Friday, October 23, 2015

Texas Hustle

Title: Texas Hustle
Author: Cynthia D’Alba
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61923-129-0
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 11-24-2015

When Porchia Summers was fifteen she was arrested. To save face with their friends, her wealthy parents sent Porchia to live with her grandmother. In the intervening years she’s built a good life for herself in Texas, but Porchia’s relationship with her parents remains strained. Porchia’s world is thrown into chaos when she’s contacted by the ex-boyfriend who got her into trouble—and he wants money. Needing to get away for a few days, Porchia wins a charity bachelor auction for the one man in town who’s been driving her crazy. 

Darren Montgomery’s ecstatic when Porchia, the town’s sexy baker, wins his auction and she agrees to spend a week camping with his family. He’s hoping that, during their time together, their friendly flirting can turn into something more serious. Porchia, being four years older, seems to be a problem for her and Darren needs to convince her that it doesn’t matter. Is that the only reason Porchia’s skittish about relationships? Darren’s determined to convince her that they belong together.

Texas Hustle is the sixth release in the series, Texas Montgomery Mavericks, by Cynthia D’Alba. Due to the close family ties and recurring characters, it would be easier to understand the relationships if they are read in order.

I found Texas Hustle to be a nice addition to the series and I enjoyed getting to know Darren and Porchia (I love her name). The author did a nice job with the personality development of both characters and the plot line involving Darren’s family is fun, and gave a great look at a loving family with a Texas lifestyle. The camping trip’s also a nice opportunity of bring in several individuals we met previously and to see how some of their relationships have progressed. It’s all integrated well with the budding romance between Darren and Porchia. 

The story is full of things to keep your interest. There’s a charity bachelor auction, family camping, horseback riding, a dangerous ex-boyfriend, blackmail, arson and two kinds of family. One is supportive and loving, while the other is dysfunctional and judgmental. The pacing is even but don’t expect a rollercoaster ride. The descriptions are vivid, pulling the reader into the story. The resolution of the villain part of the story works out well, as does Porchia’s problems with her stuffy parents. I hope you enjoy these two lovers and their story as much as I did. 

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