The summary: 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.
And here is Suzette's review:
When I read the synopsis for this book, it was all I could do not to groan out loud. The first and only romance I read that involved a pregnant heroine left me gnashing my teeth with feminist rage for days. My expectations were lower than low going into this story. However, in spite of my initial prejudice, I have to admit that I absolutely love this book. That is not to say that it isn’t flawed. Some parts are so bad that they are unintentionally hilarious, but the positive elements of the story overwhelm the silly ones.
The two biggest elements that work for me were the likeability of the protagonists and the sense of realism. Cadde and Jessie are genuinely nice people who I want to cheer for. For the most part, the author does a thorough job of developing their motivations, so their actions never seem nonsensical. Furthermore, the author integrates a lot of subtle details that make the story feel more authentic. For example, Jessie volunteers at a shelter for abused women. The specifics of her role at the shelter are smoothly woven into the narrative, lending plausibility to many of the plot elements. As a result of the consistency of characterization and coherent plotting, I was able to suspend disbelief when events took a turn toward the clichéd.
Finally, I have to say that the last third of the book is what really knocked my socks off. (Spoiler) Jessie has a miscarriage as a result of a brutal attack. The pain that she and Cadde feel is visceral and shattering. This part of the book packs a serious emotional punch. I felt so devastated on their behalf that I almost cried (don’t worry they get their HEA.)
This is my first category romance novel, so I have no idea how this book measures up in contrast to others in the genre, but I would recommend it to those who are looking for an emotionally affecting read and don’t mind a little bit of over-the-top schlocky sentimentality.
A few other awesome things about The Texan’s Bride that don’t fit into the review:
Jessie- she is half-Hispanic and fantastic. Even though her race plays practically no role in the story, just the fact that she is not your typical lily-white heroine is a big win for me.
Oil drilling metaphors-sadly, none of these turned up during the sex scenes, but I still giggled every time I saw the word “gusher.”
Ridiculous names-here are a few examples: Cisco, Roscoe, Hub, and my personal favorite: Hooter. Who the hell would name their kid Hooter? I wonder if he has a brother named Cooter.