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Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel

Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel

* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued…and a little gun-shy.

Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki-s life, but he-s determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki-s heart.

Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?

Nikki has been put down and verbally abused all her life while her parents continually bailed her brother out of trouble.  Now they are not speaking to Nikki because the police are after her brother for stealing everything from her that wasn’t nailed down.  She didn’t have much after her cheating ex-husband took off but what she had she had worked hard for.

Dillon has been in love with Nikki since high school and he is determined to date her now that her ex-husband is out of the picture.  Little did he know things would combust when he stopped to rescue her the night her truck broke down.  He convinced Nikki to move in with him and asked Brett to help protect her.  He didn’t realize that Brett was also in love with her.  Brett wants Nikki with all his heart but feels he’s doing the right thing by stepping back and letting Dillon “have his turn” with her.  Instead of Nikki having to choose between them, they come up with a solution they can all live with, thanks to grandma.

This story is special in so many ways.  The inner struggles that each of the characters have to deal with is enough to break your heart.  Nikki lacks self confidence from everything she has been through and it’s really nice to see her grown into the woman she was meant to be.  Dillon feels guilty over the fight he and Brett had 10 years ago and can’t forgive himself for how he reacted to the situation.  Brett is also dealing with guilt over the same situation but he is also dealing with the fact that not only did he lose Dillon for a period of time, he lost the only family he had ever known.

Watching the struggles that Brett and Dillon go through after realizing they are both in love with Nik pulls you in and grabs you tight.  Dillon realizes that he wouldn’t mind seeing her with Brett and in fact it turns him on.  The whole fantasy of a threesome scares him though because he thinks there is something wrong with him.

In this story there are so many issues that real people can relate to, which makes the story mean that much more to the reader.  Everyone has had to deal with someone always putting them down or being verbally abusive.  The physical abuse is sad and no one likes to see anyone abused, especially not a child.  The insecurities, doubt, hope, love and other emotions are things we all deal with on a daily basis.

Texas Tangle is another impressive story from Carina Press and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I give this story 4 flaming hearts. 


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