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Hiding out from her fiancé in her father's barn, Liberty Mayfield can't deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan. If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father's life. Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsider Hiding out from her fiancé in her father's barn, Liberty Mayfield can't deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan. If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father's life. Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsiders. But something about Liberty Mayfield has made it impossible to keep his distance. Every minute spent with the vulnerable beauty has left him hungering for something he swore he'd never have: a wife and a family. Unfortunately, the woman who's ignited his desire is about to marry another man.


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Hiding out from her fiancé in her father's barn, Liberty Mayfield can't deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan. If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father's life. Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsider Hiding out from her fiancé in her father's barn, Liberty Mayfield can't deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan. If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father's life. Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsiders. But something about Liberty Mayfield has made it impossible to keep his distance. Every minute spent with the vulnerable beauty has left him hungering for something he swore he'd never have: a wife and a family. Unfortunately, the woman who's ignited his desire is about to marry another man.

30 review for Texas Princess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    3.5 stars This started extremelly well, only to have the heroine make a couple of stupid decisions near the end. It seems my fate to run into TSTL heroines lately:) Plus the ending was anticlimatic with the bad guy left to wander off. Nevertheless, liked the book and the writing. I'll probably listen to the next one of the series as well. I just hope this heroine has more brains in her head. 3.5 stars This started extremelly well, only to have the heroine make a couple of stupid decisions near the end. It seems my fate to run into TSTL heroines lately:) Plus the ending was anticlimatic with the bad guy left to wander off. Nevertheless, liked the book and the writing. I'll probably listen to the next one of the series as well. I just hope this heroine has more brains in her head.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dija

    4.5/5 stars - my 700th rating on GR.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    Another excellent book in this Historical Western Romance series! I look forward to continuing this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn ♥ romance

    I enjoyed this historical romance with lots of fast paced exciting action. The hero was the star of the story with his ability and honor. The heroine was rather spoiled but her behavior somewhat improved as things progressed. Rancher Tobin happens to be in the barn with the senators daughter Liberty tries to hide from her fiance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY May contain spoilers Tobin McMurray and his brother, Teagen, raised horses at Whispering Mountain Ranch. Teagen returned from a trip to deliver one of their horses to the daughter of Senator James Mayfield, Liberty Mayfield. Someone was trying to kill the senator and Teagen felt that Tobin was the person to protect THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY May contain spoilers Tobin McMurray and his brother, Teagen, raised horses at Whispering Mountain Ranch. Teagen returned from a trip to deliver one of their horses to the daughter of Senator James Mayfield, Liberty Mayfield. Someone was trying to kill the senator and Teagen felt that Tobin was the person to protect Liberty. Teagen and the senator arranged for Tobin to return and deliver a different horse to the Mayfields. Tobin would pretend to kidnap Liberty to get her away from the senator so that he would not have to worry about anything happening to her. Liberty had agreed to marry Captain Samuel Buchanan. He was hired to protect Liberty's father. As their wedding date grew closer, it became clear that the Captain didn't love her or even like her much. She was just a link to get closer to her father and his money. Liberty discovered his plan to cause her to have more and more accidents until she finally died and the Capt. had her money. Liberty was afraid of horses because her mother had died after being thrown from a horse. She agreed to let Tobin teach her to ride a horse in hopes that she would be able to escape from marrying Capt. Buchanan. One night the Capt. had her alone. He knocked her into a chair which bruised her ribs and he slapped her hard across her face a couple of times giving her a bloody lip. Her father was leaving and Liberty hid from the Captain in her house. The senator was ambushed after he left the house and the senator's housekeeper helped Tobin locate Liberty hiding in the house. Tobin headed to Whispering Mountain Ranch with Liberty. Tobin and Liberty's attraction to each other grew as they spent more time together on the journey to his home. They tried to fight the attraction because she was going to go back to Washington once her father was safe. Tobin's life was on his ranch. During the attack on the Senator, Tobin's sister, Sage's boyfriend was killed. He had no family so they brought his body to the ranch and buried him on the ranch. Some of the people in town tried to get on the ranch property because it was rumored that Tobin had kidnapped Liberty. The military was also trying to get to Liberty to return her to the senator. Liberty found out and decided to run away to keep Tobin from getting into trouble. One of the Capt.'s soldiers found Liberty and decided to take her back to the Capt. Liberty talked Warren into stopping my the town's teacher's house. Mrs. Dickerson drove to Tobin's ranch to tell him where Liberty was just as the ranch was about to be attacked. Liberty found out that the Capt. had ordered his soldiers to kill Tobin if they found him. Tobin tracked Liberty and caught up with her before she was turned over to the captain. Warren let her loose to go with Tobin. Tobin took Liberty back to his ranch at Whispering Mountain. Liberty was taken through Apache land and met Tobin's grandfather who was an Indian. After meeting Tobin's grandfather, Liberty was reunited with her father. Her father sent a Dr. in to check Liberty's health and his questions led Liberty to discover that she was pregnant. She knew Tobin didn't want a wife or children. Tobin and Liberty met and decided to marry and separate so that he would have an excuse to never marry and Liberty's father wouldn't force Liberty into another marrying situation. Tobin agreed with the understanding that Liberty would spend one last night with him. Tobin went back to his ranch. The Senator found out who was trying to kill him. Some businessmen wanted to scare the Senator out of politics. The outlaws they hired decided to take it a step further. Tobin had found the outlaws and forced them off his property with the help of a boy named Drummond Roak. Liberty went back in Washington as a married woman. Tobin traveled to Washington to get Liberty. He told her that he couldn't sleep without her and he would stay in Washington in order to be with her. She told him that she was having his baby and the child should be born on Whispering Mountain. He told her to get some sleep for the long journey home.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I really enjoyed this book more than the 1st in the series. I felt the connection and the romance more. I loved Tobin because he was strong and silent but he also had a gentle side to him. The plot was flowing and I kept wondering if the bad guys were going to get them. I love the unity of this family. Overall this was a good western romance!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    I found this one at the library and decided to try it. I read a few others in this series and skipped this one for some reason. I liked it. It flowed nicely and didn't lag much. Tobin was a wonderful hero but I wasn't as fond of Libby. I thought Libby had a few borderline TSTL moments that made me mad. But I'd recommend it to fans of American West Romances. I found this one at the library and decided to try it. I read a few others in this series and skipped this one for some reason. I liked it. It flowed nicely and didn't lag much. Tobin was a wonderful hero but I wasn't as fond of Libby. I thought Libby had a few borderline TSTL moments that made me mad. But I'd recommend it to fans of American West Romances.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Pretty sure I read this before. I remember the family wanting to sell a horse for the daughter of a senator, and the spoiled daughter wanting nothing to do with horses. The hero comes with a horse and winds up teaching her to ride, and then rescuing her from various kinds of trouble. I remembered the story only vaguely and enjoyed reading it again. It's a good read. Pretty sure I read this before. I remember the family wanting to sell a horse for the daughter of a senator, and the spoiled daughter wanting nothing to do with horses. The hero comes with a horse and winds up teaching her to ride, and then rescuing her from various kinds of trouble. I remembered the story only vaguely and enjoyed reading it again. It's a good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    This is one of my least-favorite of Jodi Thomas’ books. ‘Cheesy’ is an unfortunate word I’d use to describe some of the author’s descriptions of male characters and some of the dialog. Since Thomas has demonstrated considerable mastery with both dialog and descriptions, this was an unwelcome surprise. I was also disappointed in the lack of genuine emotion between the hero and heroine; however, there was plenty of lust. There was a running dialog going on inside Tobin and Liberty -- ruminating on This is one of my least-favorite of Jodi Thomas’ books. ‘Cheesy’ is an unfortunate word I’d use to describe some of the author’s descriptions of male characters and some of the dialog. Since Thomas has demonstrated considerable mastery with both dialog and descriptions, this was an unwelcome surprise. I was also disappointed in the lack of genuine emotion between the hero and heroine; however, there was plenty of lust. There was a running dialog going on inside Tobin and Liberty -- ruminating on the unsuitability of the other person – they would not fit in each other’s world. As a reader, I was troubled by the thought: How would they compromise after the passion was gone? There didn’t seem to be enough genuine emotion to carry them for a lifetime. On the positive side, I was delighted to read another book about this strong and resilient family. Mrs. Dickerson plays an important (if short) role in this book; she is a charmer. We have all known a teacher of Mrs. Dickerson’s stripe – fearless in the face of adversity and assured enough of her place in the community’s hierarchy to take even adult miscreants to task. Jodi Thomas outdid herself in the unique way she introduced Drummond Roak. I’ve read this whole series several times. Because I listened to the book this time, I got a new perspective on Drum -- the reader made Drum sound a young as Thomas intended. The reader made the disparity between Sage and Drum’s ages and maturity very clear. When I’ve read this book, I viewed them as much more of the same age - maturity. Now it is easy to see why the McMurray’s were so appalled by Drum’s bravado (In one instance, Drum tells the McMurray men that he plans to return and make Sage ‘his woman’). Drum is such a presence; it is fortunate for Tobin and Liberty that he only has a small role in this story. As it is, he’s so interesting he nearly walked away with the book! Don’t worry, Drum will grow and change in books 3 and 4. Roak will emerge as a worthy male lead in the 4th book! Whispering Mountain 1. Texas Rain (2006) 2. Texas Princess (2007) 3. Tall, Dark, and Texan (2008) 4. The Lone Texan (2009) 5. Texas Blue (2011) 6. Wild Texas Rose (2012)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I absolutely loved this book. I loved Tobin from the start and I completely related to Libby 100%, being a spoiled "princess" myself! I loved that the main focus was on the H/h, not some other outside sub-plot. There was great dialog(for a shy, quiet man, he sure has the right words) and the interaction & chemistry between characters was wonderful! Can't wait to read the next in the series. This one is easily a favorite for me! Reminds me of the country song that says, "a back woods boy and a fa I absolutely loved this book. I loved Tobin from the start and I completely related to Libby 100%, being a spoiled "princess" myself! I loved that the main focus was on the H/h, not some other outside sub-plot. There was great dialog(for a shy, quiet man, he sure has the right words) and the interaction & chemistry between characters was wonderful! Can't wait to read the next in the series. This one is easily a favorite for me! Reminds me of the country song that says, "a back woods boy and a fairy tale princess"!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    The second in the Whispering Mountain series and while it was a good book I enjoyed the first one more. However, this book was well-developed and had a some good action to go with it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ririn Aziz

    'It doesn't matter where we live. If I'm with you, I'm home.' *sighhh* 'It doesn't matter where we live. If I'm with you, I'm home.' *sighhh*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Luvmyfamily

    So sweet! I really like the shy strong silent type!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cece

    Wow, I am completely taken back by how much I loved this book! I wasn't expecting much out of it, especially since I didn't like the first one in this series very much but the writing was good enough for me to try again and I am extremely glad that I did. I feel like this book did everything that the first one didn't especially with the two characters actually interacting! I was completely swept away by this romance and I don't know if going forward any of these other McMurray's can beat Tobin be Wow, I am completely taken back by how much I loved this book! I wasn't expecting much out of it, especially since I didn't like the first one in this series very much but the writing was good enough for me to try again and I am extremely glad that I did. I feel like this book did everything that the first one didn't especially with the two characters actually interacting! I was completely swept away by this romance and I don't know if going forward any of these other McMurray's can beat Tobin because he's definitely a favorite of mine. From the absolute beginning to end he and Liberty have this amazing back and forth banter that just works really well for them as it's never them hating each other, just them being two different people. I loved nearly ever scene they had with each other and their romance was one that I actually felt which I feel is hard to find in certain romances now. But, boy were these two stubborn as hell! I don't like romances where one character is giving more then the other while the other just takes, takes, takes. I like a give and take but Liberty and Tobin both refused to give, which I'm not sure I've ever read before? It was definitely an interesting dynamic and while I did enjoy it for the most part it did become tiresome after awhile to the point where I wanted to shake them and make them realize that they were in love! It lasted a little too long in my opinion but the author definitely made up for it in that last chapter that absolutely had me swooning. This book was pretty lengthy but after I was done with it I found that I still could've read another ten chapters about these two characters that I absolutely adored. They were well thought out, likable and I truly felt invested in their romance. Nearly every scene in this book had me captivated and not skimming, unlike the first one. I even enjoyed the few scenes we had between Sage and Drum and I'm pretty tempted to skip the third book in this series and just hop into their story as I'm pretty excited for it. But either way I do plan on continuing this series and I'm happy that I gave it another try!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    Book two of the Whispering Mountain Romance Series. Tobin, the youngest of the three brothers, a man more comfortable talking to horses than people sets off on a cross country road trip on horseback with a spoiled society debutante who is afraid of horses. He does however prove that they can do it under the stars even on a cloudy night, and given the length of the description he took his time about it. Do these authors practice on their husbands? The author confuses threw and through; editing fa Book two of the Whispering Mountain Romance Series. Tobin, the youngest of the three brothers, a man more comfortable talking to horses than people sets off on a cross country road trip on horseback with a spoiled society debutante who is afraid of horses. He does however prove that they can do it under the stars even on a cloudy night, and given the length of the description he took his time about it. Do these authors practice on their husbands? The author confuses threw and through; editing failed to catch the error. Tobin may have lived a hermit’s existence with his horses but the detailed discriptions make it clear he’s no wham, bam, thank you ma’am lover. In this book we meet the wild child Drummond Doak. Miss Libby is a spoiled, scatter-brained idiot. Her every decision puts herself and others in danger. His love for her nearly gets Tobin killed several time over. One of the best lines in the book is the one in which he tells her he waited an hour to rescue her to see to the birth of a colt he thought of naming after her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    This book disappointed me after enjoying the first book in the series so much. It started out with such promise when a cowboy rescues a senator's daughter from an abusive fiance. However their relationship gets steamy fairly quickly and the rest of the book centers around their physical relationship since that is what they both agreed is all they want. It just wasn't what I was expecting from a book set in the 1800s and the other Jodi Thomas books I've read were not so graphic. I hope that the r This book disappointed me after enjoying the first book in the series so much. It started out with such promise when a cowboy rescues a senator's daughter from an abusive fiance. However their relationship gets steamy fairly quickly and the rest of the book centers around their physical relationship since that is what they both agreed is all they want. It just wasn't what I was expecting from a book set in the 1800s and the other Jodi Thomas books I've read were not so graphic. I hope that the rest of the series is more like the first book and not like this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rbette1299

    Tobin was a Saint putting up with Libby as she was too stupid to live. I lost interest about 60% of the way do to one too many stupid acts by the heroine. I can't tolerate perpetually stupid women. Would not recommend unless you want to follow the family dynamics but be prepared to skip a lot of pages. Tobin was a Saint putting up with Libby as she was too stupid to live. I lost interest about 60% of the way do to one too many stupid acts by the heroine. I can't tolerate perpetually stupid women. Would not recommend unless you want to follow the family dynamics but be prepared to skip a lot of pages.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marcy

    Irritating. Lack of communication drives me insane. I certainly don’t appreciate it as a plot device. By the time Libby had a hard time lifting the saddle because it was too heavy, I had to grit my teeth to finish. This is a series set in Texas. Good Lord!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terri Spencer

    For Jodi Thomas this was not her best!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Enjoyable read :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I really like this series and it's so good I'm going to read the whole series. This was a surprise of characters, I was thinking it would be about the sister Sage but it wasn't. Great read. I really like this series and it's so good I'm going to read the whole series. This was a surprise of characters, I was thinking it would be about the sister Sage but it wasn't. Great read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    A good series set in Texas and with the usual riding, adventures and varied bad guys finally redeemed. But Thomas does give us fully developed characters of both genders.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mellanie C

    I love everything Jodi Thomas writes!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirlene

    Tobin McMurray and his brother, Teagen, raised horses at Whispering Mountain Ranch. Teagen returned from a trip to deliver one of their horses to the daughter of Senator James Mayfield, Liberty Mayfield. Someone was trying to kill the senator and Teagen felt that Tobin was the person to protect Liberty. Teagen and the senator arranged for Tobin to return and deliver a different horse to the Mayfields. Tobin would pretend to kidnap Liberty to get her away from the senator so that he would not hav Tobin McMurray and his brother, Teagen, raised horses at Whispering Mountain Ranch. Teagen returned from a trip to deliver one of their horses to the daughter of Senator James Mayfield, Liberty Mayfield. Someone was trying to kill the senator and Teagen felt that Tobin was the person to protect Liberty. Teagen and the senator arranged for Tobin to return and deliver a different horse to the Mayfields. Tobin would pretend to kidnap Liberty to get her away from the senator so that he would not have to worry about anything happening to her. Liberty had agreed to marry Captain Samuel Buchanan. He was hired to protect Liberty's father. As their wedding date grew closer, it became clear that the Captain didn't love her or even like her much. She was just a link to get closer to her father and his money. Liberty discovered his plan to cause her to have more and more accidents until she finally died and the Capt. had her money. Liberty was afraid of horses because her mother had died after being thrown from a horse. She agreed to let Tobin teach her to ride a horse in hopes that she would be able to escape from marrying Capt. Buchanan. One night the Capt. had her alone. He knocked her into a chair which bruised her ribs and he slapped her hard across her face a couple of times giving her a bloody lip. Her father was leaving and Liberty hid from the Captain in her house. The senator was ambushed after he left the house and the senator's housekeeper helped Tobin locate Liberty hiding in the house. Tobin headed to Whispering Mountain Ranch with Liberty. Tobin and Liberty's attraction to each other grew as they spent more time together on the journey to his home. They tried to fight the attraction because she was going to go back to Washington once her father was safe. Tobin's life was on his ranch. During the attack on the Senator, Tobin's sister, Sage's boyfriend was killed. He had no family so they brought his body to the ranch and buried him on the ranch. Some of the people in town tried to get on the ranch property because it was rumored that Tobin had kidnapped Liberty. The military was also trying to get to Liberty to return her to the senator. Liberty found out and decided to run away to keep Tobin from getting into trouble. One of the Capt.'s soldiers found Liberty and decided to take her back to the Capt. Liberty talked Warren into stopping my the town's teacher's house. Mrs. Dickerson drove to Tobin's ranch to tell him where Liberty was just as the ranch was about to be attacked. Liberty found out that the Capt. had ordered his soldiers to kill Tobin if they found him. Tobin tracked Liberty and caught up with her before she was turned over to the captain. Warren let her loose to go with Tobin. Tobin took Liberty back to his ranch at Whispering Mountain. Liberty was taken through Apache land and met Tobin's grandfather who was an Indian. After meeting Tobin's grandfather, Liberty was reunited with her father. Her father sent a Dr. in to check Liberty's health and his questions led Liberty to discover that she was pregnant. She knew Tobin didn't want a wife or children. Tobin and Liberty met and decided to marry and separate so that he would have an excuse to never marry and Liberty's father wouldn't force Liberty into another marrying situation. Tobin agreed with the understanding that Liberty would spend one last night with him. Tobin went back to his ranch. The Senator found out who was trying to kill him. Some businessmen wanted to scare the Senator out of politics. The outlaws they hired decided to take it a step further. Tobin had found the outlaws and forced them off his property with the help of a boy named Drummond Roak. Liberty went back in Washington as a married woman. Tobin traveled to Washington to get Liberty. He told her that he couldn't sleep without her and he would stay in Washington in order to be with her. She told him that she was having his baby and the child should be born on Whispering Mountain. He told her to get some sleep for the long journey home.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lea's Audiobooks Hensley

    Narrated by Linda Stephens Jodi Thomas writes a good western and it is a genre I thoroughly enjoy. Give me a strong quite cowboy who doesn’t carry too much angst and keeps the violence to a minimum, and I’m highly tempted to fall for him. Give me a good narrator and I’m listening with delight. Texas Princess delivers on the first count but the second? Not so much. Tobin McMurray is a solitary man who is completely satisfied working on his family’s ranch raising horses. He doesn’t especially like t Narrated by Linda Stephens Jodi Thomas writes a good western and it is a genre I thoroughly enjoy. Give me a strong quite cowboy who doesn’t carry too much angst and keeps the violence to a minimum, and I’m highly tempted to fall for him. Give me a good narrator and I’m listening with delight. Texas Princess delivers on the first count but the second? Not so much. Tobin McMurray is a solitary man who is completely satisfied working on his family’s ranch raising horses. He doesn’t especially like the idea of leaving the ranch to deliver one of their horses to Senator Mayfield’s spoiled daughter, Liberty, but he’s all about helping his family out. When he finds Liberty refusing her fiancé’s persistent attentions, he quietly comes to the rescue – again and again. What Tobin hopes would be a fast trip soon becomes much more when the Senator asks Tobin to kidnap his daughter and keep her safe. Despite a heroine who was just a tad too spoiled at times, a major TSTL moment, and a few obviously unwise decisions by the McMurray brothers (totally out of character), Texas Princess worked as a comfort listen for me. I tuned in and immediately fell into a good old Western tale without much effort. However, narrator Linda Stephens kept it from being as comfortable as I wished with a shaky little old woman voice that kept creeping into all of the characters’ voices now and then. Often her portrayal of the youngest McMurray (a 19 year-old female) sounded both elderly and bubbly (yes, confusing). I had little difficulty distinguishing one character from another and there is something to be said for that with a large cast of characters. However, I didn’t agree with Stephens’ interpretation of Tobin. The strong don’t-speak-much persona I envisioned was there but Stephens occasionally injected it with a “golly gee” lifting of his voice. My penalty flag waved with each instance. The story of Texas Princess is one I will remember fondly but quite honestly, I have to wonder if it would have sounded better in my head than through my ear phones. Written for the 8/11/11 Speaking of Audiobooks column. http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=684...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Spotted this one in the library in LARGE PRINT, which is great for reading in the gym while sweating away on the elliptical! I had not yet read a Jodi Thomas romance and I like western themes, so I thought I'd give this one a chance. Overall, it was like watching a Lifetime Channel movie, entertaining but nothing special. Jodi Thomas starts Chapter One by telling us that it's the "Texas Hill Country in 1855" and I thank her for that because there isn't much else in her writing to give us a clue Spotted this one in the library in LARGE PRINT, which is great for reading in the gym while sweating away on the elliptical! I had not yet read a Jodi Thomas romance and I like western themes, so I thought I'd give this one a chance. Overall, it was like watching a Lifetime Channel movie, entertaining but nothing special. Jodi Thomas starts Chapter One by telling us that it's the "Texas Hill Country in 1855" and I thank her for that because there isn't much else in her writing to give us a clue as to time and place; Thomas's writing is pretty basic and her storytelling is okay with plenty of romance and adventure. Her leading man is a big quiet Texan named Tobin and her leading lady is Liberty, the daughter of a Texas senator. They meet and sparks fly, and for various reasons Tobin has to "kidnap" her to keep her away from her fiancé, as well as bad men who are trying to kill her father. (It's never really clear who these men are, as I recall.) While on their journey, they get together romantically, but are divided on their idea of their futures - Libby sees herself returning to Washington and attending grand parties and balls, while Tobin sees himself living out his life on Whispering Mountain Ranch and raising horses. However, due to their incredible passion and need for each other, someone's forced to compromise. The book doesn't really resolve this dilemma, but it ends with possibilities for their future life together.

  27. 4 out of 5

    SweetSue

    Oh gosh, another fabulous book in the series. The couple is once again an opposites-attract couple. Tobin is so silent - not really uncommunicative, but just a man of very, very few words. Libby realizes it's because he hasn't had to talk much growing up in a family that understands each other so well. Really none of the men in this family are big talkers. She's grown up as the only child of a Senator and has always been around people, parties, etc. I liked that she approached him first - went t Oh gosh, another fabulous book in the series. The couple is once again an opposites-attract couple. Tobin is so silent - not really uncommunicative, but just a man of very, very few words. Libby realizes it's because he hasn't had to talk much growing up in a family that understands each other so well. Really none of the men in this family are big talkers. She's grown up as the only child of a Senator and has always been around people, parties, etc. I liked that she approached him first - went to where he was sleeping while they are on the run. They are both virgins, but the first time is sweet since they are taking such good care of each other. They love is so obvious, even though neither of them realize it. They both think they are taking a time out of their normal lives and that after her father is safe, they'll go back to their different lives. The "if I ask you to stay..." "If I ask you to go..." is bittersweet.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Warner

    Tobin McMurray faced death at a young age. Beyond his own near death, he witnessed the death of his mother, and endured the death of his father. Tobin and his brothers and sister survived and worked together to keep their ranch safe. Having to go and play nice with a Texas Princess in the form of a spoiled senator's daughter was not his goal in life, but Tobin knew the family would benefit. Liberty Mayfield might have been a spoiled girl, but she also was spirited and intelligent. Having to get p Tobin McMurray faced death at a young age. Beyond his own near death, he witnessed the death of his mother, and endured the death of his father. Tobin and his brothers and sister survived and worked together to keep their ranch safe. Having to go and play nice with a Texas Princess in the form of a spoiled senator's daughter was not his goal in life, but Tobin knew the family would benefit. Liberty Mayfield might have been a spoiled girl, but she also was spirited and intelligent. Having to get past her faer of horses and learn to ride, she found that Tobin was more than a teacher. Together, the pair learn each other and more about themselves as they struggle to escape the attacks by men who wanted her father dead, and one man who wanted her for her money. Sweet and compelling.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    There were so many nonsensical things and loose ends in this book it was a real dissappointment. The plotline itself didn't make a lot of sense--I had expected the whole thing with her father and her fiancee to go in a different direction and it sort of just "petered out" in the end rather than actually developing. Could not figure out what the hero and heroine saw in each other, and the hero's "issues" were built up and then immediately dumped when they got in the way of the plot (particularly There were so many nonsensical things and loose ends in this book it was a real dissappointment. The plotline itself didn't make a lot of sense--I had expected the whole thing with her father and her fiancee to go in a different direction and it sort of just "petered out" in the end rather than actually developing. Could not figure out what the hero and heroine saw in each other, and the hero's "issues" were built up and then immediately dumped when they got in the way of the plot (particularly his body issues). I had real doubts about the HEA on this one, I don't feel like they resolved the basic difference (city girl vs country guy) at all. Skip this book and go on to Teagan's book, which is much better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather in FL

    This is my first Jodi Thomas. I didn't read the first one, but I can probably figure out who it was about. :-) I loved Tobin. I loved that he was the strong, silent type. I loved that he fought for Libby so many times. Their first coupling was so sweet. I knew Stella was going to be bad news when they brought her along. Bee-otch. And I loved that Libby started getting used to ranch life. I wanted to shoot her every time she talked about going "home" because I knew her home was with Tobin. It was This is my first Jodi Thomas. I didn't read the first one, but I can probably figure out who it was about. :-) I loved Tobin. I loved that he was the strong, silent type. I loved that he fought for Libby so many times. Their first coupling was so sweet. I knew Stella was going to be bad news when they brought her along. Bee-otch. And I loved that Libby started getting used to ranch life. I wanted to shoot her every time she talked about going "home" because I knew her home was with Tobin. It was a sweet romance, lots of Tobin saving Libby. I can't say I'm dying to read another Jodi Thomas, but this was a nice romance to listen to.

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