Title: Hustlin’ Texas by KC Klein
Texas Fever Series Book Two
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 238 pages
Book Rating: B
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Only one person in Oak Groves is happy to see bad girl Nikki Logan back in town…
Oak Groves’ most beloved bachelor, Jett Avery, lives by a simple set of rules. Getting involved with a complicated woman isn’t one of them. He learned that the hard way two years ago when he spent one of the most incredible nights of his life with Nikki Logan. But then she hightailed it out of town, never to be seen again—until now. It might be time to break one of those rules…
Picking up the pieces of her life, Nikki is back in Oak Groves, face to face with the one man she’s done her best to forget. But she has her reasons for being here—and they don’t include winding up in bed with Jett. Especially since he’ll never forgive her once he finds out the truth about why she’s back…
Hustlin’ Texas, the second installment in KC Klein’s Texas Fever series, is a spicy romance between bad girl Nikki Logan and golden boy Jett Avery. Two years earlier, Nikki and Jett shared a red hot one night stand, but Jett’s declaration of love spooked Nikki into running away. Back in town to repay a debt, Nikki immediately crosses paths with Jett and the sparks are soon flying between them.
Jett is charming, laid back and easy going. He is a longtime friend to the Logan family, and as Nikki’s brother’s best friend, he has always been a part of her life. He is her go to guy when she lands herself in trouble, and Jett always rides to her rescue. Jett is also crazy in love with her but Nikki is elusive and keeps tantalizingly out reach.
Nikki is a mess, plain and simple. By all outward appearances, nothing gets to her but underneath that tough as nails exterior? She is a teeming mass of insecurities. Nikki keeps everyone at a distance in an effort to protect herself and she won’t let herself believe that love lasts. Nikki runs at the first sign of trouble and she has no intention of staying in town once she repays her loan.
The relationship between Jett and Nikki is full of unresolved issues and red hot desire. Nikki allows Jett to get close to her, but then she allows her fears to gain hold and she pushes him away again. This back and forth continues for the entire novel and I had to admire Jett’s unending patience with her. The sexual tension between them is unrelenting and they come frustratingly close to consummating their desire time and again.
Hustlin’ Texas unfolds from multiple points of view which provides readers with valuable information about each of the characters. The shifts in perspective are fairly smooth and easy to follow. There were a couple of story arcs that seemed out of context and one proved to be essential to the storyline while the other really did not seem to serve any purpose but I suspect it might set up the next novel in the series (fingers crossed).
An entertaining addition to the Texas Fever series, Hustlin’ Texas is a sweet and sexy romance. The characters are beautifully developed and likable and although there is conflict, it is mostly internal as Nikki comes to terms with her insecurities and misconceptions. KC Klein keeps the angst to a minimum but she definitely makes Nikki and Jett work for their happily ever after.
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