The Texan's Bride by Linda Warren
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas)
Length: Full Length (288 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Sheltered her entire life, Jessie Murdock has rarely gotten her way. Until her dying father makes a deal with Cadde Hardin. Cadde will get shares of Shilah Oil on one condition—marry Jessie. In love with him for years, Jessie doesn't hesitate to sign the papers. But she didn't sign up for a completely absent husband.
Now Jessie has a counter offer. She'll give Cadde controlling interest of the business if he'll give her a baby…the natural way. Only he has a few caveats of his own. When life refuses to follow their written plan, Jessie and Cadde have to decide which is more important: their unspoken love or the family business.
Love will always win out.
I've had the honor of reading the other books in Ms. Warren's Hardin Boys series. I'm glad I got this one as well. Ms. Warren writes stories with characters I can't forget and situations I need to root for them to overcome. The words simply flow on the page and take the reader from scene to scene effortlessly. I might not have agreed with every single one of the characters' actions - who really does? That's what gets the reader emotionally involved in the story--I still had to know what would happen next.
Jessie has been in love with Cadde for as long as she can remember. I love that trope. Immediately I need to know that they will get together. Her feelings for Cadde are sweet and mixed with the right amount of spice. Still, there were things she did that I understood, but I wasn't real thrilled with. More than once I wanted to bop her on the head and say, hey! Don't do that! Still, the explanations as to why she does makes sense and being in her shoes, I can't say I wouldn't have done differently.
Cadde. The guy is a conundrum clad in sexy business clothes and boots. As soon as he stepped on the page, I knew he cared so deeply for Jessie. I totally understood his confusion and divided loyalties--love the girl or the job. While it's been done, Ms. Warren made it work in this book. I wanted to see him succeed and become the man I knew he could be. I wasn't let down. In fact, reading from Cadde's point of view was fantastic and had some very hot moments.
If you want a book that will stay with you long after the last page and is chock full of characters you'll root for from the get-go, then you need to read The Texan's Bride. It's a fun, sweet, and spicy read.