Title: Tangled in Texas
Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Series: Texas Rodeo #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 7th Feb
It took 32 seconds to end his career. But it only took 1 to change his life.
Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for Delon Sanchez’s life to end. One minute he was the best bronc rider in the Panhandle and the next he was nothing. Knee shattered, future in question, all he can do is pull together the pieces…and wonder what cruel trick of Fate has thrown him into the path of his ex, the oh-so-perfect Tori Patterson.
Tori’s come home after her husband’s death, intent on escaping the public eye. It’s just her luck that Delon limps into her physical therapy office, desperate for her help. All hard-packed muscle and dark-eyed temptation, he’s never been anything but a bad idea. And yet, seeing him again, Tori can’t remember what made her choose foolish pride over love…or why, with this second, final chance to right old wrongs, the smart thing would be to run from this gorgeous rodeo boy as fast as her boots can take her.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
There were times in this book when I got so angry and frustrated on Delon’s behalf that I almost had to give up. Yes, he’s not always acting in a mature fashion, but after everything he’s recently lost, there were a few people who could have been a bit more understanding. Or more thoughtful. I stuck with it, because I cared about Delon and I wanted him to find a way through his accident to happiness. And I’m so glad I did, because while it wrung me out emotionally at times, I really enjoyed this book.
Delon has gone through life being the good guy, the calm, quiet one who never makes a fuss. Because he knows making a fuss doesn’t get him anywhere. He has his plans and while his dreams might not be as wild and great as some, he’s happy with his life. Until a rodeo accident takes it all away from him in one fell swoop. The family he once made himself a part of doesn’t have room for him anymore, the future job he always planned to take now belongs to his brother, even his son thinks his mom’s new boyfriend is more fun than his dad these days. And on top of all of this, Delon’s injury might well have ended his rodeo career.
To say he’s dealing with a lot in this book would be an understatement. He’s been put through an emotional wringer and is badly wounded by all of it. He’s no longer the person he used to be and he’s struggling to adjust. True, others around him have their own troubles – and perhaps if I’d read the previous book I might have been more sympathetic (towards Violet in particular, because I really didn’t like her most of the time) – but there were times I wanted several people to just stop, think about things and give Delon a little bit of a break. Yes, he behaves badly, but there are provocations throughout. Violet in particular knows just what buttons to push.
Then there’s Tori, who has her own tricky history with Delon, but who has seen sides of him he’s never dared to show anyone else. On the surface there are many differences between them, not least because she comes from a wealthy family, but they have plenty of similarities too. She has spent her whole life longing to be part of something, while Delon has always hidden who he really is in order to fit in. They’re both troubled and guarded, emotionally wounded and not looking for anything deep and meaningful, yet they’re also a perfect match. They understand each other better than anyone else and connect so easily.
I loved reading about their relationship, even if there were times when I wanted them both to relax and let go a little further. They don’t make things easy for themselves, and nor do certain people in their lives, but it made everything so much more satisfying when they worked.
There’s also a wider cast of characters keeping things interesting around them. I particularly loved Delon’s son, but I liked his brooding older brother too and found Tori’s father and sister quite intriguing.
In all I enjoyed this. It isn’t always easy emotionally and it made me feel angry on several occasions, but that’s because I was so invested in the characters and cared about what happened to them. I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this series. I can’t wait to see who is up next.
Tangled in Texas is out February 7th.
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