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Hang Tough
     

Hang Tough

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by Lorelei James
 

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In the new Blacktop Cowboys® novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wrapped and Strapped, one woman learns that when it comes to cowboys, looks can be deceiving...
 
When Tobin Hale stepped in to stop Garnet Evans’s son from railroading her out of her own home, he knew moving in with his favorite Mud Lily could

Overview

In the new Blacktop Cowboys® novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wrapped and Strapped, one woman learns that when it comes to cowboys, looks can be deceiving...
 
When Tobin Hale stepped in to stop Garnet Evans’s son from railroading her out of her own home, he knew moving in with his favorite Mud Lily could be seen as strange. But nothing prepared him for the arrival of Garnet’s fiery, beautiful granddaughter, Jade—or her assumption that he’s up to no good...
 
While Tobin might be the hottest man Jade Evans has ever seen, his physical attributes won’t distract her from protecting her grandma from his sweet-talking ways. But the stubborn cowboy digs in his boot heels and refuses to leave. Stuck in close quarters together, Jade learns Tobin is the real deal—a hardworking, fiercely loyal man and she’s the one in danger of losing her heart.
 
And just when he was prepared to leave Muddy Gap behind, Tobin may have found the kind of woman worth sticking around for...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author Lorelei James
 
“No one writes contemporary erotic romance better than Lorelei James.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Maya Banks
 
“Lorelei James knows how to write one hot, sexy cowboy.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Jaci Burton
 
“While James is known for erotic interludes, she never forgets to bolster the story with plenty of emotional power.”—Publishers Weekly
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698186415
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Series:
Blacktop Cowboys Series , #8
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
4,970
File size:
1 MB

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Chapter One

One week later . . .

Tobin Hale's cell phone rang for the hundredth time, tempting him to chuck it in the garbage disposal.

So far he'd ignored Tilda's call, Bernice's call, Vivien's call, and Miz Maybelle's call. When Pearl's name flashed on the screen, he knew better than to ignore it.

"Hey, Pearl-es-cent, what's the 411?"

"So your phone isn't broken, you're just screening our calls?" she demanded.

"Yes, ma'am. Shit has hit the fan over here and I ain't in the mood to talk to nobody."

"Well the same thing has happened over here at Garnet's house."

Tobin sipped his beer. "She's mad that I gave Renner notice last week, isn't she?" Now that he thought about it, it was sorta weird Garnet hadn't called to give him what for.

"Of course she's upset. But there's loads more going on than that." There was a shifting noise on the other end of the phone. "Her son is making good on his threat to lock her away where she can't get into trouble," Pearl whispered. "Don't you remember?"

"Pearl, she was blubbering so damn hard I could barely understand anything she said." Total chaos had erupted inside the lodge when all of the Mud Lilies ladies had shown up.

And he had had his own shit to deal with.

How fucking . . . coincidental that Hugh, the ranch foreman, had decided to lay it all out on the line for their boss, Renner Jackson-on the exact same day Tobin had given his notice. But Hugh had thought ahead and offered to buy the rodeo stock contracting business outright. Great for Hugh, it'd be great for Renner in the long run, but in the short term, that meant Tobin got stuck with doing all the day-to-day work. Again. He'd tried not to be bitter, but dammit. Nothing ever seemed to go his way.

Not true. You found out today you have a job interview in Albuquerque in three weeks.

Finally. Tobin felt as if he'd been in a holding pattern. No one knew that he'd updated his resume and started sending out job applications-two months ago. He considered it a sign he was on the right track the day after he'd given notice to Renner when he'd had an e-mail from one of the places he'd applied, requesting more information on his positions as "reproductive project manager at the Split Rock Ranch" and "genetic research development coordinator for Jackson Stock Contracting." Yeah, maybe he'd stretched his job titles a tad, but it wasn't like he didn't have the education and the hands-on experience to it back up. And it had scored him an in-person interview.

"Tobin? Are you listening?" Pearl demanded.

Feeling guilty for tuning her out, he said, "Sorry. You lost me there for a moment. Could you please repeat that?"

"Her son finally has enough 'just cause'-in his mind anyway-after the last couple of Garnet incidents to question her mental stability and her ability to take care of herself. He's sending a moving van to pack up her house and he's put a deposit down at one of those assisted living places"-she sniffled and wailed-"in Cheyenne!"

That garnered his full attention. "What? He can't do that."

"Yes, he can. He's a big-time New York City lawyer. He can do whatever he wants. And ever since Garnet found out, she's been completely nonsensical, which just plays perfectly into his evil and greedy hands."

"Where are all of you right now?"

"Me and Garnet are at her house. She's been making strawberry preserves like she's putting up food for a Russian winter. For an army. Why she'd think them tough military guys would even want fancy fruit spread on their toast rations doesn't make a lick of sense to me, but she keeps insisting that no man is too manly-"

"Pearl. Focus," Tobin said sharply.

"Oh. Sorry, Tobin. I don't have a contingency plan for this."

Things were messed up if organized drill sergeant Pearl was scatterbrained.

"Stay put." Tobin's boots hit the floor. "I'm on my way over."

i

GarnetÕs place was only fifteen minutes from the Split Rock Ranch and Resort. Sometimes when Tobin worked in the back forty of the ranch, it was closer to drive to GarnetÕs for lunch than head back to the office.

A tree-lined driveway led to the two-story house. The style wasn't Victorian, but a few years before he'd come to work at the Split Rock, Garnet had redone the exterior of the house in that "gingerbread style," which she'd taken literally. The house resembled something out of Hansel and Gretel's nightmares-each corner had a pastel theme with what looked like icing dripping down. But the dŽcor fit Garnet's unique and quirky personality.

She had kept the big yard natural grasses, rather than a manicured lawn. At one time there'd been cattle on the nearly one hundred acres, but not since she'd owned it.

He parked next to Pearl's Range Rover, taking the steps two at a time. He knocked briefly on the screen door before he stepped inside.

Immediately the sweet scent of strawberries hit him. "Garnet?" he called out.

No response.

But Pearl poked her head over the swinging "saloon" doors that separated the kitchen from the dining room. "In here."

Tobin pushed through the doors and stopped in his tracks. Chaos wasn't unusual around Garnet. But this? This was insanity.

Garnet had two pails of strawberries on the floor. Across the room on the counter were pint jars of preserves. Stacked three high. In rows of ten.

Four rows of ten.

"Garnet?"

She whirled around. "Tobin! No time to talk, sonny. As you can see I'm busy, busy." She pointed to the opposite counter. "But help yourself to some champagne. It's the good stuff."

"Why don't you take a load off for a few minutes and have a glass with me." Tobin glanced over at Pearl. "You too."

Garnet squinted at Tobin and sighed. "Try harder to convince me, boy. You didn't even whip out them dimples. Go on, give me that charming smile."

Tobin laughed. "You are such a bossy Bessie."

"Only in my own kitchen. Everywhere else I'm as docile as a baby lamb."

Pearl snorted.

"We're breaking out my mother-in-law's hoity-toity crystal for this." Garnet sported a lemon yellow rhinestone-bedazzled do-rag. Her apron, pants and arms were coated in strawberry juice and pulp. She had sugar around her nose and across her upper lip as if she'd been sniffing cocaine.

"I'll get the glasses," Pearl said. "Tobin, you snag a bottle of the cold champagne from the fridge. We're not drinking the warm crap."

In a stage whisper after Pearl left the kitchen, Garnet said, "She's the bossy Bessie."

"I heard that."

The next moment Garnet was right in his face. "I'm really mad at you, Tobin Hale. I can't believe you didn't tell me you were giving Renner notice and leaving your job."

"But I did mention it last month. Don't you remember me saying I'd been considering it?"

"Oh pooh. I'm old. I can't remember everything. Anyway, I hope you've applied to places in Cheyenne. I guess that's where I'm moving. At least we'll still see each other sometimes."

He frowned. "Since when are you moving to Cheyenne?"

Garnet flopped down on a kitchen chair. "It's not a move out of choice."

"You always have a choice."

"Not according to my son. He's says I'm incapable of living on my own. He's hired professionals to pack my stuff up. I don't know when he plans to sell the house. But it won't matter because I'll be gone. Playing tiddlywinks in the assisted living place until I'm actually gone for good." She ducked her head to hide her face.

Where did Garnet's son get off meddling in his mother's life and making her cry? As far as he knew, neither the man nor anyone in his family had ever set foot in this house. "Miz G, can you listen to me for a moment?"

She nodded and dried her cheeks with the only clean corner of her apron.

"No one can drive you out without your consent. And if a moving van shows up, you call the sheriff and have him arrest anyone who puts a toe on your front porch. You hear me?"

"Easier said than done. I'm just a little old lady living out in the country by herself. The moving van guys could knock me out and get all my stuff loaded while I'm lying in the gravel drooling. It'd be their word against mine. They could claim I fell and hit my head and I don't remember what was said. Shoot, they could even say I invited them in. If I argued that I didn't, well, that'd give my son more reason to have me declared mentally unfit to care for myself." Garnet put her sticky hands on Tobin's arm. "I don't wanna leave here and move to a place where I don't know anyone. Am I really so bothersome just being in this house living my life?"

"Of course not."

"I tried to explain the special circumstances about how I landed in jail and how the gun was more of a prop, but my son refused to listen. He said he'd call me after he sends the movers."

"He's not coming here to personally handle this?"

"Nope. Too busy 'lawyering' in the big city." She snorted. "I wonder if he's throwing other old people out of their homes in the big city this week. I wish I could fight back. But even Pearl doesn't think warning off the moving guys with a loaded shotgun is the way to do it."

"I agree with Pearl. No guns." He squinted at her. "Promise me no guns, Garnet."

She waved her hands in the air. "Fine, fine, fine. No guns. I wish Tilda's dog hadn't died. I coulda sicced him on 'em. He was one hairy scary."

Tobin scrubbed his hand over his face.

Before he spoke, Garnet said, "How long does it take them performance-enhancing drugs to kick in? I could be pretty intimidating if I had 'roid rage." She jumped to her feet and struck a Hulk-like pose, complete with gritted teeth and crazy eyes. "How's this?"

He kept his features schooled. "I don't know that taking steroids is a good option either."

She flopped back down into the chair, dejected. "Dadgummit. I need someone bigger, stronger and scarier than me living here to tell them moving guys to take a hike when they show up." Garnet blinked at him. "Would you consider moving in to help me fight off a coup?"

Don't do it. Do not get involved.

"It'd be temporary," she added hastily, "since I know you're moving on. You wouldn't have to worry I'm trying to trick you into staying here with me forever because I'll miss you so durn much."

Such a sweet soul. "We both know the forever thing wouldn't work out because you play your music too loud for my taste, rappin' granny."

Garnet's smile was there and gone.

"You're not worried what everyone will say? Even though it's short-term, rumors might get nasty."

"Would it ruin your reputation as a stud if you're babysitting an old fart like me?"

Tobin laughed. "I don't have a reputation to ruin, Miz G."

"Me neither." She snapped her fingers. "Hey! We could tell everyone you're my bodyguard!"

"You wouldn't prefer having your Mud Lilies pals holed up here with you? You ladies have most folks in the county running scared anyway."

She shot a look over Tobin's shoulder. "Between us? I think there's a mole in the Mud Lilies."

"Why?"

"Because how else would my son have known about all of this stuff?" she whispered. "I didn't tell him nothin'. So someone close to me had to have tattled to him. It's not like they let any of the stuff we do make the papers."

She had a good point. "You think you know who it is? Or why they're doin' it?"

"Not yet. But I've laid a few traps." She leaned forward. "So are you in?"

The earnestness on her face sucker-punched him. As far as he could tell-and he knew Garnet pretty well-she was just fine living on her own. In fact, it was when she was out and about that she stirred up trouble. "Three weeks is all I can give you, Miz G. Then I'm gone."

"Where are you going?"

"There's a job in New Mexico."

Her eyes narrowed. "You've really been holding out on me, sonny."

He didn't tell her it wasn't a done deal. Nor did he mention that even if he drove all the way down there and didn't get the job, he wasn't coming back to Muddy Gap.

"Where'd you go to get those champagne glasses, Pearl? Timbuktu?" Garnet yelled.

"Quit yelling!" Pearl stormed into the kitchen. "I got the glasses. Bernice texted me back about your hair mask."

"Lordy, lordy, the things I do to keep up my youthful appearance." She sighed and whipped off the do-rag. "I ain't sure whether it's even worth it."

Beneath the do-rag, Garnet wore a plastic cap, covering what appeared to be mashed strawberries smeared all over her head.

Don't ask.

"Tobin, get the champagne. And be quick about it because Garnet's gotta rinse the goop outta her hair. The juice is acidic. Let's hope the strawberries haven't eaten into her brain or given her a bald spot."

"That's a cheery thought, Pearl. Especially when we're celebrating good news for a change."

Pearl's birdlike eyes sharpened. "What good news?"

"Tobin agreed to stay here as my bodyguard to keep the moving van people from packing me away."

"Just for three weeks," Tobin reminded her.

"That makes strategic sense. Having this place a transitional space. You'll cut personal ties with livin' at the Split Rock so it'll just be about your working hours." Pearl waited until Garnet turned away before saying in a conspiratorial tone, "If you need to come up with a battle plan, remember, I'm familiar with both sparkler bombs and trip wires."

He raised a brow because, frankly, what else could he say to that?

"My head itches," Garnet complained. "Let's drink."

Tobin peeled the foil back and popped the cork, managing to pour the champagne without spilling.

Garnet raised her glass for a toast. "To friends who come through no matter what."

They touched glasses and he knocked back a big gulp.

Holy crap. Tobin gave his glass a double take. That didn't taste like any champagne he'd ever had.

Garnet bumped him with her bony hip. "Told ya that was the good stuff. I'm only using a little bit in each batch of preserves, because I'm drinking the rest."

"What is this?"

"Cristal."

"Cristal?" he repeated. "The stuff that costs hundreds of bucks a bottle? The kind that rappers are always going on and on about?"

Meet the Author

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary erotic romances. Her novels include the Blacktop Cowboys® Series, featuring Wrapped and Strapped and Hillbilly Rockstar, the Mastered Series, featuring Caged and Unraveled, and the Need You Series, featuring Just What I Needed and What You Need. Her books have won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award.

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Hang Tough 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boy Scout Tobin Hale tries to keep his favorite senior citizen Mudy Lily Garnet Evans from being forced into a retirement home by her NY family. Her granddaughter Jade makes a visit to see what Tobin is really after...the two are like oil and water. This is a hot, steamy, funny tale and a must read story from Lorelei James' Blacktop Cowboys series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blacktop cowboy series is another one of my favorites by Lorelie. Tobin and Jade are are so different but perfect together. This may be a little predictable but the story getting there is so worth it!
ehaney578 8 months ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 5 Stars I believe I say this every time I read one of her books, but… I LOVE Lorelei James. Everything she writes is simply amazing, and the Blacktop Cowboys series has become a staple in my must read pile. So when I was given the opportunity to read and review Hang Tough, obviously I jumped at the chance! Tobin is front and center in Hang Tough, taking on the lead role of the spotlighted cowboy. He is tough and stubborn, but his southern charm and sweet demeanor makes him absolutely spectacular. In walks Jade, a spitfire of a woman who is determined to kick him like a bad habit out of her grandmother’s house, and turns his world absolutely upside down. The chemistry that Tobin and Jade have is unmistakably steamy, and their romance is a sweet, erotic and all around fun time. Ms. James’ descriptive writing skills paint every moment our characters share like an artistic masterpiece, and the setting of the story adds a certain amount of charm to the situation as a whole. If you haven’t jumped on board with the Blacktop Cowboys, this book alone is more than enough reason to get to reading! ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have all of Lorelei James' books. The characters in this story are ones I would love to know in real life particularly the Mud Hens. I would love to have a grandmother like GG. MS James has described the characters of Tobin & Jade so well If you love her books read this one. I wasn't disappointed
judiOH More than 1 year ago
a romance with lots of humor. i laughed as much as i said awwww. you can't miss this one. i loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As expected from this author it was a one setting read. Her books can not be put down....hot steamy heartwarming humorous and overall a good read. Haven't missed any of her western erotica romances and save them when they come out so I don't have to wait for the next one too long
DonnaBBuccella More than 1 year ago
Awsome OMG, Tobin, sweet, loyal, loving, caring, charming, sexy oh SO VERY SEXY cowboy...Jade, shy, insecure, lost, broken in a sense, lonely. These two together was perfection. They brought the best out of each other. And I'm so happy they are together. Did I say SEXY, SWEET, SMOKING HOT COWBOY? Lordy, I feel in love with this special man.. I loved GG, and those crazy fun loving Mud Lilies lol Fantastic!!!!!! Loved this story and love this series. .... Incredible
autryreads More than 1 year ago
Tobin and Jade along with the Mud Lily gang bring us a story full of life, love and happiness!! Ms. James has another hit on her hands; she packs a story full of passion, heat, and sassy strong willed females who meet their match in alpha male cowboys. The dialogue between characters combined with the detailed scenes brings this novel to life. Tobin and Jade are so perfect for each other, the attraction is instantaneous. They are quick to hide their feelings until the mud lily gang ramps up their efforts. The quirky ladies may take things to far and force Tobins’ hand. Ms. James is such a talented author; she easily transports any reader into her western world. The character development could not be any better; each character could easily be the town grandma or town hell-raiser. Smoothly flowing plot allows the pages the to keep turning, and much to my sadness the pages ran out before I was ready for them too. I could easily recommend Hang Tough to any reader; it has a fast paced plot, lovable characters and an author who cares about her work. Read, Hang Tough, you will not be disappointed!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great installment of the Blacktop Cowboys of Muddy Gap. It is an uplifting story of a wonderful outrageous lady that brings together two lovely young people. If you are new to the series you will fall in love with the Mud Lillies, and if you are not new then you know you are in for a lot of belly laughs. Lorelei's characters are so real that you feel like you are reading about your own family and friends. Another great book to add to my collection of books to keep and reread over again.
JAegan More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read Tobin's story! I've read all of the books in this series and I was patiently waiting to read this sweet mans HEA. Tobin always looks out for the Mud Lillies, a group of eccentric older women who live and raise heck around Muddy Gap, WY. He has a soft spot for Garnett Evans and her wild kooky ways. When Garnett begs for his help to fight her son from locking her up in an old folks home, Tobin agrees to put his life plans on hold and move in for a brief time. Little does he know he's falling right into Garnett's plan to set him up with her granddaughter. Garnett's granddaughter Jade is at a crossroads in her life. She's barely getting by in NYC working 3 part-time jobs and fighting off exhaustion and a nervous breakdown. She comes to visit her GG to make sure she's not getting conned by some smooth talking cowboy. Sparks fly as soon as Tobin and Jade meet. Garnett knows that by telling them they need to steer clear of one another, they'll fail miserably and fall head over boot heels for each other. Tobin knows from experience that nice guys finish last, but Jade shows him that she can love the good man he is as well as the bad boy thing's he wants to do to her. Tobin stakes his claim and makes it clear he wants Jade, and not as a "friend". He gets to know her and he falls hard. Jade starts to realize a slower pace and a sexy cowboy is exactly what she needs. The two sneak around and fall in love- only to realize they fell right into Garnett's plans. She meddles from behind the scenes and knows they are exactly what each other needs. The chemistry is HOT between these two. Even though there are previous books in the series you definitely can read as a stand alone and be able to follow the story. I love that all the usual Muddy Gap folks make an appearance and give us glimpses of their lives. The Mud Lillies are up to their normal shenanigans which made me laugh repeatedly. Ike and Riss are featured many times (dare I hope their story is next? :0) This is a great book! Lorelei James makes you fall in love with her characters and their whole group of friends.
elephanteater42 More than 1 year ago
In this latest addition to the Blacktop Cowboys series, we get up close and personal with Tobin Hale, a cowboy who is ready to find his forever girl, and, considering his close attachment to the Mud Lilies, it’s unsurprising that Tobin’s favorite Lily, Garnet, holds the key to his happiness.... Jade Evans has ventured to Muddy Gap under the impression that her grandmother, Garnet, is being conned by a young cowboy who has somehow managed to convince her grandmother to let him move into her home. Tobin believes Jade is there to move Garnet into a nursing facility. Irritation and aggravation quickly lead to attraction and simmering passion as Jade and Tobin both realize that maybe they aren’t meant to be enemies after all. And, for anyone who has read this series before, you know that if one or more of the Mud Lilies is involved, there’s bound to be a bit of chaos and more than a little mischief going on. Hang Tough is low on angst, high on entertainment, and definitely worth a read.
D_Widener More than 1 year ago
Oh my...if you thought you loved the mud lillies and Tobin before this book, just wait it gets better. Tobin and Garnet's granddaughter have a fun ride in this book and will leave you loving Tobin ore than you thought was possible. You have to read this book for all the karate chopping twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Lorelei James’s books and this one doesn’t disappoint. I really like the chemistry and the banter between Torbin and Jade but I absolutely loved the slow progression/work up of their relationship. I think I just might have a new favorite Book Boyfriend!! Also, Miz G. is such a hoot!!! Can’t wait for more from the awesome Lorelei James!!! This is a definite must read series for those of you who somehow missed her books!!
UnderJen More than 1 year ago
This was a funny, sexy romance! I found myself being drawn into the story and I absolutely fell in love with the characters! Brilliant writing and wonderful story line!
SandyCONative More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!! Lorelei James did it again! Another awesome book in the Blacktop Cowboys series! Tobin and Jade’s story is a sweet, funny, sexy romance. As usual, Garnet and the Mud Lilies are hilarious! Tobin is my favorite cowboy an I’ve been looking forward to his story forever. I loved seeing him finally get his happily ever after!
mgoodwinMN More than 1 year ago
Another great Blacktop Cowboys book! It will draw you into the storyline and make you not want to put the book down.
ruthmarie94 More than 1 year ago
Hang Tough (Blacktop Cowboys #8) By Lorelei James I love that Lorelei James gives us charterers that feel like your best friend. They are always so real! She did it again with Hang Tough! I Loved it! Tobin Hale is ready to move on but he has one thing left to do before he leaves town, and that is to stop Garnet Evans’s son from sending her somewhere else! So he moves in to keep it from happening. What came next was not what he thought would be coming. Garnet’s fiery, beautiful granddaughter, Jade and she thinks he is up to no good... Jade is asked to go check on her grandmother in Wyoming as a young man has moved in with her. When Jade meet Tobin she thinks he might be the hottest man she has ever seen. But she is going to make sure he will not hurt her grandma in anyway. Now the line has been drawn and the questions is where will everyone land when all the dust has settled. They are stuck in close space and told they can’t talk to one another. Will that keep them apart or move them closer together? Tobin is hard working and loyal, Jade is learning what she wants to do and has the biggest heart. Will Tobin leave and move on or will Jade win him over? Will Jade want to stay in Muddy Gap or go back to New York? What will happen to Garnet? "ARC provided by the author, but that has not influenced my review".
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
Hang Tough is Book 8 of the Blacktop Cowboys series by Lorelei James. I've been lucky enough to read a few stories in this series but unfortunate that I haven't gotten to them all yet. A detail which I plan to remedy as soon as I can. It definitely stands alone on its own so no worries if you have not yet read the rest of the series either. This story was certainly jampacked with great character development, an engaging plot and hot and steamy love scenes that kept me so engaged that I didn't want to put it down. Those old ladies were certainly crafty and kept the story lively. Both Tobin and Jade's characters showed a lot of depth and emotion. Two lonely souls finally finding the one to complete them. I also enjoyed the interactions with the secondary characters. I see a story in the future for Riss and Ike. Having read a lot of the stories Ms. James has written over the years, I have yet to be disappointed and Hang Tough was certainly no exception.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HANG TOUGH is the eighth full-length installment in Lorelei James’s contemporary, adult BLACKTOP COWBOYS erotic, romance series. This is ranch hand Tobin Hale, and Jade Evans’s story line. HANG TOUGH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jade and Tobin) HANG TOUGH follows Tobin Hale ( a Blacktop Cowboys series regular) as he comes to the rescue of eighty something granny Garnet Evans. Garnet claims that her ‘absent’ son is trying to take away her freedom following a series of questionable events in her life. Tobin being the shy, sweet natured single, young man he is, offers to move in with Garnet to protect her from what may be coming her way. Enter Jade Evans-Garnet’s only grandchild-and the woman with whom Tobin will fall in love. Jade Evans loves her grandmother but believes her father is wrong trying to control her grandmother’s life. Meeting her grandmother’s live-in companion Tobin Hale, finds our heroine on both the defensive and offensive when it comes to her grandmother’s protection. What ensues is the building relationship between Tobin and Jade-a relationship that is rooted in family and love. HANG TOUGH brings together the local Mud Lillies (Pearl, Maybelle, Vivien,Tilda and Bernice)-a tight knit group of elderly ladies who work behind the scenes -aka meddling- ensuring love (among other things) has a chance to grow. Tobin’s long suffering brother Streeter Hale is hoping for another start; and brother Driscoll has chosen sides. Larissa ‘Riss’ takes Jade under her wing as our heroine needs to let loose with the girls. Several of the Split Rock Ranch employees and former story line couples make cameo appearances as well. HANG TOUGH is a sweet and sexy story about two people brought together by family and love. The premise is entertaining-the story line flows easy; the romance is seductive and erotic-there is plenty of sexual tension between our leading couple; the characters are energetic and fun. HANG TOUGH and the Blacktop Cowboys series will make you want a cowboy of your own.
debjean9598 More than 1 year ago
**ARC provided by the author, but that has not influenced my review** You know each time I read a new Blacktop Cowboy it's always my new favorite..... but this one takes the cake!!! I loved it!! Tobin was so worth the wait!!!!! Eighth book in the series, not to mention a few novellas too. Tobin is perfect, in more ways than one, but is unhappy until Jade walks into his life. You will love them both, with their banter & attraction for one another, all while dealing with Garnet and the Mud Lilies....be prepared for laughter, because those ladies are OUT OF CONTROL!!! I'm so happy Tobin found his match and HEA with Jade!! Lorelei James has another AWESOME book on her hands!!!
M_Schaub2527 More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved this book, this entire series is amazing but seeing GG at her finest was amazing. Tobin and Jade are both determined to do what is best for Garnet but neither is sure if they are working to the same goals. While trying their best to send the other one packing they are also fighting the connection that is running ramped between them. When you add in the meddling of the Mud Lillies, who knows who will win and who will lose. God I love Lorelei James and the amazing worlds that she gives us. There is nothing better than a yummy alpha cowboy and man does she know how to deliver. This book can be read as a standalone but once you read it and she how amazing LJ’s writing is you will happily buy them all. She will not disappoint and honestly I do not think she could write a bad book if she tried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you are a loose ends sometimes it takes another loose end to tie up your life- and maybe a little sly intervention. Tobin Hale is one of my favorite characters from the Black Top Cowboys series from Lorelei James. Hang Tough is the 8th book in the series, and while it can stand-alone, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series (Corralled) to meet all the wonderful characters who share Tobin's world. Tobin is always ready, willing, and able to do whatever work his boss or his friends need him to do, but in doing that he has let his dreams take a back seat. When he gets the opportunity to make his dreams come true he will have to leave his friends behind, but a spunky local grandma-Garnet- has other plans for him. Jade Evans hasn't figured out how to turn her passions into a career and she is doing everything but what she loves to keep herself busy. When her father asks her to visit her grandma to make sure she can still live on her own in Wyoming she dutifully goes. Jade expectations for her grandma to be on her own are dashed when she meets Tobin, who is staying with Garnet to make sure no one moves her out of her home. Through a series of twists and turns these two loose ends get all tied up in knots that are oh so fun to get tangled up in. Lorelei James writes characters that are engaging and entertaining. She continues to give us glimpses of favorite characters from earlier books while keeping us wanting more of new characters. I am already wondering who the next Black Top Cowboy is going to be!
SugarNSpice1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read from start to finish. Full of humor and slow burning romance between two people who couldn't be more different at their introduction but turned out to achieve a yin-yang balance that produced a healthy, happy and fulfilled relationship.
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
Ms. James has done it again with the latest in her Blacktop Cowboys series. Tobin and Jade are both the nice people that seem to always finish last. With the help of the Mud Lilies, they are thrown into situation where they are at opposite sides only to end up falling for each other. The dynamic between they is so good that you can't help but root for them to overcome their differences. Can't wait to see who she brings to the pages next.
Kdow2001 More than 1 year ago
Just when I think Lorelei can't possible bring it again, she does. I've been waiting a while for Tobin's book as he stole my heart in the earlier BT Cowboy books and his story did not disappoint. I was ecstatic to read that the infamous Mud Lilies had an integral part of this story. I swear, those ladies crack me up! Anyway, back to Tobin and Jade. It was funny to watch these two come together from their initial meeting and skepticism towards each other. As a reader, you could feel through the pages that they were mean to be and I had a smile on my face each time they interacted with each other. Poor Jade had so many insecurities and issues even though her GG is pretty darn amazing! It was wonderful to watch her grow and evolve into the confident woman that eventually won Tobin's heart. And Tobin...wooo wee, that cowboy is some kinda sexy. How he thought he was a loser by being unattached is beyond me! That man is grade-a Kobe beef of a man! He is sweet, kind, thoughtful and downright funny! Thanks to him, I will NEVER look at cupcakes the same way!