The Truth about Cowboys

The Truth about Cowboys

by Lisa Renee Jones

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I had my life figured out.

Engaged to a successful man.

About to make partner at my firm.

Bought a high-rise apartment in downtown Dallas.

And then, poof, it’s all gone. Now, like in some cheesy romantic comedy, my car has broken down in the pouring rain on my way to “find myself” in The Middle of Nowhere, Texas. Cue hot guy coming to my rescue and changing my tire. This is the part where we flirt and have a meet-cute, right? That’s how it works in romance novels, and I should know—after all, I’m coming to Texas to write my own cowboy romance. But nope. This sexy cowboy lights into me about not being prepared for the country roads and how inappropriate my high-heeled boots are.

Little did I know, Jason Jenks would tilt my world into a new dimension with his sinful smirk and his bad attitude. Every time I turn around, he’s there to reluctantly save the day. And every time, I think there may be something to that spark we ignite. But there’s a reason the majority of country songs are about broken hearts. The closer I get to this man, the closer I get to learning the truth about cowboys.

Each book in the Texas Heat series is STANDALONE:
* The Truth About Cowboys
* Tangled Up In Christmas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640637603
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Texas Heat , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 110,646
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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The Truth About Cowboys 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 7 months ago
When I heard that Lisa Renee Jones had a new series coming out I couldn’t wait to put my hand up to review. Having read several books by this talented author I was excited for The Truth About Cowboys. There is so much going on in this story that I found myself riveted to it. Jason Jenks, where do I start? There was just something about him that really drew me to him. He works hard, is a retired baseball player who is forced to return home to run his family farm and although he frustrated me at times, he ticked many of my boxes. This was a passionate, heartwarming and fun book, full of laughter, a little drama and was one of those books I didn’t want to put down. The writing was strong and the characters had a great deal of depth to them. I really liked Jessica, how feisty she was and how determined she is to make a go of her new life. Jason’s grandmother Martha is a real hoot and I loved her, she really brought an added layer to the story. Can two strong willed people such as Jason and Jessica overcome their stubbornness and in doing so find a future together? One click and find out.
Sailon 5 months ago
The Truth About Cowboys is a fun, sweet, finding that perfect someone who might be that A**hole that owns the bungalow your living in. Jessica is a renown Dallas divorce attorney that finds her fiancée in bed with his secretary. Running away seems like the right thing to do so she gets on the internet and finds a bungalow available from this really sweet older lady named, Martha. When she arrives, she discovers that Martha doesn’t technically own the bungalow but her hot as all heck grandson, Jason, does. Jason is an ex-pro-baseball player who gave up his career after his parents die in a tragic accident leaving him to care for the farm and his grandmother, Martha. Martha doesn’t really need caring after but she definitely has matchmaker plans on her mind. Jessica instantly falls in love with Martha, but Jason pretty much drives her mad with anger and lust both. There is an attraction between them they just can’t deny, too bad past scars repeatedly get in the way. I must admit; Jessica was way more tolerant of Jason’s antics then I ever would have been. I didn’t understand why she was so set on staying on a flooded-out ranch when someone was downright hostile towards her. It just goes to prove a grumpy, moody cowboy, sweet and wow, what a baker, grandma and cynical divorce attorney can find happiness even with all that muddied water. I received this ARC copy of The Truth About Cowboys from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Amara. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I voluntarily read an arc of this book for an honest review. What a great book! I loved how straightforward the interaction between the H/h was. They said what was on their mind and it was powerful and hilarious. I laughed so much throughout this book. Jason was super sexy, super protective of his grandma and a super jerk, although Jessica called him an a word that was very fitting. Jessica for her part is strong, her mom was absent a lot and she’s made something of herself despite or maybe because of her moms many marriages. She’s a very successful divorce attorney, well she was before a very bad day that had her losing her fiancé and her job all at once. Jason was a pro baseball player when tragedy struck and he goes home to run the family ranch. When Jessica needs a place to get away she finds a cottage rental in Sweetwater TX and leases it immediately. Imagine her surprise when she gets there and finds out Martha didn’t own the cottage she rented. Martha promises to make it right but not before Jason, her grandson tries to kick her out. From here on out it’s war! But what a war it is! The sexual tension is thick, The insults fly and heat is felt by everyone in the vicinity. You’ll love the witty banter back and forth between them. You’ll love how they fight and love and most of all how they grow and change and become better people.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Love the down to earth story line. I haven't read one of this authors books in a long time. Excited for the next in this series! Keep them coming Lisa Renee Jones!
DiiFL 6 months ago
Hoping to regroup and lick her wounds after a miserable discovery about her ex, Jessica, a successful divorce attorney leased a cabin in the woods for solitude and to work on her how-to book on divorces. A confirmed city girl, she wasn’t prepared for the torrential rains, muddy roads or lack of civilization that dark night. When the gruff cowboy stopped to assist, he wasn’t the most welcome sight, but he was all she had, now that her car had broken down, too. Jason wasn’t buying the pretty woman’s story about renting a cabin, was she a squatter? a scammer? After all, the cabin she THINKS she is renting is his, and he certainly hadn’t rented it out, until she mentioned a lovely older woman named Martha. THE TRUTH ABOUT COWBOYS by Lisa Renee Jones starts out as a delightfully funny romance complete with the broken-hearted woman out of her element, the damaged cowboy with his own painful past and enough quirky events and dialogue that this seemed like a slam dunk fun read! The bickering between Jessica and Jason got just a little too nasty, a little too repetitive and really got to be a little too annoying. Martha is priceless, sweet, charming and clearly she had her grandson wrapped around her little finger, but in true “failure to communicate” fashion, even Martha and Jason made some of their issues worse. The “turnaround” in the hate-love your looks-hate took too long for me. BUT, that said, I did need to know how things resolved and Lisa Renee Jones did put a wrap on this one that seemed like a win-win for all three main characters. Not tons of depth, but definitely a lot of turmoil all around, but thankfully nothing that a few cookies, a little steamy passion and a little growing up couldn’t fix. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Entangled: Amara! This is my honest and voluntary review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a great read!The lead characters were relatable, with just the right amount of sexual tension to keep you flipping the pages to see what happened next. You could feel the love coming off the pages with the relationship with the grandmother Highly recommend!
FS_Meurinne 6 months ago
Cowboys aren't my usual read, but this baseball player turned cowboy got my heart and Jessica and Jason story of enemies to lovers changed my mind about them. It was a very enjoyable read, funny and sweat. He is all for protecting who he loves, and a girl with a past. Totally recommended for a nice relaxing read.
Caroldaz 6 months ago
Such a fun and entertaining read. I loved the feistiness of the main characters. Jessica is recovering from a bad breakup. Jason is not looking for love. But there is undeniable chemistry between them. The grandma was a real character! Will she succeed in her matchmaking? A lovely story! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BookAngel_Emma 6 months ago
The Truth about Cowboys is an in-depth reflection of how our negative experiences not only shape our identity in the present but also control our future by the way in which we project our insecurities onto the people in our lives. Both Jason and Jessica have been badly burned by previous relationships along with a sharp detour on their career paths. While Jessica is escaping to lick her wounds and make the most of an opportunity presented to her, Jason has become stuck due to his inability to think outside of the box. Jason just happens to be Jessica’s landlord for the cottage she has rented from his grandmother without his prior knowledge. From their first encounter, there is a series of hysterical mishaps that set the tone of their interactions, veering from major attraction to incredible annoyance at the swing of a pendulum. The peripheral characters, especially Jason’s grandmother provide a vital part of the plot and help shape the characters as well as the interactions between them. There are a lot of ups and downs between Jason and Jessica while they navigate a new normal for themselves as well as dealing with the responsibilities that have been thrust upon them. I completely loved how the ideas clicked into place and the opportunities that were available just from having a different outlook – can everyone say GROWTH MINDSET The Truth About Cowboys shows that everything happens for a reason – however, waiting for the reason to reveal itself can often be torture.
Lori-Gonzo 6 months ago
I must say this first - Martha will steal your heart and make you want to squeeze your grandma tight. I absolutely adored her in this book. She was mischevous, baked up a storm, loving of all living on her ranch, hilarious, and loveable. Now to Jessica and Jason. They had wicked chemistry that was great when they were together. But sometimes he was a little frustrating with the hot/cold, quick to jump to conclusions treatment. I loved when she would stand up to him and not let him walk over her. Their sarcastic, flirtatious, and humorous banter or rather foreplay was quite entertaining. I did enjoy their story and how it all played out. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
bbarneybooks28 7 months ago
Because I met Jason and Jessica in an upcoming release from Lisa Renee Jones, Tangled Up In Christmas, it was interesting to go back to when they met, their first impressions of each other, and the complications that made everything much more difficult for these two to figure out how to make things work, not only between them but also in their revamped professional careers. I’m actually glad that I met Jason after he and Jessica worked through all of their issues because…I have to admit, I didn’t like him that much for a huge chunk of The Truth About Cowboys, and it’s not that I didn’t understand where he was coming from and why he felt the way he did about love and happily ever afters, but his anger shouldn’t have been directed at Jessica; he shouldn’t have used her as a punching bag because as much as she could hold her own against him, putting him in his place a number of times, he could have lost his chance with her if he pushed her too far. I 100% stand behind Jessica’s decision to leave her career as a lawyer, her cheating ex, and even the city life, and even though she’s a bit out of sorts when she arrives and met with a rather ornery rancher, she’s determined to make her new life everything she wants it to be, even if that means going toe-to-toe with the gorgeous cowboy who seems to have quite the chip on his shoulder. Jason and Jessica are far from friendly when he helps her get unstuck, but things only get more volatile the more time they’re around one another, causing these two to fight dirty with harsh words, ignoring the sexual tension building between them and finding any means to stick it to the other one. And this bickering intensifies until it feels like they’re either going to kill each other or tear one another’s clothes off. It’s good that both of them are fighters because they’re going to need all that stubbornness and tenacity to work through the jumbled up mess in their heads so that they can get passed it and see just how good they could be together if only they stopped getting in their own way. Readers will love the quaint setting as well as the secondary characters. Jason’s grandmother as well as Jason’s best friend, Roarke - who just happens to be the hero in Tangled Up In Christmas, add so much to the story line, especially grandma because it’s clear from the beginning of the book that she has ulterior motives for agreeing to rent Jessica the cottage and help her grandson find his way back to the ball field as well as love, and she’s just as stubborn as the main characters, which means that she’ll hold on as long as it takes to get what she wants, not for herself, but for those she loves. The Truth About Cowboys is a sweet, entertaining enemies-to-lovers’ small town romance, and I know that readers are going to love Roarke’s story, which is releasing soon. 4 Poison Apples
Jolie 7 months ago
I am going to admit this; I read this book because of the cover. I mean, look at it. The model is gorgeous. But the cover itself is striking. Black and white with the title in blue. Eye-catching!! The Truth About Cowboys is the love story of Jessica and Jason. Jessica is trying to find herself after a painful breakup. Jason is trying to keep his family’s ranch from being repossessed. They meet on a rainy country road leading to Jason’s ranch, where they clash. They continue to fight when Jason finds out that his grandmother had rented out the cottage he uses as an office to Jessica. But, behind the unfriendliness and distrust, Jason and Jessica want each other. Can Jason get over his mistrust of Jessica? Can Jessica get over her ex? I loved Jessica. From the beginning of the book, she let him know that she wasn’t going to be pushed around. I did think that she put up with more from him that I would have. I liked how she bonded with Martha. Those were some of the best scenes in the book!! To sum it up, Jessica was a strong woman who didn’t back down when a jerk decided she needed to be put in her place. I didn’t like Jason until almost the end of the book. I did feel bad for him. The amount of pressure he was under would have broken a lesser man. But it didn’t excuse his behavior towards Jessica. There were times where I got mad. Like when he refused to fix her AC or when he went hot and cold with her. How about when he flipped out on her in the hospital? He did have some redeeming qualities, which were highlighted at the end of the book. He redeemed himself when he went after Jessica and apologized. That made me go from not liking him to liking him. He realized he was being an a**hole and made up for it. If I don’t like a character, I can’t get into the sex scenes. Well, for this book, I did. Jessica and Jason had incredible sexual tension, which in turn lead to fantastic sex scenes. I couldn’t get enough of those!! I loved Martha. She cracked me up. She wasn’t afraid to call Jason out for being a jerk. I loved when she did that. I thought it was hilarious that she rented the cottage so that Jason could meet someone. The end of The Truth About Cowboys was a typical HEA ending. The epilogues were great. I can’t wait to read book 2!!
ScrapNSign 7 months ago
The Truth About Cowboys will make you swoon in your boots! Filled with delightful comedy, tender moments and secrets nobody wants uncovered. Lisa Renee Jones has been an author I've enjoyed following, but I have to say that this is my favorite book of hers so far. I love the storyline, witty characters and I couldn't put it down until the last page. Loved it!
Karina 7 months ago
I absolutely loved this first book in the Texas Heat series. Jason and Jessica had sparks from the very beginning. Jason was a man who was torn between following his dreams and looking out for those who worked on the farm his family owned. Jessica is a woman who has recently left her work and her cheating boyfriend and is in search of peace and something new in her life. The banter between these to is so great. The roller coaster of their romance will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next. The chemistry between Jason and Jessica is to hot. I also enjoyed Jason's grandmother, Martha. She told it like it was and there were definitely some funny parts with her that had me laughing out loud. Ms Jones has gone back to her roots with this cowboy story and has done a wonderful job of weaving this story together. I absolutely loved the HEA and can not wait for Roarke's story.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enjoyed it.A little slow start, but read it in one day.Liked the characters, the grandma, and her new relationship with Jessica. And the ball player/rancher was confused, guilty-feeling, but a hero in the end.! Loved it.
CarissaR 7 months ago
I REALLY liked this one!!!!! Hero is an ex-professional baseball pitcher and a cowboy sure is an interesting combo! Gah! The "Meet Cute" between Jessica and Jason is so stinking cute its enough to make me laugh even though I will say the broken car scene has happened quite often in romancelandia, but Lisa does make it a bit fresh. I was glad for how much depth the story and characters had. The story just flowed very well. Lisa sure knows how to write descriptive scenes that I felt like I was already there. Sign me up for the next standalone!
NadineBookaholic 7 months ago
If you have read any of Lisa Renee Jones' books you know they tend to be romantic suspense which she is a QUEEN at writing but this is something different, there is no suspense here. Jessica that needs to get out of the city after catching her fiance in a compromising position with his secretary, so she rents a small cottage in the country far enough away she knows she won't be running into him. Well, there is only one problem with that, and no it isn't that someone is chasing her - like I said not a suspense, this is a contemporary romance - the problem she has is Jason Jenks the cowboy she can't help but keep running into. You know once you swear off men its like the universe laughs at you because they put the perfect person right in front of you, but what if that person has sworn off women as well? WELL I'll tell you it leads to a whole lot of sexual frustration....I mean chemistry, lol. I loved Jason and Jessica together but I really loved Jason's grandmother, Martha. Martha was the best! She's the grandma everyone wants. Jason and Martha's relationship was wonderful and loving and so very special, he'd do just about anything for his grandmother and the same went for her. This was wonderful start to the TEXAS HEAT Series and I cannot wait for the next book. If you enjoy Cowboys, and honestly who doesn't, you'll want to grab a copy of this book I honestly don't think you'll be disappointed at all. Happy Reading!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**
Anonymous 7 months ago
Dallas hot-shot divorce lawyer finds her fiance in bed with his secretary (such a cliche) and torpedoes her career by insulting the firm's biggest client then runs away to write a book about divorce in small-town Texas. Unfortunately, the cottage she has rented from a sweet little old lady turns out to be owned by the little old lady's very sexy grandson and former baseball pitcher. Granny is match-making but her grandson is having nothing to do with another city woman, not after his fiance stomped all over his heart when he gave up baseball to rescue the family farm after his parent's sudden deaths. This is my first book by Lisa Renee Jones, although I recognise her name, but it won't be the last. It had everything you could possibly want from a cowboy romance: a grumpy but super sexy cowboy; a sassy heroine; small town charm; cookies; cowboy boots; romance and sass. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 7 months ago
Is this your second chance? Jessica had to leave Dallas for her own sanity, her career is certainly over and her fiancee is a liar and cheater. She hopes that she will be able to write her book and find peace but everything changes when she meets a annoying cowboy. Jason has no that me for city girls and he will do whatever it takes to get rid of her it is bad enough that his grandmother Martha has rented out the cottage without his knowledge. They just can't seem to get along but the sexual tension becomes too much and they find themselves wanting too much. Is there any hope for them?. Can Martha convince her grandson Jason to give baseball another go as that his passion without him thinking that he is giving up on her & the ranch? Nothing is going right between Jason & Jessica they both are too scared to move forward and now it seems like things won't work out, is it too late for them? A great read. We all deserve another chance at happiness sometimes we just have to be willing to take a risk. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous 7 months ago
I am not usually a fan of cowboy stories in any fashion, however I really enjoy this author so I gave it a shot and it was a good story. The writing as with any book I have read by this author was exceptional and really helped me to envision the story as I was reading it. Jason and Jessica at times were the characters that you love to hate and have both been burned before and bring that baggage with them as they try to make things work with each other.
Cali-Jewel 7 months ago
Sparks fly hotter and brighter than the fourth of July in this sexy, engaging and laugh out loud fun romantic adventure filled with secrets, witty banter and off the charts passion...... Loved this total opposites but so right for each-other couple. Their journey was so emotionally thrilling and exciting to read.
CrystalsBookWorld 7 months ago
The Truth About Cowboys will make you have a love/hate relationship with the story. It has a slow burn that will kill you slowly. Some may not like that in a story, and some like me will be begging for more. I had so much emotions running through me as I am not very patient. But good things come to those who wait, and believe me, this is worth the wait! What am I rambling about? Well that will bring some spoiler alerts. But I will say, you will love Jessica and Jason's story. You will love the side characters (hint hint Martha). But most of all, The Truth About Cowboys is memorable and will stay in your head for days to come!
Lorizen 7 months ago
This is a tough one for me. I didn't love it, there were parts I liked but those parts were here and there throughout the book. I loved the first part of the book with the full of sass Jessica, a divorce attorney who leaves a cheating ex behind in Dallas to get away. She has no money, no place to live and she's on enforced leave from her high profile job. She's rented a little cottage in a small town a few hours away to get herself together and write her book. She's rented it from a sweet little grandmother Martha who she's spent time with talking on the phone. She's found the perfect place. Driving late at night she runs into a man while trying to navigate a muddy road in a rainstorm who is a complete a@@. I didn't like Jason from the moment his left boot hit the mud on that road. He was hard to like. He's an ex pro baseball player, who is technically out injured and not playing but that's not the truth. He's back home on the family ranch trying to keep things together for the woman who raised him his grandmother Martha. Yep, same Martha that rented the cottage to Jessica. That Martha neglected to tell Jason about. Jason treats Jess like she's something he'd need to scrape off the bottom of his shoe and those are just the nice qualities. He's good to his Grandmother though. Despite all those things, this book just wasn't for me, after the rough beginning the thing that floated me through that was Jessica's sass. Too many plot holes, too much bad attitude and not enough of many of the things that hold a book together. While others may find this entertaining, it didn't work for me. It was a push to finish and 3 stars is being generous.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The hero has had to step down from being a major-league pitcher after his parents died and he discovered that the family ranch was suffering financially. The heroine had had to take a leave from her job as a divorce lawyer when she lost her cool after discovering her fiance in bed with his secretary. She decides to rent out a cottage on his ranch and write an advice book on divorce. They’re both very reluctant to indulge in the undeniable attraction they feel for each other. They bicker a lot and he’s rather nasty to her. Then they’ll give in and kiss and then he’ll make some other boneheaded assumption about her that he’ll have to apologize for later. Then repeat. The real relationship that is rewarding is between the heroine and the hero’s grandmother. She’s adorable and loving and just what anyone would wish one’s grandmother to be. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Always_Write 7 months ago
This is the first book I've read by this author (I know...I've clearly been living under a rock), and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I wasn't sure I would like Jessica as the book began, but I quickly realized that she was actually a country girl at heart and was out of place as that big-city lawyer in high-heel boots. She grew on me very quickly. As a Texas girl, and a huge baseball lover, I was swooning over Jason just from the book description. I just knew I'd love him. And I did, but he took longer to grow on me. I wanted to whack him upside the head many times over for the way he acted toward Jessica. He has his reasons, though, and I understood that and thought both characters developed at a very realistic pace. I loved the secondary characters in this one as well and will look forward to the next book set in Sweetwater! A sincere thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC for review.