(Honky Tonk series, Book 2)
Author: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My synopsis: What is it with the O'Dell women and abusive boyfriends? Cathy O'Dell is now the owner of the Honky Tonk. She had taken refuge there when her fiance had hit her. After her first moment of shock, she fought back. After packing her bags and quitting her job, Cathy set out for her cousin, Daisy's Honky Tonk.
On New Year's Eve, Travis Henry walks into the bar before midnight, grabs the first available girl he sees during the countdown and plants one on her. That girl is Cathy O'Dell and she is none too happy to be kissed without permission! What riles her even more, is that the more she sees of Travis, the more she wants a repeat of that kiss!
As chance would have it, Travis is an oilman and they set up a drilling operation right next to the Honky Tonk. When their secretary gets hurt in a car accident, Cathy finds herself working in the trailer office from noon - 5pm. - A trailer which just happens to be Travis' house. In exchange though, Travis has to help bartend on Friday and Saturday nights. Talk about making a deal with the devil!
Travis and Cathy continue to get close - and then Cathy is kidnapped, by a couple of bumbling kidnappers, no less. However, it sets off a chain of events that will change Travis' and Cathy's relationship. But is that a good thing?
My thoughts: I continue to like this series. Some of the minor characters in the first book (I Love This Bar) have resurfaced here, but Mrs. Brown has also introduced a whole new cast of characters. I can't wait to see which direction book 3 will take us in.
~I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks in exchange for my review.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, Aug 2010