Monday, September 23, 2013

So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

Title: So Tough to Tame
Author: Victoria Dahl
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Jackson #3
Main Characters: Walker and Charlie
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Tough to tame, but not too tough to love... Charlie Allington is supposed to be on the fast track to the top-a small-town girl who was making it big in her career. Instead, she's reeling from a scandal that's pretty much burned all her bridges. Now, out of options, she needs a place to lick her wounds and figure out her future. True, working at a ski resort in rugged Jackson Hole, Wyoming, isn't her dream job. But if there's one perk to coming back, it's a certain sexy hometown boy who knows how to make a girl feel welcome. 

Cowboy Walker Pearce never expected a grown-up Charlie to be temptation in tight jeans. She's smart and successful-way out of league for a man like him. But he's not about to let that, or his secrets, get in the way of their blazing-hot attraction. Yet when passion turns to something more, will the truth-about both of them-send her out of his life for good...or into his arms forever?

My Review:
There were moments when I loved this story and there were others where I really didn't think I was going to end up liking it at all. Luckily, by the end, it was all about the love. Both Walker and Charlie have their issues which sometimes really makes it difficult to like them, especially at first, but as you learn more and more about their characters, you realize that they really have undercut themselves as human beings and that's affected them each.

For Walker, he's this gorgeous flirt of a guy, who grew up always being beat down by his dad and his teachers because of his dyslexia. Despite that, he's truly a nice guy...he just doesn't have much faith in the fact that he might deserve the very basics...he'll always be the cowhand; he'll always be the easy roll in the hay. He feels he doesn't deserve anything deeper or more although he truly yearns for those things...especially as he grows older. He keeps having twinges of "maybe there could be something more" but then something happens to wipe out that tiny flicker of hope and so he just goes on as-is.

Charlie had the good life, but after living it up a little too much, her life has become a little shallow and after a wake-up call about some dumb life decisions, she too is doubting whether she truly is worth more. She no longer has a support friends, no family, no one to fall back on when something goes wrong. 

Charlie and Walker knew each other in high school, although back then Charlie was the girl way too smart to give Walker the time of day and he was way too hot to even consider a brainiac like her. Now they've formed a friendship based on flirtation and mutual attraction. For both of them, they feel flickers of tiny hope that this could be something more, but then something is said that knocks them back to the reality that neither one of them deserves more. Can you see why there were moments where I didn't really like this book? It's hard to read about two people that truly don't even like themselves, but as the story goes on, I found myself getting to know them better and rooting for them to believe in something more. 

The absolute best thing about this book though was the sizzling chemistry between Walker and Charlie. OMG...this book is hot. Truly even when they don't have sex, I found I was fanning myself over the steam coming off the page. I loved how sexy and out of control the two of them were whenever they got to within a couple of feet of each other. That aspect of the story was so fun to read. This is one hot little book.

I also really enjoyed the story of Walker and his brother and their scenes together. They were really heartwarming especially in contrast to the scenes between Charlie and her brother. 

Overall, I found that I enjoyed this book. At the 20-25% mark, I was tempted to dnf it. I'm so glad I stuck with it. It turned out to be a fun, entertaining story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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