Friday, October 04, 2013

So Tough to Tame

So Tough to Tame is the third book in the Jackson series from Victoria Dahl. The publisher is Harlequin HQN, and the release date was September 24, 2013. From the back cover.~

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?

I'm a huge fan of Victoria Dahl and was excited to get a review copy of So Tough to Tame through NetGalley thanks to the publisher. 

I really liked how strong both Charlie and Walker were as individuals. Charlie is pretty much having to start back over in her security work following a scandal in Nevada. Walker is having to search for work thanks to rumors he was sleeping with the boss's wife at the last dude ranch where he worked. I loved that Charlie and Walker knew each other when in high school and seemed to reconnect pretty fast. They really did have some pretty amazing chemistry, which just got hotter the more times they were together.

I had 2 problems with this book. One was Charlie always trying to make Walker push to be more than a cowboy. She knew he was dyslexic and didn't seem to accept he was happy doing the type of work he was doing. While I agreed with Charlie he would be happier working in a different situation, I didn't agree with her methods of trying to make it happen. My second problem was with the fact that Charlie was more concerned about the red flags she was seeing with her new job. She felt uneasy about both of her bosses, yet never really stepped up and tried to figure out what was going on until it was almost too late. I really felt like she was smarter than she acted. 

Those problems aside, I really did enjoy this book a great deal, and did love Charlie and Walker as a couple. While this is the third book in the series, and can be read as a stand alone, I think you get a better feel for the series if you read the first 2 books in the series first.

Buy link for Amazon.

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