Thursday, October 17, 2013

Texas Tango

Title: Texas Tango
Author: Cynthia D’Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-888-8
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 11-05-13

Caroline Graham’s spent her professional life as a traveling doctor, never staying more than a few months in one place. When she takes an assignment in the town where her Great-Uncle Angus lives, Caroline breaks her own rule by staying much longer. For the first time in her adult life, she becomes part of the community and makes friends—gets emotionally involved. Then her uncle dies and her beloved grandmother’s poor health gets worse and to make her happy, Caroline tells a huge lie. She engaged.

After his wife died from cancer, Travis Montgomery devoted his life to expanding his ranch and the acreage he needs belongs to Caroline Graham. She can’t sell it to him because of her uncle’s will but if he agrees to a fake wedding, the land he needs will be his. The only problem—his heart gets involved.

Texas Tango is the newest release in Cynthia D’Alba’s Texas Montgomery Mavericks series.  Reading the books in order would give a better understanding of the Montgomery family, but it’s not necessary to enjoy the story. It can be read as a standalone.

What an entertaining read! I admit the fake wedding premise isn’t exactly original but because of the creative details, I didn’t care. I know it’s a crazy thing to do, but in the case of Caroline trying to make her grandmother happy, I could see it happening. Please be aware that it’s not an action packed story. It’s a smooth flowing romance with vivid imagery, good personality development, an interesting locale and plenty of angst. Caroline and Travis have had lots of emotional hurt in their past and both are filled with uncertainty. Ms. D’Alba did a nice job expressing their feelings and making them and their reactions believable. 

There are plenty of secondary characters, but I really enjoyed the addition of Noah, Caroline’s little brother. He really rocked the boat in a few spots and I can’t imagine the second half of the book without him. For those of you interested in the physical side of Travis and Caroline’s relationship—never fear, it’s smoking hot. So, if you like well plotted and written romances with lots of emotions and family, then I suggest you give Texas Tango a try. I look forward to the next release. 

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