Yea!!! A brand new series from Carolyn Brown – created around Happy Texas – yes there really is a Happy Texas and fans are going to love their visit to the town filled with Brown’s magic. Thank you Happy Texas and of course Carolyn Brown or should we do it the cowboy way – yahoo.
Here’s the thing about returning home – as Lila Harris would quote from a country western song (seems like Lila is a lot like Carolyn Brown) – you’re always seventeen in your hometown. Problem with that is you remember all the good and the bad about that time of your life. Sure being seventeen is a difficult time for most young people. For Lila she unfortunately left behind her reputation of being the town’s wild child. And there wasn’t anyone Lila liked being wild with than Brody Dawson.
The Dawson’s were a well-respected ranching family. The Harris’ ran the local café and lived in an apartment on top of that café. Even in a small town like Happy that put Lila and Brody firmly in two different worlds. And nobody enjoyed reminding her of that difference than Brody’s mother and grandmother.
So at seventeen Lila and her mother left Happy behind to start another café. Lila did everything she could to put that wild child behind her. Now back in Happy to help sell the café Lila had to spend the summer facing her memories – good and bad. And since it was such a small town it was inevitable that Lila and Brody would cross paths. However, none of that was accidental. Brody was determined to keep turning up anywhere Lila was so it seemed and was a constant reminder of the most heartbreaking time of her life. The time when she thought there was something real between the two of them. The time when they couldn’t seem to spend enough time together. The time she was really happy – until she wasn’t. Until the evening of what was to be their first real date and Brody never showed up.
Now at nearly thirty Lila is happy with her life as a teacher. Her returning to Happy Texas was just a hiccup in her plans. But it is getting complicated as heck. Most people are beginning to see Lila as the adult responsible person she has worked so hard to become. But in Happy there are times when that old Lila surfaces – usually whenever she is near Brody.
Brody on the other hand is not about to repeat the greatest mistake of his life. Letting Lila go was a huge error but considering he had been a teenager facing new family responsibilities Brody let his mother influence and pressure him regarding this ill-advised relationship.
It took Lila a long time to get over Brody. The disappointment and hurt went deep. Her mother and family were like guard dogs protecting their girls heart. She had definitely been deeply wounded by the callousness of this young man.
But Lily is beginning to realize that her’s wasn’t the only heart that broke when she left Happy behind. Brody has never been able to get over what he did to the only girl he ever really loved. The girl that is foremost in his thoughts and heart. And before Lila leaves Happy, after this one last summer together, Brody is intent on making up for all the hurt and in the process hope to find a path toward a future for the two of them.
Fans of Carolyn Brown know her fascination with anything cowboy and country music. So TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS lovingly brings us her best. Considering that we are now a texting society it seemed fitting and current to including love messages between these two somewhat star crossed lovers. So when there is music playing in the background you just know its country. And if there is to be a quote be assured it too is country. There is nothing more entertaining and rewarding than a Carolyn Brown story. Lila and Brody are wondrous characters that totally deserved this book and some happiness – hopefully as a couple. But there are several other characters that are praiseworthy and I would be remiss not to mention Sundance that has definitely won a place in my heart. In the TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS Carolyn Brown reminds us that you can take the girl out of Happy Texas but you can’t take Happy Texas out of the girl.
The Spark of an Old Flame
Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.
Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...