- Series: Jackson Hole (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373777892
- ISBN-13: 978-0373777891
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So Tough to Tame (Jackson Hole) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013
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The third installment, after Too Hot to Handle (2013), in Dahl’s Jackson Hole, Wyoming, series opens with security specialist Charlie Allington returning to her hometown after being exonerated in an embezzlement scandal at her old job. She finds an apartment at Jackson’s Stud Farm boarding house, across the hall from the guy she lusted after in high school, Walker Pearce. Walker doesn’t seem to have changed much. At 30, he’s still a charmer with girls hanging all over him. As Charlie settles into her new job, which she landed with her brother’s backing, she starts to suspect that everything isn’t on the up-and-up. But she’s distracted by Walker’s lovemaking and steady friendship while she works to shore up his low self-esteem because of his dyslexia. She just knows he can be more than a working cowboy, even if he doesn’t believe her. Dahl delivers another sexy story while delving into weighty subjects, making this story deeper and more satisfying than the previous ones. It will delight her fans and attract new readers. --Pat Henshaw
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The hero is Walker, a stereotypically-named cowboy who has lost his job at a dude ranch for getting too cozy with the owner's wife. He's dyslexic, which makes him think he's stupid and not good enough to do anything but rustle cattle and drink beer for the rest of his days. The heroine is Charlie (Charlotte), a security expert whose reputation is in tatters after she was set up as a patsy in an embezzling scheme at her last job. We never fully know the details of that, which I think was a mistake on Dahl's part: if all we know is that Charlie got taken for a ride, without knowing how or why, and then at her new job all is not as it seems but Charlie can't figure out what's wrong, we quickly get the sense that she is a bit of a Dim Bulb.
Now, don't get me wrong: I loves me a good dyslexic hero who has secret insecurities about his intelligence. (Ash Turner of Courtney Milan's Unveiled comes to mind.) But there is nothing secret about Walker's insecurities: he just doesn't believe he amounts to much, and nothing anyone tells him convinces him otherwise. (Ash Turner, by contrast, was insecure about his inability to read as it kept him from connecting with his two intellectual brothers, but he was fully aware that in all other respects he was totally able to kick a$$ and take names.) Thus, despite the fact that Walker is a cowboy and a fighter and all that, don't make the mistake of thinking he's an alpha hero: he has a tough shell with a gooey interior made not of warm fuzzy emotional torment but just soft, melty, icky insecurity and self-disgust, and it's not the least bit sexy.
Very Brief Synopsis - Charlie runs to Jackson Hole after a traumatic event at her last job, only to find herself in less than ideal circumstances. Her new boss is acting strange, his wife is decidedly crazy, and Charlie is seriously regretting her decision to take this job, even though she was completely out of options. She moves into the Stud Farm, across from Walker. Walker is a cowboy, recently fired, who is struggling to find more than seasonal work. Seems his boss heard Walker was having an affair with his wife, which isn't exactly true, but was enough to get him fired. Charlie and Walker have chemistry that does not quit, and they quickly hook up. Scorching smexy times ensue.
What works - Walker, OMG, Walker. We spend lots of time in Walker's head. He has a clingy married woman determined to have him (he isn't willing to go there), a learning disability, and a tumultuous relationship with his father. He meets Charlie, and she gets to him. He likes her confidence and her approach to sex. He and Charlie do okay until she steps in to try to get him a job. Especially when he realizes Charlie has been less than forthcoming about her past. Lots of believable introspection and angst. Can't say enough about how well Walker was written.
Rayleen is always awesome.
Smexy times - Scorchingly hot. Ms. Dahl writes some of the most inventive sex scenes in the genre.
Charlie - Well, I liked Charlie, but she did some really not smart things. I felt like we didn't get the level of depth with Charlie that we got with Walker. Charlie was scared after the ordeal of her last job, and her fear colored her judgment. But she did grow up at the end. She solved her own problems, and created a new destiny for herself. Overall, I felt for her, and was completely on board for her and Walker.
What didn't work - the bad guys were so obvious, and creepy, and without morals. I find that bad guys work better when there is some moral ambiguity, and there was none here. Walker's boss's skanky wife...*shudder* I get that Walker was attracted to her, and he's a nice guy and didn't want to be mean to her, but kick her slutty behind to the curb and Shut. The. Door!!
Bottom line - Time and money well spent. While this wasn't my favorite of Ms. Dahl's work, I really liked the growth shown by both characters. I would recommend So Tough to Tame.
Book #3 in the Jackson series brings us Charlie and Walkers story. Charlie is trying to get her life back together after some things happen that I wont go into. Don't want to spoil it for ya! ;) Walker is the epitome of hot alpha cowboy but he has an insecure side that he doesn't let just anyone see.
This story was just awesome! In typical Victoria Dahl style, there are some intense steamy moments but also very sweet scenes too.
Try it! Youll love So Tough to Tame! :)
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