• Reckless in Texas

  • Texas Rodeo Series, Book 1
  • By: Kari Lynn Dell
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Reckless in Texas

By: Kari Lynn Dell
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
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Publisher's Summary

Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that's what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she's got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family's struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus.

She never expected Joe Cassidy.

Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he's pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own. Contains mature themes.

©2016 Kari Lynn Dell (P)2017 Tantor

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Would have been a good book??

This would have been a good book however the author uses the "f" word every sentence and the cussing was awful. I've lived in Texas all my life and believe me ,even at the rodeos the cowboys don't use language like this book has. Very disappointed that I spent over $20.00 for this book. Will not be buying any more of Kari Lynn Dell's books

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Story is good.

I like the book itself. I will read the rest of the series. I'm not sure what it is about the reader, but her voice is flat. Also, the flow of her reading is not smooth. Her voice is not expressive, so monotone.

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A great bullfighter and bull riding story

I like the storyline of this book and I like the way the characters were portrayed. I wish the ending was a little better but I still liked the book anyway.

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Narration Ruined It

I really was looking forward to listening to this book after a few folks recommended it. However, as much as I tried to get into the book I couldn’t follow any of the storyline due to the horrible narration. I listen to audiobooks very frequently and I have never had to return a book because of the narration before.

The narrator puts on a horrible fake southern accent that really distracts from the storyline. And her voice is incredibly monotone throughout. The only inflection you hear is when she messes up a pronunciation of a word while trying to accomplish a southern drawl.

Perhaps purchase the book and read it, but definitely avoid the audio version. I’ve had an audible subscription for years and this is the first book I’ve ever had to return due to narration. Overall a disappointing experience.

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Best rodeo series

I've read a lot of contemporary western romance books and this series is by far the best. The audio books do it justice. if you enjoy Violet and Joe's story you will love how Ms. Dell continues to develop all the characters we're been introduced to plus a few new ones. I also appreciate the accurate and detailed description of the rodeo world.

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Reckless In Texas

The audiobook Reckless In Texas by Kari Lynn Dell was amazing! The book was excellent. The narrator was great and you were able to follow along well. Did a great job of keeping you interested. It ties in with other audiobooks in the series.

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Storyline Was Fantastic, Narrator Not So Much

The novel was good and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I read it myself. The narrator made the novel seem dull, lifeless.

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Weak narration!

I couldnt finish this book, the narration was almost like an automated voice. Maybe I can just read it since I’ve purchased. I will make sure I sample from now on before purchasing!

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Rodeos and cowboys

Good story with just the right amount of drama... and a cute kid. The h was a tad whiny but still a good story.

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great listen

slow start but once you are into it flowed nicely. great story about Joe, wyatt, and the Jacob's clan.

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  • C M Silver
  • 03-10-20

My first Rodeo? Not even close

If you don't have more than a passing interest in rodeo, find another book. This writer has in depth knowledge of the rodeo life and entwines this romance around it in gritty detail.

Being the first in this series, the book sets out the family dynamic and familiarizes us with the cast of characters we are going to meet in this tale and the following ones. These are people you come to like and enjoy. There are no baddies deliberately creating silly shenanigans and pointless dramas to fill up the pages. There is humour aplenty, and good witty dialogue.

Violet is a strong capable woman, proud to known as a "pick up man". Joe is rough on the outside, but craving affection and to belong inside. I felt their spark.

I love horses and rodeo, and have in depth knowledge too, so found this book ticked all my boxes, as well as giving a fully fledged satisfying romance, well crafted and paced. It is refreshing that the MCs don't rip each other's clothes off and have insta-love in Chapter 1 although there is a strong initial attraction. Instead, like in real life, the relationship builds, till the tension takes the passion where it must go right into the Epilogue. The sex is delicately handled with no gynaecological detail. There is also very little bad language.

The narration with the "Texas" accent is a little hard to take at the beginning, but each character has a distinct voice and after a while you don't notice how grating the voice is. What is hard, is that it's the same narrator for the whole series! I don't feel the accent added anything to the story.

There are aspects of this relationship not covered in this book, but drip-fed throughout the following books.

I enjoyed this audiobook, but will get the others on Kindle to avoid this narrator.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 08-23-19

country girl at heart so loved the storyline

1st book I've read for this author. I didn't get the depth of the heroes fear with commitment straight away which I'm not sure was or wasn't Intentional.
the days to say life was wonderfully descriptive as was the land and the contract in the cowboys when they are not 'on duty so to speak. it gives them a same ol same ol as every other man.
Ms Kari left out the hot and steamy writing and just let us warm up....it was nice but safe...I read authors with dark romances so I like a bit of down and dirty.
I'm going to try book 2 as I love county and rodeo.
Johanna I find I love her narration, she has all the Inflections, the voices and the drawl perfect.
never tire from her voice, works well with cowboys that tend to portray the laid back style.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-21

Story a nice listen, narration terrible

The story has substance and lovely descriptive text. However, I cannot stand the narration. It seems stilted and the accent is very fake. Not pleasing to listen too. I might have to get paperbacks of the next two.