Baddest Virgin in Texas (The Texas Brand #2) by Maggie Shayne

BaddestVirginInTexasJessi Brand always gets what she wants. And what she wants is part time ranch hand, part time deputy, and full time hunk, Lash Monroe. Unfortunately, her five big (really big) brothers have other ideas. And so does Lash, who had his fill of large families and overbearing “brothers” during his childhood in foster care. He’s a loner and a drifter and he intends to stay that way. 

Can the youngest Brand on the ranch handle six uncooperative males and land the man of her dreams? Maybe, but when trouble finds Lash and he heads off to face it alone, everything else takes a back seat, because the Brand family sticks together, and like it or not, Lash has become a part of that family. And when the cavalry shows up, it’s Jessi leading the charge. 

One thing I can count on when I pick up any book by Maggie Shayne is that I will be entertained. Whether her characters are wielding magic, out-smarting criminals or chasing cattle, they are all smart, witty and ‘real.’ This series is lighter than a lot of Maggie Shayne’s books, but it’s not lacking in substance and there’s just enough danger to keep things interesting.

The first book in The Texas Brand series, The Littlest Cowboy, set the stage for the series. It also gave the Brand family something they were lacking and that’s a strong woman to reign them in when needed. Whether they knew it or not. Chelsea filled that role well and her love and support for Jessie was one of the things I liked most about The Baddest Virgin in Texas.

Jessie may be the baby of the family, but that doesn’t mean that she likes being babied. She actually lets her brothers get away with a lot of it because she doesn’t want to hurt them. She’s more than capable of taking care of herself and she’s determined to prove it.

There was a lot more to Lash than anyone knew. He kept his feelings in check where Jessie was concerned because not only did he think she was too young for him, but he thought she knew what kind of woman she was. When he discovered that he might have been wrong, holding back the attraction he felt for her was close to impossible.

The Baddest Virgin in Texas divided its time between the brothers intimidating Lash and protecting Jessie, Lash fighting his feelings for Jessie, Chelsea trying to knock some sense into all of them and Jessie fighting for the man she knew she loved. Add to that some nasty family history and a search for the group of men stealing cattle, this one was a hard book to put down.

Needless to say, I’m kind of liking this series. The next book features Wes, which means Badlands Bad Boy is sure to be interesting. This series has been around for a while, but it’s been recently re-published.

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