Review of THE TEXAN'S RELUCTANT BRIDE by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
LONE STAR BRIDES
Silhouette Romance #1778, August 2005
Thomasina Tyler, Tommie to her friends, is a hard-charging businesswoman, proud of becoming one of the top real estate sales professionals in Texas. Her career hasn't given her the time to find 'the one' yet, but she wouldn't mind finding the right guy. One thing, though--that guy had better understand that her goals, her career, her ambitions matter. She's sacrificed a lot for family--happily--but she doesn't intend to give up her life to turn into some man's cook, house-cleaner, and baby factory--not even if he's a hunk like millionaire Pete Schofield.
After years in the north-east, Pete Schofield is coming back to Texas. He hires Tommie to help him find the perfect house--the house that will be perfect for the life he intends to create. Pete wants the idealized family he grew up in--and has enough money he thinks he can get it. But when he starts to see pretty Tommie in that house with him, he gets a rude awakening. Tommie isn't about to give up her ambitions--not even in the face of what Pete recognizes as an attraction as strong as their own.
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Christenberry) always populates her stories with family--and THE TEXAN'S RELUCTANT BRIDE is no exception. As Tommie relates with her triplet sisters, we see many of the same characteristics that Pete holds--but which he does not know how to accept in a woman. Through the eyes of his brother, we begin to see that Pete's idealized fantasy of family is both unattainable and ultimately unrewarding. Giving up dreams is one of the hardest things anyone can do, but unless Pete can realize that the very things that make Tommie so attractive to him are the things that are also driving him away, thanks to his archaic beliefs, he'll never attain happiness.
Readers seeking warm families, hot and handsome Texans, and a lesson that affirms female strength are sure to love Christenberry's THE TEXAN'S RELUCTANT BRIDE.
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