Review: The Charmer in Chaps by Julia London

Cimarron County knows the youngest son of the fabled Prince family as a womanizing hell-raiser, but Luca has another side to him. He intends to turn the overworked pasture land his father left him back to its natural beauty. There's just one problem--a woman with sparkling eyes and more fight than a barnyard cat is grandfathered into some acreage on his portion of Three Rivers Ranch.

After years of living in foster homes, Ella 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--if only she could stop melting at his touch.

What begins as a game of seduction for Luca quickly turns into something more, but Ella has learned the hard way to trust no one but herself--especially when it comes to her deepest secret. Yet the closer Luca gets to Ella, the more he wants to be the one she leans on. For once, Luca is determined to do something right and give the woman he loves the home she deserves.

I was kinda excited about this new series by Julia London. It looked slightly different than her usual stuff so I couldn't wait to try it. I was hard-pressed to remember if she's written about a cowboy before. I'd have to go look. Since I love me a good cowboy, I jumped right in. 

Like I mentioned, The Charmer in Chaps is the first book in the Princes of Texas series. I think the author did a wonderful job of setting up who everyone was and gave you enough about the upcoming characters to want more. 

I will start off with the fact that this is one messed up family. You know they are going to make for good reading. 

I think the way they treated Luca is close to neglect. Very bad parenting. I'll let you read for yourself to decide but I think you'll agree with me. You'll see how just because you are rich doesn't mean your life is wonderful. Crap happens no matter how much money you have. 

I really liked Luca. Yes, he was a playboy who didn't take anything seriously or did he. He is full of layers that I'm not even sure we got to know about while reading this book. I think only Luca could fill us in on it all. I liked how he took charge of his life even when it wasn't the popular vote. At one point he no longer cares what others think and has to do what's right for him. 

I enjoyed Ella but there are times when she got on my last nerve. She let everyone influence her and even sometimes talk down to her. She had very little confidence in herself and it was reflected in her character. There are times I want to shake her. Yes she came from a sad beginning and you sometimes have the be there for those who were there for you but you can't use them as an excuse not to really live. Their actions made it easier for her to disconnect. 

I might have has some issues with her but I did like her and her tiny animal haven. She's a good person who's loyal to those who don't always deserve it. 

As a whole, this was a great start to this new series. I can't wait for Luca's brother and sisters stories and what is going to happen with the half brother. I also want more of the grandma and mother even though I'm not always happy with the mom. 

So have any of you read her before? Are you excited about the new series? 


  1. I like messed up families too. They tend to have just enough drama to make it interesting. This sounds good.

    1. Right! Not that I don't love the family that are there for each other but sometimes I need a soap opera type story.


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