Shine Not Burn – Elle Casey

Despite having a practically anaphylactic allergy to horses Elle Casey‘s Shine Not Burn has me contemplating running away to Oregon to take up with the first rancher I find! Seriously, the last time I rode a horse I lost my voice within 10 minutes and was sick for THREE DAYS afterwards. Love with a proper cowboy is not my usual fare but after reading some of the frankly hilarious reviews of this novel I found I couldn’t resist reading it at the first opportunity.

IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can’t be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much.  …  Andie’s just days away from tying the knot, but there’s just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she’s already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won’t issue her a marriage license until it’s all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she’s going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she’s thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick … before her fiance finds out and everything she’s been working toward goes up in flames.

If I wasn’t already predisposed to love this book based on its premise, I would have been convinced after reading the thinly veiled references to South Park in the description of Boog and scattered throughout the plot.

“What are you looking at?” I asked…
“City slicker. What are you looking at?”
“A stupid wookie man-bear-pig who doesn’t know how to mind his own business.” 

English: The strip in Las Vegas
English: The strip in Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we learned in The Hangover, Vegas is a dangerous place to go, particularly when you are going for a bachelor or in this case bachelorette party. Like all epic disasters it starts innocently enough, Andie is a classic workaholic, she has a plan and does not deviate from it marry, make junior partner at the law firm she works for and have 2.5 children all by age 35. Mack is the responsible eldest Mackenzie son, who better to ensure his brother Ian has a bachelor send off to end all bachelor parties. Neither planned to wake up married the next day.


Shine Not Burn has it all the Vegas strip, the wilds of Oregon, sexy cowboys, rattlesnakes and pie. You will root for this unlikely couple, mentally urging Andie to round file her precious plan and follow her heart to the country where it belongs. The author pretty much summed up my feelings about this book in this excerpt.

“I really liked this cowboy. Mack. But I didn’t know a single thing about him other than the fact that he doesn’t wear underwear and he’s got a big cock-a-doodle doo that he definitely knows how to use. Yee haw.”

Now if you will excuse me I will require time to ascertain whether I have discovered a new fondness for cowboys in general or just Elle Casey’s writing.

AUTHOR: Elle Casey

RATING: 4 Stars

GENRE: NA Fiction


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