Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Waltz Back to Texas" by M. J. Fredrick

Welcome to Evansville, a sleepy Texas town on the verge of a boom.

After growing up in a dying town, with only two restaurants, no movie theater, and no future, waitress Cassidy Simon wants out. For once, luck is on her side when the oil boom comes to South Texas. She’s determined to use it for her advantage, starting up an RV park for the oilfield workers to add to her escape fund. She’s never been out of Texas, and she’s itching for adventure.

Grady McKenna couldn’t get away from his family’s ranch fast enough when he was a teenager, but a tour in the Air Force in the Middle East is enough to convince him there’s no place like home. He’s seen the world, had his adventure. Now he’s ready to contribute to his family’s legacy in Evansville.

Naturally, the woman who draws his attention is the one intent on slipping through his fingers. How can he convince her life with him will be all the adventure she needs?

My Review:

* Spoiler Alert* Cassidy and Grady have a great story together in "Waltz Back to Texas". Grady returns from overseas in the military and seems to be immediately taken with Cassidy in the small town where they both grew up. Cassidy is stuck in small town Texas because of her mother and her drunken ways, and all she wants is to LEAVE while Grady is here to stay!

I loved how confident Grady was in going after what he wanted - no wishy/washy, "can you pass her a note", does she love me kind of storyline. He decided he wanted to get to know her, and he started going to eat lunch at her restaurant every day so that he could interact with her. I LOVED how he tried to ask her out in front of his sister, who was a complete SNOB who said she wasn't good enough for him. But he didn't care, he asked her out anyway - there's a man with confidence.

He continues to show confidence regardless of what anyone else said, including Cassidy as she struggled with whether to get involved with Grady due to what is going on in her life. I loved Grady's character.

I was as heartbroken as Grady was when Cassidy broke it off with him, and I was happy that Cassidy's mother finally convinced Cassidy that she needed to go after what she wanted in life, which was Grady. Cassidy realized that seeing that world didn't matter if she couldn't see it with the person she loved. I really liked that once she figured that out, she went and found Grady and they were able to finally be together.

I thought the story was well written and the dialogue was very natural. The characters were well developed and it made you want to "love em"/"Hate em" (as appropriate, of course). The storyline was realistic and applicable and it was easy to quickly get into the story and want to find out what happens with the characters. I look forward to reading about Sage and Hollywood in an upcoming book.
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