Linda Warren’s second book in the Hardin Boys series is a well written love story about two people who are very stubborn and each want their own way. The Texan’s Bride is not just a romance, but one with both humor and sadness. I wasn’t able to put this book aside, and finished it in one day. I could not wait to see how it would end, but was sorry to have finished it.
Cadde Hardin has been married to Jessie Murdock on paper only. For the past eighteen months, that’s how it has been. Cadde is an oil man, and agreed to marry Jessie because her father was ill and wanted to make sure she would have someone he knew would keep her safe. Her father made a business deal with Cadde, and Jessie went along with it – or so he thinks.
Jessie Murdock, a.k.a. Mrs. Cadde Hardin, has other plans and will do whatever she can to manipulate things to work her way. Another business deal is to be made, but not what she has planned, since Cadde has other ideas. Once they agree and the papers are signed, their marriage takes a turn into another direction, one that will work for both of them.
When tragedy strikes will these two be able to admit that there is more to their relationship than contracts? Will Cadde’s brothers step up and be the support he will need? What about Jessie, will she turn to her husband or run?
I enjoyed the first in this series, The Texan’s Secret and I know I am looking forward to reading the last brothers story, The Texan’s Christmas.