Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Toughest Cowboy in Texas from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
The Spark of an Old Flame
Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.
Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...
First Line: "'Order up!' Molly yelled from the kitchen. Lila picked up a basket filed to the brim with hot French Fries just as the door to Happy Café opened. The hot western sun silhouetted the cowboy in the doorway, but she'd recognize Brody Dawson anywhere - in the darkest night or the brightest day.."
This wild horse of a man is stomping all over my precious heart! Giddy UP!
Or should I say wild woman? 😏 ... Carolyn Brown is giving us a wild girl, and love stricken cowboy. Oh how the tables have turned!
Toughest Cowboy in Texas is irresistible and devilishly taunting.
Delilah Harris (aka Lila) was the crazy child of the Wild West. Growing up, she was the project manager of every bad decision in Happy, Texas. Everyone could count on her to conjure up some dangerous and terribly stupid plan.
Brody Dawson was Lila's cowboy; the fuel to her flame, her wingman in every endeavor. Well, until they turned 18 and Lila moved away.
12 years later we find Brody running the family farm, helping raise his sister's children, and taking care of his grandmother. Meanwhile, Lila is back in Happy working at the family café prepping it to be sold. (Can I order one of Brody Dawson? Yespleasethankyou.)
How can Lila and Brody rekindle their twin flame after 12 years of wishing, hoping, and waiting? 🔥🔥
Oh the drama! Now that Lila is back in town, old memories resurface, stories from the past are shared, and dormant feelings intensify. Not only is Lila conveniently blamed for all the wrong that has happened in town, but she faces the challenge of proving people she has matured. She is a grown woman for cryin' out loud! A successful teacher... who drives a motorcycle... and goes skinny dipping in NO TRESPASSING zones... and steals kittens from graveyards...
... A leopard does not change its spots and Lila is going to lead you straight to hell.
Hey now, let's not be so judgmental.
As Lila and Brody reconnect, they are faced with difficult decisions. Is Brody going to let Lila leave again? Do people really change? Where is home? No. No. I dunno.
Commitment. Passion. Longing. Toughest Cowboy in Texas is a heartwarming romance about a dormant love anxious to be freed. Carolyn Brown gives us an unconditional love that never ceases to burn.
Y'all know of Gene Autry's Cowboy Code. Oh boy. Brody epitomizes the ideal man of the west. It will be difficult to find another cowboy as swoon worthy as Brody. #LetsBeHonest Brody definitely tips the odds in his favor on this teeter totter of love.
Dee Harris, I love you. You’re my soul mate and the miracle that makes my heart beat... I want both of you. I want the wild girl I fell in love with and I want the woman that girl has become. I love both of you.
(Ummm waiter?... Where's that order?...)