texas-rose-foreverTitle:  Texas Rose Forever
Series:  Texas Rose Ranch #1
Author:  Katie Graykowski
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 15, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 Stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
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Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that goes double at the Texas Rose Ranch, home to the Rose family through five generations of toil, sweat, and scandal. From the moment CanDee McCain is hired to write a history of the Roses’ empire, she’s bowled over by tall, sexy Cinco Rose. True, the man initially mistakes her for a stripper, but he certainly puts the man in manly. For the first time since her cheating ex left, stealing her novel-in-progress in the process, CanDee is ready to have a little fun.

No woman has ever made Cinco feel both so at ease and so turned on. Since his divorce, he’s preferred a saddle and solitude to risking his heart again. Yet something draws him to the fast-talking, leggy redhead. CanDee’s not just sweet; she’s smart and brave too. But her research is uncovering long-buried secrets that could jeopardize everything the Roses prize most—and destroy a love that’s just begun to bloom.

Titles in this series include:  Texas Rose Forever – Texas Rose Always

Sometimes a story, or characters will grab me from the opening scene and take me on a fantastic roller coaster thrill ride.  That’s what happened with Texas Rose Forever, I certainly wasn’t expecting it, but the good things usually do catch me by surprise.

CanDee is at the Texas Rose Ranch for a job – just not the one Cinco mistakenly gave her upon their first meeting.  She may not be a stripper hired by his mischief making brothers for his birthday… but she’s got the moves and the sass to rival the best.  In fact, she’s at the ranch to begin writing up the family history at his parent’s request.  While her true career is writing mystery novels, or it would have been if her thieving ex hadn’t stolen her book and published it as his own work, her secondary job was a love of history and genealogy.  CanDee is naturally outgoing, and has a curiosity and imagination that makes her perfect for both styles of writing.  A less confident woman might have been offended at Cinco’s assumption that she was his birthday present being unwrapped before his eyes – the truth is that CanDee loves a good prank, and she’s gonna play this one out, for the moment at least.  Why?  Because the look on his face when he realizes his mistake is gonna be priceless.

I love the way CanDee was written.  She’s confident, sassy, talented on the surface, but she has an underlying vulnerability that also shows.  She’s made mistakes, taken a chance on the wrong men in the past and been burned badly by one.  Yet, when push comes to shove, she takes life by the horns and lives it.  I have to admit that CanDee is my new book BFF.  Hands down.

Cinco has been soured by a very bad marriage with a greedy, lying little she witch who tried to take him for all he is worth.  He’s not looking for love, he’s got his ranch, his work, his family.  He isn’t afraid to open up his heart again, simply not expecting to any time soon.  CanDee is proving to be just about everything he’d ever hoped to find in a life partner.  Now all he has to do is convince her that together they make that perfect couple who could love, laugh and enjoy life together for a lifetime.

During her research of the Rose family CanDee finds some interesting oddities which turns into a mystery with long reaching repercussions.

While all of Cinco’s brothers and his parents are introduced in this first story in the series, it flows naturally and is in no way overpowering.  Watch for Lefty to make his presence known.  This older prankster and the ongoing prank battle with CanDee provides some truly inspirational moments.. if you’re a prankster in training.  *grin*  Their pranks are simply priceless and gave me more than a few chuckles.

I  truly enjoyed CanDee and Cinco’s romance, the introduction to this amazing family and the mystery in their past.  If you’re in the mood for a sexy couple, a little humor, a lot of pranks and an entertaining story – then you’ll love Texas Rose Forever..  This is definitely a series I’ll be following.

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