Sent west by her father to escape a dangerous feud between two Irish families in Pittsburgh, Kara O'Riley arrives in Kansas City with little money and no one to turn to for help, so she applies for the first job she can find. Having been given one year to make the Texas ranch he recently inherited a success, Jonathan Catlin desperately needs someone to sort out all the paperwork involved, so he reluctantly hires Kara as a bookkeeper. What starts out as a business arrangement gradually becomes something much more personal once cold and distant Jonathan realizes he is falling in love with sweet Kara.
Fleeing trouble in Pittsburgh, Kara has no choice but to travel as far west as her meger funds will take her. Shot at in Kansas, hired to be bookkeeper in Texas. She decided that her new employer is the coldest, strangest man she has ever known. He has one year to make his ranch a success or lose it, but she has a feeliing theres a lot he's not telling her. There's something very odd about his ranch. Retired Texas Rangers, a white girl who thinks she's indian ,with a baby and a Irish killer are just some of the people on this ranch.
Part of a series, can be read out of order
Fleeing Pittsburgh, young Kara O'Riley had no choice. Young and scared she traveled as far as Texas. She was hired as a bookkeeper for a Texas Ranch and Jonathan Catlin is the coldest, stangest man she's ever known. She has one year to make the ranch a success - but she has a feeling there's an awful lot more he's not telling her.
Although there are too many subplots in this book, I adore it. Ive been very interested in Jonathan since reading about him in the second book of this series, TO KISS A TEXAN. In it, Jonathan has just been brought back from the Apaches to live and hes not happy. He rages and just wants to return to the Apache.
Now it is 10 years later and Jonathan doesnt feel he lives any better in his world, but understands he cannot return to the old ways (the Apache are being placed on reservations). Hes inherited a sprawling ranch from his grandmother but has one year to show a profit before it will finally be his.
Jonathan only sees the property as a means to return to his wandering around the world; he plans to get it on its feet and sell it giving him funds to continue wandering. One of his main problems is that no one at the ranch has a head for figures hes in Kansas City to hire a bookkeeper.
Kara ORiley has recently graduated from bookkeeping school and is looking for a position. Karas father sent her off to study because things were getting more violent at the mines and he feared for his only-childs safety. He told her not to contact him for at least 3 months and then to contact him indirectly.
Jonathans lawyer hires Kara but she and Jonathan have problems immediately. Kara is used to touching people while talking with them and Jonathan doesnt like to be touched. He has lived alone for a long time and thinks he doesnt want to change. However, Kara is a unique character who gets under his skin.
At times, this story is hilarious (the wee little bookkeeper.) and sometimes Jonathans insights are sad and prophetic. Ive read this book more than a dozen times and still enjoy it.
1. The Texan's Touch (1998)
2. To Kiss a Texan (1999)
3. To Wed in Texas (2000)
4. Twilight in Texas (2001)
5. The Texan's Dream (2001)