Those Violet Eyes

Vonnie Davis
Those Violet Eyes
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The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Release Date
June 2012
Book 1 of Honky Tonk Hearts
Contemporary Romance

Evie Caldwell hates her life. Five years ago, she gave up college and her dream of teaching to care for her ailing mother. Now, she's trapped taking care of her worthless brother and the family ranch. Waiting tables to earn her way out of Texas, the last thing she wants is a muscleman with a macho Marine attitude complicating her life. But, oh, how that man makes her insides melt.

Wounded vet Win Fairchild returns to Texas to heal, find a piece of his soul, and open a ranch for amputee children. Finding someone to love is not on his agenda. But when he starts work at the Lonesome Steer Honky Tonk, a spitfire with violet eyes and a major attitude instantly captures his heart.

Evie just wants to escape, but now that Win knows what he wants, can he convince Evie to stay in Texas—and his bed?

Book Review by Tiffy (reviewer)
Dec 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
293 people found the following review helpful

What happens when you mix a sassy girl who wears pink cowgirl boots with a Marine who has completed two tours of duty in Iraq? The poor Marine never has a chance, once Evie Caldwell gets him in her sights!

Win Fairchild has left the Marines with PTSD, a hearing loss, and a prosthetic leg. He ends up at his uncle's bar, the Lonesome Steer, after buying a nearby ranch. To keep himself busy, he signs on as a part-time cook at the bar, even though he trained as a chef at a large culinary school.

On her deathbed, Evie's mother made her promise to take care of her brother Dooley. To add insult to injury, her mother leaves the family ranch to her brother. Because Dooley is worthless, he never lifts a finger to do anything around the ranch. Needless to say, Evie can't wait to get away. Every penny she can scrape together goes into her escape fund, the "First National Bank of Heels". It's a shoebox buried in the dark recesses of her closet. When she's offered the chance to waitress at the Lonesome Steer, she jumps at it. She's so close to being able to escape, she can taste the freedom! The only draw back is the new cook who's a pain in her ass!

Minutes after meeting Win, he's making derogatory remarks about her choice of clothing. In her "take no prisoners" style, she asks him which leg is real. Win tells her and she hauls off and kicks his shin! Win realizes at that moment she's not going to cut him a break. When he refuses to go through the menu with Evie, she retaliates by sending the customers into the kitchen to ask "Is the broiled catfish baked or fried?" And so the story goes... I found myself laughing every time Evie and Win's names appeared on the page.

Dooley is the character that you love to hate. Not only does he take advantage of Evie's promise to their mother, he drains the ranch account on a routine basis. The money goes to fuel his drinking, womanizing and gambling habits. It's no wonder that Evie is desperate to escape! The last straw is when Dooley holds up "The First National Bank of Heels" and loses not only all Evie's cash, but his jeep as well!

Will Dooley ever grow up? Will Evie and Win's relationship tip the scales from hate into love? Or will Evie find a way to escape and leave ranching behind for the bright city lights?

This novel has it all! Ms. Davis has crafted dialogue for her characters that is witty and captivating. The story draws you in and holds your interest until the last page. You won't want to put it down! I'm hoping that there will be more Honky Tonk Hearts for me to read in the near future!
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