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So Tough to Tame
by Victoria Dahl
(HQN, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-373-77789-1
Walker Pearce is a sexy cowboy who has recently been fired from his job for an indiscretion. He's trying to find more work, but the jobs he's able to get are behind the scenes. He loves interacting with people while also fulfilling his cowboy duties. His high school classmate and tutor, Charlie Arrington, returns to town and moves in next door to Walker. He's instantly attracted to her, but really he is to most women.

Charlie was caught in a scandal at her previous job in Tahoe. Her boss bamboozled her in an extortion scheme, but luckily she was able to hire a good lawyer and prove her innocence. She's back in Jackson hoping to start over with the opening of a resort there by heading up their security department.

Walker can instantly tell that Charlie has changed. She is no longer the innocent young girl he knew back in school. She is uninhibited and sexy and he can't stop thinking about her.

Charlie knows she has changed and is hoping to show Walker what she wished she could have in high school. It seems to be working because Walker can't keep his hands off her. Unfortunately, both of them have issues and secrets they aren't sharing and the longer they beat around the bush in opening up to each other the harder it is to realize their feelings for each other.

So Tough to Tame is the third book in Victoria Dahl's Jackson series and while it is entertaining, there are areas that are quite frustrating. Charlie's character is pretty conflicting. On one hand she is flirty and carefree. On the other hand, she is very insecure and just takes the verbal mud people throw at her. Walker is very similar in that he's a very confident and extraverted person, but also exhibits a great deal of insecurity when it comes to his intellectual ability. Perhaps this is the purpose of the story and their journey together, but it could be confusing.

If you're invested in the Jackson series, you'll want to pick up this installment.

--Nichole Howell

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