Series: Loveless Texas #0.5
Published by Forever on May 14th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Cowboys
Tropes: Addiction Format: eARC
Source: Forever, Netgalley
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When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…
The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?
by Jay Crownover
*crawls out from under rock*
This is my first Jay Crownover book and I thoroughly enjoyed Unbroken, a novella in this author’s new Loveless, Texas series.
We learn about rodeo star Crew’s downfall and his gambling and betting habit that gets him into trouble with his bookie and how he is bound by contract to become the face of an upscale male skincare line. This is also the story about Della Deveaux, the CEO’s daughter, who has been craving her dad’s attention since the passing of her mom. Rough, rugged and ridiculously handsome Crew doesn’t quite fit the theme Della had in mind for a luxury product but since her dad hired him, she grudgingly works with him.
My older brother wanted to save the world; I was the one who set it on fire.
Crew really fights his addiction but he is painfully aware that he is far from out of the woods. He doesn’t have the best opinion about himself which plays into his demons hands but I respected him for trying to overcome his compulsion.
“I want to do the right thing so badly I can taste it, but I know there’s a really good chance I’m going to do the wrong thing anyway.”
“Ms. Priss” Della helps him along the way, spending time together makes them both realize that preconceived notions sometimes stand in your way of getting to know a person and finding that, while they are the exact opposite of you, they are exactly what you need. Sure, they were butting heads for a while but Della learned that Crew wasn’t the untrustworthy, flakey, impulsive guy she thought him to be. Likewise, after a while Crew didn’t see the judgmental, prissy business woman any longer either.
She was, without a doubt, the most fragile and delicate thing I’d ever put my hands on, and I was terrified I was going to break her.
Look, I know that this is a novella and for the most part this really worked for me, however, some of the chapters felt a little disjointed, as if something between was missing. The material for a full length novel definitely was there with Crew’s addiction and Della’s daddy issues, so I would have liked for Unbroken to have a little more meat to it.
Still, I enjoyed this bitsized story with a little suspense and steam and can’t wait to start Justified!