23 Aug '13

A Nix Review – Vaughn by Emma Lang (5 Stars)

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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.

FTC thingy. I have reviewed the majority of the back catalog of Emma Lang (AKA Beth Williamson). I get along with her very well and am a fan of her cowboy stuff. Oh, but she didn’t pay me… I promise.
I have loved Elizabeth for the entirety of this series. She is a spit-fire, a woman who refuses to let people use her gender against her in any way. Her strength of character is one of the things that made this book for me. She simply refused to let any person or situation get in the way of the problem at hand and I adored her for it. She was everything that the glimpses of her in previous books had promised. I did feel that she was more forgiving than I could ever be, but I think that it reflected the time period that this book is set in; times were certainly hard and unforgiving. This book didn’t quite have the cowboy feel that the others in the series did but the road-romance aspect of this one certainly did give it an interesting twist.
Vaughn and Elizabeth’s love story was so much fun. I loved the naked stranger turns up on the doorstep set-up and I KNEW that they would end up together. The only problem was that Vaughn was not a very nice man. Yes, he was doing what he could to survive, but he did it with a selfish disregard for the people that he swindled. It took Elizabeth to tell him the consequences of his actions for him to show any remorse because he couldn’t even see it when the effects were in front of him.  Did he redeem himself? I’m not sure. I loved him with Elizabeth but I could see that keeping him on the straight and narrow would be a full time job for her. He, like the other heroes in this series, was all about family though. He would protect the people that he decided that were his to take care of and he classed Elizabeth as part of that elite circle. I knew that she would be well taken care of in the end and that that is all I could ask for.

The book was quite hot and steamy which is what I have come to expect from Emma Lang’s work. Elizabeth is a virgin at the start of this book but I wasn’t surprised that she gave herself to Vaughn so easily; the ranches were incredibly isolated so she took her pleasures when she could and she was incredibly attracted to Vaughn. The scenes were all yummy and really showed the desperate desire that they had for each other. Once they were on the road together, things became a little more complicated and Vaughn’s frustration that she didn’t throw herself at his feet at every opportunity really did amuse me. The development of their story was truly fun to see over the course of the book; it is completely different to the rest of the series.

A book I recommend in a series I love. Its fun, steamy romp with cowboys and feisty women; I didn’t put it down! 

AAD Savannah Update:

I was lucky enough to meet Beth at AAD this year. Not only is she lovely, she signed my favourite book in the series!!

I also picked up a few tidbits about the series….

  • Beth said that if she had to imagine Vaughn in modern day America, he would probably be an internet swindler …. yeah, I can see that 😀
  • The next book is Nicholas who features quite heavily in this book. He’s all grumpy and stuff…I can’t wait 🙂

My Signed copy of Brody 😀

   

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