Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.
Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...
A small Texas town, a bit of feudin’ and fussin’, a cowboy who fills out his denims well, and what heroine wouldn’t go weak at the knees and give him a second chance… well it was a near thing and it was a delight following along as it all went down.
A new series… sigh with happiness over the quirky folks of Happy, TX. This one has loose ties to the series that came before it, The Lucky Penny Ranch when the Dawson family were first introduced. Now that said, this new series can be started without reading the other.
The premise of this one had me a tad uneasy when it got rolling because I’m not one of those who enjoys reading about a person still fussing over something that happened when people were teens and made a youthful mistake and now the trouble is still rumbling years later.
But I really shouldn’t have worried because Carolyn Brown wrote a situation where the heroine holding Brody’s broken date with her close made sense. She had so much on her plate back then, as did he, and they were so young and they both had mature adults around them feeding them lines and attitudes that pretty much sabotaged the pair.
I loved that this book was about Brody and Lila learning to look back and see the past more clearly, understand where they are at and what they want in the present, and decide whether a future is worth fighting for. The interference is still there and interfering, but they are older and ready to face it.
I do think Lila dinked around longer than necessary near the end trying to wait Brody out for something clearer than his very clear actions and words had already been. I really don’t know how ‘don’t go, I want us together, I want a second chance etc’ can be misinterpreted, but I guess it made for a good romantic conflict and build of suspense.
The humor and down home vibe were very present. The surrounding cast of characters were as colorful and quirky as ever. Now I’m eager for more Dawson romance with Brody’s sister and brother needing their shots at Happy. Another fun, light, and warm-hearted contemporary cowboy romance I can recommend here.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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