Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Type: Rodeo Romance
(Note from 2shay: I originally published this review back in February. I’m republishing now to give readers a chance to catch up. My review of book 2, Tangled In Texas will be published in mid-July and book 3, Tougher In Texas…will release on August 1…along with my review. This is the BEST book series you will ever read about rodeo, cowboys and the tough as nails women who compete with and love them!) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Rough and tumble, cocky and charming,
Joe’s everything a rodeo superstar should be…
And he’s way out of Violet’s league.
Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus.
She never expected Joe Cassidy.
Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.
I don’t normally review books by authors I know, even a little…like Facebook friends. I’ll say straight up front that Kari Lynn Dell is a Facebook friend. I like her, but I don’t know her personally. When this book popped up on my newsfeed…free (alas, it’s no longer free) I thought I would just grab a copy and read it for fun between review books. I was not prepared for this book anymore than Joe and Violet were prepared for each other.
I will run out of adjectives long before I find a way to express how much I loved this book. Kari Lynn knows rodeo. I don’t mean she’s been to a couple, either. This woman has a deep understanding of a tough sport and the tough people who compete, the stock contractors who work their butts off, the ranchers that raise the stock and the rodeo committees who control it all. She even knows the damned buckle bunnies who swarm around the cowboys like a plague of locusts.
She knows a lot more. She knows her craft. This book is beautifully written, with great flow and flawless…draw? I’m not sure exactly how to explain it. I was going to read a couple of pages just to get a quick feel, and when I looked up the first time I was almost half way through the book. I was captured, captivated, engrossed…drawn into the life of Violet, her family…and Joe. Sigh. Joe. Even after finishing the story, just typing his name makes me catch my breath.
And it doesn’t stop. Kari Lynn knows how to place every word, every phrase just right to make you feel the sexual tension down to your curling toes. Violet and Joe are so well portrayed that you just bleed for them, wanting them to find a solution. And their problems are pretty serious. The possibility of heartbreak for both is always hanging over their heads. I ached for them.
So, aside from being Facebook friends, I am now a fangirl! I have a girl crush. I may be a stalker. I avoid cowboy books because they are mostly just…wrong. Not horrible. Just off. This book is not. It’s 100% authentic. It’s wonderful. Pick up a copy and…