Estelle: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

So Tough to Tame by Victoria DahlSo Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 384
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: childhood friends, cowboys, secrets
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!)

Summary: Charlie moves to Jackson to escape a terrible work and romance situation, crashing into childhood crush, Walker, in the process. She can’t forget how she always wished he would look at her like she was special, and after years away from each other, is determined to show him her sexy side. Walker has his own demons but seeing Charlie again seems to distract him for them including his search for work and a sick dad.

I’m pretty sure if it was possible Victoria Dahl’s books would burst into flames if they could.

They are that HOT. Like blushworthy to the infinity power and beyond.

But the best part is underneath all the scorching bedroom scenes, she can craft a good story for both sides of the romance too. I really liked what she did here: reuniting two old friends from high school. Charlie has changed a bit since her days of tutoring Walker, and Walker, well, as Charlie likes to say he’s a walking piece of sex. He tips a cowboy hat, people! How do you resist him? I could not. True story.

Anyway, Charlie has moved to Jackson Hole for a new job in security at a resort but pretty intense problems at her previous job keep her on edge and a little self-conscious about how good she is at her job. Not to mention, she’s pretty sure something shady is going down at her new job too. Walker is kind of in a similar boat boat, searching for jobs seasonly but not doing anything he totally loves. When Charlie comes back into his life, she tries to encourage him to want more for himself but it takes a lot for Walker to understand she’s not insulting him and believes in him.

They both have a little work to do, as well as probably mentioning they want more than just a wild night in bed together every now and then. Small details. Dahl gives both stories detailed backgrounds, never missing a beat. I really appreciate that kind of attention in a romance novel. I haven’t found it super often.

So if you are looking for a novel that gets a little naughty (oh man) but doesn’t ditch story, So Tough to Tame would be so fun for you to check out. (Want more Dahl suggestions? I also loved Close Enough to Touch.)

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16 thoughts on “Estelle: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

  1. Tammy says:

    I’m currently reading a romance novel, Nearly A Lady by Alissa Johnson. Someone recommended it I just don’t remember who 🙂

  2. Jamie says:

    COWBOYS! I know some people gagged in the Unearthly series bc Tucker was a cowboy but I LOVED IT. Which is probably why I watch Nashville. And probably why I find Keith Urban and Tim McGraw super sexy (and Blake Shelton..even when he wore a cowboy hat with his LOOOOONG hair). Something about those men.

    ANYWAYS..back to the book! I’ve heard of this author but obviously you know I’m so new to the romance scene that I haven’t read anything by her. I’m already LOVING that this is set in Jackson Hole bc I had a friend who was from there and it was BEAUTIFUL (from the pictures she showed me haha). This sounds so good and I like that you emphasize that there is more than just panty melting scenes. Sounds like my kind of book as I ease into the genre!

    Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  3. Betty says:

    Romance…. I just read the first 2 books of Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series. LOVED THEM!! Gotta grab book 3 soon. I’m all for some steam when there is a great story behind it! Not sold on cowboys, but maybe this one will change my mind??? 😉

  4. Wendy says:

    Ohhh I love love love cowboys. So basically, I need to check this one out. =) Last romance I read was Lucky in Love, the 4th in the lucky harbor series!

  5. michelle says:

    i love the second chance/old friends/shared history romance trope. actually i really like romance novels where the heroine and hero are not meeting for the first, that they have some sort of history because then i’m able to buy that they fall in love in a relatively short amount of time. i gotta read this book!

  6. Hannah says:

    Last romance I read was probably Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. My favourite book of all time, I probably read it like one a month, and every time is just as good as the previous!

  7. Alexa Y. says:

    I rarely read contemporary romances, but this one sounds fun (as do most of the ones that you post about)! I like the aspect of them being friends before, and meeting again many years later. Plus, cowboys are always a good thing 😉

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