Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Flirting with Texas by Katie Lane

Title:  Flirting with Texas
Author: Katie Lane
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Deep in the Heart of Texas #5
Main Characters: Jenna Jay and Beau
Release Date: July 2013
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she's spent years trying to forget. And it's working: She's dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.

Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won't ever get Texas out of her blood - or one good-time, ever-lovin' cowboy out of her heart.

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed this book, although there are moments in these books where the dialogue is just too southern, sickly sweet. If it weren't for those moments, honestly these books would rate right up there with my favorite contemporary romances. As it is though, they are just an enjoyable read and I love that they take place in an area of the country that I know very well because it's home...West Texas which I call home.

This book features Beau and I've been dying for his book. I love a wounded hero and he's already had one round with cancer with information that it may be back. Faced with mortality, he definitely qualifies as a wounded hero...just trying to live his life to the fullest...while avoiding his family, knowing how much his death will hurt them. My heart hurt for him because before his cancer the one thing he wanted most was to have a family. But the cancer scare took that away from him. He doesn't think he can have that anymore because he honestly is sure the cancer is back.

Jenna has been living in NYC with her rocker boyfriend. She's a do-gooder...always trying to improve everyone else's life whether they want it or not. She's been with Davy, her boyfriend, for three years, although they don't have much of a real relationship. She is at an impasse with her mother in Bramble and hasn't been home for several years. The town doesn't like that so they decide to do something about that. It's just by coincidence that Beau is with her when they kidnap her, returning another lost Bramble native back into the fold.

I liked everything about the story with Jenna and Beau. They were both such great characters. I've already talked about how much I love Beau's back-story. From the fact that he's 28 years old, but his hair turned grey from his chemo, to the fact that he owns the Henhouse, to how absolutely devoted he is to the hens. The intertwining of his and Minnie's stories...LOVE!

Then there's Jenna who's never felt like she belonged. She's a tomboy and a blonde in a family of small, petite brunettes. She's athletic and more masculine than a lot of men, but with that comes mile long, toned legs and I loved how much Beau loved those legs. They have some great scenes where he explores and even fantasizes about them.

There's a side story in this book with Marla (a woman who's trying to shore herself to be a hen because she needs the money) and the local preacher, Sean, who's a transplanted California boy. I loved the first scene with them in the library. The story delved a little too deeply into the southern whore and the preacher (stickly-sweet at moments with the southern dialogue and phrasing) in the middle of their story, but I liked it again by the end. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. If you can overlook moments in the dialogue where things get to be too much, I promise you a book with characters and story that definitely made for an afternoon's enjoyable escape.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! It sounds like a great read. I've honestly never read a story with the hero or heroine possibly dying from cancer. That can make things more intense and really pull at the heart strings. I'm sorry some of the dialogue was a bit much, but you can tell it's a great story.