The Charmer in Chaps by Julia London

The Charmer in Chaps

Julia London

Luca is as seductive as he was then, but Ella isn’t about to fall for his flirting.Yet the closer Luca gets to Ella, the more he wants to be the only one she leans on.

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A Texas Prince Meets His Match...
 
Cimarron County knows the youngest son of the fabled Prince family as a womanizing hell-raiser, but Luca has changed and he intends to prove it. There's just one problem—a woman with sparkling eyes and more fight than a barnyard cat.
 
After a childhood of living in foster homes, Ella Kendall has exactly three things to her name: A dog, a pig, and the rundown house she just inherited. Luca may not remember her from high school, but she definitely remembers him. He is as seductive as he was then, but Ella isn't about to fall for his flirting. She recognizes a playboy cowboy when she sees one.
 
Luca knows Ella has learned the hard way to trust no one but herself. Yet the closer he gets to Ella, the more he wants to be the only one she leans on. Because Ella is the only woman for him, and he wants to be the man who finally gives her the home she truly deserves.


Advance Galley Reviews

I’m a huge Julia London fan and this book was no exception. This was an easy and enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

I have not read many cowboy romance novels but this one was a pretty good story. These people did seem to have a lot, no really, a monstrous lot of personal problems but it was interesting. A couple of steamy sex scenes, which is just about right. Not too few, not too many. I enjoyed the excerpt from the next book, Devil in the Saddle. Looking forward to that one.

I found this to be a very fast paced read and couldn't wait to see what happened. I haven't read other books by this author to judge how it compares, but I will be looking forward to the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy.

Overall a good read. I felt some parts were boringly descriptive and pointless but not bad enough for me to give up reading it. I will also add that I will be reading the next book in the series.

Ella Kendall had a huge crush on Luca prince in high school.He transfered to her school in his junior year. The prince family owns a ranch which the town is named after. Luca gave Ella a Earth shattering kiss her senior year at the dance. Then he acted like it never happened. Ella and Stacy aged out of foster care. Ella had several boyfriends and never connected to any of them. Ella finished her accounting degree and has an accounting job and a hostess job. No guy has ever had the effect on her that Luca did. Ella hasn't seen Luca in 12years until she broke down in middle of road trying to buy parts for broken faucet. Luca doesn't seem to remember her and she is embarrassed. Luca has been through a string of beautiful women. I instantly liked Ella and I love cowboy romances. I love the names Ella and Luca. Luca is a bit of a player but Ella is hard to get. The house Ella inherited is in bad shape and close by Lucas family ranch.I thought the conservation part added to the story. I loved watching Ella slowly put her guard down.I really didn't care for Stacy and her stunts but felt bad for her in the end what happened. I also reviewed on my new blog amybookworm53.home.blog and goodreads and mentioned it was a first to read book

I normally love Julia London's books but this one was really a disappointment. Luca was not my favorite character and I felt no connection to him. Ella was a little more likable but not by much. Luca and Ella are the worst couple and I felt like the story kept dragging on. This book was maybe a 3 out of 5.

This was the perfect weekend read! This is the trope of poor girl/rich boy with a common ground of mutual attraction and past hardship. Ella finally has a home of her own after years of living in foster care and is working at getting established as an accountant. Luca, the local rich boy, connects with Ella as he starts pursuing a dream of his own and facing some personal challenges. There's a mutual attraction that they can't help but explore despite Ella's misgivings. While there wasn't a lot of conflict, there was some soul-searching and some real reflection and growth as they struggled to believe in their future potential and take a risk. The issues (environmentalism, poverty, dyslexia, foster care, grief, different classes, breaking from tradition) weren't deeply explored, but there was enough of them to give a little depth to the story. There was also a fun supporting cast of characters, including a some animals that came with Ella's new home, a troubled foster care 'sister', and a quirky grandmother, among others. The was a quick, enjoyable read. I was sad to see this book end, and I can't wait to read the next story in the series! I have pre-ordered it!

3.5 out of 5 stars. I have no real complaints. I liked how the characters were imperfect: dyslexia, kleptomania, trust issues, etc. This was certainly a laid back read in my mind. There wasn't a whole lot of conflict, and when there was conflict, I didn't really FEEL it. So I guess I would say this is a pleasant weekend read but that it didn't really stand out to me as having an emotional impact. Thus, 3.5 stars.

There were many strengths to this book. First, it was very well actualized. The language is solid, with some wonderful conversational passages. The main characters, Ella and Luca, fall in line with many tropes of the genre (high school classmates, huge/ uneven crush, playboy and poor girl. The tropes of the genre (notice I don't say stereotypes) didn't at all bother me. The nuances of character outweighed any elements of familiar plotting. Of course, the tone of my first sentence should indicate that is a "but" here. I don't know if it's London I fault or the genre in general (one that I have even blogged about loving mind). About 2/3 of the way through, you are starting to see these two people are friends growing into more. You see Luca isn't quite the cad you think. Ella is no wilting hayseed. The story is right on. This is Cinderella story where the poor girl needs saving as much as the prince. Cool! Then London makes a joke about feminism. The guy demands to take the girl on the date. She feels she shouldn't be ordered around, as she is a feminist, but then agrees stating she is a "bad feminist." Dear Ms. London, a bad feminist is one who doesn't think men and women are equal. Period. All other actions, including dating a cowboy, and actually a very enlightened one at that, doesn't make her a bad feminist. Feminism isn't about what you wear, or who buys you dinner, or which books you read. It is simply, and I say this again for the people in the back, the idea that women are equal. What is strange is that after the protagonist calls herself a bad feminist, the cowboy calls himself one too. A cowboy even calling him a feminist, even tongue in cheek, is a sense that this book has inherent equality of sexes. London, it's okay to think women and men are equal and due to equal rights under the law. It doesn't mean that women can't let me, including hot cowboys, buy them dinner. It also doesn't mean that women can't enjoy a book about said cowboys (or write them). And, I'll tell you what, it also means that I can rationally say this was a good book, worth enjoying on your next holiday, say, or in an evening where you need some escapism, despite that drawback. After all, I can be a feminist, see a mistake in something a woman does, speak of it critically, and still appreciate their work.

I am usually wary about reading certain books but I am SO glad I was able to read this one. Julia London had me enthralled by the first chapter and I couldnt put it down. Luca Prince is a not only rich but very fine and even after twelve years Ellie cant stop thinking about him nor the kiss they had shared in high school. When Ellie ends up moving back to their small town she bumps into Luca and those feelings she had start to come back. Growing up in foster care has made her wary of feeling for someone and letting them into her life fully. But that isnt going to stop Luca from trying to push those walls down. In the end I loved the book, you see not only Ellie's POV but some of Luca's and even his mothers. You also get to see a side of his life, with him struggling with his dyslexia and overcoming everything he had to deal when it came to it. I am glad to have been given the opportunity to read this book. I cant wait to read the next Prince of Texas novel!

 


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