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Texas Hold Him [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

To save her family from ruin, a Southern belle appeals to a high-stakes gambler to teach her poker, but he’s more interested in giving her lessons in love.

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About the Author

After 25 years of teaching high school biology, Lisa decided to tackle her first novel. It was, of course, abysmal, but the love of writing took hold, giving her a new goal in life. She wanted to be published by the time she retired from teaching. Seven novels and four years later, she sold her first manuscript to Dorchester Publishing four weeks after retiring from the classroom.

Lisa and her husband live on a 70 acre farm in southern Ohio with a Maltese who thinks he owns the place. She has two grown and married children and the world’s most perfect granddaughter, who also thinks she owns the place—though in her case, that might be right.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477807152
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Original edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FDLO0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Hearts September 30, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Ms Cooke's first story and an enjoyable reading. I enjoyed it on several levels. The plot made sense, the pace was fast and slow where needed and the actions, behaviors fit the situations.
It has been noted that the relationship between Lottie and Newt was unbelievable. I disagree. I have met people I have felt a connection with, bonded and have become best of friends in a short period of time. Newt is an experienced man, he has to learn how to read people; in his field, gambling, he has to be able to read the person or he would not succeed. Sally, she has seen it all, and in a life like that, you learn real quick how to judge a person.
Dryer was a believable hero, a man who had lost his family. He was seeking the murderer and didn't want to chance losing his heart again. He wan't perfect, he had his flaws; but he was, as Lottie stated, a good man. Lottie was believable, a young woman who was forced, due to circumstances, to make choices and behave in a manner a female of her class wouldn't have. We all know someone who refuses to walk to the beat of the drum. Lottie is one of those women, she walked outside the box and does what needs to be done to protect her father.
I loved the scenes between the hero and herione. Where she is asking why doesn't the Ace stand for a one, I laughed out loud. Dryer's sense of humor, teasing her about the name of the horse caused a big grin on my face. The farting jackass, LOL, the author really has a good sense of humor to put such events in the book. Her red herring was a good touch also; had me wondering okay, who/where's the bad guy?
I read lots of books where the hero and heroine are jumping each other before the third chapter.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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The New Orleans Mason family lost their land and wealth due to the Civil War and carpetbaggers. Harold was a confederate soldier who suffered a stroke and lives with his daughter Lottie in a small house. A blackmailer tells Lottie he saw Harold commit a murder and will tell the authorities unless Lottie gives him $15,000. Harold's mind is too weak to remember or defend himself, and Lottie fears he will go to jail. She hears about a gambling tournament four weeks away and gets a job as a waitress on a riverboat. She wants to hire Dyer, a riverboat gambler, to teach her to gamble. She hopes to win the national tournament and pay the blackmailer with her winnings. Dyer refuses at first but after a couple of days he agrees to teach her. Dyer's wife and son were killed seven years earlier. He is hunting for the killer.

The plot and mechanics were contrived. There was too much telling, not enough showing. The events and interactions weren't believable enough for me. For example, Newt was Dyer's friend. Newt meets Lottie for the first time, briefly speaks with her, and from that moment on he acts like her big brother. On page 79, Newt says to Dyer: "Just remember, a girl like Lottie wouldn't do what she's doing without a damn good reason." (Newt doesn't know her reason.) Dyer says "She doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of winning that tournament." Newt says "Don't underestimate her. She has more determination than any lady I've ever met." Dyer says "Determination is one thing, but we're talking about mastering poker with enough skill to beat some of the best players in the country." Newt says "I wouldn't put it past her." I didn't buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Couldn't put my Kindle down August 12, 2011
By Kiwi
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Love historical books and this one is one of the best ones I've read. Up there in quality with the best sellers. The book contains a great story line and is very funny - found myself laughing out loud on the bus!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read August 8, 2011
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This book was quite enjoyable there are moments when actually laugh out loud and moments when you feel the other characters embarrassment. I found it quite believable a lot of the story and enjoyed the characters greatly. One actually gets the feel for the characters and doesn't leave you feeling rushed through the plot or lacking there of. I would greatly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a touch of humor! August 7, 2011
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I love when authors throw in humor in their romance novels. Cooke did just this! Dryer and Lottie have great chemistry and dialoge. It was hard to put it down!! In fact, I didn't want it to end! There are some "steamy" parts, but they were very nicely written and not trashy as some can get. I hope that the books that follow from this author are just as witty!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Novel from Lisa Cooke June 13, 2009
By anne
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Lisa Cooke's debut novel, and what a hit! It has humor and intrigue. I have always been attracted to this period in our history, so that was a plus. But this was a terrific read regardless of the period. I am looking forward to other works by Lisa Cooke, I am definitely a fan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! April 1, 2009
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This book really transported me from my everyday life to a world of excitement, enchantment, and energy. The strong ornery character of Dyer Straights made me eager to see what would happen between him and the beautiful innocent Lottie Mace. This book kept me guessing and most importantly made me believe in the power of love. Ms. Cooke has a real winner on her hands. I can't wait for Cooke's next book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
I am jst getting into it but so far so good! ! The author has developed very enjoyable and interesting characters
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
While I was a bit suspect of the plot at the beginning, I quickly warmed to the characters. The mystery was well written and I enjoyed the evolution of Lottie and Dyers romance.
Published 4 months ago by K. Galloway
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
picked this up when it was free for a quick read. it is a great little cheap romance novel. but i am glad i got it for free because i wouldnt have actually bought this with my hard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial
No. Very supperficial. Had poor character development reading this was a waste of time if you want to read a western try Larry McMurtry.
Published 7 months ago by F. P. Sockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
My first "leisure historical romance" read is what the description of this book read. I enjoyed it and I really liked it although I found this story line taking my mind back to the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Snowden's
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Hold Him
Thanks to Amazon for listing this author on a list of books they recommended for me to read.

I enjoyed this book very much. I recommend this book to other readers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rlmtampa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Escape reading!
I have read some of the other reviews that say the story was contrived, too much sex, not believable, etc but obviously these people are looking for something different from I when... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yarnspinner13
2.0 out of 5 stars Too lusty.
I thought this book went way over the top with the lust factor. Just not my cup of tea. It wasn't realistic to me that every time they saw each other, their bodies went crazy.
Published 10 months ago by mike cummings
3.0 out of 5 stars just OK
although the book was good reading, it just did not capture my interest like others that i've read. i did like the gumption of having a female gambler for those times.
Published 11 months ago by Lady Bug
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Hold Him
The people fell in love, but had trouble showing it I took place in the West. As usual the story had a happy ending.
Published 12 months ago by Beverly Coots
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More About the Author

Lisa Cooke is a retired high school science teacher. She began writing at the age of 46 and sold her first novel to Dorchester's Leisure Historical line in June of 2008. Her first releases were humorous historical romances, but she has since branched out into a variety of genres from suspense to non-fiction. She lives with her husband as the youngest residents in a retirement community in the beautiful hills of West Virginia.

Cooke loves to hear from readers and can be contacted either through her website at or email at

You can also follow her on facebook as Author Lisa Cooke and twitter @lcooke
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