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Cowboy It’s Cold Outside: Book Review and Giveaway

Brrr. Has winter officially arrived where you live? It’s in the 50’s here in the Dallas area, but it somehow feels colder than that! One way to warm things up is with a sweet romance, and this week I’m joining up with Lone Star Book Blog Tours to share Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside!
(And don’t think I’m not hearing Dean Martin every time I glance at the cover…)


A Twilight, Texas Novel

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Date of Publication: October 27, 2017
Publisher: Avon
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Number of Pages: 400

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde’s Twilight, TX Christmas novels are beloved for their emotional depth and ability to capture the sweetness of the holiday season. In her latest Twilight, Texas novel, COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, the holiday season is once again full of romance and surprises.
Everyone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of bringing lovers together . . . but will its magic bring this pair from “I won’t” to “I do?”
Wearing a too-tight “Santa Baby” costume held in by a double pair of Spanx, Paige MacGregor runs headlong into a gorgeous, grey-eyed hunk of a long, tall cowboy. And not just any cowboy, but country-western star Cash Colton, visiting Twilight to perform in a charity concert. Most women would melt at his feet, but Paige knows all-too-much about self-assured men with cocky attitudes, so she tells him to get lost.
Cash is in town, nursing his own broken heart, but Paige has knocked him off his feet. He’s convinced she’s perfect-someone to inspire his music and share his now-empty bed. True, he’s not marriage material, but he’s determined to convince her that they’re perfect together-at least for a while. But what he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the one woman who isn’t about to give him the time of day!
“When it comes to striking exactly the right balance between sweet and sexy, Wilde has the equivalent of perfect pitch.” — Booklist


Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside was a fun holiday read – the perfect escape from when all the holiday activities and shopping started to overwhelm me.

When country music star Cash Colton first meets shy Paige MacGregor, sparks fly. It’s palpable, and Lori Wilde makes it happen on the page with words poetic and perhaps a bit unexpected in the same chapter where there’s also observations of faded Levi’s on a cowboy’s butt:

“His dusky eyes held the promise of landscapes she yearned for – windswept moors and craggy mountains, foamy ocean waves and rocky deserts, stony castles and petal-strewn gardens.”

I love it.

There is definitely a play of contrasts here. Clay comes off as cocky and confident, but is coming off a rough relationship, struggling to find his songwriting mojo and, boy, does he have problems left and right with that. Paige is sweet and perky, awkward and beautiful – and utterly lacking in self-confidence, to the point where at times I put down the book in frustration because I couldn’t knock some sense into her.

They’ve both had their share of troubles with past romantic interests, but it’s Paige who is all but burying her head in the sand and she plugs along, rebuffing him at every turn for self-preservation. (I’ll give her this – she’s still trying to recover from her last disastrous relationship, and that one would probably have me running from anything male for a good long time, too.)

Cash initially chases her because he’s starting to hear the music flow again, and she could be his new muse. While he starts off thinking he’s only looking to be Mr. Right Now to Paige…well, maybe he surprises himself.

Both characters were interesting but it was Cash who fascinated me. His character really seems to grow and develop in this book, and I love how music wove through his thoughts and interactions.

“In her body he supped the history of song. The Celtic footprints of reels and ballads. The drunken beat of tribal drums. The mournful sigh of bagpipes, and the hopeful wheeze of polka accordions. The haunting wistfulness of a forest dulcimer. The sweet, easygoing autoharp.”


When an author can weave a mention of bagpipes and polka accordions into a sex scene – and it works – that’s something. The writing was so good, you could definitely picture how this scene would play out during a film that might appear on an adult website like Wilde also does a great job at building tension – the first lovemaking scene is well over halfway into the book. It’s not thrown in the story gratuitously and each scene offers more insight into the characters.

Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside was a fun read because there is clever and entertaining dialogue, which I love in a romance novel. Author Wilde uses musical terms in the introduction of each chapter (in lieu of chapter titles) that serves well to hint at what’s coming next in the story.

I was surprised to realize this was part of a series (despite the “A Twilight, Texas Novel” on the front cover – so I can safely add that it works well as a stand-alone. There IS a bevy of interesting and entertaining side characters so I’ll definitely be going back to read more in this series. (AND – if you enter the giveaway below, you can win another of Lori Wilde’s novels in the series!)


Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author Lori Wilde, who provided a copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A fifth generation Texan, Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 82 works of fiction. She’s a three-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award and has won numerous other awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and a certificate in forensics. She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor, and runs a yoga/creativity retreat for artists at Epiphany Orchards in Weatherford, Texas, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World.
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