Review of THE TEXAN'S TINY DILEMMA by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
LONE STAR BRIDES
Silhouette Romance #1782, September 2005
Jim Schofield doesn't know quite what to think when he learns that his sister-in-law, Teresa Tyler, a woman he briefly dated, is pregnant. Their own affair burned hot and it doesn't seem right that she could have gotten involved with another man so quickly. But there was her date at his brother's wedding (to Teresa's sister, Tommie), a man who seemed highly interested in Teresa. Since Teresa claims that she doesn't want the father involved, Jim decides it's his job to make the scoundrel pay for his misdeeds. Except the 'scoundrel' turns out to be a nice guy who never even kissed Teresa. Which leaves Jim as chief suspect for future father.
Teresa fell in love with Jim as soon as they met. But after one night of passion, he told her that he didn't intend to see her any more. Teresa knows Jim would marry her in a minute--for the sake of their coming child. But she doesn't want a marriage to a man who picked her out of a sense of duty rather than love. When Jim learns that the pregnancy is his responsibility, he goes nuts, buying a house, insisting on taking care of Teresa, bulling his way into the doctor's office, and generally acting exactly like a man who wants to be the father of Teresa's children--but also the man who doesn't especially want to be Teresa's husband.
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Christenberry) continues her LONE STAR BRIDES series with the second of the triplet sisters. Jim is great with numbers, but has a hard time dealing with women, especially a woman who creates such confusing feelings within him. Jim has a hard time admitting his feelings to himself--admitting them to a woman seems like torture. But it takes Jim a long time to see that there is only one person standing between himself and happiness. That person isn't Teresa. It certainly isn't the twin brother Jim has competed with, or the mother he loves but sometimes feels overwhelmed by. It's himself.
Christenberry fans are definitely going to want to get their hands on THE TEXAN'S TINY DILEMMA to see whether Jim and Teresa can work through their problems, or whether their relationship really becomes one dilemma too many.
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