Matthew - Circle Eight, Bk 1 Author:Emma Lang It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for... and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without.... — In the wake of his parents' murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle ... more »Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him... until after the wedding night. Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they're walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever....« less
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Very enjoyable beginning to the Circle Eight series. Lang set the tone with an extremely likable family starting with Matthew and his convenient bride, Hannah. Matt has some skewed notion about a wife leading him by the nose (or by his, well, you get the idea) so he fights his love for Hannah while struggling with his ever-increasing desire for her. Hannah initially is the intruder looking in and insecure with her plain looks but ends up showing a lot of spunk and winning over the family. There's a bit of mystery surrounding the murder of his parents and the disappearance of his youngest sibling, which leads quite nicely to Texas Ranger Brody Armstrong and Olivia's story. A light-hearted and quick read. 3.5 stars.