Author Review: Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn DellTougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Western
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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5 Stars

"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...

"A standout in western romance." -Publishers Weekly for Reckless in Texas

Texas Rodeo Series:
Reckless in Texas (Book 1)
Tangled in Texas (Book 2)
Tougher in Texas (Book 3)

What People Are Saying:
"An extraordinarily gifted writer."—KAREN TEMPLETON for Reckless in Texas
"Real Ranches. Real Rodeo. Real Romance."—LAURA DRAKE for Reckless in Texas
"A sexy, engaging romance set in the captivating world of rodeo."—Kirkus for Reckless in Texas
"Illuminating...a standout in western romance."—Publishers Weekly for Reckless in Texas

I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Kari Lynn Dell has quickly become one of my new favorite authors. I was intrigued by Cole and the fact he’s autistic from the previous books, so when his story was released, I couldn’t wait to see how it all played out. Ms. Dell did not disappoint as she pulled on every heartstring this reader owned. There were times during the book that I simply wanted to hug Cole and Shawnee.

What I liked most about Tough in Texas is that the author wasn’t afraid to tackle the tough subjects – cancer, autism, the loss of loved ones, anxiety, fear, and crappy, self-centered parents who couldn’t be redeemed. All of these subjects were real and came to life in Tough in Texas. Not only will they open your eyes as a reader, but will also pull on your heartstrings.

The chemistry between Cole and Shawnee is off the charts and absolutely adorable. The secondary characters continue to grow in the series and Ms. Dell continues to keep you updated on previous characters, which I absolutely love. I can’t wait to see what happens with Hank and that’s all I’m going to say.

If you haven’t checked out Kari Lynn Dell’s Texas Rodeo series, then you are definitely missing out. I love this series.

Rated 5 Ravens and Recommended Read

About Kari Lynn Dell

Kari Lynn Dell is a native of north central Montana, a third generation ranch-raised cowgirl, horse trainer and rodeo competitor, most recently the 2013 Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association Breakaway Roping Champion. She attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She currently resides on the family ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation, loitering in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, son and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on the front step, a view of Glacier National Park from her writing desk and Canada within spitting distance.

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