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What a Texas Girl Wants (Texas Wishes #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  37 reviews

“Kristina Knight doesn’t hold back on the sass, emotion, and passion, keeping her readers riveted right up until they reach The End.” — Aimee Carson, author of Secret History of a Good Girl and How to Win the Dating War

“Kristina Knight delivers a fun romp from Mexico, through Texas, and straight into true love” —Kelsey Browning, author and cofounder of Romance University


Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Crimson Romance (first published January 1st 2012)
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Heather Rodney-Diaz
So what does a Texas girl want really? "Sexy man by the pool." Lots of hot sex with said sexy man by the pool! Well, don't we all!! Seriously now, Kathleen Witte wanted love, a man by her side, honesty and a forever. Add in a ranch, horses, sexy boots and family. What she got was Jackson Taylor. Hot, yes but so non-committed to anyone. Kristina Knight would have you laughing out loud from Chapter 1. I was hooked from when Jackson and Kathleen woke up naked on a Mexican beach. A fast and witty re ...more
Denyse Cohen
I had the chance to read an anticipated review copy of What a Texas Girl Wants, and If you have ever had a crush on a real cowboy, this book is for you, but beware Jackson Taylor is not your cliché cowboy. He might not sport cowboy hat and boots, but he’s a strong and caring man who knows how to love and protect his woman—even if he hasn’t himself realized that yet. Kathleen and Jackson find themselves in a romantic trap, but Kristina Knight’s sexy and sassy storytelling will guide them through ...more
Peggy Bird
I've had the good luck to read this from an advanced reader's copy and loved it. It's a fast ride across the Texas landscape following Jackson Taylor and Kathleen White as they try to bluff their way out of what happened one evening in Mexico. What happens there doesn't stay there for this couple. Turns out, that's a good thing. Like every good romance, there's a happily ever after but it takes a few twists and turns to get there. Fun ones, in this case.
Diane Jewkes
Waking up on a romantic beach in the arms of a handsome man doesn’t sound like a problem, but for Texas rancher Kathleen Witte, it’s not one problem, but many.
Not only does she not remember what led her to be naked on a Mexican beach with a man, but Jackson Taylor, a man she had a crush on in college. But they aren’t just naked, they’re naked and married with no recollection of how it happened. But that’s only one of the problems she’s going to have to deal with.
This is the beginning of What a T
The Dallas of West Texas!

‘Naked Man by the pool. Naked man by the pool. Grandfather at the door.” That phrase from What a Texas Girl Wants had me chuckling all weekend as I pictured the opening scene. How do you get from ‘boozapalooza’ and ‘naked man on the porch’ to a very happy ending? Kristina Knight does it with humor, passion, and lots of Texas gumption. The backdrop of a horse ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country is the perfect setting for her strong, determined, and very family-orien
What A Texas Girl Wants has my kind of heroine, Kathleen Witte. A dedicated horsewoman who saves rescue horses, along with training racehorses, she takes a few days off to relax...and wakes up on a Mexican beach with college crush, Jackson Taylor. To her immense surprise, they are married! What's a Texas girl to do? Take the new hubby home to meet the family, of course! What A Texas Girl Wants is a super story that will leave any lover of romance more than satisfied and looking for the next sto ...more
Micah Persell
Wow, I was hooked from page one, and it only got better from there. What a Texas Girl Wants has a great premise. At several points, I alternately laughed out loud and cringed. Kathleen and Jackson were both so real, I couldn’t help but root for them and hope for their happily ever after. I can’t wait for the next installment from author Kristina Knight.
Kay Rogal
Kristina Knight is an author you won't want to miss and will find it hard to wait until her next book comes out. In 'What a Texas Girl Wants', Jackson and Kathleen are just as surprised about their marriage in Puerto Vallarta as everyone else. Between their surprise marriage, her father's secret, a matchmaking grandfather who knows everything, the rest of their clan and the townspeople you will find love, chemistry, chivalry, humor and a happily ever after. I'm hoping Monica has a story of her o ...more
Anne OK
It's not a new plot -- nor a significant twist to an old one. But if you need a light and easy read, this might be just what you're looking for.

Waking up on a beach in Mexico naked is a bit of a shock all on its own. But when you add in a gorgeous naked male specimen and a little band of gold on your left hand with no knowledge of how it got there, you have the makings of a cute and fun-to-read romance.

Jackson Taylor and Kathleen Witte were not strangers to each other. It’s been years since the
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What Happens in Mexico, doesn’t always stay in Mexico sometimes it follows you back to Texas and turns your life over.

Kathleen Witte decides to take a long over due vacation to Mexico to unwind and relax, next thing she is waking up buck naked on a beach after a night of debauchery married to her college crush Jackson Taylor. 'What's a Texas Girl to do'? Well.. hold on to him and take him home to meet the family...

Jackson has always been a loner, he doesn’
What happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico. Unless, of course, you wake up married to your college crush and find your lifelong dream in jeopardy. Author Kristina Knight obviously knows that “what a Texas girl wants” is what every girl wants – hot, steamy passion with a broody Texas boy. And, of course, true love. I got swept up and was rooting for Kathleen and Jackson right from the beginning as they keep their ruse alive and found themselves more and more drawn to each other. What a Texas Girl Wa ...more
Heather Thurmeier
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Jackson and Kathleen right from the very first scene of her waking up hung over and married in Mexico! I like that both characters had their own unique flaws and problems in life and yet they still came together in the middle, helping each other to be more than they were separately. The family dynamic on the ranch was interesting and fun to read too. I hope Ms. Knight gives us another book about this family!
Liz Flaherty
Kristina Knight is an up-and-comer with a fresh and exciting voice.
Shelley Wall
This was a fun read that hooks you from the first page. Kathleen is a woman that knows what she wants and decides to let off a little steam on the beach before taking over the reins of her family's Texas Ranch. She wakes up on a beach naked with her arms around a man -- equally naked. And neither remember that they got married. It gets rather funny here as they try to sort it out and fix it. The last thing she wants is for her family to think her unstable and unable to run the ranch. The last th ...more
Amanda Shalaby
Kristina Knight’s What A Texas Girl Wants offers everything you could want from a contemporary romance: a well-written, make-you-late-for-work story full of passion, suspense and plain old fun. Kristina’s debut novel delivers a heart-warming tale filled with likeable, well-developed characters you can really root for, and a fast-paced plot that will keep you up all night reading. Sweet, sexy, and entertaining from beginning to end, What A Texas Girl Wants is one that will keep you thinking about ...more
Lynn Cahoon
Kristina Knight takes us from the beaches of Mexico to a horse ranch in San Antonio to the big city of New York. When Jackson finds himself married to the girl who got away, he has to deal with his issues of family. His struggles are well defined and brings the reader along for the ride. I love this hero and was rooting for his happy ever after.
Rev. Shelia Rush
This book captured my interest from the beginning! I would recommend it to my friends that don't like to read because many books drag in the beginning.

This book captured my interest from the beginning! I would recommend it to my friends that don't like to read because many books drag in the beginning.

If you enjoy the country, you will enjoy reading about Kathleen's love affair. This is a story that could have actually happened. It's awesome when the story comes alive because it's something ev
Samantha Janning
Kristina Knight is currently on tour with CLP Blog Tours and What a Texas Girl Wants. I found this to be a short and sweet romance novel, filled with dramatic decisions and suspenseful moments. Kathleen and Jackson are recently married – yet neither of them can remember the night of their wedding. While the two were in Mexico for different reasons- Kathleen to clear her head, Jackson for work - the two past classmates run into each other, and a drunken night leads to their nuptials. The two come ...more
A three day drunkfest ... a steamy beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ... waking up naked and married on the beach ... is this really What A Texas Girl Wants?

Kathleen Witte is a twenty-seven year old manager of her family's ranch in Lockhart, Texas. After spending the last seven months of dedicating herself to overseeing the entire operation of the Double Diamond ranch in order to show her grandfather that she is committed to carrying on the family tradition, she is ready for a quick fling vacatio
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Kathleen wakes up on the beach with a very attractive man close by. As she tries to figure out exactly what happened, the sexy man stirs awake and they both quickly realize there is more going on than meets the eye. Like the fact that they are married. To each other. When her family is thrown into the mix, they decide to keep the ruse and act like they intended to get married the whole time. While Kathleen and Jackson struggle to keep their relationship strictly business to keep their ruse up un ...more
When a sweet southern lady (with a side of spice on the side) decides to get away from the stresses of her family and the hard work she’s put in to prove to her grandfather that she can take care of her family’s ranch, Kathleen indulges in too much alcohol. She wakes up on the beach and realizes that she’s been snuggled up to a man from her past named Jackson. Kathleen is shocked, but what’s even more shocking is when they come to the realization that they’re married — to each other! Jackson doe ...more
Laura Chapman
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Rhonda Campbell
Great story of love helping find yourself. Would love to know what happened in the missing days.

Kathleen is independent, strong and capable. She doesn't believe in long-term relationships. All she wants is the ranch and no one could love or be better prepared to run it.

Jackson has no roots and doesn't want any. He's made a successful life for himself without needing to rely on a name.
InD'tale Magazine
Mixing sweet romance and sizzling chemistry, this smoothly written, sassy modern day marriage of convenience tale was a fast paced, entertaining way to spend an afternoon in the sun (pretending the backyard was a beach in Mexico, of course! ).

Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.
3.5 - could have been a really great story, but everything was so crammed together and rushed. at about half way through, I couldn't believe I'd wasted $1 on the three pack by this author, and almost deleted it. (4 days to read a 170 page book ........ that would normally be a day for me) but, I forced my way through and it ended up much better. curious to see the next.
Jul 29, 2012 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers
Time is the silent, brooding presence in What a Texas Girl Wants. It weighs on Jackson with his painful past and now his guarded and insecure future.

For Kathleen, time means family, enduring stability, and a girl's romantic crush never expressed. It also means blatant manipulation by her grandfather and a closing window of opportunity if she's going to fulfill her dreams and take over the family ranch.

It's a three day romantic interlude, a hazy wedding on a Mexican beach, and secrets kept to p
Lisa Weseman
The Hook: Kathleen, a ranch girl with a heart the size of Texas, wakes up to the ultimate "morning after" and finds herself naked, on a Mexican beach, and married to her long-lost college crush.

Love It: The hero Jackson is a sexy blend of Texas cowboy and brooding New York-city artist.

Leave It: Would have loved to see more of Jackson and Kathleen when they knew each other in college.

Read It If: You like romances that are grounded in family dynamics. "What a Texas Girl Wants" weaves in secondary
I'd give it a 3.5 Nothing new or groundbreaking, but a quick enjoyable read.
Stephanie Freeman
What a Texas Girl Wants was a great read from start to finish. Kathleen Witte is a wonderful heroine with such depth and determination. Jackson Taylor is lust personified. The two of them together make the perfect storm.
Ms. Knight wove a tapestry filled with rich well written characters and a plot that simply made you want to know what happened next.

Ms. Knight’s book What a Texas Girl wants was one of my first purchases from the Crimson Romance Line. It was a purchase well made. I look forward
Josette Reuel
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Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance no ...more
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