"Win gets a cooks position at his uncle Gus' saloon and meets a girl with violet eyes, attitude a mile long and a wicked tongue to top it all off. But it seems there is more to Evie than just a mean streak she has a big heart and kindness he didn't expect which is exactly why he starts to fall for her - but who could love an amputee and why should anyone even have to try?"
Pages: 151 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press on June 2012
Form: E-book (from the author for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Series: Honky Tonk Hearts Novel
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Evie is sick and tired of taking care of her brother while he drinks and gambles with the money her parents left him in their will, while she does both their chores on the ranch he owns. So when "The Lonesome Steer" honky tonk gets a cook she won't refuse the waitressing job to grow her little secret cash stash to get the hell out of town.
It's been a year since Win lost part of his leg in road side bomb in Iraq, the loss of his leg and his team casts demons and nightmares upon him but he's determined to heal and start anew. So he gets a cooks position at his uncle Gus' saloon and meets a girl with violet eyes, attitude a mile long and a wicked tongue to top it all off. But it seems there is more to Evie than just a mean streak she has a big heart and kindness he didn't expect which is exactly why he starts to fall for her - but who could love an amputee and why should anyone even have to try?
Having never experienced a kind man romantically Evie is struck by Win's gentlemanly behavior, his protective attitude and possessive comments, which is why she has no idea wither to be pissed off ( which is what she knows best ) or smitten ( which is a new acquaintance ). But there is only so long that you can fight and deny your feelings before it all boils over and begins with one hot kiss...
Evie rolled her eyes and stepped behind him, tapping him on the back. The metal strainer clattered in the sink and a blur of motion barely registered before steely hands gripped her forearms. Oh my God! In a flurry of movement, he snatched her off the floor and backed her against the stainless steel counter. Cold wet hands vised her arms. Her eyes snapped wide and the air whooshed from her lungs when his body slammed into hers.
Win’s eyes were narrowed, his breathing rapid through a clenched jaw, and a vein bulged in his forehead. "Don’t do that."
The man was every inch the warrior, every hard tensed inch. He held her mid-air, so close they were nearly eyeball to eyeball. As his gaze traveled over her face and awareness evidently crept in as to the sex of his attacker, several inches of his frame hardened even more.
Evie swallowed. Oh, good Lord.
He glared and his nostrils flared.
"I… I'm sorry, Win. I called your name, but… but you didn't answer. I was only trying to get your attention." Her lips twitched at the humor in the situation - hadn't Keira told her the man lost part of his hearing? Evidently she’d startled him. Poor soul. She felt a portion of herself return. A portion she’d hidden for so long; that light-hearted part of her soul that teased and cajoled. "Honest, I wasn’t trying to attack you." She placed an open palm on his defined pecs and patted. "You’re safe with me, big guy." Just to rattle him some more, she winked.
Win's hazel eyes flashed for a second, then he slowly leaned in and whispered in her ear, "You’re not safe with me."
Davis sure knows how to write a novel with romance in all the right places, emotions of fear and doubt on both leading characters and have us readers laugh out loud at the funny parts - the black thong scene comes to mind. ;) Davis has written a story that's engaging, charming, romantic, sexy and all kinds of addictive! I simply had to read it cover to cover in one sitting yesterday morning and I was left in tears at the end of it. I'm not gonna lie I so want to know what happens with the rest of their lives - Ms. Davis pretty please write a short story just to let me out of my misery! ;)
I absolutely loved Evie from the beginning, she was in class of her own climbing into her truck through the window after calling Win a Biker Don Juan and giving him a tongue slashing for staring into her eyes in the barking lot of The Lonesome Steer. I love heroines with a mean streak and a big heart, I love them because they fight any kind of romantic feelings whilst falling in love with our well built, grinning ear to ear heroes who can see through the tough act.
And of course you cannot stop yourself from falling for Win, a wounded hero with spouts of PTSD ( post-traumatic stress disorder ), moods swings and doubts about any future with a woman due to part of his leg having been amputated after the bombing in Iraq. The vulnerability Win has about all his messed up symptoms and doubts makes his shining moments so much more intense, his protective side when Evie is harassed in the bar or fixing something for her - it just makes girls all gooey inside. And when all that comes in a 6'4, hazel eyed, muscled, fit, package who can say no to that!? Well Evie gives it a good go. ;)
The romance was so addictively yummy! I loved the verbal banter, the fiery stares, the tongue slashings and the oh so hot can't-keep-my-hands-off moments! That's the mix that makes me so happy, I love it when a girl puts the brakes on, or at least gives the firm no a good go but can't help but give in. Just my kind of story line! But there is more than that to Those Violet Eyes, I loved how Win kept telling himself to take distance, keep away but he still flirts like he can't help it and protects her and helps her, mixed messages dude. ;)
If you wanna read a funny, makes you all giddy kind of romance with one hot cowboy with issues and one fierce heroine with a molten gooey core then this contemporary cowboy romance is for you! With $3.99 too it's so sold!