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Texas Wild (The Westmorelands Book 23) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Jackson
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Megan Westmoreland needs answers about her family's past. And Rico Claiborne is the man to find them. But when the truth comes out, Rico offers her a shoulder to lean on…and much, much more. Megan has heard that passions burn hotter in Texas. Now she's ready to find out….



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A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author of more than seventy-five romance titles, Brenda is a recent retiree who divides her time between family, writing and traveling with her husband. Readers may write Brenda at P.O. Box 28267, Jacksonville, Florida 32226, by email at WriterBJackson@aol.com or visit her website at www.brendajackson.net.

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"Dr. Westmoreland, there's someone here to see you."

Megan Westmoreland's brow arched as she glanced at her watch. She was due in surgery in an hour and had hoped to grab a sandwich and a drink from the deli downstairs before then. "Who is it, Grace?" she asked, speaking into the intercom system on her desk. Grace Elsberry was a student in the college's work-study program and worked part-time as an administrative assistant for the anesthesiology department at the University of Colorado Hospital.

"He's hot. A Brad Cooper lookalike with a dark tan," Grace whispered into the phone.

Megan's breath caught and warm sensations oozed through her bloodstream. She had an idea who her visitor was and braced herself for Grace to confirm her suspicions. "Says his name is Rico Claiborne." Lowering her voice even more, Grace added, "But I prefer calling him Mr. Yummy…if you know what I mean."

Yes, she knew exactly what Grace meant. The man was so incredibly handsome he should be arrested for being a menace to society. "Please send Mr. Claiborne in."

"Send him in? Are you kidding? I will take the pleasure of escorting him into your office, Dr. Westmoreland."

Megan shook her head. She couldn't remember the last time Grace had taken the time to escort anyone into her office. The door opened, and Grace, wearing the biggest of grins, escorted Rico Claiborne in. He moved with a masculine grace that exerted power, strength and confidence, and he looked like a model, even while wearing jeans and a pullover sweater.

Megan moved from behind her desk to properly greet him. Rico was tall, probably a good six-four, with dark brown hair and a gorgeous pair of hazel eyes. They had talked on the phone a number of times, but they had only met once, three months ago, at her cousin Micah's wedding. He had made such an impact on her feminine senses that she'd found it hard to stop thinking about him ever since. Now that he had completed that case he'd been working on, hopefully he was ready to start work on hers.

"Rico, good seeing you again," Megan said, smiling, extending her hand to him. Grace was right, he did look like Brad Cooper, and his interracial features made his skin tone appear as if he'd gotten the perfect tan.

"Good seeing you again as well, Megan," he said, taking her hand in his.

The warm sensation Megan had felt earlier intensified with the touch of his hand on hers, but she fought to ignore it. "So, what brings you to Denver?"

He placed his hands in the pockets of his jeans. "I arrived this morning to appear in court on a case I handled last year, and figured since I was here I'd give you an update. I actually started work on your case a few weeks ago. I don't like just dropping in like this, but I tried calling you when I first got to town and couldn't reach you on your cell phone."

"She was in surgery all morning."

They both turned to note Grace was still in the room. She stood in the doorway smiling, eyeing Rico up and down with a look of pure female appreciation on her face. Megan wouldn't have been surprised if Grace started licking her lips.

"Thanks, and that will be all Grace," Megan said.

Grace actually looked disappointed. "You sure?"

"Yes, I'm positive. I'll call you if I need you," Megan said, forcing back a grin.

"Oh, all right."

It was only when Grace had closed the door behind her that Megan glanced back at Rico to find him staring at her. A shiver of nervousness slithered down her spine. She shouldn't feel uncomfortable around him. But she had discovered upon meeting Rico that she had a strong attraction to him, something she'd never had for a man before. For the past three months, out of sight had meant out of mind where he was concerned—on her good days. But with him standing in the middle of her office she was forced to remember why she'd been so taken with him at her cousin's wedding.

The man was hot.

"Would you like to take a seat? This sounds important," she said, returning to the chair behind her desk, eager to hear what he had to say and just as anxious to downplay the emotional reaction he was causing.

A few years ago, her family had learned that her great-grandfather, Raphel Stern Westmoreland, who they'd assumed was an only child, had actually had a twin brother, Reginald Scott Westmoreland. It all started when an older man living in Atlanta by the name of James Westmoreland—a grandson of Reginald—began genealogy research on his family. His research revealed a connection to the Westmorelands living in Denver—her family. Once that information had been uncovered, her family had begun to wonder what else they didn't know about their ancestor.

They had discovered that Raphel, at twenty-two, had become the black sheep of the family after running off with the preacher's wife, never to be heard from again. He had passed through various states, including Texas, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska, before settling down in Colorado. It was found that he had taken up with a number of women along the way. Everyone was curious about what happened to those women, since it appeared he had been married to each one of them at some point. If that was true, there were possibly even more Westmorelands out there that Megan and her family didn't know about. That was why her oldest cousin, Dillon, had taken it upon himself to investigate her great-grandfather's other wives.

Dillon's investigation had led him to Gamble, Wyoming, where he'd not only met his future wife, but he'd also found out the first two women connected with Raphel hadn't been the man's wives, but were women he had helped out in some way. Since that first investigation, Dillon had married and was the father of one child, with another on the way. With a growing family, he was too busy to chase information about Raphel's third and fourth wives. Megan had decided to resume the search, which was the reason she had hired Rico, who had, of course, come highly recommended by her brothers and cousins.

Megan watched Rico take a seat, thinking the man was way too sexy for words. She was used to being surrounded by good-looking men. Case in point, her five brothers and slew of cousins were all gorgeous. But there was something about Rico that pulled at her in a way she found most troublesome.

"I think it's important, and it's the first break I've had," he responded. "I was finally able to find something on Clarice Riggins."

A glimmer of hope spread through Megan. Clarice was rumored to have been her great-grandfather's third wife. Megan leaned forward in her chair. "How?

Where?"

"I was able to trace what I've pieced together to a small town in Texas, on the other side of Austin, called Forbes."

"Forbes, Texas?"

"Yes. I plan to leave Thursday morning. I had thought of leaving later today, after this meeting, but your brothers and cousins talked me out of it. They want me to hang out with them for a couple of days."

Megan wasn't surprised. Although the Westmorelands were mostly divided among four states—Colorado, Georgia, Montana and Texas—the males in the family usually got together often, either to go hunting, check on the various mutual business interests or just for a poker game getaway. Since Rico was the brother-in-law to two of her cousins, he often joined those trips.

"So you haven't been able to find out anything about her?" she asked.

"No, not yet, but I did discover something interesting."

Megan lifted a brow. "What?"

"It's recorded that she gave birth to a child. We can't say whether the baby was male or female, but it was a live birth."

Megan couldn't stop the flow of excitement that seeped into her veins. If Clarice had given birth, that could mean more Westmoreland cousins out there somewhere. Anyone living in Denver knew how important family was to the Westmorelands.

"That could be big. Really major," she said, thinking. "Have you mentioned it to anyone else?"

He shook his head, smiling. "No, you're the one who hired me, so anything I discover I bring to you first."

She nodded. "Don't say anything just yet. I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. You can say you're going to Texas on a lead, but nothing else for now."

Presently, there were fifteen Denver Westmorelands. Twelve males and three females. Megan's parents, as well as her aunt and uncle, had been killed in a plane crash years ago, leaving Dillon and her oldest brother, Ramsey, in charge. It hadn't been easy, but now all of the Westmorelands were self-supporting individuals. All of them had graduated from college except for the two youngest—Bane and Bailey. Bane was in the U.S. Navy, and Bailey, who'd fought the idea of any education past high school, was now in college with less than a year to go to get her degree.

There had never been any doubt in Megan's mind that she would go to college to become an anesthesiologist. She loved her job. She had known this was the career she wanted ever since she'd had her tonsils removed at six and had met the nice man who put her to sleep. He had come by to check on her after the surgery. He'd visited with her, ate ice cream with her and told her all about his job. At the time, she couldn't even pronounce it, but she'd known that was her calling.

Yet everyone needed a break from their job every once in a while, and she was getting burned out. Budget cuts required doing more with less, and she'd known for a while that it was time she went somewhere to chill. Bailey had left that morning for Charlotte to visit their cousin Quade, his wife Cheyenne and their triplets. Megan had been tempted to go with her, since she had a lot of vacation time that she rarely used. She also thought about going to Montana, where othe...


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  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373731981
  • Publisher: Harlequin Desire (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMA97K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay to me... October 7, 2012
By DeeDee
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I'm a big Brenda Jackson fan and have read almost all of her books, but this one just didn't do it for me. It was way too short and it just seemed rushed and like something was missing. I've read all of the Westmoreland series and it all seems to be running together for me; when other couples were mentioned, I found myself struggling to remember what the storyline was. Then again, I've always preferred the Madaris series because there is always more to the storyline. I did like Meghan and Rico, though, and thought their chemistry was pretty hot.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable October 22, 2012
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I was disappointed in this book and in the author. Let me start of by saying that I understand that authors have to follow publishers guidelines but all of her books lately are so predictable. They have the same story line just different character names. I used to love her books but why buy them if you know what's going to happen?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Another red hot book about the Westmoreland family. This latest book is about Megan Westmoreland and Ricardo Claiborne who just happens to be Savvanah and Jessica's brother. As expected Ms. Jackson did not disappoint.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Texas not so wild January 28, 2013
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Ok. Let me start by saying that I am a huge Brenda Jackson fan especially the Madris series. I have most of her Westmoreland books, both Atlanta and Denver, and this is the worst one. I found myself skipping through pages and I Never do that! Even if I am not feeling that particular book. I was looking forward to learning more about Raphael, but that kind of fell flat for me too.
The one major element that was lacking was chemistry. I felt none! Everything was about this strong "sexual attraction", but I did not see or feel it. We were hardly told what they even looked like. There was not much dialogue between them, so how was there a connection? One way that readers can with the characters, or the characters connecting with each other, is through their dialogue. So I just could not follow the chemistry.
I was very diappointed. Her next book One Winter's Night was better. I hope the rest are too because what started as a good series is going downhill fast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 9, 2014
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It was awesome!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 writeing June 20, 2014
By janelle
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I Love Brenda Jackson and all of the book that I have bought from her...... The Westmorelands and Steels are my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love some Rico! June 3, 2014
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Rico taming Megan was a hot and steamy ride for this Westmoreland. She didn't stand a chance with him but she did put up as much of a fight that she could. Can't get enough of these Westmorelands!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild in Texas June 2, 2014
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: Megan Westmoreland to find their true love. Megan is determined to find out about their great grandfather Rafael Westmoreland’s life and to clear his name as being a man that was unfaithful, so she hires Rico Claiborne a private investigator and is very good at what he does. Megan and Rico are attracted to one another and both are fighting it. Rico is afraid that he will turn out like his father and Megan just want to find out more about her great grandfather. Will Rico allow his past to stop him from pursuing Megan?

Texas Wild is a good read. In this book Megan is determined to find out about her great grandfather, so the family can get closure about Raphael Westmoreland’s past, but what Rico uncovers leave unanswered questions and the continued quest to fit all the puzzle pieces together. Rico is struggle with forgiving his father for what he did to his mother and sisters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Westmoreland Series
I Love the Westmoreland Series, and enjoy this book greatly. A couple fine love uncovering a family secret. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tamara Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story and Outstanding Romance
Great Love Story and Outstanding Romance. I will be reading this book again it was very good and I enjoyed the Characters. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Passion
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot! Hot! Hot!
This is Megan and Rico Clayborne's story and it is hot.

Rico has the hots for Megan immediately but tries to ignore it. Megan finds Rico hot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon V. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Past Leads to the Future
For some the journey into the past is a very are hard thing and this proves true for Megan Westmoreland. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MsTamikaM
5.0 out of 5 stars Famiy Love
Megan Westmoreland needs answers about her families past. Rico Claiborne is the man to find them, but when the truth comes out, Rico offers her a shoulder to lean on;and much,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toni Bonita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book was great but I didn't expect anything less. This is Brenda Jackson. One of my favorite authors and one of the best authors out there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by YoLanda Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas whoa
Story started off very good and strong. In fact I really enjoyed it until I got to the epilogue. I think it ended abruptly and sort of poor.
Published 3 months ago by Tgolson
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventitious and sexie
Adventitious and sexie. It's a romance a little in the wild side. This is A good late night book to read.
Published 3 months ago by Vrwj5
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
One thing that I love about this writer is how much love is poured into the scene that you have in your mind. I know this reflects the love she had with her husband
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