Tougher in Texas

Kari Lynn Dell
Tougher in Texas
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Release Date
August 2017
Book 3 of Texas Rodeo
Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

"Look out, world! There's a new cowboy in town."-CAROLYN BROWN, NY Times Bestselling Author for Tangled in Texas

He's got five rules
And she's aiming to break them all

Rodeo producer Cole Jacobs has his hands full running Jacobs Livestock. He can't afford to lose a single cowboy, so when Cousin Violet offers to send along a more-than-capable replacement, he's got no choice but to accept. He expects a grizzled Texas good ol' boy.

He gets Shawnee Pickett.

Wild and outspoken, ruthlessly self-reliant, Shawnee's not looking for anything but a good time. It doesn't matter how quickly the tall, dark and intense cowboy gets under her skin-Cole deserves something real, and Shawnee can't promise him forever. Life's got a way of kicking her in the teeth, and she's got her bags packed before tragedy can knock her down. Too bad Cole's not the type to give up when the going gets tough...

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 24, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
3 Texas rodeo stars for TOUGHER IN TEXAS.

Shawnee Pickett is like a hurricane to Cole Jacobs. She flies into his rodeo, all big hair and tight jeans and he has no clue what to do with her. Shawnee has known Cole since they were young, and while she'd most definitely be down with a little bedroom boogie with the big sexy cowboy, she knows that Cole is a man looking for a wife and a family, and she is just not on that path. Then Cole kisses her, and she likes it.

Cole's not good with women…his autism makes it incredibly difficult to hold meaningful conversations with the ladies…but something about Shawnee soothes his humming brain and calms him. Shawnee isn't used to stability in her life, never knew she even wanted it, but can she actually walk away from the best thing she's ever had at the end of the rodeo season?

I went back and forth about whether I liked TOUGHER IN TEXAS, the 3rd book in the Texas Rodeo series. On one hand, it was extremely interesting to read about a MC with autism...that's a first for me, I believe. You could really empathize with Cole's awkwardness and the way he processed information. On the other hand, I didn't really feel the chemistry between Cole and Shawnee that I wanted to. I mean, it was OK, but there was nothing super fabulous about it. There were some really fun and funny bits, usually courtesy of Shawnee, like this little nugget:

Shawnee put a deliberately her in her voice. "But I suppose I could let him practice on me. He is very… large."


"I'm kidding, Ma." But now she'd gone and planted the idea in her own head, where it immediately began to, um, grow. Ack. When was someone going to invent a safe and effective delete key for stupid thoughts?

I ultimately enjoyed TOUGHER IN TEXAS, but with light sex scenes and only mildly likable characters, it was not on my all-time favorites list.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; mild violence; no murder.
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