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Tall, Dark, and Texan (Whispering Mountain #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,419 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Teagen McMurray would ride to hell and back to protect his land. He'd certainly never felt that way about a woman. At least not until Jessie Barton showed up with her three little girls, desperate for a place to stay. Suddenly he finds himself proposing marriage, telling himself it is only to protect her and her children ...

Jessie had no place to go except Whispering Mount
Paperback, 293 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Jove (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
A little too tame for my liking.

When Jessie’s husband dies, she’s certain of two things: the bookstore will not be hers even after her husband’s promise before his death, and that her husband’s mother will stop at nothing to get her hands on the one living connection she has to her son - his children. Jessie refuses to allow that to happen, and fleas Chicago with her three daughters, Emily, Rose, and Bethie. She has only one hope - that once she reaches Texas, she’ll be able to hide behind her l
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! I loved almost every single character!! The little girls were a great addition, especially up against the somewhat stern hero. The heroine had had a hard life, but she was still very sweet, determined, and loving. The hero was constantly being referred to as being rough, fearsome, intimidating, people in town would cross to the other side of the street to avoid being close to him, etc. ... but when I was reading of his actions and his comments, it really didn't st ...more
Lovely story from early Texas, just after it became a state, I believe. The hero is the last of the McMurray brothers and the heroine is a widow with three daughters who runs from her late husband's family after his death to keep her girls. She's been writing letters to the hero with his books and signing her husband's name to them, so the hero thinks the dead guy is his best friend. He agrees to shelter the young family and they fit his life far better than he thought any woman could, much less ...more
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This historical romance was alright. I liked the grit of the heroine and her daughters were so cute but the romance was rather juvenile and unbelievable in light of the circumstances. High in angst and low in action. Newly widowed Jessie runs from Chicago with her kids to pen pal Teagan, a rancher in Texas.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Wish I could say I liked this book more but the best part of the story was the girls, Emily, Rose and Bethie. Jessie got on my nerves a bit and I found myself skimming thru the last few chapters rather than reading. I didn't feel a connection or "chemistry" if you will, between Teagen and Jessie like I am hoped would be there.
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
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Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"A Sweet Romance in the Heart of Texas"

Jessica Barton flees her Chicago home after her husband's death. She fears her husband's family will take her three children away since she is now left penniless. She goes to Whispering Ranch hoping to find sanctuary. She finds more than she bargained for—a chance for love, but she has a secret that may ruin it all.

Teagan McMurry runs the Whispering Mountain Ranch. His brothers are now married and have made a life of their own. His sister, Sage is away at s
Excellent story. 4.5 stars. Book 3 in the series. Abused wife/bookstore clerk in Chicago becomes pen pals with a lonely Texan mail-order customer, in her husband's name. For several years they (Jessie and Teagan) discuss ranch life and books in seasonal letters. Treagan thinks she's a man.

She turns to her "tall, dark Texan" when her husband dies and his wealthy family plots to take her 3 daughters. Teague takes Jessie into his home under false premises, and falls in love with her, taking joy in
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
This is a great western with a tough and taciturn Hero and a sweet and strong heroine with 3 adorable daughters. There are some secrets between them and I can't blame Jessie for her choices. She's a woman trying to survive and putting her daughters first. Teagan is amazing! And the best part of their romance is how they just "get" each other. There is a secondary plot involving some outlaws out to steal their property that adds some excitement to the plot. I really enjoyed this book.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
The third book in Jodi Thomas' Whispering Mountain series. Another delightful and entertaining western romance by Ms. Thomas.
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! Fantastic historical western romance. I wish they were all this good...
Garth Mailman
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We met the McMurray Brothers of Whispering Mountain in book one--Texas Rain: Teagan, Travis, and Tobin and their little sister Sage. I’ve skipped to book three and in the meantime the younger brothers have gotten married, left the ranch and moved into law and Washington, DC. In book three it’s Teagan’s turn to concentrate a little less on his brood mares and little more on his own love life. The widow who drops into his world has three girls under 7 and another child on the way. Fortunately his ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ill, jodi-thomas-read

The Girls were great and fun!

When Jessie’s husband dies, she’s certain of two things: the bookstore will not be hers even after her husband’s promise before his death, and that her husband’s mother will stop at nothing to get her hands on the one living connection she has to her son - his children. Jessie refuses
Dont expect much steam in this one.

There's very little loving in this book unlike tobin and Libby's story. I liked Teagan and Jesse but I felt it was a fly over book. Sometimes jodi knocks it outta the park but then u have one like this wishing for more ... She also has a tendency to leave so many things unsaid. Looking forward to Drum tho💗
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboy
Ini buku ketiga dari series Whispering Mountain yang entah kenapa saya pilih sebagai buku pertama yang saya baca untuk series ini. Bagi yang suka sama tema Married in Convinient, saya rasa buku ini cukup lumayan. Genrenya lebih ke drama family & romance.

Jessica atau Jessie adalah janda beranak tiga yang sedang hamil muda yang lari dari kota asalnya, Chicago, setelah suaminya meninggal. Ini dikarenakan ketiga anaknya ini terancam bakal direbut sama Mertuanya karena Jessie dianggap ga mampu me
Kym McNabney
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great book! As usual, Jodi immediately hooks you with the first page and doesn't stop until you're at the last. As with the first two in this series, once I started, it took all my will power to set it down when I needed to return to reality and tend to life. While reading this one, I couldn't help but be brought back to the first two books about Travis and Tobin, making me want to read them all over again. You will fall in love with all of the characters. The hero and the heroines, ...more
Tonya Warner
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Yes, this is a re-read for me, but well worth it.

Teagen McMurray is the oldest of the McMurray siblings, and has always had the most responisbility in raising them. Having to take over the legacy left by their father's sudden death when he was only twelve, Teagen worked to fulfill his father's dream. He grew up fast, and hard, to be able to keep his family safe. His one friend in all that time, was a bookkeeper that sent him letters throughout the years.

Jessie Barton knew that she must run to k
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This might be my favorite book of the Whispering Mountain series. After reading the previous two books, you get the idea that Teagan is a grumpy guy who likes to be left alone. Travis and Tobin have married and moved on, leaving Teagan on the ranch to himself, when Jessica and her three young daughters show up.

The best part of this book is seeing this grumpy old cowboy trying to tolerate three young girls. If you have been around young kids in your own life, it makes this book much more fun beca
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whispering Mountain Novel. Teagen McMurray, the oldest of three brothers and one sister. He's been taking care of them all since his father died when he was 12. Along comes Jessie Barton with her three daughters looking for a safe place to rest and raise her daughters. Her husband died when he passed out, in the freezing weather, after one of his drunken night. Jessie packs what she can carry along with her girls heading for Whispering Mountain. She has been writing to Teagen for ten years using ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of this series that I've read and I really liked it. Jodi Thomas is a new favorite. Jessie comes to Teegan under false premises - he thinks he's been writing to her husband for 10 years or so but it was really her. He also thinks she's not staying long, but she's got nowhere else to go. In the meantime, he's got his own troubles with mysterious outlaws trying to take over his ranch.

I loved watching him learn to be around her (conversation lessons) and her daughters and how they all melt h
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book totally surprised me. Before I picked it up, I didn't even think I would finish because of the cheasy title and cover, but I thought that if something made me buy it in the first place, I should give it a chance. It exceeded my expectations considerably. It was not a "deep" novel by any means, but had plenty of interesting characters and was easy to read. It had many funny/humorous moments, and the writing was excellent. I loved how the POV changed so often, and so easily. I have never ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was okay and stode alone for someone not having read the rest of the series but it doesn't want to make me run out and read the rest either. While I have interest in all the characters there was no great character development that made be fall in love wth any. It think it was the last 1/3 of the book that dragged a bit for me and just made me lose interest. I was thinking when will a finish it and what I will read next not how much I would miss tha characters. There were some wonderful ...more
Tracy Farmer
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a woman who falls in love with her only friend in the world. Only he has no idea that the man he's been writing to for years is a woman. Tegean has to learn at a early age how to defend what is his when his father dies in the war, and his mother passes away giving brith to his sister Sage. So he learns not to trust people until he meets Eli (Jesse's husband) though letters. Jesse's husband dies and she has to depend on the man that she has been writing to for years to take ca ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboys
How can you not help but love a brooding cowboy who figures out love is standing right in front of him? Teagan and Jessie's story is a well written had me wanting more type book. This was my first book of Jodi Thomas but definitely not the last! I did it again picking up the 3rd book in a series but it can be a stand alone without all the fill in info from the first two books. The 3 little girls, Emily, Rose and Bethie, were so cute and added so much to the story. It gave me enough of a story to ...more
This book was pretty good and i cant wait to read the rest of the Whispering Mountains novels. I was really hoping there would some hot sex in it, but was dissapointed. No sex. At all! i mean there was some good make-out scenes and he gave her pleasure by touching her some, but no actual sex. At the very end it was obvious that they just about to have sex and then it ended. That sucks! I am indescribably upset. Teagen sounded soooooooooo freakin HOT! Oh well it was still a pretty good read, but ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
A conversation:

C: Dont' stay up too late reading.
Me: I won't. I'm about to finish this dumb book.
C: But then you'll probably read the sequels.
Me: Maybe. I think there's two other ones but I don't know if this is the first one or what. It probably doesn't matter.
C: It doesn't matter. You could read that book backwards and it would be the same.

Mostly true, yes, but I enjoy reading these books set in Texas because these enormous ranches are always two days' ride from Austin and have completely impl
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
After multiple readings of this book I am still in love with all of the characters. The situations that they go through are so unique from her other books, although the men tend to lean towards the dark and brooding type, which I love, but still wish there was one that was a happy go lucky type of guy that had no problems in life. Ignoring that though, this book is still really good and I plan to reread it many more times in the coming years.
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical western romance fans
This was another wonderful historical romance book from Jodi Thomas! I flew through it in two days. Teagen has always been my favorite McMurray brother and his story didn't disappoint! Jessie and her girls made me smile and laugh the entire time I was reading. I'm still swooning over some of the heart-warming scenes between Teagen and his girls! I just need to know if Ms. Thomas is planning on giving Sage and Drummond their own book. Does anyone know if plans are in the works?
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the series & Teagan the eldest, most fierce looking reluctantly takes on a seemingly timid bride with three little girls. The McMurray ranch is under extreme threat again and he now has something more important than land to die for not that he's able to express it.

The thrilling adventure continues.
Love the man in black ham handed though sincere attempts at wooing Sage McMurray. It's a gossip if she'll shoot or geld him.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad read but I felt like it was missing something the whole time I was reading it and I'm not sure why. This is a two and a half for me, not because it was horrible but just because it was very eh. The characters were alright, I wasn't really pulled into their issues and as I was reading I kept thinking of other books with similar storylines that were more engaging.

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