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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ARC Review: Texas Twist by Cynthia D’ Alba

This story about loss, love, faith, and taking risks in the world of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks was absolutely enthralling! Prior to this book (the fourth in the series); I had been in the dark about the Montgomery’s. After reading this book, well, let’s just say I cannot believe I went this long without enjoying these characters! The story centers on the sibling known as Cash Montgomery, the famous bull riding champion on the PBR Circuit for two years in a row. Of course, the story would not be so great without a strong female lead, whom is none other than Paige Ryan (the only girl who Cash could never forget…despite his wild ways).

Following a near death experience during his third chance at winning the championship buckle, Cash finds himself drowning his misery in alcoholic tendencies. All of his dreams have been shattered and at nearly 30 years old, he sees himself as nothing more than a broken, washed-up cowboy. Then there’s Paige, the too beautiful sweetheart from his youth whose innocence he stole before crushing her heart. She comes back into his life in a very unique and unexpected way and he has no clue how to deal with any of the circumstances.Yes indeed, Cash definitely has some issues. He is not only commitment-phobic, but he is self-pitying, rash, and has one hell of a short fuse. Yet, despite all of those things, there is a vulnerability in him (which played on every empathy button I personally have). I think this is one of the reasons why I loved this character….his emotions, flaws, and humanism really spoke to me.

Paige, on the other hand, is a pretty flawless character. Her only personal weakness was that she was in constant motion which made feeling all the weight of everything more difficult (so sometimes she was super emotional). Mostly, however, she was just full of fire and courage. I thought she was an extraordinary heroine actually. I thought it quite obvious that her and Cash were meant to be together from the beginning. After all, Paige still melts into a puddle of warm liquid whenever she thinks of Cash Montgomery and Cash constantly engages in considerate behavior to ensure her comfort and happiness without even realizing it. These two were perfect for each other. They both were fire and ice during the weak and strong moments for each other to cancel out the negativity surrounding them, and I loved it.She helps Cash heal and because of this, he is able to discover a new path in life. I think this is just another great aspect of this book. I marveled at just how well the characters connected and helped one another grow.

They truly build a relationship with one another during their stint as roommates thanks to our Montgomery sibling interference. She is supposed to keep an eye on Cash to ensure he does not overindulge in his concerning behavior. At the same time, she is able to live for free, save her money for moving in the fall, and start over. So, without a doubt, anyone would assume this strange living situation makes sparks fly! Then, we add in the brotherly love and friendship of the story and everything comes together beautifully.

I just loved Travis (Cash’s big brother) and Caroline (Travis’ wife). As a big brother, he is kind of full of himself, but only because he has been through his own hell and back. Furthermore, Travis was just so protective and fierce when it came to his family. Then of course, there is Caroline, and she is just sweet, tough, and smart. Not to mention she is a great friend to Paige. After meeting these two, I really cannot wait to go back and read the previous books, just so I can get a glimpse of the beginning of their love.

There is also Jason and Lydia (more Montgomery’s) as well as Leo (Paige’s brother), and a few other wonderful characters. However, they have smaller roles to play. Ultimately, it’s Travis and Caroline that I adored as secondary characters (though I’ll admit I have a soft spot for Leo!). In the end, what I truly loved the most was the use of natural disasters and real-life scenario’s to help knock sense into our two lovebirds! I loved how the author used realistic catastrophes to help bring our hero and heroine together. The fear of losing a loved one can usually makes anyone think more clearly. So, with all of that said, the only thing left to say is….bring on the next Texas Montgomery Mavericks Cynthia, because I’ll be waiting!

**ARC provided by Author**

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