He’s always been the black sheep: the troublemaker.  But this Christmas, the prodigal cowboy returns.

Rodeo bullfighter Hank Brookman was headed straight for the top. But after a single misstep resulted in devastating injury, he disappeared under a mountain of regrets. Now he’s back, ready to face the loved ones he left behind-starting with the one girl his heart could never forget.

When Hank stormed out of Texas, he left Grace McKenna picking up the pieces…and struggling with a secret that changed everything. He may be back looking for redemption, but after everything they’ve been through, how can she admit what he really walked away from all those years ago?

Hank always knew persuading Grace to trust him again would be a tall order. Convincing her they deserve a happily ever after? That may take a Texas-sized Christmas miracle.

Titles in the Texas Rodeo series include:  Reckless in Texas – Tangled in Texas – Tougher in Texas – Fearless in Texas – Mistletoe in Texas

Title:  Mistletoe in Texas
Series:  Texas Rodeo #5
Author:  Kari Lynn Dell
Genre:  Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 25, 2018
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  3 stars

I am faced with a difficult decision as a reader, and as a woman who writes about the books I read in reviews.  I write those reviews from the enjoyment of reading, and usually will ask for ARCs from authors I know through NetGalley or subjects that I feel I will enjoy.  To be painfully honest, I have immensely enjoyed the Texas Rodeo series… right up to Mistletoe in Texas.

There are many readers who have enjoyed this story based on the ratings on Goodreads and Amazon – there have also been readers who did not… and I place myself in the latter group.  I will be upfront and say that I am not placing a review anywhere aside from on my blog because of my obligation to NetGalley for the ARC, and of course, on NetGalley for that same reason.  I have never despised a character more than the heroine, who I will not even name.  Her actions before, during and after an event are so without morals, ethics or common decency that I have no words for her.  I won’t even get into the drama that happened with another reviewer, for I was not a part of that and only learned of it second-hand… but it still affected my opinion.

I had hoped to wrap up the Texas Rodeo series with a charming Christmas tale… that was so not the case.  Am I done with this author?  I honestly do not yet know.  I still need to do some thinking on that decision.  If you read Mistletoe in Texas and enjoyed it, that’s great for you.  We all react differently to stories and events within them.  For me?  I wish this series had ended before this book, for I cannot un-see what I’ve read.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*