Last Chance Saloon, Oklahoma Territory
They were cheating that poor drunken cowboy, and Lark Van Schuyler just felt she needed to intervene. After all, he was a fellow Texan! Lark had been trying to keep a low profile in the Last Chance, just serving drinks until she could figure out what to do with her life. She was not like the other girls that worked there Lark was no whore! Having run away from her family’s ranch in Texas because she felt she could not live up to her well-mannered twin sister Lacey’s standards, Lark knew she was in for trouble when she deliberately spilled whiskey on the cowboy, taking the duped fellow out of the game! Stepping outside with the handsome cowpoke, Lark began to feel stirrings of something she had never felt for any man before, but knowing this one was nothing but a saddle tramp, Lark sent him on his way, or at least she thought she did.
Larado was so down on his luck and now having lost the last of his money in that poker game, he was out of options to get back to Texas. Inadvertently involving himself and the spunky salon gal, Lark, who had saved him the night before in the saloon, in a bank robbery, Larado had to high tail it out of town quickly or face the noose that was certainly going to find its way around his neck. Never in his wildest dreams when Larado went on the run did he imagine to come across the beautiful Lark again or find himself married to her!
To Tease a Texan is author Georgina Gentry’s twenty- fifth book in her series of Old west tales. To Tease a Texan gave me many issues. The repetitiveness of clichés through out the story is enough to make you want to draw your six-shooter and put the book out of its misery! The characters are one dimensional, almost cartoon-like in description. A villain named Snake described as a snake in the grass; OK we get it he is a Snake! A snooty town matron who happens to be named, you guessed it, Mrs. Snootley! Lark could have been an interesting heroine and she starts off that way showing her courage in facing down a saloon full of bad dudes in order to save the Texan cowboy, but then she becomes a wimp who then turns into a shrew. Larado had some redeeming qualities but they do not become known until almost the end of the book and by then you simply do not care anymore. There were some scattered chuckles thanks to a silly donkey named Magnolia and for that I will give the book the rating I did.