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Matthew (The Circle Eight Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 320 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: The Circle Eight (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 1307 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q7OK3A
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010, and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels, fueled by Reese's and tenacious pursuit of the perfect story. She's passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses as well as bookstores.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. ;)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rocha/Book Obsessed Chicks on February 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Matthew Graham and his siblings come home from an outing in town to find their parents murdered and their youngest brother, Benjamin missing. All the hopes that their parents had for expanding the Graham family's holdings may be dashed with this awful event. Matthew, the eldest at 25 finds himself in the precarious position as head of the family, and he wants to continue what his parents had set out to do.

Matthew travels to Houston to claim a land grant which will expand the acreage on the Graham holding only to find out from the land office that in order to claim said land, Matthew must have a wife, but Matthew is unmarried. What shall he do? When the land officer asks if he is married, he lies and even gives his imaginary wife's name, Hannah. Oh this keeps getting better and better! The land officer gives Matthew a period of thirty days in order to bring Hannah the imaginary wife back to the land office to sign the papers necessary to make the land Graham land. Now Matthew is in quite a bind.

Enter Hannah Foley, a plain looking 23 year old who lives in town. Hannah has been helping her grandmother run the local boarding house for years now and hasn't had many prospects in the man department, that is until Matthew Graham literally bumps into her at the local store.One touch has each of them discombobulated. When Matthew finds out her name is Hannah he can't believe his luck, and so the real trials begin.

Not only do Matthew and Hannah have the trials and tribulations of their quick nuptials, but they also come face to face with possibly unraveling the mystery of the Graham parents

What an awesome way to begin a series! I thoroughly enjoyed Matthew and the Graham clan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's only been a few weeks since someone killed Matthew Graham's parents and kidnapped his youngest brother. But now he is the head of the family, doing his best to run the family ranch and raise his brood of brothers and sisters. One of the tasks that has fallen to him is a trip to Houston to claim some extra acreage his father was planning to use to expand their property. But when he arrives, Matthew is stunned to find that he must be married to get the land for his family. In a moment of weakness, he lies --claiming to be married to a woman named Hannah. Only, the officials give him 30 days to produce that wife or the deal is done.

It's pure luck that allows Matthew to run into Hannah Foley at the market. He feels an attraction to her, but honestly lays out his situation to her and asks her to wed. Fearing it's her only chance for a husband, Hannah accepts his offer and they are married within the week.

It's really kind of nice watching Hannah come into the fold of the Graham family. She helps fill some of the hole left by their parents' death and they give her the family she always dreamed of as an orphan. Of course, Matt and Hannah's marriage of convenience becomes more over time. The sexual connection happens right away, but real feelings begin to surface as they get to know one another better.

There were times I got frustrated with both characters. Hannah takes a lot of crap before she stands up for herself. And Matt... if I had to read his internal monologue about establishing dominance one more time, I may have found a way to jump into the book and kick his shins. But the sex was good and both characters managed to do alot of growing over the course of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 1836 in the Republic of Texas, twenty-five years old Matthew Graham, accompanied by six of his seven siblings, goes to town for supplies. On the way back to the six hundred acre family cattle ranch, he sees a fire. They arrive at their homestead to find their parents dead and their five year old youngest brother Benjy missing.

Two months later, Olivia tells Matt he needs to complete their dad's dream of claiming the four thousand acres the Republic is offering. Although afraid to do so, he agrees and heads to Houston to file, but needs a wife in thirty days to keep the new land as he lied on the application. Matt stays at a boardinghouse run by Hannah Foley and her Granny. He proposes and though they are strangers the plain Hannah accepts Matt's marriage of convenience. However, neither anticipated love between them nor the attacks on them and their families over land.

The first Circle Eight historical romance is an entertaining Texas tale starring a strong cast as the title character and his stranger wife fall in love. The villain is in plain sight, but deftly insures someone else is targeted as the culprit. Action-packed, sub-genre readers will enjoy the first Graham entry and look forward to apparently the Taming of the Shrew's story next.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Engelke on September 23, 2012
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Emma Lang has done it again! MATTHEW, the first book in her new series `The Circle Eight', is a fantastic novel with plenty of sex appeal! It's a must have for fans of historical westerns with plenty of spice.

Life has been extremely difficult for Matthew Graham lately. His parents were brutally murdered and his youngest brother abducted. Suddenly all responsibility fell to his shoulders, caring for the ranch and his brothers and sisters. When he decided to finalize the land grant his father was working on before he died, he realizes the state of Texas will only give him the land if he's married. So Matthew invents a fiancé named `Hannah' and quickly realizes he only has thirty days to find a girl by that name and marry her.

Hannah Foley spent most of her time working in her grandmother's boarding house and the rest of her time accepting the fact that she may never marry. Yet one day she meets a handsome stranger in town who follows her to the boarding house and within minutes proposes to her. Matthew explains his tricky situation with the government and the fact that he has to marry a girl named `Hannah' within the next month. Willing to take a risk, Hannah accepts.

Newly married, Hannah and Matthew find they have no problem in the bedroom, but plenty of problems building a relationship outside of closed doors. Now there may be a problem with the land grant that will affect the future of the farm. Unfortunately for Hannah, she realizes she wants a marriage based on love and she will do whatever must be done to get it.

My opinion of Emma Lang's latest release can be summarized in just a few words; I loved this book! Ms Lang (who also writes as Beth Williamson) has been a favorite of mine since I first read Ruthless Heart last year.
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