Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh

Posted December 7, 2017 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?

Two HOT cowboys. Two tough-as-spurs heroines. These two previously published, newly revised and expanded, smoking hot stories by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh will leave readers breathless and begging for more!

Title:  Rugged Texas Cowboy
Series:   a two story book lightly connected
Author:  Lora Leigh
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 5, 2017
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4 stars

To be clear from the beginning, both stories within Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboy and The Captive, Cowboy and The Thief) have been previously released – this edition has been re-edited, revised and added to.  It is a personal nitpick of my own to discover that I already own combined or revised stories, so if you’ve read either of these stories before be aware that there are some changes but still the same basic stories.

I enjoyed both stories in Rugged Texas Cowboy, but I will admit that I liked Cowboy and The Captive more simply because I liked the characters and the situation more… a personal preference really.  I understood Luc’s need to go after Maria, he simply didn’t know that he was dealing with twins and that the wrong twin for revenge was the one in his control.  I felt more for Melina because she was her family’s scapegoat, they could not or would not see the destruction that Maria left in her wake – and Melina had already  paid the price for Maria’s actions once, that was one time too many.  Luc and Melina are definitely hot and steamy, and I enjoyed this enemy to lover story very much.

While Cowboy and The Thief is slightly connected to the first story, I never felt I had to read both to get an entire story.  Angel had been counting on receiving her mother’s heirloom and when her father sold it she was furious.  Now she’s determined to get it back no matter the cost – even when it seems the legend is fulfilling its prophecy quite nicely by leading her to Jack.  Also hot and steamy, with a likable couple, I simply connected with the first story better.

If you love some steamy cowboys then you’ll enjoy Rugged Texas Cowboy.  I’d recommend this double story book to any Romance reader who enjoys fiery characters and a good story.

*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.*

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