Pre-Release Review! TEXAS LULLABY by Cynthia D’Alba (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #7)

Texas Lullaby
by Cynthia D’Alba
Series: Texas Montgomery Mavericks, #7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 12, 2016

 

When Fate tosses you in the deep end, it’s time to sink or swim.

Lydia Henson’s four-year-long engagement to Jason Montgomery is about to end in a Texas wedding everyone is anticipating. She’s come to accept Jason doesn’t want children. She can live without children. She can’t live without the man she loves.

Jason has never wanted a family. At least, that’s his story and he’s sticking to it. The falsehood is less emasculating than the truth. Yet when tragedy on the eve of their wedding lands Lydia with her sister’s children to raise, Jason finds himself surprisingly calm in the midst of the chaos.

Everything he swore he didn’t want seems as natural as breathing. But just as he gathers the courage to grab for the golden ring, another unexpected twist threatens to tarnish what could have been a shining future.

Warning: Sticky fingers and dirty diapers can change a couple forever.

 

 

Odd coincidence: this is the second book I read this week that was a series first for me but actually the last in the series. The good news? This one did a much better job of working well as a standalone. Even though we’re starting the story with a four-year engagement (and an even older relationship), I didn’t feel at all lost at the beginning. (I’ll admit, though, that the Montgomery family tree was a big help in keeping everyone straight!) The “bad” news? Once again, my TBR pile has grown by six more titles!

Okay, that’s not really bad news. Especially since I’m sticking with the “I can’t die until I’m done with my TBR pile” theory… 😉

Texas Lullaby dealt with some pretty intense issues: the loss of close family members, grieving children, instant motherhood, postponed engagements, the reason why Jason’s sworn to never become a parent–and does so in a heartfelt and touching manner. There’s cute kids who neither feel like fashion accessories nor are too perfect to be believed (a major pet peeve!) From nearly the first page, Lydia and Jason are thrown some major life events, and we’re right there with them, rooting for them to reach their HEA come hell or high water.

And okay, there was an element of “this could all be solved with a nice, long, honest conversation” here. But every time I was about to get really aggravated at Jason or Lydia (or both of them!) for not having that talk, Ms. D’Alba threw us something new, distracting me from my frustration and sweeping me right back into the story.

Plus, it all gave Jason a perfect excuse to pull out all the stops in a big-time grovel. Does anyone know where I can get my own Jason Mongomery? I’d take his methods of atoning for his sins any day! 😉

I’m looking forward to going back and reading the rest of the series now–it’ll be that much sweeter seeing Jason and Lydia throughout, knowing how they’re going to end up!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

 

 

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