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Texas Wild (The Westmorelands series Book 23) by [Jackson, Brenda]
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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: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Desire (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMA97K
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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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This one was a great read. Heroine hires hero to investigate possible un known relatives in Texas. They fight the atraction at first but once they get to Texas things pick up, oh man do they. Hero is older and experienced, because the things he did were all man, if you know what I mean. Heroine could not have picked a better man to be her first! I loved the chemistry and the sexual scenes were scorching. Safe read. Short read. The ending did seem kinda rushed like the other reviews said but it didn't take away from the story for me. You also had side story with issues the hero had with his father. Would recommend it.
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By Arlena on December 17, 2012
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Author: Brenda Jackson
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Texas Wild" by Brenda Jackson another one of her romantic mystery Westmoreland's novel...another Texas, Colorado, Georgia and Montana Westmoreland Clan Saga...the continuation series...

This wonderful romance was of:

Megan Westmoreland (heroine)...known as 'Iceberg Queen' (Megan)?...
She was a anesthesiologist who had hired Mr. Claiborne to trace her family roots...getting information about her great-grandfather(Raphael) and how many other Westmorelands could be out there. She was a successful Doctor but Megan wasn't knowledgeable about sex...however, it didn't take her long to show that she was ...kissable, lovable...after she meets...Rico...now will Megan learn other things about life?... Megan journeys to Forbe, Tx... What will they find out there...from Fanny Banks?...

Ricardo Claiborne(hero)...hot, irresistible, darn sexy, hot, steamy, wonderful kisser and passionate... He was a private investigator hired by Megan Westmoreland... Was this love at first sight...between these two? Well, this is where I say you must pick up "Texas Wild" and read for yourself to see where Ms. Jackson will take us on this wonderful read.

You will not be disappointed in another one of Ms. Jackson good reads..."Texas Wild" from the beginning till the end. I was not disappointed ...Ms. Jackson always leaves us (her readers) wanting more. If you are looking for a intriguing hot steamy romantic read you have come to the right place and I would recommend this novel as a excellent read.
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This story was sweet, full of innocence as well as hot and sexy.

Megan reminded me of a young girl meeting a boy she liked for the first time. Megan was not naïve but just inexperienced in the relationship department. However when she laid eyes on Rico for the first time no experience was needed only feelings and a willingness to accept pure organic passion. To me, the just of the story is love at first sight and how you deal with those feelings.

The moment Rico walks into a wedding reception and sees Megan she is pulled into his web of seduction. Rico, a private investigator, used his investigative techniques to undercover the passion that was dormant in Megan. These two characters had undeniable chemistry - it was explosive. It was only a matter of time before their chemistry ignited into undeniable passion and pure seduction. It was a well-orchestrated seduction on Rico's part. He saw want he wanted and went after her. The object of his desire, Megan, did not take heed to his warning of wanting her. Once the web of seduction started, it was no turning back for Rico.

Harlequin Desire stories are quick and to the point but I thought Mrs. Jackson did a great job with developing the characters. I love the dialogue between the main characters it was real and believable. The secondary stories added to the overall flow of the book.

I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. It's a quick read but you will be thoroughly entertained.
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Whew! It looks like Brenda Jackson has permanently gone back to the formula that I fell in love with. This story had the chemistry, romance, a strong protective hero and equally strong heroine. Boy does Ms. Jackson know how to write a love scene (it's detailed but does not go overboard).

Rico and Megan made a great couple. I love that the sensual tension between the two played out to enhance the chemistry. Rico set out to pursue her and he did a darn good job going after what he wanted. The mystery into the Denver Westmorelands had been an interesting one and adds a bit of mystic to the romance.

The story could have been a bit longer to allow for more character development but I guess that what the next book will offer. I wanted to take the "long" journey with these two but that chance was cut short. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and will add this one to my ever growing Brenda Jackson collection.
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