Tougher Then The Rest

Tougher Then The Rest Review! Shirleen Davies does it again! :)


Blurb from her website:

“He is the head of the family. Oldest of four brothers, a widower with a young daughter, and owner of the largest spread in the northern Arizona territory. He has responsibilities and tough choices that need to be made. Plus three women who impact his life in distinct ways. Read Niall’s story in Tougher than the Rest, book one of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain.”

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Kate heard her doorknob turn, and the door open. Niall stood inside her room in bare feet, dressed only in his dress pants. His skin was darkened from the summer months of working without a shirt. His body was muscled from the heavy work a ranch required. His dark hair was tousled as if he, too, had been lying awake in bed, unable to sleep. His arms hung limp at his sides. His expressive green eyes bored into hers as she turned to face him.
Does she know that with the fire behind her, I can see right through that nightdress? It was as if she had nothing on. Even as he advanced toward her, he knew he shouldn’t have come. This was wrong in so many ways. But his body had a mind of its own and he was unable to deny it……Now he was in her room, half dressed, and wanting nothing more than to pick her up and take her to bed. He advanced slowly, waiting for her to make a sound, to tell him to stop, but she just watched him advance. “I shouldn’t be here,” Niall whispered. “You belong to someone else.”
Kate said nothing, just continued to stare into those dark pools of emerald green. Niall stopped a couple of feet away.
“We don’t have a future.” His throat worked as the words came out. He wanted, needed, Kate to understand that the pull between them, if they acted on it, wouldn’t change his plans. He advanced until she was only inches away. “Tonight won’t change anything,” he rasped, the words barely discernible. “We can only have this one night.”


Grade: A

This book is definitely a romance novel, if you love the classic romance novel, you’ll love this book. The period setting is definitely unique for me, and all the details line up perfectly with the time period the book is set it. The main characters, Niall & Kate, cross paths in an unexpected way.

They meet in Phoenix, AZ, where Niall accidentally knocks Kate down, and the instant they meet there’s a connection that neither of them want to acknowledge. A brief encounter, nothing more. Niall, widower, has the ranch to think about and his daughter, and his upcoming engagement to a wealthy widow with just enough land to make his ranch the largest in Arizona territory.

Little did Niall know, that he’d be rescuing Kate from a stagecoach accident just days later, and putting her up in his home while she recovers from amnesia. Kate & Niall’s relationship develops both in good and bad ways. Niall is one of those guys who has loved and lost, and pushes everyone away. He tries to do the same with Kate and focus on the ranch. But it just isn’t possible, Niall & Kate chemistry is just too strong.. it’s just dancing on the line.

This book has such an interesting backstory, the romance is definitely well written and realistic, and the characters are real and you find yourself rooting for them, and wanting them to make the right choices. Each time Niall interacts with Kate, I kept hoping for me, hoping that he’d forgot marrying the wealthy widow and focus on Kate.

Shirleen Davies has written a wonderful novel, focusing on a strong man who desperately needs the love of a good woman, and you want him to find it.

I cannot wait for the next book, because I need to know what happens next!

Day 5: Book Currently Reading: Tougher then the rest, Jack Cannon, Killer of Lions and more!

Books I’m currently reading:


St. Charles at Dusk – Sarah M Cradit


I’m finally getting around to reading the wonderful Sarah M. Cradit’s books! She is an outstanding author, and an all around amazing person! These stories are well written, interesting, and described so beautifully! 🙂 Check out her page here!

A Killer of Lions – Stan Weisleder


I’m reading this one for a review for Say What Savannah Mae! It’s actually very interesting, well written and a change of pace from the normal fiction I read. It follows a characters journey to become a African american pilot in the Air Force. It’s well researched, and interesting, and I can’t wait to finish this story and see what happens! 🙂

Tougher Then The Rest – Shirleen Davis


This one is for a review I was asked to do on my blog, and I’m a little behind! I promised to have it up in June, and sadly my reading skills did not allow that to happen. This is a romance novel, set in the Arizona territory, Cattle rancher Neill is torn between making the decision that’s good for business and the decision that’s good for his heart! The lovely Kate, has lost her memory and only wears a gold band, but has no memory of a husband or kids, but all she can think about is Neill. This book is well written, interesting, and the characters are quite well developed! 🙂

Jack Cannon’s America Destiny by Greg Sandora


I’m reading this as a reviewer for Nerd Girl! 🙂 This book is an action book, with great characters, and a strong storyline, I’m just in the beginning so you can click the links to check out the description more and see if this would be a book for you! It quite good so far! 🙂

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon


This is the book my book club chose for this month. Did I mention I started a book club as well? Yep, Downtown Colorado Springs Bookclub! 🙂 20-30-40 something people meeting, eating, discussing books 🙂 So on top of all my reviewing, my wonderful full time job, and my tiny bit of free time, I also have a book club book to sneak into the line up each month. This book won a Pulitzer Prize and so far is quite interesting! Check the links to see more! 🙂

So as you can see, quite busy! 🙂

Check out Tiffany’s Book Hangover for what she’s currently reading today! 🙂