Tougher in Texas, by Kari Lynn Dell is an entertaining contemporary western romance, which incorporates drama and humor, while focusing on horses, family, and love.
Cole Jacobs is a rodeo producer and currently in charge of Jacobs Livestock. When he needs a new pickup man for the company, his relatives send Shawnee Pickett, who is his last choice. Cole and Shawnee have to learn to work together, which leads to a friendship and a temporary relationship. Of course, Cole wants a wife and family, especially kids of his own, yet Shawnee is determined to only have flings and no children.
Throughout the story, Cole struggles autism, which was a fairly recent diagnosis, and his inability adapt to social situations, particularly involving conversation. However, Cole doesn't have a problem with conversing with Shawnee, yet she's dealing with her own issues, including her absentee self-centered father and personal health concerns. Their individual issues affect their tentative relationship, which provides plenty of drama, romance, and humorous situations.
Since it's the third book in the Texas Rodeo series, it's ideal to start with the first book, Reckless in Texas, in order to meet the extensive list of secondary characters. However, it's a stand-alone book, so it's not necessary to read the series in order.
Tougher in Texas is geared towards those who enjoy reading western contemporary romances.
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