This is the third book in Jodi Thomas’ Whispering Mountain series, a series about the three brothers and sister of the McMurrary Family. The central focus throughout their lives has been each other and the ranch their father died to protect. Tall, Dark, and Texan tells the story of Teagan McMurray, the eldest brother. Teagan's not much for talking, and everyone but his family is afraid of him. He's a strong hard working man who just wants to be left alone to work the ranch. Unfortunately for Teagan, this is not to be.
Teagan's life completely changes when Widow Jessie Barton and her three children unexpectedly arrive. Jessie is in trouble and running from her in-laws who want to take her children. Her only hope is Teagan, a man she's only ‘met’ through letters he's written to her dead husband.
Jessie's stay at the ranch gives her hope that life could be better for her and her daughters, but there's an underlying fear it could all be taken away if she's caught. Teagan isn't sure what to feel, he's never wanted or needed a woman before. But when they are forced into marriage of convenience to save her children - a deep understanding of each other and underlying love permeates all their interactions. This is most definitely a friends to lovers’ story of the most romantic kind, and their tenuous relationship will keep you on the edge.
Jodi Thomas is a master at writing a love story that envelops the reader page by page with the final chapter bringing you an incredibly rewarding and happy ending.
I loved these characters. I cared about them throughout their hardships, and cheered for them when they found their happiness. Her descriptive passages are silky smooth, her dialogue is believable and she puts the reader right in the middle of the open plains of Texas so you can almost hear the grass rustle in the wind.
If you've never read a western romance, I encourage you to pick up this series. Can you read this book as a stand alone? Absolutely, but why deprive yourself of these wonderful characters, and Ms. Thomas’ terrific story telling.
By Jodi Thomas
Reviewed by Maria Lokken
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