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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Texan's Irish Bride by Caroline Clemmons

The Texan's Irish Bride (The McClintocks, Book 1) by Caroline Clemmons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (330 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Cenora Rose O’Neill knows her father somehow arranged the trap for Dallas, but she agrees to wed the handsome stranger. She’d do anything to protect her family, and she wants to save herself from the bully Tom Williams. A fine settled man like Dallas will rid himself of her soon enough, but at least she and her family will be safely away from Tom Williams.

Texas rancher Dallas McClintock has no plans to wed for several years. Right now, he’s trying to establish himself as a successful horse breeder. Severely wounded rescuing Cenora from kidnappers, Dallas is taken to her family’s wagon to be tended. He is trapped into marrying Cenora, but he is not a man who goes back on his word. Ah, but what is he to do with a wife and her wild Irish family?

Irish lore, signs, superstitions, blessings, and toasts add tasty seasoning to the hardworking, stark life on a new Texas ranch. Even better, Cenora brings a completeness to Dallas’ life — a life that has deeps wounds from past events.

Dallas McClintock, after doing an honorable deed, gets trapped into a marriage he doesn’t want, cannot afford, and thinks he doesn’t need. He is focused on getting his new hard-earned ranch up and running. He has no time for a wife and certainly not a bunch of in-laws. Yet, his own personality and past experiences dictate that he reach out to these people in need of his help.

Beautiful Cenora feels guilty about her part in trapping Dallas into marriage, but she’ll do whatever she must to save her family and herself from the villain Tom Williams, the self-proclaimed leader of the Travelers.

The secondary characters play huge roles in the lives of Dallas and Cenora. The clashing and blending of the Irish Travelers' philosophy of life with the hardworking ethic of ranch life create conflicts that seem insurmountable. Yet, Caroline Clemmons infuses the plot with subplots, back-story, and the inner thoughts, and struggles of Cenora and Dallas that captivate and titillate the senses. The breathtaking love scenes make one want to read in a hurry to get to the next one.

Caroline Clemmons’ development of the characters brings them to life so the reader feels the hurts, disappointments, fears, the need to act honorably, and, for some, the need to be overbearing and dishonorable. Amid all the conflict, she weaves in a love that snuggles down into the heart. Dallas and Cenora’s love blooms into a love that encompasses so much more than just the two of them. The blending of the O’Neill and McClintock families makes compelling reading.

The Texan's Irish Bride sizzles with emotions. There is love, hate, family loyalty, and forgiveness in abundance. This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed.