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T.J.’s Top Five Wild Women Romances
Everyone loves a great “bad” girl and I’m no different. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite wild women in small-town/country contemporary romances and why I love them.
Return of the Bad Girl by Codi Gary
“Ladies, lock up your men. Carolyn Willis is back in town.” Carolyn might have a good reason for being a “bad girl” but that doesn’t mean she’s going to use that as an excuse, even when she’s forced to return to the town where she’s burned every bridge she possibly could. Carolyn has been to rock bottom and clawed her way back up. She might have done some things she’s not proud of but she’s a woman who’s earned everything she now has. And of course, Codi Gary is my BFF but there’s nothing better than falling in love with your best friend’s work, right?
Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy by Jodi Linton
Laney Briggs is one smart-mouthed, trouble-making deputy. Sure, she might not set out to cause chaos but it always seems to happen around her. And she’s just as good at getting out of it, with some help. But this woman has a wild streak two miles wide and refuses to be tamed, even when she’s got a good man (or two, or three). This was my introduction to Laney and is still one of my favorites.
Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn
While it’s true that Dixie Lark isn’t exactly a wild woman, she sure tries to be. And, she does have some of the markers of a great wild woman in the making. Goes after what she wants, check! Does what it takes to get what she wants – check! Doesn’t care who she ticks off along the way – double check! Not to mention, she’s got a kick-ass wardrobe and the tattoos she’s sporting don’t hurt her wild woman image either. But what else would you expect? She’s a rock star.
Part-Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Sadie Miller falls into the “bad girl with a heart of gold” category. Sure, she caused plenty of trouble in her town and now that she’s back, even if she is a changed woman, she’s going to have to live with the consequences of her choices in the past. Unfortunately for her (and fortunately for readers,) one of those consequences happens to be dealing with the sexy sheriff who once arrested her.
The Trouble with Texas Cowboys by Carolyn Brown
I’ll admit it, Jill Cleary isn’t exactly a “bad girl” but she has a wild side that keeps this entire story fun. She’s caught in the middle of a long-time family feud, and without even trying, manages to stir the pot. She has no problem coming up with a few antics of her own which will have the reader laughing. Warning: don’t read this one while you husband is sleeping. You’ll wake him when you laugh out loud and he won’t find it nearly as humorous.
Wild at Heart
Healing Harts #4
February 9, 2016
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Sometimes the place you’re trying to run from is exactly where your heart needs to be…
Bailey Hart has never felt like she measures up to her cousins at Heart Fire Ranch. It doesn’t help that her rocker attitude has made her a black sheep in her small town. So when her band gets their big break in Los Angeles, “Wild Hart” can’t run fast enough…If only there weren’t so many reasons to stay.
After a harrowing stint in the Oakland Police Department, sheriff’s deputy Chase McKee has returned home a hero, and yet he feels anything but. And when he finds out Bailey might be leaving for good, the feelings he’s always harbored for his best friend’s cousin just won’t stay hidden. He knows she wants to get the heck out of Dodge, but he’s hoping to show her where she really belongs—with him.
Will this Wild Hart turn her back on love, or will she realize her heart really belongs closer to home?
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.