Letter of the Law by Carsen Taite is the third book in her Lone Star Law series. Because it catches readers up on the events of the previous two books, plus it follows another couple falling in love, you can pick it up and read it on its own if you want to.
Jade Vargas doesn’t have a great view of family, what with having a superficial relationship with her mother and a rich half-sister she’s never known. And, oh yeah, her uncles run a drug cartel that’s cast a shadow over her life, even though she’s always stayed on the right side of the law. Jade just keeps her head down, focusing on the horse breeding business she and her mom run together, and not thinking about much else.
Bianca Cruz is a federal prosecutor who makes single motherhood work thanks to the help of her parents. She’s part of a covert group that’s working to bring down the Vargas brothers and their case takes her to Jade’s ranch. She’s immediately struck by the gorgeous woman who meets them on the back of an incredible horse and the attraction isn’t only on her side. So, when Bianca is asked to cozy up to Jade, it’s not exactly a hardship.
Jade and Bianca quickly build a rapport, finding it easy to spend time together, even when Bianca’s daughter is around. But between Bianca’s job and Jade’s family ties, can they truly find their way to something lasting?
Bianca and Jade are my favourite pairing of the series so far! They have immediate chemistry that just works and I adored listening to them get to know each other and fall in love. I also love that they’re both strong, capable women and it was fun getting to see how they complement each other, especially as Jade starts warming up to Bianca and the idea of a relationship.
The Writing Style
This book (and the whole series) works well for me because Taite has such an engaging writing style, and the story’s perfect pacing keeps the pages turning.
I love the way L.W. Salinas narrates these books! She brings me into this world, helps me imagine all the characters, and leaves me feeling like I experienced the journey with them.
One element stands out in particular, though. While Letter of the Law follows a different couple than the ones from the first couple of books, it continues the series’ overarching story. Like I mentioned in my intro, Taite does a great job of catching readers up, and she does so in ways I haven’t often seen before. I especially liked how a news story does some of the heavy lifting in that regard because it delivers information in a way that makes it easy for people to pick up this story as a standalone, and it doesn’t do it with an infodump.
If you like romantic suspense novels, stories that involve the law, or anything to do with ranching, you’re not going to want to miss this one. Carsen Taite did a fabulous job with it and I’m a little sad there’s only one book left for me to experience!
Excerpt from Letter of the Law by Carsen Taite
Jade walked Ransom closer, enjoying the height advantage. She started to call out a greeting to the women, but before she could say anything, the door to the Miata opened and a voice called out. “I told you I could make it down the drive, but thanks for waiting. Next time—”
The woman stopped mid sentence and looked up at Jade. “Wow, who’s this super tall stranger?”
Jade couldn’t help but grin as the woman’s hand flew up to her mouth. While the woman cast an embarrassed look at her acquaintances, Jade took advantage of her diverted attention to assess this stranger.
Unlike the other two who’d arrived in the pickup, this woman was dressed more suitably for an office than a ranch in a metallic blue sheath dress and matching jacket, but it was the high-heeled, black patent, T-strap sandals with the perfectly pedicured toes that captured Jade’s attention and caused her to suck in a breath. She probably spent too many seconds staring at the pop of purple color on the woman’s toenails before she collected her thoughts. The first thought was that the tall heels were a sure sign this chick was completely out of her element at the ranch. What was she doing with these other two who looked like they worked with horses? Maybe she was one of those women who fancied having a few horses without a clue what to do with them and she’d brought along her pals to give her advice.
Jade started to shrug off the encounter as more likely a pain than a real prospect, but when she looked into the woman’s face she was struck by her beautiful light brown skin and very expressive, deep brown eyes, and her usual reticence faded. “I’m Jade. I am tall, but the horse is doing most of the work in that department.” She dismounted and gathered Ransom’s reins in one hand, holding the other out. “And you are?”
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Lone Star Law series
Lay Down the Law
Above the Law
Letter of the Law
Outside the Law
Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781626397507
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
- Audiobook Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
- Narrator: L.W. Salinas
- Carsen Taite online
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