what happened. If the narrator had spiced up the suspense scenes with her voice, it definitely would have increased the angst level for me.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy. The hero and heroine are characters that you want to cheer for to find their Happily Ever After. The secrets that are unveiled shed light on the past and allow them to move on. The fears are palpable and the lust Lacey and Chase have for one another is like a tsunami waiting to drown everyone. But more importantly, their love and respect for one another is endearing and everlasting. So, be sure to pick up a copy of Tall, Dark and Cowboy, you won’t be sorry.
Rated 4 Ravens by Blackraven!