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Flirting with Texas: Number 5 in series (Deep in the Heart of Texas) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Jul 2013
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"Pure Texas joy! You're gonna love it, darlin'."--Joan Johnston, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Bitter Creek and Hawk's Way series on Going Cowboy Crazy
"4 Stars! Complete success, blending humor, innovative characters and a wonderfully quirky town with an unlikely
and touching love story. [Katie's] insight and humor are pitch-perfect, making the sizzling chemistry between her leading couple a constant surprise and a delight." "RT Book Reviews""
"Pure Texas joy! You're gonna love it, darlin'." "Joan Johnston, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Bitter Creek and Hawk's Way series on Going Cowboy Crazy""
"Katie Lane creates handsome cowboys with hearts as big as Texas." "Lori Wilde, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Welcome Home Garden Club" on Going Cowboy Crazy
FLIRTING WITH TEXAS is the fifth book in Katie Lane's bestselling witty and sexy Deep in the Heart of Texas series.See all Product description
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In this latest installment in the series we get two couple that are ensnared in Ms Millie's web of meddling.
Beauregard Cates and Jenna Jay Scroggs - In previous book we learned Beau had cancer and went through the horrendous treatment to get rid of it which not only changed the color of his hair to silver but also changed his outlook on life and not for the better. When the last test he's gotten showed something on the x-ray instead of sticking around and finding out if the cancer was back he decided to run and live hard and dangerously. When Ms Millie asks him to locate another Bramble native who ran from her problems to New York he's surprised at his reaction to the blonde skinny tomboy who isn't really his normal type. Jenna Jay never felt like she belonged in her over achiver dark haired family. Because she always felt like she never fit in she's always fought for the underdog which in her adult years turned into fighting for causes. She's confused when she gets an invitation from Millie to come back to Texas and become a hen. Neither Beau nor Jenna Jay had any intention of going back to Texas but that choice it taken away from them when they are kidnapped and find their destination to be Bramble and that the town had instigated the kidnapping. Beau and Jenna Jay were two people who did not want to be attracted to each other and fought it but there attraction and the busy bodies of the town made sure that didn't last for long.
Pastor Robbins and Marcy - There initial meeting in the library was very humorous. Pastor Robbins may be a pastor but he is still a man with carnal thoughts. Marcy has been known as the town tramp for most of her life and most of it her own making. Not having a father figure growing up she tried to fill that void with sleeping with lots of men. When she applies for a job at Ms Hatties Henhouse she mistakenly thinks it really is a house of ill repute and that she is apply for a position of one of the "girls". Even though she thinks badly of herself she can't quite bring herself to get in the mood to take her first customer so she goes to Pastor Robbins with a proposition to be her first customer. Yes you read that right she went to a pastor and asked him for sex. The poor man didn't know what hit him. Marcy had some serious demons she's always been fighting and it was very entertaining to watch the poor pastor struggle with a few of his own until he finally figured out what Marcy really needed and that it fell in line with what he needed also.
While there was plenty of laughs from the Hen's and the town folks there was also a lot of serious issues many of the characters had to deal with. The author did a great job of balancing these out to provide another entertaining read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, although there are moments in these books where the dialogue is just too southern, sickly sweet. If it weren't for those moments, honestly these books would rate right up there with my favorite contemporary romances. As it is though, they are just an enjoyable read and I love that they take place in an area of the country that I know very well because it's home...West Texas which I call home.
This book features Beau and I've been dying for his book. I love a wounded hero and he's already had one round with cancer with information that it may be back. Faced with mortality, he definitely qualifies as a wounded hero...just trying to live his life to the fullest...while avoiding his family, knowing how much his death will hurt them. My heart hurt for him because before his cancer the one thing he wanted most was to have a family. But the cancer scare took that away from him. He doesn't think he can have that anymore because he honestly is sure the cancer is back.
Jenna has been living in NYC with her rocker boyfriend. She's a do-gooder...always trying to improve everyone else's life whether they want it or not. She's been with Davy, her boyfriend, for three years, although they don't have much of a real relationship. She is at an impasse with her mother in Bramble and hasn't been home for several years. The town doesn't like that so they decide to do something about that. It's just by coincidence that Beau is with her when they kidnap her, returning another lost Bramble native back into the fold.
I liked everything about the story with Jenna and Beau. They were both such great characters. I've already talked about how much I love Beau's back-story. From the fact that he's 28 years old, but his hair turned grey from his chemo, to the fact that he owns the Henhouse, to how absolutely devoted he is to the hens. The intertwining of his and Minnie's stories...LOVE!
Then there's Jenna who's never felt like she belonged. She's a tomboy and a blonde in a family of small, petite brunettes. She's athletic and more masculine than a lot of men, but with that comes mile long, toned legs and I loved how much Beau loved those legs. They have some great scenes where he explores and even fantasizes about them.
There's a side story in this book with Marla (a woman who's trying to shore herself to be a hen because she needs the money) and the local preacher, Sean, who's a transplanted California boy. I loved the first scene with them in the library. The story delved a little too deeply into the southern whore and the preacher (stickly-sweet at moments with the southern dialogue and phrasing) in the middle of their story, but I liked it again by the end.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book. If you can overlook moments in the dialogue where things get to be too much, I promise you a book with characters and story that definitely made for an afternoon's enjoyable escape.
I have to admit, during the first couple of chapters, I got a little confused, as so much going was going on, with lots of characters to keep straight. Once I got my thoughts in order, I really enjoyed this book. Katie Lane's books always have lots of characters, and the folks from Bramble, TX, are "Characters"!
Jenna Jay is the sister of Bramble's most Famous Twins, Hope and Faith. Jenna Jay is feisty with a heart of gold. Beau is one of the "Hot" Cate's Brothers. They meet in Manhattan, which does seem odd, as these two stand out, even in NYC. The relationship between these two can't really move forward until they deal with their personal demons. It was interesting to see how the author dealt with Beau's health struggles. It certainly added another level to the plot, as it not a topic usually explored in a "steamy" romance novel.
You get double the romance, as there is also a love story between the Pastor and a "Girl from the Wrong Side of the Track". The "Hens" are back, which makes the story oh, so entertaining.
This book gives the reader many laughs,a tear or two, plenty of romance, and even a hostage situation that adds mystery to this plot and the next book to come.
The only reason, I gave it 4.75 stars and not a solid 5, is because, I would have really liked more updates on the past couples in this Series. For example, Lane only mentioned Hope, Faith, Slate and Colt in passing.
I would say, to get the most enjoyment out of Flirting with Texas, you really need to read the Series in order.
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