Toughest Cowboy in Texas: Happy, Texas Book #1 by Carolyn Brown was published on May 30th, 2017 by Forever Publishing and is a western romance novel. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown begins an all-new series of rugged cowboys. The Spark of an Old Flame. Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she’s back to run her mother’s café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he’s still the town’s golden boy-and she’s still the wrong kind of girl.
Brody hasn’t had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he’s dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget.
About the author: Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author and RITA® Finalist who has sold more than 3 million books. She presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title, and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website
My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS! This is the first book in the Happy, Texas Book series and it does not disappoint. The story centers around Brody and Lila who where high school sweethearts. They had to keep their relationship a secret from his family and everyone in town because Lila has a reputation of being the town’s wild child. Brody’s family has labeled her nothing but trouble and demand that he stay away from her because she will ruin his future. After, Lila’s dad dies her mother decides to move them out of state in hopes to save her daughter from heartbreak that only Brody can bring. Now, twelve years later Lila is back in twon running her mother’s cafe while hoping to sell it by the end of summer. She has changed a lot over the years and is now a high school English teacher in Florida. Brody now runs Hope Springs, the family ranch, with his brother Jace and sister Kasey. It does not take long for the rumor mill to spread that Lila is back in town causing Brody’s mom and grandmother to demand he stay away. After all the years he finally decides to stand up to them and heads to the cafe. The sparks fly as soon as they see each other. Can they rekindle their secret romance or will life and time away from each other stand between them? Brown has written a hot and steamy romantic western with a sexy cowboy and a woman with a wild side. The characters are realistic and real. This book has lots of drama, hope, friendship, family, love, and second chances all making for a great read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romantic western. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.