Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown Release Date: May 30, 2017 Publisher: Forever Book #1 in the Happy, Texas series Number of pages: 352 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 3/6/18 to 3/8/18
This was a great start to a series. I’ve had mixed results with my Carolyn Brown reads, but I think this particular series will go the way of the Lucky Penny Ranch series and have mostly winners. I really love Brody and the rest of the Dawson family. Especially his sister and her kids. I can’t wait to read about them in the next book.
Lila is a great heroine. She feels judged by her old teenage years when she goes back to her hometown. But as much as some of those people were judging her, she was also judging herself. She had to get over her own insecurities and find her confidence in order to find happiness. Sometimes she drove me crazy with her signs. She was so busy looking for signs that she was making the right choices that she was missing out on life. Maybe it frustrated me so much because I have known people like that in my life. Sometimes a feather is just a feather. Sometimes hearing a certain song at the perfect time is just coincidence. And sometimes, yes, it is a sign. But you can’t hold back on doing things because you’re waiting for the universe to give you a big thumbs up first.
Speaking of songs…I tend to enjoy when an author peppers their story with song references. It helps me to know where the author’s mind was at while writing a scene thereby helping to understand the character. There’s also such a thing as too much. There were so many song references in this book it was crazy. Now, for some people that may not be an issue. Unfortunately for me, my brain works in some very specific ways. If a song is referenced I have to look up said song if I don’t know it already. It’s the same when a specific style of house is described and I’m not familiar or there’s a map of the world I’m reading about I’m obsessed with referencing back to that map. It’s how I’m wired. And since I’m not one to typically listen to country music, I had a hard time not jumping online every time a song was mentioned.
As I said, this is a great start to a series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Happy, Texas and I’m looking forward to reading more about Brody’s family.