Fleeing trouble from 19th century Pittsburgh, Kara O'Riley travels west and is hired as bookkeeper for a sprawling Texas ranch. She quickly decides her new employer, Jonathan Catlin, adopted son of the McLain family, is the coldest man she has ever met. But one day she looks into his gorgeous, haunted eyes--and suddenly her lonely, aching heart is ...
Fleeing trouble from 19th century Pittsburgh, Kara O'Riley travels west and is hired as bookkeeper for a sprawling Texas ranch. She quickly decides her new employer, Jonathan Catlin, adopted son of the McLain family, is the coldest man she has ever met. But one day she looks into his gorgeous, haunted eyes--and suddenly her lonely, aching heart is filled with fire.
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Although there are too many subplots in this book, I adore it. I've been very interested in Jonathan since reading about him in the second book of this series, TO KISS A TEXAN. In it, Jonathan has just been brought back from the Apache's to live and he's not happy. He rages and just wants to return to the Apache.
Now it is 10 years later and Jonathan doesn't feel he lives any better in his world, but understands he cannot return to the old ways (the Apache are being placed on reservations). He's inherited a sprawling ranch from his grandmother but has one year to show a profit before it will finally be his.
Jonathan only sees the property as a means to return to his wandering around the world; he plans to get it on its feet and sell it ? giving him funds to continue wandering. One of his main problems is that no one at the ranch has a head for figures ? he's in Kansas City to hire a bookkeeper.
Kara O?Riley has recently graduated from bookkeeping school and is looking for a position. Kara's father sent her off to study because things were getting more violent at the mines and he feared for his only-child's safety. He told her not to contact him for at least 3 months and then to contact him indirectly.
Jonathan's lawyer hires Kara but she and Jonathan have problems immediately. Kara is used to touching people while talking with them and Jonathan doesn't like to be touched. He has lived alone for a long time and thinks he doesn't want to change. However, Kara is a unique character who gets under his skin.
At times, this story is hilarious (the ?wee little bookkeeper.?) and sometimes Jonathan's insights are sad and prophetic. I've read this book more than a dozen times and still enjoy it. 4.5 stars
1. The Texan's Touch (1998)
2. To Kiss a Texan (1999)
3. To Wed in Texas (2000)
4. Twilight in Texas (2001)
5. The Texan's Dream (2001)
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