Matthew (Circle Eight Series #1)

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Emma Lang is always on my must-read list. —Cynthia Eden

It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for. . .and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without. . .

In the wake of his parents' murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty ...

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Overview

Emma Lang is always on my must-read list. —Cynthia Eden

It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for. . .and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without. . .

In the wake of his parents' murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him. . .until after the wedding night. Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they're walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever. . .

Praise for Emma Lang and her novels:

"A sweet and sensual Western in which the heroine discovers her inner strength with the help of a delightfully sexy hero." —Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author

"With a fresh voice and engaging characters, Emma Lang's Restless Heart kept me reading late into the night." —Tina Leonard, bestselling author

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Matthew Graham, the oldest of eight siblings, told the Republic of Texas land office that his wife, Hannah, made him eligible to stake a family ranch claim. Now Matthew must find and present a wife named Hannah within 30 days. Luckily, he meets Hannah Foley, who accepts Matt’s unusual marriage proposal with alacrity, thinking herself too plain to be picky. Despite her unorthodox marriage, she is determined to fit in with the Graham family and find the gumption to dig deeper into the mystery of Matthew’s parents’ death and the disappearance of his five-year-old brother. While the premise is simplistic and Lang relies too much on chestnut western vernacular to enhance the setting, the sweet, engaging romance between Matthew and Hannah allows the story to mosey along at an agreeable trot. With seven siblings, Hannah’s grandmother, colorful neighbors, and unresolved mysteries, there are plenty of yarns for Lang to expand upon in future outings. Agent: Bradford Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758269041
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Circle Eight Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 710,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    On a scale of one to six I would give this book a six because it was just that good!

    Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite

    Twenty-five year old Matthew Graham's life has just been turned upside down. After the murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his baby brother Benji, he is left to take care of his six brothers and sisters as well as the Circle Eight, the family ranch in the Republic of Texas. Before his parents were murdered his father had intended to claim four thousand more acres that the Republic of Texas was offering. When Matthew decides to go ahead with his father's plans he learns that he needs a wife and so Matthew tells the land agent that he already has a wife named Hannah. The lie backfires when the agent gives Matthew thirty days to bring Hannah in to sign the papers. It seems as if fate has intervened when Matthew runs into Hannah Foley, a twenty-three year old girl who often dreams of a husband but because of her looks and size believes she will never find one. So when Matthew proposes she gladly accepts. Will their marriage of convenience eventually turn into something more, and how will Hannah fit in with the Graham clan?

    Once I started reading this book I just couldn't put it down. The author had a way of pulling me back in time, making me feel as if the story was unfolding right before my eyes. She easily brought the characters to life. Who wouldn't marry a man like Matthew, a handsome young man who was taking care of his family. The sexual attraction between him and Hannah was electric, and as they slowly got to know each other love started to bloom, although Matthew was determined to maintain control over his feelings because he was afraid it would make him appear weak. Little did he realize he was already falling head over boot spurs for Hannah! I thought Hannah was just what the Graham family needed especially after the death of their parents and the worry over their missing sibling, although the oldest sister Olivia really gave Hannah a rough time.I loved that Hannah wasn't described as beautiful, or dainty; instead she was sturdy and strong, and in the beginning Matt didn't really think she was pretty but over time he saw Hannah's beauty. The author also throws in a nice little mystery of who killed Matthew's parents and what happened to Benji.

    The ending was a twist that I didn't see coming, and since the author leaves a few questions unanswered I can only hope that she is going to give us a sequel. If you enjoy reading historical romance with true to life characters and a nice mystery, then you are certainly going to enjoy this one. I would warn that there are some sexual situations written into the story, but overall they are very well done. I for one enjoyed this book so much that I intend to check out Ms. Lang's other works! On a scale of one to six I would give this book a six because it was just that good!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    This is the first book in a series. It is about how a family can go thru so much grief and trouble and still have love for each other. Since you don't see much of that in real life now, it held great appeal to me. I will continue to read the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    Looking forward to the rest of the series.......................

    Looking forward to the rest of the series.......................................................................................
    How could I not . This book has heart, heroes and enough sex appeal to keep it interesting. Interesting plot twists and surprise bad guys keep you guessing. Not to crazy about the sister who was a little over the top. There's rude and unbelievably rude. If I spoke to my sister in law the way she spoke to Hannah she would have slapped the snot out of me. But every family is different. Anyway highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    I fell in love with Matthew in chapter one, the way he stepped up and took control of the family after the tragic murder of his parents and kidnapping of his youngest brother. I also enjoyed the fact that the author showed his vulnerability and let the readers see that even the toughest man can be brought down to his knees. Hannah is just as lively and just as vulnerable but with a quick wit that will makes you want to reach into the book and give her a high five lol. Put these two together and the story burst thru the pages with passion and understanding.

    This is the first book I have read from Emma Lang and I will assure you it won’t be the last. I could not put this book down, every page I read I had to keep turning to the next to see what happens next. The author captures you from the first page and the awesomeness just continues from there. The chemistry Matthew and Hannah have comes thru perfectly without it feeling forced which seemed like it would be a difficult task since they literally know each other for a few days before they get married…but it all worked marvelously. I loved each turn and twist Mrs. Lang wrote in this story and the good part it didn’t leave you hanging at the end, some series tend to leave you on a sour note turning the page saying to yourself “Is that it?” but not this one. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Hot and Sweet! Matthew Graham is stuck between a rock and a har

    Hot and Sweet!

    Matthew Graham is stuck between a rock and a hard place. His parents have been murdered, his five-year-old brother is missing and if he doesn’t go to Houston and claim the 4,000 acres his dad was going to claim the family of eight will lose it and only have the 600 acres to survive on. So, 25-year-old Matt goes to Houston to claim the land only to find out he needs to be married. He says he is, but his wife Hannah stayed home to watch his younger brothers and sisters. He now has 30 days to bring his wife to Houston to sign the land grant papers. The only problem is there is no wife and he doesn’t know anyone named Hannah. Rock meet hard place.

    This is a great story that was hard to put down. The characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot is good and the writing flows smoothly. Set in 1836 in the Republic of Texas you really have to feel for Matt as he shoulders the responsibility of the ranch and the care and safety of his six siblings while enduring the pain he feels for his murdered parents and his missing brother. Hannah is a smart and gutsy yet insecure person. An orphan raised by her grandmother, at 23 she’s considered a spinster. A chance meeting with Matt and lucky that her name is Hannah her life takes a sharp right turn.

    A first read of Emma Lang for me, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to Book 2 Brody as well as searching out other stories by her.

    *The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    4.5 Stars - YEEHAW for sexy cowboys!

    Matthew just painted himself into a corner and needs a wife in thirty days. It’s time to get busy on the Circle Eight.

    Matthew is the eldest of the eight Graham children, and after the murder of his parents and his youngest brother going missing, he is in no way ready for a wife. But life goes on. He has six other siblings he needs to take care of and that includes expanding their holdings for the future. Problem is, when he went to sign papers on a land grant his father was securing before his death, Matthew ended up lying and stating he had a wife. One would think, “Oh, no problem”, but it was…Matthew actually named his wife Hannah. Now his time is ticking to find a woman named Hannah, or lose out on the land grant.

    At twenty-three, Hannah Foley feels like her life is slipping away. In her small town, being “sturdy” and plain was not a selling point. Though in her heart, she desired something she would never have, a large family. She knew that it was always going to be just a daydream. But fate has a funny way of screwing up one’s life. Forgotten turnips and a touch, change her life forever. She may have found her large family, but will she ever find love?

    A marriage of convenience is all either of them expected, but in their hearts they desired more. Matthew marrying Hannah for her name only and Hannah marrying Matthew because she felt it was her only chance for a husband and a family. Things change for both of them after their wedding night. Both feel the attraction, but they don’t know how to get past the obstacles that keep getting in their way.

    I fell in love with the whole Graham family. My heart went out to them when they lost their parents and youngest brother. I was also right there with them during all their troubles and tribulations. Ms. Lang had a way of drawing me in, never giving me the chance to step away from this engaging family. I felt their joys and frustrations and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

    I’m not sure how far this series will go, considering the age gaps between all the children, but I do know I’m extremely excited about the next story, Olivia’s.

    Matthew was a perfectly flawed cowboy and Hannah, was a delightfully strong woman. I have never read Ms. Lang’s stories, but I do believe I’ll be checking out her other novels. If her other books have even a smidgen of the quality of writing that I experienced in Matthew: The Circle Eight, then I will be enamored by them too.

    So if you like your cowboys hot and your women spunky, pick up Matthew: The Circle Eight. Filled with second chances, high emotions, and suspense; it is a wonderful story and shouldn’t be missed.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Part of a great series

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    In this book the hero has to marry to keep his land. I've read

    In this book the hero has to marry to keep his land. I've read this plot many times. The heroine feels she is homely and has poor self esteem. Read that before, too. They agree to marry as strangers and sparks fly when they touch. Suddenly, the heroine is strong minded and independent. The sex scenes were gratuitous. The author seemed intent on having them make love in every conceivable position and telling us all about it. I love romance books and I don't mind sex scenes as the culmination of their relationship, but this was basically all their relationship was based on for most of the book. This was my first book by this author, and I doubt I'll read another

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