on April 3rd 2018
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"Look out, world! There's a new cowboy in town." —CAROLYN BROWN, New York Times Bestselling Author for Tangled in Texas
After her life comes crashing down, Melanie Brookman is determined to claw her way back up again—and this time, she won't make the same mistakes twice. So when her friend sends Wyatt Darrington to help, Melanie keeps him at arm's length. He's exactly the sort of trouble she doesn't need.
Wyatt has the perfect distraction for Melanie: rescue his failing bar. She reluctantly agrees and together they hit the road. As they spend more time with one another, undeniable attraction grows. But Wyatt knows that if she ever found out his closely guarded secret, any chance at happily ever after would be left in the dust...
Texas Rodeo Series: Reckless in Texas (Book 1) Tangled in Texas (Book 2) Tougher in Texas (Book 3) Fearless in Texas (Book 4)
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
What a wonderful feeling to discover an author who charms you with her exquisite writing, her outstanding storytelling abilities, and utterly unforgettable characters!
Melanie Brookman and Wyatt Darrington had last met five years ago while attending a wedding. The air surrounding them crackles with their attraction, and what might have happened if Wyatt had let them if he didn’t live in Oregon, she in Texas, if it weren’t for her brother Hank … Melanie was a champion roper who drifted into a marketing career, and doing right by her brother Hank has defined the paths she has chosen all her life. She is fierce, driven, and when her legendary temper gets the best of her, Wyatt offers her a temporary job in exchange for providing her with answers as to Hank’s whereabouts.
Wyatt is a fabulous hero: he is pushing forty, a golden boy who has succeeded at almost everything he does, except his personal life, and his backstory was unlike any I have read before. He exudes charm, yet he is a man of few words who has a tendency to retreat into himself when cornered. He is burdened by secrets and stuck in all sorts of convoluted relationships. Melanie must have been a very difficult heroine to write; a touch more and she would have been unpleasant, but Ms. Dell’s mastery made it so that she wasn’t. Melanie is incredibly real, flawed, and ever so relatable with her short fuse and sharp tongue; she is also somewhat older than we are used to: she is thirty-four.
What amazed me almost immediately was the exceptional quality of the writing: Ms. Dell’s uniquely descriptive voice bring every setting into sharp focus: I could see that blue sky, the chill in the air, the rodeo life, the animals, images crystal-clear in my mind. The dialogues seem to originate naturally from the characters themselves, seemingly without any outside intervention. Every word was perfect, every sentence enchanting, every paragraph riveting; the whole narrative infused with intelligence and genuine emotion. FEARLESS IN TEXAS is as intricately crafted as the best murder mystery, with a plot twist towards the end I never expected. It was a very daring move from the author, whom I applaud for this realistic turn of even. FEARLESS IN TEXAS is such relief from the banality of most contemporary romances these days. Although it is book four in the Texas Rodeo series, as you can see, it stands perfectly on its own, but when I think of what I missed prior to FEARLESS IN TEXAS, I could just cry! And to say that I cannot wait for the next book in this series would be a major understatement because it will be epic!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.