Okay, I'm not sure if it's the genre (romance), the setting (Texas), or the era (late 1980's). Maybe it's some strange chemical reaction that occurs when you combine all three. Whatever the cause, The Thrill of Victory by Sandra Brown suffers from a fascinating phenomenon. I've observed the same phenomenon is some of her other books from the same era.
The main female character complains that the main male character is a chauvinist. He recognizes the "flaws" in his behavior and vows to correct them. Oh, isn't it lovely when women's lib is successful!
Then the two characters proceed to fall into a slightly modified version of their previous relationship. Big strong man taking care of small weak woman. Didn't they just agree not to act that way?