A Fortunate Texas

A Fortunes Of Texas Christmas Book Cover A Fortunes Of Texas Christmas
Fortunes of Texas
by Helen Lacey
Romance , Women's Fiction
Mills & Boon
Pub Date 30 Nov 2017

Now a channel 5 film Christmas in Paris

The Yuletide season brings something tres magnifique to Texas, in the form of sexy French enterpreneur Amersen Beaudin. The sexy but standoffish playboy has zero interest in meeting his newly discovered Fortune relatives, least of all the man who is his biological father. But when matriarch Kate Fortune dangles an all-too-attractive business proposition, he is intrigued. And once he meets Kate's beautiful gardener, Robin Harbin, he starts to rethink his holiday plans . . .

A spicy affair with the blue-eyed, blonde is now at the top of Amersen's wish list. But all Robin wants for Christmas is the flirty Parisian’s heart and soul. Can she convince him that love – and family – can lead to a Joyeux Noel?

Whilst clearly part of a series of stories about the Fortunes – a family – living in Texas, this can also be read as a stand-alone – just – as I got very intrigued about all the other Fortune children mentioned if not by name, that seem to be scattered around. One really wishes that Mr Fortune, father of all these children, learnt his lesson after the first illegitimate child! And maybe had a vasectomy…

I like stories which include horses and where the young woman can stick up for herself and this story had such a character.

Otherwise it was a fairly normal boy meets girl, and finds out hat his previous tom-catting ways no longer suit him, the meetings go well, not so well, badly, then better and finally very well and a…

A competently story-teller with nice style in the genre.

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Holy Love is needed

Love You Holy: Wild Child Book Cover Love You Holy: Wild Child
Fran Steinberg
contemporary fiction, romance, Women's Fiction
Pub Date 25 Apr 2019

A screaming newborn is thrown from a speeding car onto a dusty Texas road. Immediately, swarms of vultures descend on her to feast. A vicious kick from a crippled old man scatters the vultures and gives his wife time to pick the baby up."What is it Ma?" the old man asks his wife. "A sickly bear cub?" he ventures."No, Pa. It’s a newborn baby. See,” she says, pulling the blanket down. “Two arms and two legs. No fur. And look at this, Pa,” she says shaking her head with tears in her eyes, "her umbilical cord still attached." And so begins the life of Max Arrins, an abandoned orphan whose extraordinary character eventually makes her a legend in Texas. She’s a modern-day hero, who defends the weak, takes care of her people and doesn’t take any shit! Determined to join the Storm Kings, an elite group of linemen who put the lights back on after hurricanes and cyclones, she struggles fearlessly with man and nature to achieve her goal. But when her ambitions are blocked, the "Wild Child" in her emerges, with disastrous results for her opponent.If Wild Child Arrins loves you holy, you're safe. Be kind to her and she'll be kind to you. But hurt her or prevent her from getting what she wants… watch out. The Wild Child unleashed is a force to be reckoned with; a force not bears, wildcats or even an entire crew of Storm Kings can handle.

This is a very different story. It is written as an autobiography by the Wild child herself, telling her story from the age of 14 to 17 in great depth. Max also explains her origins, as she knows them, and some details of her life after 17, but the bulk of the story covers the period of her adoption to her marriage.

Her origins and early life are heart-rending and sad beyond belief, and yet you believe the story as it is so well told. The desperate poverty of small land holders with debts and mortgages reliant on their crops to provide their income.

The characterisations of this strange breed of humanity – Texans – are excellent, as is the use of colloquial language and idioms. I thought that the character of the Judge was lovely, and Ben was believable as someone who could ‘tame’ the Wild Child.

This novel kept me turning the pages and wanting to know more about the Storm Kings and yes, the song – The Witchita Linesman’ kept running through my head!

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Wedding dresses..

The Perfect Dress Book Cover The Perfect Dress
Carolyn Brown
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Montlake Romance (16 April 2019)

A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Timesbestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance. In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush. For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?

Whilst I quite enjoyed this idea and know that people will travel quite a long way for a wedding dress that is made to order, I did find that some of the ideas were somewhat peculiar. For instance, do people really artificial flowers for wedding bouquets? I decided to do a bit of research – as is my thing – and found it seemed to be an American thing. But even they suggest that you use silk flowers rather than stuff you can buy from Home Depot stores… And they are expensive. Fake flowers that look real are seriously expensive and thus not to be considered a money-saving idea. But why use fake when there are lots of fresh flowers that can be used inexpensively? And lots of greenery that can eke out the fresh? And never please use plastic – I’ve noticed this as being a bit of a theme in restaurants and hotels I’ve visited recently – and they never even dust them.. uggh.

And whilst I do ot go in for fat-shaming – I certainly would not be the best person to do this, being very round myself, could we please not eat mashed potatoes WITH rolls and dessert and donuts and muffins and.. I found the descriptions of the food these gals were eating just not enticing but rather unhappy making as I considered the mortality rates of Southern women along with all that sweet tea they drink. West Virginia, Alabama, and Louisiana are in the 10 states that have the lowest life expectancy in the US. See below compared to Hawaii which has the highest.

But then look at the next set of statistics on obesity:

Almost a match state by state. And Hawaii again is in the bottom 3 of states with obesity percentages at just over 50%.

Still I did enjoy the characters and the story telling and noted that the main character was very tall and would have difficulty in finding a dress off the peg. I rather liked the black dress with red lace too. I found some stunning ones on Etsy: even if this one is red with black lace…

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Cupid Stupidly Scores

Cupid Stupid and Cupid Scores Book Cover

Cupid Stupid and Cupid Scores

Return to Cupid Texas Bk#1 and Bk#2

Sylvia McDaniel

romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy

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1 edition (21 Feb. 2017)


Dancing naked around Cupid’s fountain seemed like a good idea…until the law showed up.

Meghan Scott is not a typical school librarian. When her girlfriends convince her to test the Cupid superstition and dance naked around the statue, she reluctantly agrees. Eager to find her soulmate and start a family Meghan reasons, nothing else has worked.

Former professional football player, Max Vandenburg can’t believe his eyes, when he sees Meghan Scott running down the street naked. Seven years ago she broke his heart and did the unthinkable. Rescuing Meghan is the first step in finally learning the truth, but when she refuses to discuss the past, can he charm the real story from her?

When Cupid’s arrow is aimed straight at their hearts, can two high school sweethearts learn everything in the past is not what it seems?

I am reviewing Book #1 and Book #2 in the series here together.

So in this (very) small town in Texas there is statue of Cupid in the town square and the town is thus named after the statue.

Now there are some myths about this statue that say that if you dance naked around the statue at midnight and say a little rhyme, that you will be married within a year.

Some girls really believe this and claim for it to be true for them.

So these 3 high school friends get rather drunk one evening, drowning their sorrows and persuade themselves to do this in the middle of winter. They are after all, at the ripe old age of 25 and unmarried – and without babies! Small town thinking? 35 i might understand – possibly.

Of course, they get caught Each by a different male and thus these stories begins. Each book tells the story of the romance of one of these 3 girls.

Each story has lots of mishaps and misunderstandings to enlist humour.

Book 1 was in my opinion the best as book 2 repeated a significant amount of book 1 – word for word! I appreciate that not everyone reads the books in sequence and the background needed explaining but – and  this to me is a very big but. A good writer can give the background enough for each book to standalone without repetition. I therefore downgrade book 2 to a 2 star from a 3 star.

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