Monday, September 23, 2013

So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

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So Tough to Tame (Hqn) by Dahl, Victoria (Sep 24, 2013)
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 October 1, 2013Tough to tame, but not too tough to love… Charlie Allington is supposed to be on the fast track to the top—a small-town girl who was making it big in her career. Instead, she's reeling from a scandal that's pretty much burned all her bridges. Now, out of options, she needs a place to lick her wounds and figure out her future. True, working at a ski resort in rugged Jackson Hole, Wyoming, isn't her dream job. But if there's one perk to coming back, it's a certain sexy hometown boy who knows how to make a girl feel welcome. Cowboy Walker Pearce never expected a grown-up Charlie to be temptation in tight jeans. She's smart and successful—way out of league for a man like him. But he's not about to let that, or his secrets, get in the way of their blazing-hot attraction. Yet when passion turns to something more, will the truth—about both of them—send her out of his life for good…or into his arms forever?

Some authors can be a little timid when adding sex to their stories, but Ms Dahl has absolutely no problems with that in this new novel.  In fact, in the first third of this novel there is a whole lot of sizzle going on, but no steak to back it up. It takes nearly a third of the novel to get to the meat of the story and it took even longer than that to get to a scene that was not reminiscent of teen-agers fumbling in the back seat of their car, but with a lot   dirtier words, actions and imagery.

Essentially Charlie Allington had made some huge mistake with her former employer – but of course, she was innocent of any sort of wrongdoing.  Now she has come home to a new job   and is trying to stay low for a while.  However, does she?  Of course, not; since the man she had had a crush on in High School is living across the hall from her!

Walker Pierce has a bit of a problem trying to keep his man bits in his pants, he feels he really doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot to offer and is now trying to fend off his latest mistake when Charlie comes back into town.  Now his mind   and his male bits think of nothing else but Charlie.

Why such strong characters needed to be led around by hormones and gonads is beyond my comprehension.



I’m afraid that Ms Dahl has given up writing a good story for writing something that is only one step below erotica.  Mind you, I have no problems with sex in my stories, nor do I have any problem whatsoever with erotica, but I do so want a good story to back it up.  In addition, I do want that story to happen a lot sooner.  I need something to hook me in and make me not want to put the book down to do laundry.

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Walker has dyslexia, but instead of coming off as someone who has a hard time with reading and writing, he comes across as unintelligent.  I am having a real difficult time reconciling what I know about the dyslexic people in my life and Walkers character.


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