Review: Tangled Up in Texas by Delores Fossen

cover182165-medium Between running his family ranch and dealing with far too many needy relatives, Shaw Jameson doesn’t have time for more trouble. But when his first love, former-child-star-turned-businesswoman Sunny Dalton, returns to Lone Star Ridge, Shaw senses things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Shaw isn’t prepared for the memories that come flooding back now…or the reignited spark between them that turns into a raging inferno. Still, this gorgeous cowboy will do everything he can not to get burned a second time. Because Sunny never promised this visit was permanent and Shaw has no intention of giving up the land he loves. Letting Sunny go again is certain to leave a Texas-sized mark on his soul—and a permanent wall around his heart. Unless he can prove their small town holds the promise of the future they both always imagined. 

Second chance romances are a favorite of mine because sometimes life gets away from us and we don’t realize what we’ve lost until it’s gone.  This is especially true when you’re a teenager and have little to no life experiences to nudge you along.  The only problem with reuniting when you’re older and wiser is that you also tend to have a lot more baggage dragging behind you, too.

Sunny and Shaw fall into that ‘extra baggage’ compartment and then some.  For most of his life, Shaw’s been handling the fallout from his father’s promiscuous ways, leaving him feeling bitter towards fatherhood in general.  Which is a shame because you can see how good he is with his three-year-old twin nieces.  On the flip side, Sunny had zero role models in the parenting department.  Her dad split and her mom continues to try and use her, and her sisters, as a cash cow.  Those few scenes were Sunshine, Sunny’s mother, were present or involved, I wanted to chuck my Kindle because she infuriated me so much.  As a mother myself, I couldn’t fathom how you could treat your child in such an awful way.

I knew that Shaw’s reluctance to start a family would be an issue.  It’s one that’s a dealbreaker for a lot of people, so I was ready for that to be the main problem in Sunny and Shaw getting together.  When the big secret came out about midway in the book, I was disappointed.  While I can easily see how Sunny was upset by the reveal, I think she also made too big of a deal out of it.  On the plus side, she managed to get over it pretty quickly and accepted Shaw’s explanations.

Shaw’s siblings and Sunny’s grandmother, Em, made the story for me.  Em was a crackup and exactly how I would have expected my own grandmother to be had she lived to see me in my thirties.  Also, the addition of Ryan and Kinsley added another dynamic to the story that elevated it for me.  I’m excited to read the next in the series so I can find out what Sunny and Shaw are up to as well as watch another Jameson sibling find their true love.

4/5

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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