Ever since he was an orphan struggling to survive, Lewton Preston has focused on one day being financially comfortable enough to never have to worry. Now, he’s achieved that goal and is ready to leave his life as a gambler and find a wife. Not just any wife, though; Lewton desperately wants the family he never had, and is searching for a kind-hearted, loving wife with a family he can slip into and acquire the home he’s always dreamed about. On a whim he steals a train ticket to his friend Duncan’s ranch to meet his cousins; he knows it’s a risk that might end the friendship, but he’s willing to risk it to see if any of the three lovely ladies meets his fancy.
Emily McMurray wants nothing of her cousin’s matchmaking. The way she’s seen men behave has not only made her afraid of them, but also completely disinterested in hitching her welfare to any one of their sides. No, Emily is much more comfortable running the ranch, a job which she willingly undertook when Duncan left the farm to join the Texas Rangers.
But when Emily and Lewton start working side by side, she because she must and he because he’s interested in the ranch, they find that their personalities mix quite nicely. The problem, though, is that he doesn’t know who she really is, and she doesn’t know who he really is. Can an affection based on deception survive?
The fifth in the Whispering Mountain series, Jodi Thomas’ Texas Blue is one brilliant novel. Each of the characters is independently engaging, complex and lovable. It’s impossible to put this wonderful book down after reading the first sentence and, admittedly, a little sad when it’s all over – mainly because the fantastic ride ends. Thomas truly knows Texas, a fact which makes her plots plausible and, therefore, enjoyable (and also something this Texas native appreciates). Don’t miss this great romance, and don’t hesitate to catch up on the series’ other books, either – it’s impossible that you’ll be disappointed.
Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.