So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl
(Harlquin HQN, 2013, 384 pages)
Charlie has recently returned to her hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming after a very public scandal with her formal employer – even though she was innocent, the scandal stuck with her. Charlie manages security and so she’s thankful when a startup resort back home is willing to take a chance on her. She moves in to a small apartment building thanks to the personal recommendation of a friend she used to tutor in high school. This friend, Walker Pearce, is now a bona fide cowboy. Charlie had a crush on him when they were younger but she can’t help but notice he has only gotten better with age.
Walker isn’t the only one who has grown up. Charlie used to be an innocent while in high school, but college helped set her free from those self-imposed “good girl” limitations. As she and Walker realize there’s a mutual attraction things can’t help but get a little steamy. Unfortunately, Charlie is convinced Walker is still a playboy and tries to show she’s okay with it by referencing that she’s not looking for more than sex and doesn’t expect him to be her boyfriend. Walker, on the other hand, is tired of being every woman’s “cowboy fantasy” and he can’t help but fall for Charlie. He thought she was too smart for him before and it seems this might still be the case give how it seems like she wants to keep him in his place as her cowboy for hire. Will they ever see past the made-up scenarios in their heads and manage to communicate?
I really like Dahl’s writing style and while I knew where the story was going to go (obviously) I had fun getting there. If you like contemporary romances that don’t steer clear of the steamy details you should give Victoria Dahl a try.