The Last Cowboy in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas #7) by Katie Lane
Released: December 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Forever romance
On the Flap
No Sad Songs Here, Darlin'
Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He's a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.
Playing bodyguard to America's sweetheart isn't easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody's backup. So now it's up to Starlet to prove that she's put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she'll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who's loved her even before her fame and fortune.
I think this can be read as a stand-alone but would have a bit of added benefit when reading the others. I started the series with A Match Made in Texas.
Starlett Brubaker has left the hen house to purchase her dreams of music and she has it big. Now known as Star Bentley, she’s the sweetheart of country music. With her fame have come some other changes. She now has blonde hair, a much smaller waistline, and a small but mighty manager. She goes through the motions to support her mooching family but in the end, it’s the music that makes her happy.
Beckett Cates joined the Marines but instead of a cushy desk job for the nerdy baby of the family, he is deployed to Middle East. After a tragic event, he’s now back at home trying to figure out how to move on with life. Suffering from guilt and PTSD, he doesn’t plan on staying in Bramble until he happens to go to a concert for Star. When a botched kidnapping occurs, he finds purpose in protecting her.
The story is fun and had a more serious feeling but still has just enough southern campiness to be endearing and not so humorless. Star and Beckett have this great love/hate quality to their relationship which is mostly based on missed connections and misunderstood perceptions. With her still pining after his older, married brother, Starlett has overlooked that the young geek has developed into a hunk but with the same sweetness and intelligence as before.
This final book in the series fluidly includes all of the favorite characters from the previous installments to add to the last hoorah. There is also a sweet and succinct epilogue to wrap up all the loose ends. If you’re looking for wit, humor, and something just a bit outlandish, this is your book and series.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.