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Toughest Cowboy in Texas (Happy, Texas #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  221 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The Spark of an Old Flame

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their
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Published May 30th 2017 by Forever
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May 29, 2017 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Brody Dawson and Lila Harris got up to all kinds of shenanigans growing up, having fun and falling in love. But Brody’s mother and grandmother were dead set against him dating Lila the resident “wild child” of Happy, Texas and he never stood up for her. He even took another girl to the prom. When they were going to have their first date, on the night before Lila moved town, Brody stood her up and broke her heart. Lila’s back in Happy, Texas, twelve years later, to help sell her mother’s café, wo ...more
May 29, 2017 Sabrina rated it really liked it
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Carolyn Brown used to be one of my most read authors and reading Toughest Cowboy in Texas made me realize that I should never have stopped reading her. I will definitely not be making the same mistake again and I'll be sure to keep up with her from now on.

I really loved getting back into her wonderful world full of sexy cowboys and their tight denim jeans. It was great to see Lila and Brody move on from their past and the find their feelings for each other once
Nothing brings the feeling of heart and home like one of Brown's novels. TOUGHEST COWBOY IN TEXAS makes you feels like one of the family with this sweet and endearing story about reuniting of left behind love. Feel good, leave you with a smile on your face but emotionally gripping and holding you invested in the outcome, what more could you ask for in a contemporary romance?

I received this ARC copy of Toughest Cowboy in Texas from Forever (Grand Central Publishing). This is my honest and volunta
Apr 27, 2017 Laura rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley***

3.5 Stars

This was an enjoyable, well paced, small town romance, with a bit of the 2nd chance element tossed in. I say a bit, as while there was a relationship with the characters in the past, it was never one that was allowed to grow and neither of them saw it as something with a future, so while this was a second chance, it really was more of their first chance to explore what they had without it having an automatic expiration date. But, at the s
A small Texas town, a bit of feudin' and fussin', a cowboy who fills out his denims well, and what heroine wouldn't go weak at the knees and give him a second chance... well it was a near thing and it was a delight following along as it all went down.

A new series... sigh with happiness over the quirky folks of Happy, TX. This one has loose ties to the series that came before it, The Lucky Penny Ranch when the Dawson family were first introduced. Now that said, this new series can be started with
Ann Lorz
May 29, 2017 Ann Lorz rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

What I really enjoy about reading a Carolyn Brown book is her charcters. They are often funny, loving and just a bit flawed. What's not to like?

She's also one of those authors that are lucky enough to get really good covers.

Toughest Cowboy is the first in the Happy Texas series. The author does a wonderful job of setting up the series with it's interesting characters. By the end of the book you'll feel like you've b
books are love
Jun 09, 2017 books are love rated it really liked it
Brody and Lila’s second chance at romance was passion filled, entertaining and sexy.

Brody screwed up when he was younger and let Lila go. When he realized his mistake it was too late. than life got in his way. He let go of some of his dreams to help at home. Now Lila is back in town to take care of the diner until it sells and she isn’t making it easy on Brody to get in her good graces again. The attraction and chemistry is insane and their story is delicious.

Brody is a great guy. He made mistak
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 5/30)

Oh my sexy cowboy. I do love Carolyn Brown and her absolute cheek! Happy, Texas was a trip and I'm glad to have gone along for the ride as wild child Lila comes back to her home town and kicks up quite a stir.

Okay so Lila and Brody had a thing when they were teenagers but her family moved away and the night before he did a fool thing and they've not talked for over a decade...or ever gotten over their first br
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Apr 11, 2017 Amy ~ Love At 1st Read rated it it was amazing
In a good small town romance, it’s not just the main characters that are memorable. It’s the relationships between families, neighbors, and communities. Quirky townspeople who all seem to know each other, good and bad. And the idea of love blossoming in such a town is delightful. In Carolyn Brown’s Toughest Cowboy In Texas, Happy, Texas is a place you’ll want to stay a while.

Lila Harris had grown up in Happy, Texas known as the resident wild child. The girl with the worst reputation in Happy
Lisa Richards
Apr 25, 2017 Lisa Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cowboy-romance
Yeah! A new series of fabulous characters to discover and learn their hopes and fears thanks to CB.
I just love second chance romances! If there was ever a couple that deserved a second chance at love, it was Lila and Brody. As usual Brown had me falling for these two along with most of the hilarious characters of Happy, Texas. Brown uses an equal amount of laughter and tears that always makes one of her books a one night read. Once started, I'm often unable to stop reading until I've flipped tha
Isha Coleman
May 24, 2017 Isha Coleman rated it it was amazing
Teenaged Lila lost her heart to Brody. Her wild child reputation and his family's social standing, put an end to her dreams of happily ever after before they had even begun. Now, an older and wiser Lila is returning to the town that she left behind and the boy she could never forget. Toughest Cowboy In Texas has sentimental written all over it. From star crossed romance to nostalgic memories and busybody neighbors, the small town of Happy, Texas is the perfect destination for LOVE.
May 28, 2017 Hannah rated it really liked it

The first of a new series by Carolyn Brown, Happy Texas is a spin off of her Lucky Penny Ranch series which is a spin off of another series, Lucky. It's a typical Carolyn Brown western romance, funny and loveable characters with a heartwarming story and a steamy romance.

Happy, Texas isn't the place where you go to let the past die it's quite the opposite for Lila Harris. When Lila lived in Happy she was known as the wild child, there isn't anything she wouldn't do. She was also secret
Dixie-Lee Campbell
4.5 Stars . Toughest Cowboy in Texas - (check) .... but not really t0ugh ... but a r e a l l y Great heart !!
Enjoyed the cowboy ranch lifestyle combined with second chance love story !
This was a great book to read. The couple led us on quite a journey .

Looking forward to reading more about the folks living in this small town of Happy, Texas.

(last update 17 March 2017)

Thanks to Publisher via NetGalley for this opportunity to read and review this book. Look forward to the next book in the serie
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 03, 2017 Caitlyn Lynch rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Brown's cowboy novels are so country you can almost taste the grits. Toughest Cowboy In Texas is the first in a new series set in the small town of Happy, Texas, following the three siblings of the Dawson family.

I'm not even American, but Carolyn Brown sets the scene so well I can almost see the big Texas skies, hear the country music on the radio - country songs are sprinkled throughout the book and often used as metaphors to express the characters' emotions, so if you're not a fan of
Angela Simmons
Jul 20, 2017 Angela Simmons rated it really liked it
I love a good reunion romance. There’s always history, usually a bit hurt that needs to be healed, and a whole lot of love still lingering around. And that’s exactly what’s happening in this one.

Here’s what’s going on. Lila, the wild child, has returned to her hometown and now she’s itching to do something wild. And when Brody, the boy that broke her heart, walks into her mom’s café, the feeling to get a little rowdy amps up. Brody knows he messed up when he hurt Lila all those years ago, but n
Feb 28, 2017 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four stars: A terrific second chance story that proves sometimes you can go back home.

Lila Harris hasn't been back to Happy, Texas since she was seventeen years old. She left right after graduating from high school with a broken heart when Brody Dawson stood her up. In Happy, Lila was known as the Wild Child, but now she is thirty years old, a responsible school teacher and far removed from the Wild Child. So she thinks. As soon as Lila returns, it's as if no time has passed and she has gone bac
Lustful Literature
May 30, 2017 Lustful Literature rated it really liked it

Josie's Review

I fell in love with Carolyn Brown’s writing style when I read her Lucky Penny Ranch Series so I was excited when I saw she was writing a new series. The Toughest Cowboy is the first book in the Happy Texas series and this author did an amazing job with introducing us to a new and promising series. Based on the title I expected a tough cowboy, it is a rough setting but this was a gentle second chance romance.

In Toughest Cowboy we are introduced to many characters, who I hope I will
P.e. lolo
Jun 22, 2017 P.e. lolo rated it it was amazing
Lila Harris is back in town that is Happy Texas to run her mother’s cafe. Known to the town as the wild child she does not disappoint by ridding in on a black hog. The one person she is trying not to see is Brody Dawson, the golden hair boy and could do no wrong. He was also her partner her crime that is until he broke her heart the night her and her mother were leaving town and he failed to show up. Now all of these years later and neither one of them with anyone can they work through the past ...more
Apr 19, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it
If the rest of the books in this new series from author, Carolyn Brown are as good as this book turned out to be, then, I am in for a good time. Instantly, I connected with the characters and the town. It was like things had never changed between Lila and Brody. Only that they grew up. It felt natural when they instantly connected. The reason I say this is because I have said it before that I am not always a fan of insta-love. Yet, in this case it was right.

Brody's mom and grandmother had me la
Blodeuedd Finland
Honestly! The people in this town! Oh she is too wild! She is bad news! I was just waiting for them to like accuse her of murdering someone. And sure, she was a daredevil as a teen, but hold your judgment people! Especially his gran and mother, but then they had their own reasons for disliking her, stupid selfish reasons.

Lila and Brody were in love, but in secret. Not winning my love their Brody. He messed up for sure as a teen. But it was also a good thing, because she left that small town, she
Heather andrews
Feb 22, 2017 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
When it comes to Lila, the man is real serious about her, “I asked you to my family events. I’ll make my mother face the fact that there is an us— as in Lila and Brody. Maybe you should do the same with yours,” he said." I found Brody to be very sexy, I liked this book.
May 16, 2017 Margie rated it it was amazing
Carolyn Brown has a new cowboy series. That's great news! She writes the sweetest, sexiest cowboys along with strong, sensual heroines. This is especially true in Toughest Cowboy in Texas, book #1 in the author's new Happy, Texas series. In this case hero, Brody Dawson wants a second chance with Lila Harris whose reputation as a "wild child" still clings to her twelve years after leaving Happy, Texas. Neither of their families is very keen on the two getting together which adds more tension to t ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
May 19, 2017 Jen (That's What I'm Talking About) rated it liked it
Recommended to Jen (That's What I'm Talking About) by: Blodeuedd Finland
Lila Harris and Brody Dawson were teenagers in love, albeit quietly and secretly. But the night he stood her up and she left town was then end of their romance and friendship. Twelve years later, Lila returns to Happy, Texas, to help sell the cafe her mother once ran and still owns. When Brody shows up, they realize their chemistry hasn’t faded after all this time, but can broken hearts be mended?

Toughest Cowboy in Texas is a sweet cowboy romance, but not necessarily right for me. Although I’m n
Apr 10, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toughest Cowboy in Texas is my first read by this author and it certainly won’t be my last. This book was a super sweet second chance romance that stayed true to the cowboy ways. Told from dual points of view, Toughest Cowboy in Texas follows the story of Lila and Brody. The last place anyone expected to find Lila was at her mother’s cafe in Happy, Texas. Many, many years ago she was known as the town wild child. She’s returned home for the summer, but is not the same Lila that everyone remember ...more
C.J. Butcher
May 30, 2017 C.J. Butcher rated it it was amazing
The Spark of an Old Flame
Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.

Brody hasn't h
Jul 12, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Sparks fly in the “Toughest Cowboy in Texas” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways when Lila Harris returns after twelve years to Happy, Texas encountering rancher Brody Dawson an old flame in the café she’s managing for her mother until it’s sold. Tagged as a “wild child” in her teens she can’t escape her past or the heartbreak that kept her away from the small town and Brodie, her “old partner-in-crime”. Grown up and far from the headstrong, impulsive teenager she once was, Lila has grown in ...more
Jun 01, 2017 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carolyn Brown is lucky I'm not living in Oklahoma and there's a country between us, or I would constantly try to convince her to adopt me. I'm kidding, well, I think ;p Now you understand I'm a big fan of her, but that doesn't mean I can't be honest when something doesn't work for me. It's not gonna be one of those time because Toughest Cowboy in Texas was just as sweet, funny and romantic like the author always do.

The beginning set the table for what promise to be a fantastic "banterlicious" r
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
May 25, 2017 Beth ~ Panda & Boodle rated it really liked it
“It’s not the breath you take but the moments that take your breath away,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about that phrase all day. And I realized that just about every breathtaking memory in my life involves you.”

There's a reason I keep coming back to Carolyn Brown and her swoony, sexy cowboys. And that reason is evident in Toughest Cowboy in Texas, a second chance romance that… *sigh* was delightful. Because, like all of the books I've read by Ms. Brown, this one is a heartwarming look at cowb
Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
Lila Harris has her reservations about being back in Happy, Texas, she was once known as the town's wild child, and the folks in her small town haven't forgotten that after all these years... good thing she is a changed woman who has matured. She's only planning on a short stay, long enough to help her mom run her cafe through the summer, and then she is back to her new life... problem is her old one isn't quite ready to let go of her!

The moment Brody Dawson hears that Lila Harris is back in tow
May 14, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The first book in Carolyn Brown's Happy, Texas series, Toughest Cowboy in Texas is an entertaining second chance at love romance.

Twelve years ago, Lila Harris left Happy, Texas with a broken heart courtesy of her secret boyfriend Brody Dawson.  Now a well-respected school teacher, Lila returns to Happy to sell her mama's cafe but she cannot escape the town's long memory.  Considered the town's "wild child" because of her fun-loving, spirited antics, the townspeople still refer to her by
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Hi! I'm twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can't trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who've made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my be ...more
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