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Texas Hold Him [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Cooke
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 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.

You can visit her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Original edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FDLO0U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,062 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
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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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46 of 53 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Couldn't put my Kindle down August 12, 2011
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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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6 of 6 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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7 of 8 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Post Civil War game of chance March 31, 2009
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In 1870 in New Orleans, Dyer Straights is one of the city's best cardsharps and almost as famous for his skill with the ladies. However, gambling and women are not his passion; he lives for one thing: vengeance.

Southern belle Lottie Mason is in desperate need of money in order to keep her sick father out of prison. She enters a riverboat card tournament expecting to win though she has no idea how to play. She asks Dyer for some lesions. He has no time for a loser even one so beautiful so he asks for payment of her sleeping with him for tutoring lessons. He assumes she will flee back to whatever haven or hovel she has left; but she shocks him by calling his bluff.

TEXAS HOLD HIM is an enjoyable lighthearted historical frolic due mostly to the antics of Lottie and the reactions to her exploits by Dyer; the interaction between them sort of reminded this reviewer of Solo and Leia (Episode IV). Poker is a metaphor for their relationship as the ante is the heart, bluffs are tried, countered, and called, and a royal flush straight cannot trump their strange romance. Lisa Cooke writes a wonderful Post Civil War game of chance in which the stakes are love and broken hearts.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Texas hold him
Good characterizations. Story a little slow at first , but it caught up. Predictable ending with the right amount retribution.
Published 3 months ago by vicki j watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book
This was such a nice and believable story. I loved the characters and their interaction. I re-read it whenever I get frustrated with all the other over the top unbelievable... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Muir
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Great entertainment, the characters were believable and the romance was great. Looking forward to more to read from this author
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Published 8 months ago by Praveen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad for a romantic novel. It started out kind of lame but got better as the story unfolded.
Published 8 months ago by Linda Mattern
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it. This book was funny and romantic.
Published 10 months ago by Tracey Bone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the story
Published 10 months ago by Jeannette A. Witham
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
What a great book!! I fell in love with both of the characters - especially the heroine; she was so determined and unwilling to give up!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by usb125
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed the old fashioned romance story.
Published 10 months ago by Mary C LeDonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I enjoyed this book so much as I loved the card game of Texas Hold Him, if that is what it is called, I never was any good at it as I gave my hand away by my expression, well... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia
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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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