Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Texas Two Step

Title: Texas Two Step
Author: Cynthia D'Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-632-3
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Release date 02/28/12 

It’s taken six years but rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he made a huge mistake in walking away from Olivia Montgomery. The second mistake was the wife he divorced, but now he wants Olivia back and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to get her. 

Olivia survived the breakup with Mitch with the support of her family, lots of tears and hard work. In the intervening years her world has focused on her business and small son. Olivia’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made or the secrets she’s kept, but did what was needed to survive a painful situation.   

At the wedding of mutual friends, Olivia and Mitch are thrown together and the sparks fly. After one scorching kiss, emotions spiral out of control, leading her to hope a one-night stand will get Mitch out of her system. Can she let the past go, or will her secrets tangle them together into a life neither wants? Or do they? 

Texas Two Step is the first release in Cynthia D’Alba’s new contemporary western series, Texas Montgomery Mavericks. This author is new for me, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed this first book in the series, and after reading the quality of the writing I have high hopes future releases will be just as well-written and entertaining. 

The story is well-plotted, and there’s plenty of angst and unresolved emotions between Olivia and Mitch. These two have nicely developed personalities and detailed personal backgrounds, and there are numerous secondary characters woven in throughout the story. The pacing moves along at a steady clip…certainly not a rollercoaster, but it never plods or drags in the middle either. As the story progresses, the author throws in several twists and turns to keep things interesting and Olivia and Mitch off balance. 

The characterization of Olivia and Mitch is nicely done. From the opening pages you know exactly what each feels for the other…the tension is nearly palpable…but neither wants the other to know. The scenes are vividly described, from the weather to the clothing and only get more detailed when the story moves to Mitch’s ranch.  

Now for Adam. This little guy is a definite scene stealer, and I really appreciate that the author didn’t relegate him to the background but kept him an integral part of the story. Okay, that’s it, I’m done for now, but I can’t wait for the next release in the series.

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