If you are looking for a romance series that you can share with your Granny, Nana, Memaw, Grandma, or whatever you call her, then you can’t go wrong with Shanna Handel’s Sweet Texas Love books. All sex happens behind the curtain, so you don’t see it. There aren’t really any bad words. The occasional damn, but that’s it. The men are true gentlemanly cowboys and the women are strong women who love them. I would hand these to my very conservative grandmother or aunties, with no qualms. I love reading them for so many reasons.
One reason I like Shanna Handel’s books is that we are following the same people the whole time. We get to know them and love them and become invested in them. That’s really nice. Another reason is that sometimes even I need a little light in my life to help save my black soul and my even blacker heart. Shanna’s Texas Daddies help with that. All of this to say that we have two of her books today. We have Bartender Daddy, book 3, and Texas Daddy, book 4. TD is supposed to come out 1/19 or 1/20, so I don’t have a buy link for it yet, but as soon as I do, I will post it on my FB page. So, without further ado, let’s dig into our books, shall we?
First, we have Bartender Daddy. The primary couple in this book is Ray and Jessica, though we still get a hefty helping of Carrie and Wes, so if you fell in love with them in the earlier stories, you get to stay in love with them. Yay for that! I did fall in love with them.
So, we start our story with the ramp up for Ray and Jessica’s wedding. Carrie is melting down because she’s over-stressed and Jessica is being Bridezilla. Jessica is melting down because there is so much to do. Carrie gets spanked by Wes, who helps her figure everything out. Ray helps out Jessica by solving her problems on what to wear when she walks down the aisle, denim, BTW, what to eat at the reception, potluck, and who to walk her down the aisle, Wes.
We also meet Buttercup. She is Ray’s sister. His dad ran off when he was a kid. Years later, Ray’s dad met another woman, got together with her and had another family, and thus, Buttercup, whose mother loved The Princess Bride. She is to fly in on the day of the wedding, being held at Wes and Carrie’s ranch, and meet everyone. When she does get there, she is a scared, thin, hidden young woman of just 18.
OK, that’s enough for this book. Let’s jump into Texas Daddy, shall we?
TD has us jump forward 10 years in the future. We start out with Buttercup running away from someone and running to Ray for safety. She leaves an engagement ring and takes nothing but the dress she wore to Ray and Jessica’s wedding.
When she gets to Ray and Jessica’s she spends time helping them out and taking care of their 3 boys and takes over caring for the chickens, which sounds funny, but she loves it. She also gets to see the builder, Jake, who she ends up crushing on. Which is all good, since he’s been into her for years, ever since he was was the DJ back at the wedding.
We see some Ray and Jessica in this, not as much Wes and Carrie, but some. And we get a little bit of Garrett, who is Jessica’s ex and Wes’s little brother. Jessica and Ray do get into a little more BDSM-ish stuff in this one, but not serious stuff, and no serious description of it or more than just a spanking, really.
So, here’s where we part altogether. It’s time for me to go on and have all my says when I get to the other side of the picture. Like I said, they are sweet stories, you can see the love in the stories, and the caring that these Daddies have for their little girls. I know that Shanna is writing a new series that’s connected Sweet Texas Love called Dirty Texas Love, and I suggest that you don’t let your Nana see those. Shanna has promised me that there will be sex in there.
In TD, Wes has some mental health issues. They are very understandable, because of everything that has happened. Shanna handles that very well and very sensitively. And I’m glad that she showed it because it makes Wes more real, if you ask me.
I did kind of see Tom showing up, but maybe that’s because I expected hm too, just from what we knew of him before, so that wasn’t so much of a surprise to me, but I wasn’t all like yeah, whatever, I knew he was going to show up. I did have some hopes that things would be other than what they were, so there’s that.
I love that the couples are still madly in love. I’m coming up on my 10 year (sort of) anniversary, and it’s hard. I kind of hate my husband some times and kind of want to kick his ass sometimes. Mostly I love him, so that’s all good. Having a Daddy wouldn’t work well for me, that’s not my dynamic, but it works for them, and that’s the important thing.
OK, go check these books out. You’ll love them if you are looking for something that is light and easy and sweet. Tomorrow we are delving into the dark again, so get a break while you can. Meanwhile, happy reading!