Friday, 29 September 2017

Release Blitz Review: Lesley Jones' "Cowsex."
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Throw together two strangers and strand them in a Cabin during the middle of a snow storm, the obvious is bound to happen… CowSex!

When Essex lifestyle blogger and fashionista, Gracie Elliott crash lands into the life of former country rock star, Koa Carmichael's world, fists, chemistry, and flirty banter ensue. After sharing some sweet, emotional as well as laugh-out-loud moments, they find it impossible to deny that they might have just discovered what neither of them knew they were looking for.

CowSex, sometimes all you need is a little bit.

Review: Surj

So, Lesley jones' "Cowsex..." the title alone had me intrigued and I've loved everything else this author has written so of course I was going to give it a go. Did I enjoy it? Yes absolutely but word of warning, I think my review is going to be a little bit different to most. But that's ok right? Because reading is such an individual experience And we all get different things from different books. At the end of the day it's how the book made us feel, don't you think? 

This time, we haven't lost the battle; we've lost the whole war. 

Ok, so here goes, there was so much I loved about this book. The story line was absolutely fab. It started off pretty light hearted which is different to what I'm used to reading from this author. I mean an Essex girl getting stranded in a log cabin in the middle of bumfuck nowhere with a broody, moody cowboy country singer. What could possibly go wrong? Well everything actually and from the minute Gracie met Koa, it was priceless comedy reading. The whole situation of their initial introduction was hilarious and as I read, I had the cheesiest grin on my face.

I loved Koa and Gracie. Both characters had history and not of the good kind. Unfortunately Koa had a truck load of baggage too and when you come from a small town like he did, it seemed to follow him around, a constant reminder of past mistakes. For me,  despite some funny moments, I didn't find "Cowsex" as much of a light hearted, romcom as others have. Firstly because of some of the serious subject matters covered in this book and the way they made me feel. Secondly, I found my heart ached for both Gracie and Koa, for all they had been through, the predicaments they suddenly found themselves in and the choices they had to make. Theirs was by no means a plain sailing romance and my heart felt battered and bruised for each of them at one time or other. 

"If I didn't feel like I was hurtling along the bakery line 
in the dark with no brakes, I'd let myself enjoy it."

And lastly, I'll be honest and say i'm an awkward bugger when it comes to comedy and I've said this in another review I wrote recently. Humour is such an individual thing and what will have one person rolling around in laughter will have absolutely no effect on  another and I guess when it comes to this book, that was definitely the case with me. The situational comedy in "Cowsex" was brilliant but for me but I just couldn't click with some of the verbal humour, especially when it came to the "cockney rhyming slang" stuff. Like I said though,  I'm a bit weird when it comes to the funny stuff so yeah, I reckon this will be a  case of "it's me, not you." 

One of the things that got me so excited right from the outset of "Cowsex" was the setting. If you've ever experienced Colorado in the height of winter you'll know what I mean. The setting was just magical and took my breath away. Those log cabins surrounded by snow with log burners making them feel all cosy and snug was like something from a christmas card and that alone had the story begging to be read. Obviously the that fact there was the cowboy that came with the log cabin just added to the appeal of this story even more!!! 

"You think we're complicated don't you?"
"I think we're perfect."

So all in all, I really enjoyed Koa and Gracie's journey to finding their HEA. they had their bumps and hiccups but the epilogue was just perfect and way too cute. If you love Lesley Jones, then this really is a must. Despite some of the humour being lost on me, I really did love the story line and the characters. This one gets   ❤️❤️❤️❤️  to ❤️❤️❤️❤️  hearts from me. 


“He scoops ice out of a drawer in the freezer and wraps the tea towel around it before heading back towards me and placing his makeshift ice pack gently on the back of my wrist.

“Hold this in place,” he orders. I do as I’m told—with a lot of concentration, this is something I am occasionally able to do.

I continue to watch him as he repeats his movements from earlier, only this time he slides the ice pack under my wrist.

He then proceeds to retrieve what I assume are a couple of painkillers from a pack he takes from the pantry. He hands them to me, and I put them in my mouth before accepting a bottle of water he pulled from the fridge.

“You drugging me?” I question.

“Yep. They’re magic pills that stop you from talking, but they only work on beautiful girls. Not sure if you qualify.”

“Oh, and he’s a fucking comedian as well as a first-aider. What other skills can you impress me with, Cowboy?”

He scratches at his beard and gives his head a slight shake. “You have a smart mouth for a little-bit, anyone ever tell you that?”

All the time.

“And you should quit with the cussing. It doesn’t become you.”

“Fuck you.”


We stare at each other in silence for a few seconds, and I feel a bit mean for being rude. He didn’t have to help me out with my arm, but he did, and he did it with a gentleness that surprised me.

“So, where’d you learn the first-aid skills?”

“Played a lot of football, got a lot of injuries, learned how to fix myself up.”

“By football, I assume you mean that game where men wear lots of padding, run along carrying a wonky ball, knock other men out of the way until they reach a line, where they then proceed to throw down the wonky ball and score a point, or a goal, or something similar? Would that be the game you’re referring to?”

He folds his arms across his chest and leans back against the worktop opposite where he sat me.

“It would be the game that’s played something like the way you described that I’m talking about, yes.”

I nod and then shake my head. “Always puzzled me why you would call that football when so much of the game is played with the hands. The foot and the ball, rarely actually coming into contact.”

“Well, what would you call it?”

“Big men that are scared of getting hurt, so they wear lots of padding while they run, ball.”

“Now who’s being a comedian?”

“I’m female, so it’s comedienne.”

“What’s the difference?”

“We’re actually much funnier.”

That earns me a smirk, and I swing my legs while sitting on the worktop, basking in the satisfaction that I’ve almost made him smile.”

Author Bio:

Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex, England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book, Saviour, was published in 2013 and she quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage, her third novel, has won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’. Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble ugly crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and has travelled the world a number of times over the past few years to do exactly that. When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.

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