Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: DESTRY by Lola Stark

Destry (Rough & Hard #1)


Rancher Destry Reeves is your typical country boy; he believes in hard work and the easy life. None of which he recognises in Amelia Highsmith.

When a chance encounter involving a cow, a truck and a dark Texan night puts the two on a collision course, it's not long before the fireworks begin and the simple life is turned upside down.

The last thing Amelia expects is for a brute of a cowboy to get in the way of her new life. She's left behind a world of high class dinners and city lights in an effort to escape a life she never wanted. Amelia finds herself in a world so far removed from home that it becomes impossible to break free without finding herself first.

Drawn together by an inexplicable attraction, Destry and Amelia must decide if such an unlikely pairing can ever survive.


“S’cuse me, ma’am. You mind not givin’ my cattle a hidin’?” A smooth male voice asked from behind me.
Jumping a solid foot in the air, I screamed long and loud. My hand flew to my heaving chest and I spun around, stepped back quickly, and bumped into the idiotic beast behind me. “Shit, sorry! It was in the middle of the road and I almost hit it.” I paused a moment. “Wait, it’s yours? Why is it in the middle of the road?” I asked, placing my hands on my hips in annoyance.
The headlights from his truck shined softly up from the side of the road, backlighting his silhouette and leaving his face concealed in shadow. I must have been in a state to not have heard his truck or seen the lights. Another bout of hysterical laughter bubbled up from my chest. Today couldn’t get any worse.
I was barefoot, standing in the middle of the road trying to beat up a cow, probably looking deranged and homeless while some tall, built cowboy came along to witness my meltdown.
Of course.
Why the hell not?
“You all right there, ma’am? Are you hurt?” The cowboy moved forward a step, one hand palm up as he approached me, as if he thought I might turn tail and run.
Not likely, considering I was trapped between an eight-hundred pound animal and a solid wall of muscled man. “You’ve gone and banged your head good there,” he drawled, gesturing to my head.
I’d forgotten about the cut on my brow. I imagined I looked like a busted can of biscuits. Sobering up quickly, I straightened, putting my hand up to stop his rather intimidating approach.
“I’m fine really, but your stupid animal was in the middle of the damn road and I swerved so as not to hit the ginormous thing and crashed my car.” I took a second to assess the man in front of me. I didn’t know if I should be worried or not. A female out on a deserted road with a stranger. I mean, he could be some sort of weird-ass serial killer for all I knew. He didn’t act or look like one, but then again, what did I know about criminal profiling?



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Destry had me at the cover!  I do enjoy a good cowboy hero and I was not disappointed with Destry!  This was my first book by Lola Stark and I really enjoyed her writing style, the wit and the characters that seemed to jump off the page and become "real".

Destry is a rancher that has a hang up with city girls, Amelia is a city girl who is breaking free of her suffocating former life.  When they are put together we get some sparks, snark and lots of sexy tension.  Destry's family was a hoot and I can't wait to read more about this cast of characters in the books to come (and the next book, OMG, I can't wait!).

Destry is a quick, read that isn't full of angst and that was perfect for the mood I was in.  There is a touch of drama that I thought was unnecessary, but it was in needed to get the story to where we all wanted to to go.  If you are in the mood for a brooding cowboy and a woman learning to let go and be herself then Destry is a great choice to pick up for the weekend.

Lola Stark was a new to me author and I will definitely be watching and waiting for more of this Rough and Hard series in the future!


Lola Stark lives in Australia, Is an at home mummy with no filter raising a hoard of minions and a husband who sometimes appears not to have grown up. Lola has loved to read for as long as she can remember. When not wrangling the family she can be found sitting at her computer , writing, facebooking or just generally messing around.