Dylan Thomas, a cowboy with a tough childhood, is as settled as the bucking bulls he used to ride for a living. His lifelong mode of operation has been to avoid attachments and only take care of himself, because nobody else was going to. After an almost career-ending injury, he’s been stuck at the R & R Ranch teaching snobby rich guys to ride bulls until he can get back to the rodeo. He’s restless and ready to get back on the road, until a new guest shows up at the ranch. A sad-eyed widow named Carrie Collins who smells like sugar cookies and kisses like an angel. Dylan doesn’t do relationships, but he has a weakness for sugar cookies, and for Carrie Collins.
Worn out widow Carrie Collins is at the end of her rope, and hanging on by a thread. She’s up to her eyeballs in bills, and her two children are out of control. So what does her dead husband’s best friend think is the perfect solution to her problems? A visit to a Texas dude ranch, masquerading as a spa for the rich and famous. Carrie thinks he’s lost his mind, but goes along. When she meets handsome ranch hand, Dylan Thomas, at the ranch she doesn’t think it’s quite so bad an idea after all. Dylan suggests they take a ride to the lake, and Carrie jumps in with both feet. It’s been three years since her husband died, and she figures it’s about time she got back in the saddle of life…and other things.
With his doctor’s release in hand, Dylan has nothing holding him back from reclaiming his former life, except the trouble Carrie’s son Chris has borrowed by getting in with the wrong crowd. When things heat up, and Carrie is in trouble too, does he save the girl or save himself?
I received a copy of this book from the Author, Becky McGraw, as part of a promotional tour, in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book I’ve read by Becky McGraw. The first one was Book 11, “Trouble With The Law”(Yes, I really need to start at the beginning, I know.) I thought I loved Trace and Ronnie’s story, but that in no way compared to Dylan and Carrie.
Two damaged hearts and souls, who somehow find their way to each other. One who is afraid to love again, but takes the leap anyway and the other who has never known love and runs from the thought of it.
I loved both of these characters so very much. Both have been through a lot and even when Carrie is losing it, she’s still so strong and fearless. Dylan however is a scared little boy in a grown man’s body. You find yourself crying with Carrie and crying FOR Dylan.
There are so many moments that stand out for me. Except for losing her husband, I was able to relate to Carrie on many levels. Putting her needs and feelings on hold, to be strong for her children and to help them cope with losing their father. Losing herself in the process. That moment on the horse, when she lets it run, is her finally letting loose and letting herself be free, for even just a moment. Dylan thought she was hiding the fact she was a mother from him, but I knew what she was doing. She just wanted to be Carrie. A woman with desires and who wants to be desired. She just wanted to feel. Be in the moment. Not be “mom”. Not have to worry about another human being for just a little while and worry that their whole quality of life and childhood depends on every single thing you do or say. I think every woman or mother has felt like that at one point in her life.
And Dylan. Sweet, sexy, selfish and heartbroken Dylan. He’s the man we all want to screw to oblivion while trying to fix their wounded inner little boy. The man we want to slap silly, yet love with all our hearts. The man we know we should run fast and far away from, but find ourselves stripping down our souls, hearts and bodies for.
The chemistry these two have is mind blowing and explosive. Especially the scene in the kitchen. Holy shit! I want to be Dylan’s damn sugar cookie!!! He can eat me anytime!
If I wasn’t a Becky McGraw fan before, I most DEFINITELY am now! I’m also investing in a pair of those panties!! ♥
Texas Trouble Series by Becky McGraw:
- Plot – 10
- Characterization – 10
- Style – 10
- Threshold Quality – 10
- Addictiveness – 10