Review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown

Review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn BrownToughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever on 30 May 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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...

The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • RO

    No one write about cowboy love better than Carolyn Brown! Hugs…

  • Debbie Haupt

    I haven’t read her but I do love western romance. Thanks Sophia Rose

    • They’re very cheeky stories, Debbie. Hope you get the chance!

  • I haven’t read this one but that does sound like a good story.

    • These are laugh out loud fun and sweet. Worth it, Mary! 🙂

  • For some reason, and I don’t know why, I just love old grudges. Maybe I just love to see people put in their place after so many years. LOL

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, because it’s on my to be read list! 🙂 Great review.

    • Oh, the grudges in the old gals in this town. LOL You’ll love reading it then. Her Cadillac, Tx and Burnt Boot, Tx series also have big family grudges at the center of things so add them to your list, Angie. LOL!

  • These are a hoot and a half, Lorna. Worth it for some good laughs and country romancing. 🙂

  • I really need to try her books! I have a novel from year and I still need to read it! One day one day!

  • This is the second really good review for this book that I have seen. I think that I am going to have to add this one to my tbr list. Great review!

    • Haha! We’re ganging up on you, Carole. 🙂

  • Oh I didn’t know that connection. I didn’t read the Penny ones yet. How fun. And yes on her moments towards the end. I was feeling the ‘what the heck, girl’? thoughts.

    • The Lucky Penny ones are a hoot for sure, but you can save them to fit them in when you can, or so it seemed after reading this one.

      LOL, I wanted to give her a hard nudge to get with the program.