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Sing to Me, Cowboy by Lauri Robinson

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    Heather Gibson's past catches up with her one dark Texas night.

    Locked in a custody battle with an ex-husband who's looking for any excuse to take her children, Heather doesn't need any more trouble. But when a broken-down car and a dead cell phone leave her stranded at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, she comes face-to-face with the one man who could jeopardize everything—including her heart.

    Country-singing sensation Lance Dugan is back in Amarillo for his grandfather's birthday and to take care of a bit of unfinished business—apologize to Heather for leaving ten years ago. Lance has fought hard and won big the last few years, but seeing Heather again makes him wonder if he's been fighting for the right things.

    Finding each other again may seem like fate, but one horrible secret, buried deep, could divide them forever.

    Rating: Sweet
    Page Count: 153
    Word Count: 40360
    978-1-61217-185-2 Digital

    Excerpt:

    The shiver that zipped up her spine caught in her throat with the power to strangle the life out of her. There were certain voices one never forgets—and a first love ranked very near number one.

    Heather fought for air. It couldn’t possibly be him. He was in Nashville, where all the famous singers hung out.

    “Excuse me, miss?”

    Her hands trembled as air finally entered her lungs. Could this night get any worse? Could her life get any worse?

    Pushing off her knees, she straightened her spine, and wasn’t surprised the strangling sensation came back full force. Her heart—as if it wasn’t already racing—shifted into overdrive.

    It was him.

    Lance Dugan.

    From his George Strait-out-of-the-box-hat to his un-scuffed Justin boots.

    And the last person she’d ever expected to see. The last person she’d want to see in the shape she was right now.

    Inhaling until her lungs threatened to burst, she squared her shoulders and wished she was back in her car, sweating to death, being eaten by wild beasts, anything but standing face-to-face with him.

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01/27/2013

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Amie Lou's review was first posted at Romancing the Book.

I’ve read a good many books over the years that have characters who sing. I’ll admit that I’m not always a fan. I don’t mean to be harsh, but it’s difficult to adequately portray music with words. (It’s like trying to describe colors.) But I’m always willing to give a book a try because every so often someone gets it right. That’s exactly the case with Sing to Me, Cowboy by Lauri Robinson.

Lance Dugan is a hometown town boy who made it big in Nashville. But on the insistence of his agent, he’s come home to Amarillo to make peace with a girl from high school, a girl he feels he’d wronged so many years ago.

Heather Gibson has never forgotten Lance, wouldn’t have been able to, even if he hadn’t made it big. Everyone remembers their first love. But there wasn’t a place for her in Lance’s life. He had to follow his dreams and head to Nashville while she stayed in Texas and married the star quarterback, just like everyone knew she would. But her marriage fell apart and the last thing Heather needs now is Lance muddying up the waters of her divorce.

Sing to Me, Cowboy is a great afternoon read, a wonderful book about forgiveness and second chances, and yes, singing cowboys. Ms. Robinson does a great job of putting the reader into the action and enabling them to see the performance and even hear the music as Lance takes the stage. Heather is a very sympathetic character, the type of person we want to be friends with, even if life has pushed her down one too many times. And Lance? Ah, Lance. He’s just the man to get her back on her feet once again.

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