When Fate tosses you in the deep end, it’s time to sink or swim.
Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 7
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.
I should begin by disclosing that I have not read any of the previous books in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. While I wouldn’t generally sign up to review a book this far into the series, much less the final book in a series, there was just something about the blurb for Texas Lullaby that called to me and I was unable to turn it down. That said, I had zero issues with following the storyline as it quickly became clear that this installment was focused on Lydia and Jason, and while they may have played parts in previous books, I didn’t feel as though I was missing out on any pertinent information. However, I now have a hankering to read the previous books in the series as I quite enjoyed D’Alba’s writing style and getting to know and spending time with the Montgomery family.
The book opens with a beautiful moment as Jason and Lydia have their closest friends and family around them as they prepare for their wedding the following day. Unfortunately, their joy is short-lived when the police arrive to break the tragic news that Lydia’s younger sister, brother-in-law, and children were in an accident – an accident that would change all of their lives forever. I often get annoyed when a relationship deteriorates due to a simple misunderstanding because the couple won’t talk about what’s really bothering them. However, considering Jason’s long-held and blunt refusal to have a family, I completely understood Lydia’s avoidance of that conversation. And as time passed and Jason felt Lydia pulling away from him more and more, I could easily see where his fear held him back from broaching the subject. So while some of the angst could have been eliminated with a conversation or two, in this situation, the couple’s fear to do so made sense and worked in moving the story forward. Were there times I wanted to smack them on the back of their heads? Absolutely. This is actually the downside of being inside Lydia and Jason’s heads – I knew what was going on with each of them and really wanted to facilitate a come-to-Jesus meeting to get through to them. Alas, I had to suck it up and watch them stumble along as they adjusted to life with kids, puddle jump through the messes that came with that life, and two-step their way toward a future together, but it was well worth it to see how things worked out, especially with that epilogue.
It’s going to sound strange, but one of the things I liked about Texas Lullaby is that there wasn’t a lot of sex in it. Now this isn’t because I don’t like sex in my romances (because I really do), but rather I felt it made the book more realistic. Lydia went from being a woman about to be married the next day to a man who didn’t want children, to being a single mother of three who was trying to balance motherhood with her career as a physician. I think it’s safe to assume that such an adjustment would not only be a huge emotional upheaval, but that three children (and their dog) would take up so much of her time that she wouldn’t have the time or energy to ride her cowboy as often as she once did. So the author’s decision to make the decrease in intimacy so obvious was spot-on and added to the realism of Lydia and Jason’s story, at least for me it did. I absolutely adored the Montgomery family and hope to find some time in my schedule to go back to the beginning to read them all because I’d love to see how the different couples got together. I suspect that fans of the series will enjoy spending time with the couples from the past books and seeing how Jason and Lydia’s story brings the series to the end, but if you’re like myself and haven’t read the previous books, don’t feel like you have to give Texas Lullaby a pass because it stands on its own just fine and was a lovely story.