Double Touble: Katie Lane Books + GIVEAWAY

Available: Now Amazon/B&N/Borders

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

My Copy: Sent By Publisher

DOUBLE TROUBLE
Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way . . .
But Slate’s no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He’s determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart. Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she’s got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she’ll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.

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Available: May 31 2011 Amazon/B&N/Borders

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher; Grand Central Publishing

My Copy: Sent By Publisher

THERE’S A NEW BRIDE IN TOWN!
Hope Scroggs is finally ready to get hitched. After years of sowing her wild oats, the former head cheerleader and homecoming queen has returned to Bramble, Texas, to marry her high school flame. But her perfect wedding plans are stomped to smithereens when her adoring cowboy two-steps down the aisle with someone else. Now Hope is stuck with the one man from her past she can’t shake: Colt Lomax, an irresistible bad boy whose sultry kisses are hotter than the Panhandle in August . . .

Colt lives for freedom and the open road; he never gets attached, never looks back. Still, he can’t forget the night of passion he once shared with Bramble’s sweetheart—a night he wouldn’t mind repeating. So, he piles on the Texas charm to tease the feisty beauty back into his bed, while she tries her darnedest to resist. But something unexpected is about to tie their fates together . . . and oh, baby, will it ever!

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My Thoughts Doubled 🙂

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It’s no secret that contemporary romance sometimes bores me to tears. Basic romance can sometimes get monotonous. I mean how sweet can a guy be? How misconstrued can any everyday situation get? Sometimes contemporary romance just gets a bit..too much.

Katie Lane’s first two books in her Deep In the Heart Of Texas series didn’t give me any of the above issues. I found her writing to be engaging, quirky and at times, downright hilarious. The hilarity mainly centered around the stereotypical stupidness (it’s a word, hush) of the residents of Bramble. OMG, seriously, they were dumb.  Their inability in common sense often made me wonder throughout the book how they managed to, I dunno, feed themselves on a daily basis. Sure, their intentions were always heartfelt…but..wow. I think I need to travel to some small podunk town in the south and see if it’s really how it is.

Going Cowboy Crazy finds Faith wondering about her real family. The one she just found out she had. Faith knew she was adopted sure, but a twin? That was news to her. Faith sets out on a journey from her comfortable city life and finds herself in Bramble next to some ginormous hillbilly’s truck with everything thinking she is her twin sister….the light of the city. Everyone apparently loves Hope. Whats the harm in letting them think she is her sister, at least at first. Except now they are trying to get her back together with Hope’s hometown football star, Slate. Slate is no sucker though, he knows this imposter isn’t Hope from the moment his lips touch hers. Getting Faith to fess up isnt hard…getting the town to understand. Now that’s a job.

Slate and Faith were so great together. Typical of small football towns, Slate was the golden boy. The ex football player now turned coach. Faith has just found out she has a twin, there isn’t much more her emotional state can carry. Why would her real parents only give up one twin and keep the other? She is hurt, understandably so. Now she is pseudo seeing her twins boyfriend? Probably not the best way to introduce herself. Hope is no where around though, so whats the harm of having a bit of fun with the cowboy who insists Hope and him are NOT an item?

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Make Mine A Bad Boy is Hope’s story. Hope has come home after 5 long years trying to make it, unsuccessfully, in Hollywood. She comes home expecting a heros welcome and instead finds a twin sister she never knew has taken over her life. Hope is NOT happy. She came home to settle down with her friend Slate, though she doesn’t truly love him, and finds Faith already has him. As the more, vocal, outgoing twin she has a mean streak a mile wide…that affectingly hides her fragile emotions. She is lonely. Hope feels like no one understands her. Except for one guy…one motorcycle bum that has been a thorn in Hope’s side since she was a child..Colt Lomax.  Colt is the Bramble bad boy. The loner. Hope is the epitome of what Colt can never have. The prom queen would never settle down with a bum. Though what Hope doesn’t know is that Colt is now a successful motorcycle builder with quite a bit of money. The bad boy still doesn’t want to settle down but Hope is slowly chipping away his resolve.

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Both books were quirky fun. Each twin has their own unique emotions and take on situations. Faith just wants to fit in and Hope tries desperately to keep her at arm’s length. Even Hope can’t deny the twin pull she feels even if she doesn’t particularly like her new sister. Above and beyond the twin thing, is their love stories. Katie Lane has made me a devoted reader. I enjoyed both books and each perspective. The sex scenes were fairly tame with just enough spark to keep a reader warm.

The cast of townspeople kept the story moving along at a easy pace with their shenanigans. Colt’s sister, Shirlene brought her own comic relief as a troublemaker with a goal of her own. She added a small sidestory that I think may be added to in future books. Perhaps she will even get her own story. I would say though funny, the townspeople were way embellished…well I hope anyway LOL. They were “down home” boys. Every stereotype for southern people was used. Now I’ve never been to a tiny southern town, I’ve only seen the larger cities. However, I seriously hope they aren’t exactly like this town lol. I’d go crazy.

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I give both Going Cowboy Crazy & Make Mine A Bad Boy by Katie Lane 4 stars!

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Five Fun facts about Katie Lane

  1. Katie loves karaoke (I will survive, hey, hey!).
  2. Katie is terrified of gorillas (bad circus experience).
  3. Katie models her heroes after her husband (And occasionally after the really hot guy standing in the express line at the grocery store.)
  4. Katie is addicted to the reality show Pawn Stars. (Rick is on her CCEL—Celebrity Cheating-Exempt List.)
  5. Katie would love to hear from you—or anyone (katielanebooks.com).

Find Katie On FACEBOOK as well

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Thanks to the AWESOME people at Grand Central Publishing, I have 3 sets of both books to give away! All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment answering this question:

If you found out who had a twin who had the life you always dreamed of having, would you switch places with them?

Please leave a email for me to get ahold of you if you win. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. I will leave it open till the end of Katie’s blog tour, which is May 20th!

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Good Luck!!

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*Open to US and Canadian Residents only*

Winner announced 5-21-11

19 Comments

  1. No, I don’t think I would. After all, after you switched with them their life could go down the tubes. Better to stick with what you have. I’d love to read these books, thank you for the chance.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  2. No I would not switch – I have the life I have and must to the best I can with what talents I have – nothing is free and there are always consequences with whatever choices we make. Thanks for the fun review, your right sometimes you need the lighter side of silliness, and thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway.

  3. I’m a terrible lier and I have a huge guilt complex. I would not trade places with my twin. I wouldn’t be able to fool anyone.

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  4. It would be a hard choice. I would love to experience the posh life of my twin but I’d feel guilty for taking that away from my twin. At the same time if I did change places after a long life of nothingless I’d feel out of place in my twin’s spot. I’d probably just stick with what I had and wish my twin the best. Besides if I did switch I could see myself as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when Richard Gere took her out to dinner and her lobster went flying across the room because she wasn’t use to the silverware.

  5. Nope…I found out about 2 years ago that I have 3 sisters and a brother that all wish they could switch places with me. That is so not happening! I would try to be happy with what I have.

    mmafsmith(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I would absolutely switch places for a while. While I don’t have a twin (that I know of), I do know I have a double living in the area. Two former employers have come up to me to say they saw me and I didn’t respond to them (one was quite angry) and a woman stopped me in a restaurant. I would LOVE to see this woman.

    acm05atjuno.com

  7. Howdy everyone! Love the comments. Writing about twins was sooo much fun and I’m glad you are having fun with it. If Oprah was my twin, I would definitely switch. Who wouldn’t want to OWN a network! Thanks for stopping by the blog and thank you, Nikki, for the fun, honest reviews. And you’re right, Shirlene is going to get her own story. I’m working on it as I type–or I should be working on it. Shhh, don’t tell my editor. I hope you’ll have me on again. Katie

  8. I think it might be fun to trade places for a little while to see if it is the life I really wanted! With their knowledge of course!

    These books sound great! Please enter me.

    susanmik AT gmail DOT com

  9. If I found out I had a twin who had the life I’ve always dreamed of having, I don’t think I’ll want to switch places because I’m pretty okay the way I am right now. But if the switching places is temporary, like say for a week, then I wouldn’t mind and it’ll be kinda fun.

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Well if ny sister was very rich and married to a Johnny Deep or Hugh Jackman lookalike then I would in a hot second. Otherwise, I really like my life and don’t think I would.
    The books look great thanks for the giveaway ^_^

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  11. No, I would not trade. I would ask them to help me create that life but otherwise it wouldn’t fit right. If you know what I mean. Please, please enter me in the contest.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

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