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Texas Blue (Whispering Mountain Series #5)
     

Texas Blue (Whispering Mountain Series #5)

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by Jodi Thomas
 

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Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.

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Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.

Editorial Reviews

From Eloisa James's "READING ROMANCE" column on The Barnes & Noble Review


I write about dukes. If one of my heroes was around today, he'd be wearing a Rolex, using imported dental floss, and instructing his driver to drop by Tiffany's. In short, I'm a hopeless snob, at least when it comes to fantasy. According to recent news stories, I'm not alone; apparently American girls are stalking British bars hoping to snag Prince Harry. It could be said that as a country, we have a fascination with the wealthy titled class. However, four terrific romances just convinced me that every author doesn't think a coronet is the equivalent of a halo. In these novels, characters do not draw their appeal from their other-worldliness, their dissimilarity from you and me, but from their down-to-earth normality.

Eileen Dreyer's Never a Gentleman looks squarely at the problem I lay out above. If we Americans think that high birth is sexy, what do we think of the middle class? Are regular people sexy? What if -- as in the premise of Dreyer's book -- a gentleman is forced to marry a plain soldier's daughter with callused hands and no knowledge of the ton? And what if his physical beauty matches his birth and wealth? Diccan Hilliard is appalled when he ends up married to an awkward, aging virgin. But Grace Fairchild is an utterly fascinating heroine: honest, strong, forthright, and deeply loving. Even when Diccan breaks her heart (in one of the most wrenching scenes of betrayal I've ever read), she doesn't run away. Grace astonished me, and she constantly did the same for Diccan. You'll find yourself rooting for Diccan to escape his "prison of perfection," as he labels it, and become Grace's lover, rather than just her husband.

Jodi Thomas's Texas Blue is also a historical, set in 1875, but being a western, it has no truck with titles. Even so, the novel circles around notions of class and hierarchy. Lewton Paterson is a gambling man whose lifelong dream is to marry "up," which in this case means finds his way into middle-class respectability. So he scrams a ride to Texas, and sets out to seduce his way into the McMurray ranching family. Lewton is the ultimate anti-hero: "in twenty-eight years he'd seen nothing worth risking his life for, nothing he loved worth dying to protect…life was a game and the man leaving the table with the most chips won." As it turns out, his targeted bride, Emily McMurray, is determined never to marry, so when Lewton arrives on his courting mission, he actually meets her friend Tamela disguised as Emily. Lewton hires the real Emily (for $5/hour) to teach him about ranching, and finds himself falling for a girl who cannot give him the respectable life he wants so badly -- or so he thinks. Texas Blue is a story of a very dear, big-hearted if bumbling, gambler and an exasperated woman who reluctantly teaches him all about ranching and falls in love at the same time. You'll finish this book with a big sigh. Lewton is brave, handsome, hairy (to Emily's mind) -- anything but a gentleman, but as he says in the end, he's also the "luckiest man alive."

As a romance writer, it's a bit hard to write about Nora Roberts. How can someone as prolific as Nora (as with royalty, a single name suffices) write one of the best novels I read all month? It doesn't seem fair! Chasing Fire is a terrific romance, one of her very best, in my opinion. Nora's heroine, Rowan Tripp, is the kind of firefighter who leaps out of a plane to put out forest wildfires. When she's not chasing fires, she trains the rookies -- one of whom is Gulliver Curry. This novel takes the question of class and compounds it: Rowan is, practically speaking, Gulliver's boss. And as she tells him, she doesn't hook up with "rookies, snookies or other smoke jumpers." Nora doesn't always choose to write heart-pounding books about gritty, brave characters (her bridal books feature charming, rich characters). But there is no one who does rough-and-tumble suspense better than she does. Rowan is the kind of woman who can hold her own with high-testosterone firefighters: she can knock a man on his ass, knock back six shots of tequila, and turn down the sexiest man on the team because, as she says, "once you mix sex into it, even smart people can get stupid." Gull is a match for her, though: persistent, charming, and downright heroic once it becomes clear that a murderer lurks in the ranks of the smoke jumpers. I challenge you not to stay up late reading Chasing Fire: it kept me turning pages until 3 AM.

Jill Sorenson's The Edge of Night takes class and compounds it with race. April Ortiz is a Hispanic single mom who works at a strip joint and lives in Chula Vista, a city near San Diego that is exploding with heat and poverty. Noah Young is a white officer assigned to a patrol car in Chula Vista. He's not an undercover FBI agent, demon hunter or werewolf; she isn't an heiress in disguise. They are exactly what they appear to be: hard-working, struggling, regular people. The Edge of Night is an absolutely riveting depiction of life in Chula Vista. I loved this novel -- the heat of the city, the pure decency of Noah and April, the slow way they came together and fell in love in the face of their differences. There is nothing ducal about Noah. But Sorenson taught me to love a man who mutters "screw it," and then gets up his courage to fall on his knees and pull a black velvet box from his pocket. There aren't any Rolexes or limousines in this novel -- unless they belong to drug dealers -- but there's a flash-fire kind of love and passion that is pure romance.

Of course, there's a place for fantasy in the romance genre -- whether the fantastic element involves vampire teeth or a gilded carriage. But we should always keep a corner of our bookcase for novels like these: ones that reaffirm that romance isn't confined to the landed gentry, and that money doesn't make people happy -- love does. When Rowan and Gull are running through a fire and she thinks about his eyes -- "Eyes that didn't lie…Eyes she could trust" -- it strips glittering decoration from the genre and speaks to its heart. In the end, we all want someone to love, someone to trust. These novels speak to the joy of finding it, no matter what your race, gender, or class may be.

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Thomas's fifth Whispering Mountain American historical (after 2009's The Lone Texan) is another winner. When Texas Ranger Duncan McMurray tells gambler Lewton Paterson that he's sending three men from good families to court his three cousins, Lewton, wishing for a respectable life and family, decides to take the place of one of the men. He meets the three ladies, but spends his time with Em, the ranch overseer—who is really one of the ladies and never intends to marry. When news reaches the ranch of Duncan's capture in Mexico, Lewt and Em set out to save him. Tension rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes. Fans will be delighted by this series continuation. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101477694
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Whispering Mountain Series , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
88,811
File size:
339 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jodi Thomas is a certified marriage and family counselor, a fifth generation Texan, a Texas Tech graduate, and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

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Texas Blue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
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Like the plot plenty of love action and other stuff with a happy ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently stumbled across this author by accident and am so glad I did. I loved all 5 of the Whispering Mountain series. But this one was special because the love story grew out of something that SHE had to teach HIM. And he did learn and lived to tell about it.
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KatyConfidential More than 1 year ago
Texas Blue is the second book we read for our book club, and I did an in-depth review on the blog. Jodi Thomas has really hit it on the nail as far as appealing to women's' often suppressed desire to root for the underdog, to fanaticize about wealth, and to believe in divine intervention when it comes to romance. Ms. Thomas successfully combines all of these elements in a fast paced, exciting read that mimics a good romance movie. The characters in the book are individuals of strength and substance. None are weak or bland. Each is distinctive and determined to stay true to themselves and to follow their own path: the Texas spirit! The romantic aspect is gradually built up over the course of the novel, and is gently infused. How fortunate we are to have Jodi Thomas to entertain us! Here are some question that I answer in my in-depth review: Why is this book titled Texas Blue? What was your favorite part of the book? The name of the book's characters were Southern in nature, yet the two old cooks who were bent on protecting Anna had biblical names. Why? Did you notice the interesting dichotomy between Duncan and Lewt? Did you notice the similarities between the love interests of Duncan and Lewt? For my more in-depth review, go to: katyconfidential[dot]com/book-club/texas-blue/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!! But I loved all the others too. I really enjoyed the way Em finally gave in to Lewton. He had to work for it tho. But the story was beautiful and keep you interested all the way till the end. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Jodi's books.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen: Texas Blue is part of Jodi Thomas' Whispering Mountain series. Even though I've not read any of the other books, this one is book 5, I found myself intrigued with this little corner of Texas that Ms Thomas has carved out and the family that has settled there. The book stands alone quite well, but characters from previous book (and likely future ones) do make their appearances (or at least are well mentioned). Lewt and Emily both had scarred childhoods, and it's interesting to see how it effects them in adulthood and colors how they see the world and the opposite sex. I like how Ms Thomas really develops the friendship between the characters as the foundation of their relationship instead of just focusing on the attraction. This book made me cry numerous times. And I also found it to be a page turner when the action (involving a rescue mission to Mexico) picked up in the second half. I recommend this book and am going to be finding myself copies of earlier books in the series as my interest as been piqued.
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kherbrand More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of this story - of two people who are trying to escape who they are - one to find love and one to avoid love. Neither one of them were pretending to be someone else for shady purposes. I thought it was a nice switch up to have the man be the one looking for love and a family though, and the woman wanting to avoid it. Even though Lewt was a gambler, and they were looked down upon by "respectable" people, he was an honest gambler and never left anyone completely broke without an out. He genuinely cared about people. He would probably say he was determined, but other people might see him as just stubborn. The only people Emily was really close to were her family. She even kept the ranch hands at arm's length and didn't realize the extent that they watched over her. She had a secret in her past that caused her to mistrust men. Working every day with Lewt on the ranch though, she first had respect for him, and then realized she was beginning to trust him. You could really feel the passion between the two of them. I love that the author was able to convey this passion without turning the scenes x-rated. To me, it makes the love portrayed seem more pure somehow.
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