cover image The Christmas Key: A Twilight, Texas Novel

The Christmas Key: A Twilight, Texas Novel

Lori Wilde. Avon, $7.99 mass market (416p) ISBN 978-0-06-246827-7

Wilde’s latest Twilight, Texas contemporary western romance (after Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside) is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Former Marine Mark Shepherd comes to the town of Twilight to honor the wishes of Clayton Luther, a man under his command who died in Afghanistan, and return a cherished possession to Clayton’s family. Clayton’s father, pastor Tom Luther, mistakes Mark for a handyman he has hired, and Mark can’t bring himself to tell the man the real reason for his visit. As Mark works on projects for the church, he falls under the spell of Naomi Luther, Clayton’s older sister, and Hunter, Clayton’s orphaned son. Mark tries to keep his distance from Naomi, feeling responsible for Clayton’s death, and Naomi attempts to ignore the sizzling heat she feels in Mark’s presence, as she believes that raising Hunter leaves her no time for love. The magnetism between Naomi and Mark is breathtaking and real, and the magic of Christmas enhances their romance. Readers will cheer for the wounded warrior who may just have found a place to call home. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Oct.)