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Since her parents’ deaths Alicia Montoya has been raised by her overprotective brother Alex. Like many traditional Mexican males Alex believes strongly that a girl doesn’t leave home until she marries – unfortunately he’s also doing his best to scare off any potential suitors as well. Since she’s not about to let Alex run off her new boyfriend Rick she’s opted to keep her relationship with him secret.
When a fire destroys the historic barn on the El Diablo ranch arson is suspected and Alex insists that Alicia isn’t safe at the ranch. He wants her to stay with one of his oldest friends, ‘El Gato’, a suspected drug trafficker. Alicia has a better idea of where she can stay – though she’s certainly not going to tell Alex her true plans. She fully intends to ask Rick if she can spend the night with him – maybe then they could do more than hold hands.
Justin Dupree, A.K.A. Rick Jones, never meant to deceive Alicia. He uses his alias to avoid publicity and the Gold Diggers interested only in the Dupree shipping fortune. There’s something very special about Alicia and he instinctively knows that she will not take his deception lightly. Unfortunately he can’t quite bring himself to tell her – and after bringing her back to his hotel suite the timing just never seems right.
After a loving night in Rick’s arms and finally losing her virginity Alicia is on cloud nine and ready to shout her love for Rick to the world, yet she doesn’t understand why he won’t introduce her to his friends and doesn’t go out in public with her – until she views his picture in a magazine and discovers his true identity. Could she really be such a bad judge of character to have fallen for this maverick and how can she ever trust him after such a stunning betrayal?
MAVERICK’S VIRGIN MISTRESS is the fifth book in the TEXAS CATTLEMAN’S CLUB series. From the first page Jennifer Lewis immerses the reader in the Mexican heritage and the unique dynamics between the members of the Cattleman’s Club. I was amused by Alicia’s innocence and determination to ‘become a woman’ despite her brother’s controlling attitude. Even Justin’s deception was understandable though he really should have told Alicia his true identity sooner than he did. In addition to the romantic conflicts taking place between Alicia and Justin there’s the protective attitude of her brother and the whole arson issue that keeps this story hopping and the reader guessing at what will happen next. Jennifer Lewis pens stories that touch the heart and capture the reader’s imagination while allowing you to feel like the characters are personal friends.
If you’re looking for the other titles in the TEXAS CATTLEMAN’S CLUB series here are the titles available so far:
TAMING THE TEXAS TYCOON by Katherine Gabera
ONE NIGHT WITH THE WEALTHY RANCHER by Brenda Jackson
TEXAN’S WEDDING-NIGHT WAGER by Charlene Sands
THE OILMAN’S BABY BARGAIN by Michelle Celmer
LONE STAR SEDUCTION by Day Leclaire releasing in December 2009
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