Review: Tangled in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Author: Kari Lynn Dell
Series: Texas Rodeo #2
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 404
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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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.
Elizabeth's Thoughts
I thought RECKLESS IN TEXAS, the first book in the Texas Rodeo series by Kari Lynn Dell was great, but the next book, TANGLED IN TEXAS is outstanding! I could not put this book down! Instantly, the reader is pulled into Delon and Tori’s story and held tightly until the very last word!

I love how this book is put together. It’s not just about the romance. It’s about two people trying to be comfortable in their own skins when circumstances beyond their control disrupt the very fabric of their lives. And when faced with the unknown, it’s a struggle to find their footing. Delon and Tori are so alike yet so different. Their journeys take them on a series of very unfortunate events as fate steers them back on a collision course with each other’s lives.

The author does an amazing job writing their stories. I love that this story is the embodiment of human nature. Delon, Tori, and the rest of the characters deal with realistic problems and show us the that life is nasty, unpredictable often taxing. There will be disappointments, there will be setbacks, there will be heartache. It’s inevitable. But what’s so amazing about this story is watching Delon and Tori find the courage and strength to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going. Even after they’ve fallen of the horse—proverbially and literally!

TANGLED IN TEXAS is a love story, not just between two people; but between families, parents and children, and making choices to DO what you love, despite the setbacks, limitations and disapproval of others. It’s also about perseverance and courage. And it’s about a man and a woman that defy the odds—and their own pride—in order to claim the happiness that they’re both incredibly deserving of.

Now, can we talk about how hot cowboys are? Yes, Delon is smokin’ hot and Tori never stood a chance against his sexy smile. Their story was a joy to read and I cannot wait for the next book! I loved watching them learn to navigate life after two devastating blows. Delon, from an injury that put the future of his rodeo career in jeopardy and Tori, picking up the pieces after becoming a widow.

The couple had great chemistry. Tori is funny, sarcastic and a bit of a surprise for me. I thought she’d be meek and melancholy, but she wasn’t. She’s a tough rodeo roper not afraid to get her boots or her hands dirty, despite coming from a moneyed background. She’s a certified hard workin’, beer drinkin’ country girl. She’s not always so confident and put together though. I loved seeing her vulnerability as she continued to grieve for her late husband, and as she dealt with Delon and her reoccurring—and often confusing—feelings for him.

Delon. Dreamy sigh. What can I say that I haven’t already said? Well, a lot actually. At the end of the first book in the series, Delon was in a terrible rodeo accident that caused severe damage to his knee. And being a bareback rider, he kinda needs those. Delon is not a happy camper at the beginning of TANGLED IN TEXAS. He’s struggling with rehabilitating his knee. The mother of his child dating someone new and Delon’s son growing attached and spending more time with him than with Delon.

While he’s rehabilitating, Delon is spending more time at his family’s trucking business and with his brother Gil, who happens to have also been a bareback rider and lost his rodeo dreams after a motorcycle accident messed up his body several years ago. So with all the new changes in Delon’s life, it’s oddly mirrored Gil’s life, causing some nasty exchanges, confrontations, and some rather funny and cuss word-filled arguments.

And we can’t forget about the rodeo aspect of the story. I have read a fair amount of rodeo/cowboy books but I have never read a more detailed and brilliant account of a rodeo event than I have in this story. It’s magical, almost like you’re there in the saddle getting ready to perform in an arena full of spectators. I was completely consumed and deeply vested in the story. I obviously don’t have enough awesome things to say about TANGLED IN TEXAS, given the length of this review 😊

It’s going to be one of those stories that sticks with me forever. Delon and Tori’s story is easily relatable to anyone who’s loved and lost a person, a dream, a lifestyle, or any other kind of loss, and the ability to find the courage to move forward. And to get back up after being kicked in the teeth. And to claim the life and the happiness you don’t think or feel you deserve… but you do.

I highly recommend TANGLED IN TEXAS as well as past and future Texas Rodeo books to every reader—18 years of age and older, of course! Um, yeah. Delon and Tori’s intimate scenes are very steamy and not suitable for younger readers and may cause you to blush fiercely 😉

I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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