So Tough to Tame
Author: Victoria Dahl
Rating: A, 4.5 stars
What I’m Talking About:
I never thought I would be enamored with a cowboy as much as I am Walker Pearce. Victoria Dahl continues my love affair with Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in So Tough to Tame, the third title in her Jackson series.
I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Ms. Dahl’s Jackson Hole. It was fabulous to have cameos from characters we’ve previously seen, becoming reacquainted with and catching up with their lives. The handful of scenes involving former main characters was, in my opinion, a little brief and could have expanded a smidge more on what’s going on with them. I also enjoyed the underlying plot line regarding Miss Rayleen and her verbal-volley partner, Easy, which seems to resolve in this title. I love Miss Rayleen. I hope to be as spunky and sassy as she is, at her age! I also was overjoyed to see Ms. Dahl’s ‘Ability Ranch’ in this title. As a special education teacher, I love it when kids with challenges are portrayed full of awesomeness and in a positive way – not pitied or shoved in a corner.
Charlie Allington – short for Charlotte – was a great main character. I was so surprised at the plot twist and resolution that revolved around Charlie during the last 10% of So Tough to Tame that I sat in the parking lot of the grocery store more than the normal 10 minutes just to finish. I loved the way she handled pretty much every difficult situation tossed her direction. The way she guarded her heart (ineffectively) from Walker was great. She wasn’t all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns gushing about him when he wasn’t there. She had other real-world problems to occupy her brain. This smart character really used her brains to diffuse a potentially volatile situation, and for that alone, Charlie gets points in my book. Ms. Dahl even managed to stump me over several plot points regarding Charlie. Kudos!
Walker. Pearce. Mmmmhm. Rugged cowboy. Tremendous flirt. Heartbreaker extraordinaire. I thought that Ms. Dahl did a fabulous job bringing him to life for her reader. From his expressions to his emotions, I felt as though Walker were the guy-next-door. The Mr. Popular in school. I felt like the plotlines involving Walker, including his dad and his former relationship, were a great parallel to the issues facing Charlie and established both characters as individuals with distinct identities outside their ‘coupledom’.
So Tough to Tame focused on the emotions of and letting the reader get to know the main characters on a deeper level. I really like that in a book. Getting to know them, and seeing how they fit together is a great way to progress a story. A great way to parallel real-life relationships. And a great way to celebrate our own insecurities and further bury our past demons. Watching a fabulous couple connect in an emotional as well as seriously smokin’ hot physical relationship allows the reader to enjoy the courtship, connections and joy that is inherent in all budding romances. I can’t wait to read more about Victoria Dahl’s cowboys in further installments of the Jackson series.
4.5 stars: Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
About the Book:
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?
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Series: Jackson Series #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
So Tough to Tame (Jackson Series #3)
Reviews in the Series:
Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl (Jackson Series #2)