Hi again! I hope you had fun with the Kristina Knight interview. Now it's time to post the review and excerpt. I split this up into two posts to keep posts from getting too long. :)
Here's a reminder blurb, or if you haven't stopped by the interview yet, here's the blurb for the first time!
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
The earth was moving. And not in a good way.
Kathleen Witte reached out, trying to grab on to something. Anything. But her hands met only with air.
She shifted, and her shoulder dug into damp sand. Where was she? Her eyes flew open, and she winced at the bright sunlight.
The beach? What happened to the villa? And her. . .Sweet Mary, Mother of God, what happened to her clothes? Quickly, Kathleen flipped over so she was laying stomach-down on the sand. She shivered as a splash of water reached her feet. Looking left and then right, Kathleen scanned the area. No white dress. No strappy sandals. Had they been washed out with the tide? Had she come to the beach naked? No. She wouldn't have.
She took a deep breath. Her clothes had to be here somewhere. Maybe she had decided to go skinny-dipping. She was in Mexico, after all. What better way to blow off a little steam than with some late night skinny-dipping? The villa included a private beach, it wasn't as if she'd run into anyone. The old Kathleen would have balked. Said no with a quiet smile and watched as her sisters had all the fun. The new and improved Kathleen wasn't leaving life to her sisters, and God knew she had plenty of steam to blow off. So maybe that was all this was. Blowing off a little steam with a naked swim in the warm Pacific. Colorful lights and a heavy bass rhythm filled her heard before everything went dark. The feel of a man's hands are her waist, leading her around the dance floor echoed in her memory.
With sudden certainty she knew she hadn't spent the night alone and that she'd not been innocently skinny dipping last night. Oh, God.
RATING: 4.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS
Surprise! You're married! Oh, wait....you don't remember? Hmm...that could pose a problem...
What A Texas Girl wants features Kathleen and Jackson, and an interesting predicament they've gotten themselves into. They knew each other from college, and now they are face to faace after not seeing each other for years.
Kathleen has dreams of taking over her ranch. She went on a vacation to Mexico, and woke up married! Okay, so there's a lot of stories with this kind of theme, but I can never get tired of them, especially if they are well written and funny, just as What A Texas Girl Wants is. I can relate to Kathleen because of her dysfunctional family. Kathleen tries to make do what she's dealt with in terms of the cards of life, but there are so many things she'd never imagined. Jackson being a part of her life, even if it's temporary to decide how they will proceed changes her view.
Jackson, ahh, A mystery to us all. He's got a past he's not very willing to share, and he's built himself a business from the ground up. He's moving on and doesn't care to look back. His encounter with Kathleen sure makes him open his eyes to possibilities he didn't think he wanted or needed.
I enjoyed this book! The characters are fresh, Ms Knight's voice is exciting and engaging. I also love that the couple went to UTEP (University of Texas El Paso, my hometown!)
I love how both Kathleen and Jackson had to grow to be better. They learned so much about themselves in the duration of this story and things wrapped up very nicely. Bravo, Kristina Knight, on a job well done with a sparkling debut. I want more, more more!
To learn more about Kristina Knight and read the interview, go HERE
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