By Kaki Warner
Lottie Weyland has worked hard to maintain an independent and secure life, living in the back room of the general store where she has worked since coming to town. As her confidence grows, Lottie’s abilities do as well, and soon she has her own bookkeeping business. She’s got friends, dependable income, investments and she’s not willing to risk losing any of it – even for Ranger Ty Benton.
Lottie is attracted to Ty from their first meeting, and she knows that he feels that same tug of attraction, too. His job as a Ranger takes him away for weeks at a time, and Lottie fills those hours with hard work and discipline, growing her business and branching out with the help of the local banker. She’s come far from the 14-year-old orphan she once was, and Lottie is determined to never go back to those desperate days. She’s earned her independence – but will Ty understand that? Lottie wants it all – love, marriage, and a career, a plan that is literally unheard of in the 1880’s.
Lottie’s past is something she’s kept to herself, but when her past does finally catch up with her, it’s evident that she and Ty are bound to be on opposite sides. Ty is a law man, and he can’t easily turn his back on that…but his love for Lottie is a strong force. Ty will support the woman he loves as best he can – but it may not be enough to keep them together.
Texas Tall is classic Kaki Warner – strong, independent women and the men who love them draw readers immediately into the circle of the main characters’ lives, and it’s impossible to not want every story to have a happily ever after conclusion. The journey to a happy ending in Lottie and Ty’s case is sweetly compelling, and Lottie’s intelligence and abilities are a most pleasing part of this great story. Texas Tall has everything a great western romance should have – a strong sense of community, an independent heroine, and a love story that sizzles like rain on a hot pavement. Pick this book up, but be warned: you won’t be able to put it down again till the last page is turned!
Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com