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Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots (Signet Eclipse) [Mass Market Paperback]

LuAnn McLane
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451218922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451218926
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,926,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Fun Southern Romance 12 April 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jamie Lee Carter is a Southern girl through and through. She prefers bare feet to fancy heels, a bottle of beer rather than a fancy cocktail and a man in cowboy boots rather than a fancy modern man. But then Parker, a hot Hollywood producer comes to town and Jamie Lee realises that maybe some fancy things aren't so bad after all.

But just as Jamie Lee thinks her love life might actually be going somewhere - Parker's arrival is noticed by Griff Sheldon, her brother's best friend and the man she's been half in love with her whole life. As Parker grows more attentive and Griff grows more jealous, Jamie Lee begins to realise that having two love rivals after you is a lot of trouble. But so much fun!

I really enjoyed this book. Jamie Lee is a down to earth girl and for me she really epitomised the spirit of a southern heroine without coming over as a stereotype. Griff is a sexy, brooding cowboy and just reading about him made me want a cowboy for myself! Parker is also a fun character although maybe not as well-developed as the other two. I was pleased that the story wasn't written so that there was one 'good' male lead and one 'bad' guy as this kept you wondering and made it a more realistic story. Jamie Lee's brother and her best friend also featured quite heavily in the story and will more than definitely get a story of their own.

The story itself was fun, fresh and held my interest right through. What I would mention, which might put some people off, is that the story is written in first person so you only ever get Jamie's thoughts, feelings and opinions. Although it wouldn't be my first choice - I did feel in this case that first person made me understand Jamie Lee a little better and you really begin to feel what she feels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really charming read! 3 Aug 2006
By Naliny D. Negron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jamie Lee Carter is a Southern Belle from the dark roots on her hair to her bare feet. She has been secretly in love with her brother best friend all her life but the only way that Griff Sheldon sees her is as her brother little sister, or so she thinks. That is why when she makes a pact with her best friend to "spice up her love life" and Hollywood producer Parker Carrington shows in Hootertown she sees the perfect chance to fulfill her pact. That's when things start getting interesting, with a little competition and jealousy. This is a small town romance and in this little town everything is possible. LuAnn McLane has mastered a romantic comedy full of charm and sass! The characters are real, refreshing and so charming! This is another favorite, she did a great job in combining the heat, sparks and sexiness of a romance with the charm and sass of a comedy. I couldn't put this book down, another page turner you can't miss! There is an excerpt for her next book on this series and I can hardly wait!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing 27 Jan 2008
By Ruffian - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second Luanne Mclane book I have read the first being Dancing Shoes.... I liked that one although there was something about it that bugged me and I couldn't get my finger on it. With this one I figured it out. While I liked the Southern girl references, and it was refreshing to have characters, especially the hero not being a millionaire, Jamie Lee's sometimes immature behavior and words after awhile really bug me. "My boobies"?!! I mean, come on---she is supposed to be 26 years old, not arrested at 13. I do have to agree that the romantic "hero" Griff is very hard to understand and to like. I spent more time being mad at him especially after tearing up when Jamie reveals her lifelong feelings for him but convinces him to leave. I did like Parker better but he is a shell of a person too. In summary, the first person perspective doesn't bother me so much, but in both of these books Luanne doesn't get us into the minds of the men and that is sadly lacking. Other authors do it much better. Perhaps she can shift back and forth between male and female characters in the first person. I am not sure I am going to read any more of her books--except through the library. They are pleasant but not noteworthy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud and hot romance 27 Aug 2006
By Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots is a knock your socks off, laugh out loud good time.

Hair stylist Jamie Lee Carter is just happy with her life in small town Hootertown, Ky. But something is missing. Next thing she knows big time Hollywood producer Parker Carrington is driving into town in his shiny Jag. Is Parker the bit of excitement she needs or has it been under her now all along with hometown boy Griff Sheldon? Jamie Lee is so sure at first and she makes a pack with her best friend Macy to go for what they want this summer.

Jamie Lee and Griff's miscommunication sets off some of the funniest and sexiest scenes in print. Their banter is at times so funny and at others so moving.

LuAnn McLane's Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots will make you root for that small town girl to get her happy ever after. Looking forward to Macy's story, which I know will be as much fun and sexy as this book was to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Contemporary Romance (3.5 Stars) 13 Aug 2006
By Rosemarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback

Not just another small-town babe...
Teetering on the Tennessee border, Hootertown, Kentucky, suits beautician Jamie Lee Carter just fine. She's the kind of gal who prefers longneck beers to cosmos, bare feet to high heels, and Daisy Dukes to Prada, but a bit of flash might still win out over another pool-hall line dance. That's where Parker Carrington, a hunky Hollywood producer, comes in....

Not just another Saturday night fling...
He's pegged Hootertown as an ideal movie site--and Jamie as more than a sexy extra. He's adding sizzle to Jamie's romantic slump and firing up something called jealousy in Griff Sheldon, Jamie's brother's best friend and her longtime crush. Now two hot-blooded rivals are going head-to-head. One's got a Jaguar. One's got a pickup. And only one's got what it takes to give Jamie the ride of her life.


For the most part, I did enjoy this book. It was fun and entertaining--light-hearted and full of laughs. The romance between Jamie Lee and Parker was endearing. Parker was a very sweet and likable guy (more so, I think, than Griff). Griff was just too stubborn for me, especially when it came to his feelings about Jamie Lee.

During the first half of the book, I was confused as to why Jamie Lee would have a longtime crush on Griff (as the book description implies), when she kept referring to him as a "friend" (or big brother). Throughout the beginning of the stroy Jamie Lee acted as if Griff meant little more to her than just a close friend--not a longtime crush! (That seemed weird to me). Not until Chapter 3, during their first appearance together, did things start to make some sense. Still, it wasn't clear as to why they continued to repress their mutual attraction. When Jamie Lee said, "I've been down that road," but no further details were given, I kept wondering what happened in the past to make them so skittish of each other! McLane should have discussed the history of their relationship early on, (preferably in Chapter 3), and NOT during the second half of the book.

I thought Griff's reasons for not pursuing a romantic relationship with Jamie Lee fell a little flat. At 17, Jamie Lee was in love with a then 20-year-old Griff, but he turned her down for the usual reasons: She was his best friend's baby sister; she was too young for him; and he felt guilty lusting after a girl, whom he still thought of as a kid. However, even though Jamie Lee was no longer a kid, but a fully grown woman, stubborn Griff still refused to act on his desires. I just wanted to shake some sense into the guy!

Since this is my first McLane book, I don't know if she's particuarly fond of using the first person. In romance novels, I want to know the inner thoughts and feelings of the protagonists involved. However, in this book, readers are privy only to Jamie Lee's thoughts and feelings--not Parker's or Griff's. Another thing I didn't like is how McLane overused such ridiculous phrases as "you've-got-to-be-crazy-he-is-so-hot look," or "don't-give-me-this look," or "in one of her pissed-off-for-no-apparent-reason moods." A couple of these phrases are cute at first, but becomes too repetitive and annoying! (They also disrupt the flow of the writing as well). McLane, though, sure has a knack for comedy. The funniest moment in the entire book is definitely the mechanical bull riding scene. It was hilarious; I couldn't stop laughing!

DARK ROOTS AND COWBOY BOOTS is a recommended read. Not one of the best romance novels that I've ever read, but it's good--and better than average (3.5 stars). McLane's next romantic comedy, THE REAL MCCOY, is scheduled for 2007. It will star Jamie Lee's brother, Luke, and her best friend, Macy. Can't wait!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Southern Charm at it's best 4 Aug 2006
By Barbara Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to Hootertown, Kentucky a small town where everybody knows everybody and few things are kept secret. It seems a Hollywood producer has just hit the city limits and all eyes and ears are on the lookout for the latest gossip concerning the situation.

Jamie Lee Carter is the owner of the local Cut & Curl and with her best friend Macy McCoy makes sure everyone in this town is stylin' as far as the latest hair do's go. Of course the Cut & Curl is one of the best places to pick up the latest gossip too so the girls are right in the thick of things on that front. Parker Carrington, said Hollywood producer has caught Jamie Lee's eye in a big way and she aims to find out the scoop on why he is in Hootertown.

Parker Carrington said Hollywood producer is in town scouting locations for his next project. Parker thinks Hootertown will be a great fit for the vision he has for his next project. A certain local has caught his eye as well and Parker arranges to have Jamie Lee show him around so he can get the feel of the town. With any luck he hopes to get to know Jamie Lee much better before his return to Hollywood.

Jamie Lee and Parker soon have the rumor mill running wild and all the phone lines in Hootertown burning up with gossip of their sightings. A particular local has taken great notice of the fact that Jamie Lee and Parker are spending time together. Could it be that she has two men interested?

Dark Roots And Cowboy Boots is fun and flirty romance with lots of southern charm thrown in. LuAnn McLane has penned a story that is guaranteed to bring her lots of loyal readers. The characters in this book are a pure delight to read about. The friendship between Jamie Lee and Macy is an added bonus. The romance is hot and sizzling like the hottest July day in the south.

Grab yourself a cool drink. Find a comfortable reading place and be prepared to be transported to the south for a story you won't soon forget. Secondary characters are charming as well and provide several reasons for Ms. McLane to make a return visit to Hootertown in the future. I hope this is what she has planned.

Ms. McLane has penned her finest novel to date with Dark Roots And Cowboy Boots. Grab a copy today and experience sizzling romance and southern charm at it's finest.
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