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Crazy About a Cowboy

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A cowboy book set in Texas- sign me up! I don't think i have read a book about a beauty queen but this one was pretty cute. I just loved Jasper's character.  Will have to go back and read the other books in the series.
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This was a really nice romance, with a sweet ending! I would definitely recommend trying it!

I received an e-ARC from the publisher.
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I have a huge soft spot for Dylann Crush’s funny contemporary westerns.  Crazy about the Cowboy isn’t my favorite Crush or the best book in the Tying the Knot in Texas series, but it’s still good and charming.

The reigning “Miss Lovin’ Texas” Delilah Stone has been required to criss-cross the state in a hot pink trailer doing promotional work for the state’s tourism department, and she’s looking forward to hanging up her crown. As part of a campaign to determine the most romantic small town in all of Texas, she’s spending thirty days in three different towns which placed highest in a tourism department competition.  Delilah wants to do something deeper and more interesting with her time, and this final stop means she’ll actually get to go to work empowering young women with mentorship programs, instead of just talking about it.  A last minute schedule change due to a disqualification means all she has to do is spend thirty days in Ido, Texas, then fairly judge what she’s seen – which may be hard, because her publicity-hungry momager is a native of Ido and hated living there with every fiber of her being. In Stella’s mind, Delilah has a different future before her – one Delilah doesn’t want -  filled with endorsements and interviews aplenty.

Jasper Taylor is the town’s freshly-appointed hospitality host, and he has some ulterior motives for getting Ido the title – if it wins, the resulting publicity and tourism will enable him to save his family’s land by paying back the loan his father took out against the farm when he fixed up the old barn and turned it into a wedding venue.  Jasper has worked on his family’s pecan farm his whole life, but a tornado just destroyed their orchard, and they need money and a little fancy footwork to keep solvent until they can replant.  This will require talking his crusty father into agreeing to make a few changes around the place, something he’s extremely resistant to.  The arrival of Delilah’s party requires him to be ready - and get his dad on board with the idea - nearly immediately.

Sparks fly between Jasper and Delilah on sight – though their first meeting is rather wet (get your mind out of the gutter – he accidentally sprays her in the face with a hose while trying to power wash the pigeon poop off of buildings on the town’s main street), but they soon have bigger problems ahead of them. Ido is doing all it can to reinvent itself as a wedding destination to stimulate its economy, and this is something that some of the town’s mainstays aren’t happy about.  Suddenly, disaster after disaster begins to befall Delilah, and she and Jasper have to figure out who doesn’t want Ido to get the crown before things – including their romance – escalate beyond their control.

Crazy about the Cowboy packs in a lot of charm alongside Crush’s usual western-comedy larks.  The humor is silly, the antics warm, and the chemistry between her leads real and sweet.

Both Jasper and Delilah are dealing with parental expectations and disappointments.  Delilah needs to learn how to express her true wants and desires over a mother whose whole goal has been to get her out of the dirtwater small-town Texas world she was born and bred in, and Jasper’s father never wants him to move away from what’s made the family so successful.  They each want new things for themselves but it takes some courage to stand up for them.

Jasper and Delilah have a cute and steamy connection, and Jasper’s foot-in-mouth syndrome is kind of cute.  Delilah is no prissy type, but she also doesn’t stand for anything remotely resembling BS.

I’m only really marking this book down because of the convoluted feeling to the mystery as to who is behind all the disasters.  It doesn’t really work well, and in the end feels like a distraction from the main plot.

But that doesn’t detract from the fun and romance Crazy about the Cowboy offers.  It’s another winner for Crush and another fine addition to the series.

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I always love small town romances because they always make my heart happy and can usually be counted on when I just need a sweet, wholesome, steamy read. It was highly entertaining how everything went so wrong for Jasper in this book. He tried so hard to be the best host for Delilah but he just couldn’t help his natural magnetism for disaster. Usually it’s the woman left fumbling so it was a nice change of pace to see the guy in the hot seat. He was also super sweet and is just trying to please everyone, even when he’s so desperate to save his family’s farm. Delilah is the dutiful daughter and is basically her mother’s vessel for success. She’s a ‘yes girl’ because she’s always felt so guilty saying no, even when she didn’t want to. I always love the trope where the city girl crashes in on the small town and this one reminded me of books like Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen, Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey, and Drive Me Wild by Melanie Harlow. Also, this is my first book by her and it is part of a series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone!
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This is such a sweet romance between a beauty queen, Delilah Stone, and a cowboy, Jasper Taylor. Delilah is in the town of Ido, Texas ("I do") as part of a contest to judge the most romantic town in Texas. She is hoping that this will be the last of her beauty queen days and she can move onto different things. She just needs to get through the next 30 days in Ido.

Jasper is tasked with the role as her hospitality host and to show Delilah how romantic Ido actually is. He is instantly attracted to the beauty queen, but knows that he should keep his distance until after the 30 days. The heart doesn't always listen, though.

This is the third book in the Tying the Knot in Texas series. There is some backstory involved with Jasper's older brother that I am assuming was in the previous book(s). I wasn't sure what all happened, at first, but it didn't take away my enjoyment of Delilah and Jasper.

Thank you to Berkley Publishing, Berkley Romance and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.

I actually listened to a lot of this and the narrator, CJ Bloom, was wonderful. My only wish was that there could have been a male narrator, too, for Jasper's POV chapters.
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Crazy About a Cowboy. It's pretty easy to be crazy about Jasper. He's just an all-around good guy, and wonder of wonders, his love interest is a beauty queen. Except Delilah doesn't fall into the stereotypical role, which is one of my favorite things about this charming small-town romance. Speaking of small towns, the town of Ido, Texas is full of charm in its own right. It's practically a character all by itself. This is the third book in the Tying the Knot in Texas series, and it can be read as a standalone. That said, once you've met the many quirky personalities that make up this world created by Dylann Crush, you'll want to know more about them. The story is witty and fun, and the characters are engaging. There is, of course, that bit of angst - you know, that pivotal moment we all expect - but it's not overly dramatic. The thing that brings about that drama is disturbing, but it's handled in a way that keeps it from being too heavy. So, the story is pretty lighthearted for the most part, and once started, it's hard to put down.
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✦Review: CRAZY ABOUT A COWBOY by Dylann Crush https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bNA
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars 

I was entranced by this small-town romance. The quirky and loveable townspeople invited me to move right in and stay, making the perfect backdrop to the romance between Jasper and Delilah. All the characters were well developed, and the relationships seemed effortless. Jasper and Delilah were instantly relatable and made me yearn for their happily-ever-after. Yes, they both made mistakes that had me groaning, but that just made them seem real. I loved watching their romance grow.

This is a fun romance with enough drama to keep it interesting. I would love to read more about Jasper’s family, and I know some of those townspeople have their own fun stories to tell. I will admit I was worried the whole “Miss Lovin’ Texas on a tour to find the most romantic town in Texas” would become too corny – but it worked out wonderfully. This is a lovely summer read.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. 

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This book was so fun to read. It was sweet. It had romantic moments. It had a bit of steam. It had a little suspense. I loved the small town setting. Loved the forced proximity trope that was playing out. Loved how Jasper, and the town, showed Delilah all of these amazing things. Loved how the town came together when there was work to be done.And I really loved how things played out at the ceremony to announce the winner. I wasn't as fond of the side story with Colin Taylor, but I understand why it was there. Also, Stella was a bit much and in my mind Delilah really needed to tell her to back off. All in all though, I loved the book. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, and I really want to go back and read the first two books in the series. 

If small towns, cowboys, pageant queens, forced proximity, family drama, and contests are things you're interested in, then you'll definitely want to grab Crazy About A Cowboy. I highly recommend the book.
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I’m venturing into cowboy romances again! It’s been years since I have read a cowboy romance so I am excited to share my review for Crazy about a Cowboy. Thank you so much @berkleyromance @netgalley #partner for the gifted copy and having me on the tour!

Crazy about a Cowboy is an opposites-attract/forbidden romance and is the perfect palate cleanser and even though it is part of a series the books can be read as standalone. I’ve recently heard the phrase “Hallmark After Hours” and that perfectly describes Crazy about a Cowboy. It reminded me so much of a Hallmark movie, but it definitely had some pretty steamy scenes.

What I loved:
Small-town community
Beauty queen with a heart for helping others
Sexy, cinnamon roll cowboy
A sweet pittie named Buster
Hilarious hijinks

What was just OK:
Very similar to Hallmark style- formulaic
A little too much insta-love

Steam: 2 flames

Don’t rule out cowboy romances! This would be an easy and fun romance to read, especially if you love Texas and dogs. I’ll definitely be picking up more cowboy romances in the future!
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Thank you Berkley and Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. This was a sweet romance with a beauty queen and a local cowboy. I enjoyed learning about the town of Ido. This is technically the third book in the series, but definitely can be read as a standalone. 

The romance between Jasper and Delilah was a little too quick for me, but overall it was a sweet story and I really enjoyed it. It would definitely make a great Hallmark movie. 

3.5 stars rounded up to 5
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Jasper Taylor is in a bind. The farm that’s been in his family for generations has lost most of their pecan orchard when a twister swept through leaving them with a fraction of pecans to sell. With his town of Ido becoming a premier wedding destination Jasper wants to fix up the old barn and make it a rustic wedding/event venue to make ends meet. Ido winning “Most Romantic Small Town in Texas” would help guarantee success, which is why he agrees to become hospitality host to the judge: Miss Lovin’ Texas, Delilah Stone. 

Beauty queen, Delilah Stone has just thirty more days until she can hang up her pageant career for good and focus instead on the projects close to her heart: Helping empower girls with confidence through classes and mentoring. First, she must get through staying in Ido, and they don’t seem to stand much of a chance in the competition.  However, as Delilah gets to know the people and tours all the attractions they’ve set up, the more she warms up to it. A big part of that is the sexy farmer showing her around: Jasper Taylor, not to mention his family. The Jasper family and the townsfolk of Ido resurrect her childhood longing to part of a bigger family. 

All the romantic events Jasper and Delilah embark on make it impossible to ignore the instant attraction they feel for each other. “The farmer’s son and the beauty queen” sounds like an opposites-attract romance, but Jasper and Delilah basically wanted the same thing: to belong. A relationship between Jasper and Delilah is a little inconvenient since they don’t want any hint of impropriety for the contest, but it wasn’t a big source of conflict.  There was also someone trying to sabotage Ido in the contest and a bit of drama surrounding that, but mostly this was just a sweet, feel good romance!
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My first Dylann Crush book proved to be a fun read with suspense, strife and romance. I enjoyed the book.

Delilah is caring, fun and lives with an unknown secret. Jasper is also caring, maybe too much so at times. Protective of his family and Delilah and has a secret he's all too aware of. The two together mesh so well. It's not hard for them to fall for each other. When their secrets are revealed can their budding relationship survive? I'm not telling.

To avoid spoilers, I'll just say the suspense portion was good but could have been a tad more so. The romance was really good with the best ending. OK, I just told. :-) I was glad to see these two move through the story and overcome their stresses.

Thanks to Berkley Penguin Random House and NetGalley for the ARC.
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Nobody writes a Cowboy romance like
Dylann Crush. I adored this story. I loved Jasper and Delilah so much. I definitely recommend for romance fans!
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I really enjoyed this read. I think I'm going to have to pick up more by Dylann Crush after this (especially the others in this series!)
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CRAZY ABOUT A COWBOY is the third book in the TYING THE KNOT IN TEXAS series, and I hope there will be many more books since Jasper has brothers who need to find love as well. There are lots of Taylors, and Jasper is hoping to save his family’s pecan farm by reluctantly helping Ido, Texas, get named the most romantic small town in Texas. His idea is to transform his family’s main barn into a wedding venue to hold weddings and other large events. He’s been named by the mayor to be the hospitality host and has to squire Delilah, Miss Lovin’ Texas and the contest judge, to different events, which means spending lots of time with her. That can’t be good for a cowboy not good at romance.

There is a nice pace to the story with beautiful descriptions that made me feel like I was there. Jasper and Delilah are multidimensional characters with wonderful moments of humor and romance. There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this book, along with some drama and sadness. The rich secondary characters really make this book, with family and friends being a large part of the story. The small town of Ido is a perfect backdrop for all that is going on. The happily ever after really satisfies, though I liked the book so much I would have liked more! I hope to return to Ido, Texas, and see how the town and its inhabitants fare.

I’ve read this series and two of the three books in Ms. Crush’s Holiday, Texas series. I’m a sucker for cowboy stories, and she makes her cowboys come alive! I definitely have added more of her books to my TBR pile and can’t wait to dig in.
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Jasper Taylor's farm is in trouble. After a twister tore through Ido, Texas, and his farm, he lost many pecan trees. Growing new pecan trees will take many years, and in the meantime, how is Jasper's farm going to stay afloat? Jasper has an idea, but in order to make that idea into reality, Ido has to be dubbed Texas's most romantic town by the reigning Miss Lovin' Texas, Delilah Stone. Delilah's judging Ido and two other towns in the competition, spending thirty days in each town before deciding the winner. Jasper's ready to impress Delilah with all that Ido has to offer, and Delilah's happy that this will be her last gig as a pageant girl. Yet, not everyone in Ido wants the town in the spotlight, and just as Jasper and Delilah start getting to know each other, everything starts going wrong. Jasper may soon have to choose between what's best for his town and farm, and what's best for his heart.

I thought this was a cute, sweet story! A small-town cowboy wants to save his farm, but feels like there might be something more when he lays eyes on the dazzling Delilah? Who doesn't like an organic romance emerging from a bit of crisis and the beauty of a small town? I really liked the vibe that Ido had going on, and how Jasper's larger family accepted and brought Delilah into the fold during her stay in Ido. Delilah wants out of the pageant game because she wants more in life, and I'm all about that! I don't want to give much more away, so let's just say there are some people and events that try to pull these two apart, and hard decisions must be made. Crazy about a Cowboy is a sweet summer read, perfect for readers who want a little sweetness, a little sun, and a little farm in their life. Recommended for the romantically inclined.
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RATING 4.5 STARS

Crazy about a Cowboy is book three in the Tying the Knot in Texas series by Dylann Crush.  This is my very first book by Dylann.  It can definitely be read as a stand alone as I have not read any of the previous books.  I didn’t realize going in that this book would be so much fun.  I think I smiled most of the way through it.  I fell in love with this quirky little town of Ido, Texas.

Delilah Stone is twenty five years old and is the reigning Miss Lovin’ Texas.  Her final duty before she puts away her sash is to visit three towns and spend thirty days in each town.  All three are the finalists for the most romantic small town in Texas.  She’s on her final stop, Ido, Texas.  After she finishes her month in Ido, and names the winner, she’s done with pageant life.  

Jasper Taylor grew up in Ido.  He lives and works on his family’s pecan farm but the orchard was severely damaged in a recent tornado.  Jasper has other ideas of ways the family can save their ranch while they replant the orchard but his father is not very accepting to change.  And Jasper’s idea fully hinges on their town winning this competition.  The mayor appoints Jasper hospitality host to their visitor, something he doesn’t have time for and has no idea how to do.  But one look at Miss Lovin’ Texas and suddenly Jasper might just have a different opinion!

“Something in her recognized something in him, and she was drawn to the man.”

We’ll just say that Jasper and Delilah got off to a rough start.  But that spark was definitely there, that zing that says, this person might be someone important to you.  Jasper and Delilah had more in common than either of them could have imagined.  They both felt responsibility to their family, both tended to try to be the protector, the caregiver.  Delilah was an only child and Jasper’s family was huge so she also got to get a taste of what it felt like to be a part of a large family, something she always dreamed of.

But not everything goes smoothly in Ido.  It seems someone might not be as pleased as everyone else that she’s there.  And Jasper is keeping a secret, both from Delilah and from his family.  

“I think you’re gorgeous just the way you are.  Right here.  Right now.  With me.”

This book was just so wonderful.  It was fun, sexy, sweet and even a little bit suspenseful.  I absolutely loved the ending.  Jasper’s family was close knit, they had each other’s backs and I loved the way they all came together.  And I loved the way they just excepted Delilah into their fold!  

I’m so glad I got the chance to read this and will definitely be checking out more of Dylann’s work.  But for now, I absolutely loved my visit to Ido, Texas and thoroughly enjoyed meeting all it’s residents!
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The book is about reigning Miss Lovin’ Texas, Delilah Stone. She’s in Ido, TX to spend a couple of weeks in the city to see if it’s the most romantic city in TX. Her host is Jasper Taylor, a handsome cowboy that has a lot of problems, including the family farm, and has no time to play host. It is to his advantage that the city wins the prize, and just maybe he can save his farm. All he has to do is convince Delilah that Ido is the most romantic town, but how does he do that without losing his own heart.
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When I read the synopsis of the book, I thought I had the book figured out, but I was in the need of a comfort read and this fit the bill. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the characters in this book, because they weren’t at all what I was thinking they would be. There were a couple of other surprises along the way too and overall this book was a treat to read! I’m excited to read more cowboy romances and more from Dylan Crush!
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It’s not often that I find myself reading this particular sub-genre of contemporary romance, but Crazy About a Cowboy left me wanting more! This is small town romance at its finest. Dylann Crush has a way of making her characters familiar, yet unique and enticing. Written in dual perspectives, we get insight into the thoughts and feelings of both Jasper and Delilah. Important details from their pasts are peppered throughout in an organic, yet teasing manner. I found myself flipping pages just to get to know the characters better.

Of course I loved the relationship between the two MCs. Not only was I rooting for them individually, but the chemistry between the two of them gave me butterflies from their first meet cute. The added tension of forbidden romance kicked it up several notches.

Though this is technically part of a series, it can be read independently of the other books.

Thank you Berkley, NetGalley, and Dylann Crush for the gifted copy!
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Sweet and heartwarming!

This is the third book in a series and the first I read, and I didn’t had any problem following this cute story.
It had everything you want in a rom-com, a little town, likeable characters, funny moments and rescue dogs!
This was my first book from this author and I will definitely check more of her work, this one left me with a smile on my face.

Thank you Berkley Romance , Berkley Publishing Groupand NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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