It looks like the roulette wheel has been kind to me once again. Reckless in Texas is my first book by Kari Lynn Dell and I absolutely LOVED it! Once I started it I had a difficult time putting it down (I had to because of that work thing, but thank god for phone app’s) and finished it in one day. The story is sweet, funny and sexy with just enough drama to keep things interesting and the further I got into the story, the more I wanted know about all of the characters that I got to meet along the way.
Joe and Violet drove me just a little batshit crazy and yet I ended up loving them both. Joe is all cowboy hotness. He has the sexy swagger, hot as sin looks, cockiness that tests the lines of arrogance and the good ‘ole boy charm that’ll make you swoon. But beneath it all is a man who has a huge phobia of being in a committed relationship, which there is some basis for, and quite honestly relationships in general though the few he does have are due to the people ensuring that he can’t get rid of them. He has one true love and even that love is fraught with issues. And though he tries his damnedest to keep people at arm’s length the good and compassionate heart he tries to hide gets the best of him and he ends up doing little things that prove that he wants to make connections, but just doesn’t want to admit to it.
Violet is what I would envision a true blue Texas cowgirl would be like: Strong, sassy, independent, loves the land she was raised on and loves her family even more. She also loves being apart of the family stock contracting business, though she knows in her heart that with the stock that they have they could do so much more than what they have been doing, and is one hell of a pickup man/lady in the arena. But she has a bit of a long standing internal debate going on. She prides herself on being a responsible woman, especially because of her son Beni, but her heart wants her to run wild and she can’t seem to balance out the two. This has her wanting to take chances and yet control the outcome, which never seems to go well for her and causes her to become more self conscious of what she feels she should do versus what she wants to do.
The best way to explain Joe and Violet’s relationship is as an enemies to lovers style romance. These two got off on the wrong foot and for a time antagonized each other whenever they could, mostly because the strong attraction they felt for each other threw them both for a loop, but soon that changed and they started to get to know one another which turned their mutual antagonism into a grudging respect each other and then more. There was a lot of push/pull, denial, cluelessness and failure to communicate, which did drive me a little batshit, but when they were open and honest with each other they worked so well together I couldn’t help but root for them to get their shit together and accept what was right in front of them. Also, thank God for their friends and family for giving them both the ass kickings they so desperately needed to move things along!
I really enjoyed the author’s voice and writing style and the dual 3rd person POV was very well done. I really enjoyed the attention to detail about the stock and what goes on with getting a rodeo set up and the events that take place because I was able to visualize what was taking place as I was reading. But my favorite aspect was how well written the supporting cast of characters were. I enjoyed getting to know each of them and want more. My hands down favorites were Wyatt and Beni. And though I want Wyatt’s book like yesterday, I’m not upset that Delon is next up in the chute because that definitely means more time with Beni and that Wyatt will hopefully make an appearance or two.
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that's what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she's got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family's struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe's everything a superstar should be-and it doesn't take a genius to figure out he's way out of Violet's league.
Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home.But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he's pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.
Kari Lynn Dell is a native of north central Montana, a third generation ranch-raised cowgirl, horse trainer and rodeo competitor, most recently the 2013 Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association Breakaway Roping Champion. She attended her first rodeo at two weeks old and has existed in a state of horse-induced poverty ever since. She currently resides on the family ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation, loitering in her parents’ bunkhouse along with her husband, son and Max the Cowdog, with a tipi on the front step, a view of Glacier National Park from her writing desk and Canada within spitting distance.
Come visit at KariLynnDell.com, hear what's next on the publication front, learn firsthand about ranch life on the east slope of Rockies and laugh at the tales of woe and wonder that come with living on the northern frontier. Really, someone should be filming this stuff. Occasionally, we do.