Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Book Tour: Country Courtship by Kathy Carmichael (Review, Excerpt, Giveaway)

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Country Courship

by Kathy Carmichael

Western Romantic Comedy
ebook & print, 180 pages
February 12, 2015 by MacGowan Press
Texas Two-Step #2

The Texas Two-Step romantic comedy series is a reader favorite. All of the stories in the series are sweet, charming and emotional contemporary romance. Each story in the series stands alone, but all Texas Two-Step novels and novellas feature love stories about members of the Nelson, Murphy or Palmer families — and sometimes, more than one! When Kelli Palmer meets Bobby Gray Nelson at a family get-together, their attraction is immediate. But Kelli's kid sister already has dibs on Bobby Gray. Bobby Gray Nelson never takes no for an answer, a resolve that made him a rodeo champion. But Kelli is standing her ground. Now Bobby Gray must do something he's never done: woo the woman who's already claimed his heart, and earn permission to place his brand on hers. Country Courtship is the third sweet romance in the Texas Two-Step contemporary romance series from USA Today bestselling author Kathy Carmichael. Previously titled: Kissing Kelli
“I have always had a hard time leisurely reading any of Kathy Carmichael’s books and this one was no exception. This delightful story is sure to please her many and varied fans!” ~ Kathy Boswell, Fresh Fiction
Another beautifully sweet romance from Kathy Carmichael. I simply adore this series. Country Courtship is sweet, funny, and incredibly romantic. I highly recommend it. ~ Amazon Reviewer

My Thoughts

Country Courtship is a short story involving a big-hearted vet and a bit cocky rodeo star.

Kelli Palmer met Bobby Gray Nelson in a family event, but it seemed that Lori, Kelli's younger sister, had claimed Bobby. Since Kelli didn't want to upset Lori anymore, she stayed away from him. But Bobby could not go away from her which made it harder for Kelli to not make Lori angry. But as the time went, Bobby became more persistent to ask for her. Can Bobby convince Kelli that he was not dating Lori?

The book is quite well-written but I'm a bit annoyed with the hero. Despite knowing her past, he still had intention to bring her to meet a banker because of her blue-blood heritage. It was upsetting even though he had reasons for it.

Overall, this book had a potential and it was worth a try.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


It had been three days and Kelli Palmer couldn’t seem to get the irksome cowboy out of her mind. Of course, his many phone calls might have had something to do with that.

She’d tried to remain busy by concentrating on her animal patients and by cleaning out her closet at home, but no matter what, she couldn’t get the cowboy out of her mind. When she’d checked with her receptionist mid-morning, she learned Bobby Gray Nelson hadn’t called today. She’d said, “Good riddance,” but now she wondered.

Why hadn’t he called?

Bobby Gray was giving up awfully easily. If Kelli had been intent on wooing a man—say, him—she wouldn’t have given up after a few phone calls. She’d have considered it a challenge.

But then, that was the thing about her. She wasn’t at all ladylike. She was determined. She was stubborn. And she enjoyed hard work more than she liked shopping.

Carefully carrying the small rabbit back into the examination room, she nodded at the little girl who owned the bunny. “Peter’s fine. Only had a little indigestion and dehydration.”

The child answered with a huge, gap-toothed smile as she clasped her bunny into her arms. “Thankth Docthor.”

Kelli turned to the girl’s mom. “You do know that Peter is short for Petunia, right?”

“Oh, no,” answered the mother with a distressed expression on her face.

“Oh, yes. You’ll want to bring her back for a pre-natal checkup in a week.”

“She’s pregnant?” asked the mother.

Using lay-person jargon, Kelli explained that the bunny would have her litter of babies within two weeks.

“Baby bunnies,” cried the little girl happily, clapping her hands together.

Even the girl’s mother wasn’t all that unhappy. She smiled at the bunny and gave it a quick pet.

Kelli led them out to the waiting area and headed toward the next examination room, where someone was waiting with a—she checked the chart—sick kitten.

She clicked open the door, and stopped in her tracks. The cowboy in question stood there with one of the scrawniest and most active gray tabbies she’d ever seen.

Bobby Gray’s face looked like someone had Sharpied eight thin, red stripes down it, but on closer observation, she suspected the kitten had meted out some feline discipline. Bobby Gray badly needed it, if you asked her.

“Mr. Nelson.”

“So formal.”

“Look, cowboy. I didn’t return your calls for a reason. I’m not interested.”

“You’ve wounded me again, Doc.”

“You don’t look the least bit wounded.”

He held his free palm to his chest. “Can’t you see I’ve got a dying kitten on my hands?”

The kitten’s eyes were clear and alert. She glanced down at the chart, but didn’t see anything there to indicate the animal was in jeopardy—other than being in the cowboy’s possession, that is. He had probably brought the kitten in simply to get some time with her.

Some tiny part of her, perhaps her latent girlie-girl, was gratified that Bobby Gray hadn’t given up. She liked persistence as a general trait, but it was a bad idea in his case because Lori wouldn’t like what might develop between the two of them.

Kelli needed to send the man on his way, but couldn’t resist first pointing out that she was onto his game. “The kitten may be a little skinny, but she looks healthy. I bet she’s not even yours. Where’d you get her, the Humane Society?”

“I’m very attached to my kitten. Come here, Dolly.” He pointed to his chin and the kitten licked it.

“So maybe Dolly knows you, but I’m not the only vet in the DFW area.”

“The only vet I know,” he lowered his voice, “and trust.”

She wouldn’t laugh. He was sooo bad. He was like dealing with a cute snake-oil salesman, if there was such a thing. Yet, at times she saw the man he could be lurking beneath the Stetson, and that was dangerous to her peace of mind. “What are your kitten’s symptoms?”

“She’s turned into an attack kitten. Watch a minute—you’ll see.”

He twitched his fingers in front of the tabby, and the kitten raised her back and hissed. Bobby Gray grinned at Kelli expectantly while the kitten danced on the examination table. Too cute.

The kitten.

Not the loopy cowboy.

Other Books in the Series

Chasing Charlie
by Kathy Carmichael
Western Romantic Comedy
ebook & print, 162 pages
July 11, 2012 by MacGowan Press
The Texas Two-Step #1

Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys. 

Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas's most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancĂ©e so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend. Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice. 

Charlie's first reaction is to run, but she's promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine. When Charlie accepts, Davis's plan is set. But now Charlie's sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart. 

Chasing Charlie is the first sweet romance in the Texas Two-Step contemporary romance series from USA Today bestselling author Kathy Carmichael.
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The Lassoed Bride
by Kathy Carmichael
Western Romantic Comedy
ebook, 79 pages
November 22, 2015 by MacGowan Press
The Texas Two-Step Novella

Six years ago, Barbara Palmer fell head-over-heels for cocky cowboy Ben O'Shea. He was devastatingly appealing, and he knew it. He had her heart—until the day he stood her up and disappeared. Now he’s back, determined to take up again where they left off—even though she's about to marry another man. Despite all the growing up Ben has done in the past six years, including the highly successful dude ranch he's built that's made him a millionaire—he's never forgotten Barb and he wants her back. But her wedding grows closer every day. He has to win back her love and her trust, before she's lost to him forever.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies. Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite. Kathy's romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009. In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest. She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America. Kathy loves hearing from readers.

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  1. I've just started reading this one myself, if it's anything like the first on Chasing Charlie, it will be an enjoyable read x

  2. Hi Evelyn, Thank you for the honest review! I think Bobby Gray would be in complete agreement with you, and if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't walk right into that mistake :)

    Best, Kathy