by Karen Green
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and no doubt that saying applies to the possibility for romance, as well. Maybe it’s the sunsets; maybe it’s the vast swaths of beautiful plains or the vistas from the plateaus soaring high above the ancient canyons—so much about the US’s largest continental state invites a geographically induced reverie that it’s no surprise so many romantic novels take place in the Lone Star State.
Some credit must also be given to the almost legendary status of the residents of this Southwestern beauty. From ranchers and rodeo kings to outlaws and oil barons, the figures that helped shaped the Texan mythos are larger than life and rife for sparking the imagination—most specifically, the romantic imaginings that inspire so many love stories.
Take a look at these diverse titles that all share a very special setting in common, one that is so archetypal it almost acts as another character rather than just a backdrop to the story.
And as for whether or not everything really is bigger in Texas—well, perhaps these stories will help divulge whether or not size really does matter, after all.
Those Texas Nights (Wrangler’s Creek) by Delores Fossen
Sophie Granger loses her business and gets left at the altar all in one day. Desperate to not appear jilted, Sophie begs Clay McKinnon, Wrangler’s Creek’s smoking-hot police chief, to pretend they’re having an affair. Hoping to leave his disreputable past behind, Clay moved to Wrangler’s Creek for a fresh start. But that looks unlikely when Sophie’s ex-fiancé shows up married to Clay’s impulsive kid sister. City-girl Sophie isn’t usually his type. But he can’t deny the desire she elicits—or his yearning to have her plant her cowboy roots for good.
Home on the Ranch (Blue Falls, Texas) by Trish Milburn
Austin Bryant has come back to Blue Falls to get his grandfather’s ranch ready to sell. Years ago he escaped to Dallas, and now his life is exactly the way he likes it—orderly and neat. When Ella Garcia is called to haul away the trash from the Bryant ranch, she’s thrilled. But Austin’s attitude is a mystery to her—he seems anxious to throw away his family’s memories. Ella notices how at home Austin is on the ranch—and how good he looks in a cowboy hat—and she wonders if there’s more country in this city boy than he realizes.
The Rancher and the Baby (Forever, Texas) by Marie Ferrarella
Cassidy McCullough can’t remember a time when rancher Will Laredo wasn’t a huge (albeit handsome) pain in her backside. When they rescue a baby during a flash flood, however, Will and Cassidy suddenly find themselves temporary guardians of a child…together. Will has a hard time holstering his temper around Cassidy. The only way to make it through is to declare a cease-fire. And Lord help them both if that happens…because then Will might just discover he’s falling for his enemy.
An Heir for the Texan (Texas Extreme) by Kristi Gold
Georgie Romero’s daddy had one die-hard rule: do not get involved with Austin Calloway. Now the job of a lifetime has brought her—and her young son—back to the Calloways’ Texas ranch…and the sizzling chemistry with Austin that still lingers. As the daughter of a rival family, Georgie has always been forbidden. But Austin’s never been one to follow the rules. Will he feel the same way about Georgie once he learns about their son?
Her Texas Rebel by LeAnne Bristow
Struggling single mother Sabrina Davis has come home in search of refuge for her at-risk son. Except her ex, Tony Montoya, now a cop, has also returned to Salt Creek, Texas. Recovering from being shot in the line of duty, Tony plans to use this time in his hometown to make amends for the trouble he caused as a youth. But trouble seems to follow the police officer no matter where he goes, and he doesn’t want to hurt the woman he never stopped loving…or the son he’s just found.
Texas-Sized Trouble (Cattlemen Crime Club) by Barb Han
For as long as the O’Briens have run their ranch, their rivals have been the McCabes. So when Ryder O’Brien returns home to his brothers, only one thing can screw things up: getting involved with Faith McCabe. Just as their passion ignites, Faith up and leaves…only to return five months later, seeking Ryder’s help finding her missing brother—and pregnant with Ryder’s baby. Ryder O’Brien may have held grudges longer than he ought to, but he always does right by his kin. Especially when the woman about to change his life is in danger.
Wed to the Texas Outlaw (The Walker Twins) by Carol Arens
The only way Boone Walker can escape jail is by capturing the fearsome King brothers. But to do this he needs Melinda Winston’s help and that means making her his wife! After only being valued for her beauty, Melinda is delighted to find a man who sees her for who she truly is. Even as their mission leads them into ever-greater danger, Boone proves to be courageous and honorable beyond measure, and Melinda determines to show her outlaw husband that he is worthy of redemption…
Will you be taking a trip to Texas for some epic romance? Let us know which titles entice!