Thursday, August 1, 2013

Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas #5) by Katie Lane

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.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though very little)
Rating: 4 out of 5

*girly sigh* I just love a cowboy. And Katie Lane can write some damn fine cowboys. There's just something about them that totally sucks me in. Flirting with Texas was a quite the time. It's fun and for the most part a light read. A little silly now and again and perfect for a good chuckle. Hell, I mean really the hero and the heroine were a town.

I've been dying for Beau's book since meeting him in his brother's book. He's been running from his family life in Texas for years after a medical scare and is just one cowboy I can't resist. He's sexy, fun loving, rocks some boxers like you wouldn't believe and under his charming outgoing personality is hiding some insecurities and longings that made me love him and his silver haired self even more.

And Jenna Jay. Well she's caught this dedicated bachelor's eye. She was a little harder for me. She's no damsel in distress and can be a your face. She means well and is always ready to fight for a cause, any cause it seems, but sometimes I really needed her to dial it down because it was just too much. She did some growing on that front though as the story went on and definitely grew on me.
With him pressed against her, it was hard to think, much less talk. In just a few hours, she'd forgotten how handsome he was, and virile, and hot-- he flashed his bright smile and winked--and arrogant.

Her head cleared as her eyes narrowed. "I realize you love to race around and make all the girls giddy with your sexy smile and your twangy 'sweetheart', but in case you've forgotten, I'm planning on getting back with Dav--"

Beau's lips silenced her. It wasn't a soft, gentle kiss. More of a hard, thorough, controlling one. It left Jenna as weak as a day-old kitten--the runt of the litter. When he finally released her, she swayed on her feet.
I loved the dynamic between the two. They have that spit fire relationship where they just poke at each other. He riles her up and she secretly loves it. She gives it right back too and he eats it up. Heat wise there's actually surprisingly little nekkid time for being set at a "hen house" though what's there is mighty nice.

Oh, yeah. He owns a 'hen house'. Full of senior hens that are wanting to get this former 'house of ill repute' up and running again and going about finding the younger generation of hens. Yall. It's so ridiculously funny these little old ladies. It's really a great secondary storyline that brings humor and some heart break to the table.

Overall Flirting with Texas is a fun cowboy read that's light hearted and full of quirky small town life. There were some fairly minor complains on my end--like an over emphasis on some of the Southern drawl and parts I would have liked to see more fleshed out--but it didn't keep me from enjoying the overall story or wanting to read more from this crazy little world. It's one of those reads you can easily lose yourself in for a few hours and really makes for a wonderfully fun escape.

Have you read Katie Lane? Have a favorite of her hero/ines?
What's your favorite light hearted cowboy read?

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