Author: Emma Lang
Series: #4 in the Circle Eight series
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A con man. A rancher’s daughter. A wildfire out of control.
Elizabeth Graham spends her days running the business side of the Circle Eight ranch. Her knack for numbers and organization lent themselves to her position in the family. She has just turned twenty-one and doubts she will find a man to spend her life with. Elizabeth doesn’t believe in love, after all, and when she meets a charlatan named Vaughn Montgomery, her opinion doesn’t waver. At first.
Vaughn Montgomery is down to the lint in his pocket and the handsome smile he uses as a weapon. His last con in New Orleans went wrong and he fled west. Now he finds himself trapped in the middle of nowhere Texas. And at the mercy of a hard-nosed woman who wears shapeless dresses and whose tongue can cut blocks of wood.
Unwilling to bend and unable to forgive, Elizabeth and Vaughn get caught up in a web of lies that stretches from Austin to Dallas. She finds herself falling for the man who can’t seem to tell the truth and he can’t get enough of a woman who can only speak truths. Together they have to save the Circle Eight and try to avoid falling in love.
I have to admit that the previous books in the series while decent reads, just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. But there was something about Elizabeth and Vaughn’s story that just sucked me in. Elizabeth was one of those characters in the series, who while was there, you didn’t really know a lot about her from the previous books – she kind of just blended in with the rest of the family – unlike Olivia (who featured in #2 in the series) who was a very unique character. Elizabeth reminded me much more of how I would have expected a woman in the time/place to act – to an extent….and then there was Vaughn. A bad boy trying to make good. While he was a bad boy, there was just something loveable him. The fact that he was willing to sacrifice the life he knew for Elizabeth told me a lot about him.
While the previous books in the series had primarily been set on the Graham farm in Texas, as well as Mexico, Vaughn introduced city of Houston to the locations. While I’ve never been to Houston, I have been to Dallas, and I felt like I was there in part. Ms Lang did a great job of developing the environment and the sense of place. I’m interested to see where she is going to go in the future with the remaining books in the series – in fact, I wish that the next book (which is going to be Nicholas’) was coming out sooner than next year…lol!
Overall, I gave Vaughn a solid 4 stars – it was a needed entry in the series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.