Tim Caldwell doesn’t do relationships…
Not after his wife walked out on him and their daughter ten years before. He’s got a well-earned reputation as a Casanova Cowboy who’s never met a woman he couldn’t talk into bed…until Toni duBois. Disinterest isn’t something he’s used to. Neither is playing by someone else’s rules.
Toni duBois doesn’t do forever…
After fifteen years away, Toni’s headed home to Louisiana in search of the answers she needs and the redemption she craves. Then her car breaks down in Bluebonnet, Texas. She doesn’t plan on hanging around Bluebonnet any longer that she has to, and she isn’t interested in a steamy, sexy entanglement. Regardless of how good-looking said entanglement might be.
Rene Caldwell doesn’t do step-moms…
Unfortunately for both of them, Tim’s teenage daughter, Rene has opinions. Lots of them. And she’s feeling a certain kind of way about Toni—mostly pissed. So when she pulls out all the stops to keep Toni from getting her hooks into Tim, and Toni’s dark past is revealed, no one is safe from the fallout.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. I finished this one with (mostly happy-ish) tears and a burning desire to see more of these people--a lot more--and soon. Please tell me future series books will let us know more about what the future has for Toni, Tim, and Rene? Please? Because those three--they just grabbed me and aren't letting go. I am pushing so hard for them to get their HEA-forever together, and I feel a burning desire to know exactly what that's going to look like. Don't get me wrong, I loved the ending--but gosh darn it, I want to know more. At first the different POVs--Toni and Rene's sections are done in first person, Tim's in third--felt a bit strange, but eventually it stopped being such a glaring difference for me. I'm still not sure why that choice was made, but it worked for the most part, so I guess that's okay. Either way, Ms Stuart definitely managed to draw me right into the lives of her three characters, and whoa, did I ever really truly care what was going to happen to them. There were so many times that I teared up over the three of them, and then that ending... Happy (teary) sighs. So far I've only read one other Bluebonnet Texas book, The Big Girl's Guide to Buying Lingerie , Rowdy's book, the one just before this one. (I actually didn't realize they were the same series when I started this one, and still am not 100% about the timing of these two books--Rowdy, the hero of Lingerie, is pretty present here, being Tim's ex-brother-in-law and one of Rene's favorite uncles, and there's no mention of his heroine, Jade...I'll have to go back and double-check in book 4, but maybe this one happened first? Or book 4 began during the events of this one? I can't remember how long Jade and Rowdy "knew" each other virtually before getting together IRL, so...) I had a few of the same concerns in this book as I did in book 4--so many characters and couples, and keeping straight which family member was which was still a challenge--but here it gave me less trouble this time than with book four. Maybe seeing things from Tim's daughter Rene's POV too helped? Not sure...all I can say is yes, I needed to remind myself occasionally who was who, but it was somehow easier to getup to speed and keep everyone straight in my head this time around. So...can this be read as a standalone? Yes, with more success than book 4, though I did manage there too. But honestly, you're probably going to want to know the stories of all of those other characters that you're going to encounter here, so you might as well give in and just keep clicking those "want to read" buttons sooner rather than later. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
What a great read if you are into sassy cowgirls, handsome cowboys, shenanigans, with steamy sex scenes and secrets that give you a big smile with all the trouble they cause this book is for you. The author really pulled me in with characters I could relate to that keep me hopping from one page to the next. What a heart searching that goes right to your soul read. It was well written with wonderful characters I really loved so much I bought the rest of the series. Tim and Toni both had their hearts broken that neither can forget. Tim is working through his grief one woman at a time through one nightstands. When Tim sees Toni he is hot on her trail with her being his next in line for one hot night of passion. She has the magic touch that sets Tim on fire he is ready to give love another try but Toni isn’t she refuses to fall for another man. Tim isn’t giving up easy, he won’t, he can’t he will find away to make her his. His daughter is something else with that sassy mouth of hers she does her best to keep daddy all to herself. She just doesn’t share well with others, with a mouth like hers she might need to have it washed out lol. What a fun read that is very emotional and one I could not put down. I have not read any this authors books I can’t wait to sink my eyes in the rest of this series. There are some pretty good deal on this series you might want to go buy it yourself. Each one has a really good price. Book 4 is free now is the time to pick it up. This was a delightful story that I do plan on reading again.
Even Cowboys Get The Blues by Amie Stuart is book number five in the Bluebonnet Texas series. This is Tim Caldwell, Toni duBois, and Tim's daughter Rene Caldwell's story. Tim has been raising his daughter since she was around three years old after his wife abandoned them. To protect himself he doesn't do relationships but has hookups. Tim has gotten himself quite a reputation as being a ladies man. Rene is Tim's daughter who is in her teens. She is a fireball. She was around twelve when the books starts but I think she was fourteen when it ended. At times Rene seems so much older than her age then other times she acts like a two year old. Rene doesn't even remembered having a mother but has had lots of extended family influence. She is more of a tomboy than a girly girl. Rene is not good with sharing her dad with anyone. Also, she speaks without thinking. Lots of trouble ahead for Rene and some of it by her own making. Toni is on her way back to Louisiana to deal with some unresolved family issues. She only makes it to Bluebonnet, Texas when her car breaks down. Toni has a lot of emotional issues that she is dealing with and doesn't have time for a boyfriend or for her car to break down. Tim and Toni's paths cross and he decides that he wants her. There is one problem Toni told him no. So, is Tim just interested because she said no or is it more than that? If they date, how will Rene react? What about the emotional issues and secrets that both Tim and Toni haven't come to terms with going to effect their chance at a relationship? This story has the romance of Tim and Toni but it is just as much if not more about Rene. The story flowed well and I enjoyed it. There were several emotional topics covered in the story but it still had lots of humor incorporated into the story. The fun banter between the characters in the story really pulls the story together. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.