Book Review: Tougher Than The Rest by Shirleen Davis

Book Review: Tougher Than The Rest by Shirleen Davis


A quick beach read

Tougher Than The Rest is an historical romance set in the 1880’s in Arizona. The love interests are Kate, a young lady in distress, quite literally, and Niall, a widowed father.

At only 163 pages in ebook format, this book is a quick read. I read this in about 3 days – it was an easy read and quick to flow through. I enjoy a good romance novel and Tougher Than The Rest was an interesting story with likeable characters.

Being placed in Arizona in the late 1880’s was entertaining for me because I lived in Phoenix for a short time so to see it in the eyes of the Old West was fun. I liked the characters of the town and how everyone came together. So many of the actions of what brought Kate and Niall together made sense because of the time period and I never questioned it.

There were conflicts in this novel and hurdles that the town, and the lovers had to get through which meant their love was tested many times, and that made the payoff that much better in the end.

I felt that the opening of this story was really strong and placed us directly in the action, however that opening scene didn’t seem to come around fully in the book. It definitely set up a few of the characters and how they got where they are today, but I was hoping for a little more from it because it was so strong.

I also wanted a lot more between Kate and Niall – the romance was definitely there, but sometimes it felt as though the readers were told it was there instead of being able to put it together ourselves and see it in action.

The external conflict happening in the town did not add to the plot. It didn’t affect any of the characters or throw conflict in their relationship and I wasn’t sure why it was in the story.

There is a big cliffhanger in the end as the author preps the reader for her next book.


*I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to any chick lit or romance lover who is looking for a quick read on the beach.

To learn more about Tougher Than The Rest or Shirleen Davis, please visit

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 I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any further compensation. 

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About Katie McCoach

KATIE McCOACH is a developmental book editor at KM Editorial, LLC working with authors to help them create their best story! Be sure to follow her on Twitter @KatieMcCoach.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Tougher Than The Rest by Shirleen Davis

  1. Shirleen Davies August 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Thanks so much for being one of the Blog Party participants for the release of TOUGHER THAN THE REST. I look forward to any comments from your readers.

    • katiemccoach August 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Shirleen,

      Of course! I was happy to read and review your work.

      I wish you all the best!


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