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All her life, beautiful Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father's revered footsteps as one of the Texas frontier's greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance --- by bringing sexy outlaw Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants him to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But Justin has other ideas. The secret spy has a mission to All her life, beautiful Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father's revered footsteps as one of the Texas frontier's greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance --- by bringing sexy outlaw Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants him to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But Justin has other ideas. The secret spy has a mission to complete, one that holds the fate of a free Texas in the balance. He knows what will happen once they reach Houston: he'll be forced into a sham of a marriage that will allow the corrupt judge to destroy the dream of Texas independence he's fought for, unless ... he's already married. In one bold moment, the tables turn, and Shiloh finds herself the captive of a new husband she cannot trust or completely resist. What begins as a desperate ruse soon leaves them both vulnerble to a passion as wild and unforgiving as the land they both love, even as they are pursued by those who would stop at nothing to destroy everything they hold dear ...


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All her life, beautiful Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father's revered footsteps as one of the Texas frontier's greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance --- by bringing sexy outlaw Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants him to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But Justin has other ideas. The secret spy has a mission to All her life, beautiful Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father's revered footsteps as one of the Texas frontier's greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance --- by bringing sexy outlaw Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants him to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But Justin has other ideas. The secret spy has a mission to complete, one that holds the fate of a free Texas in the balance. He knows what will happen once they reach Houston: he'll be forced into a sham of a marriage that will allow the corrupt judge to destroy the dream of Texas independence he's fought for, unless ... he's already married. In one bold moment, the tables turn, and Shiloh finds herself the captive of a new husband she cannot trust or completely resist. What begins as a desperate ruse soon leaves them both vulnerble to a passion as wild and unforgiving as the land they both love, even as they are pursued by those who would stop at nothing to destroy everything they hold dear ...

30 review for Texas Wildflower

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    The one Susan Wiggs book I hated. I literally threw it across the room when I finished it. It had the most unsatisfactory ending. It was as if she even hated the book and just wanted to end it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    Texas 1843. Susan Wiggs wrote this her 1st romance in 1987. I stopped at page 202 of 416 (a revised paper- back edition). Please don't think this representative of SW's writing ability. It pained me to write this review. The blurb featured a 20 year old Texas frontier girl, wanting to be a detective like her (hard-drinking) father Nate. This story had too many irritating elements for me and failed to deliver. "Government man" Justin reported to Mr. Henderson for the US President, a vague role. (T Texas 1843. Susan Wiggs wrote this her 1st romance in 1987. I stopped at page 202 of 416 (a revised paper- back edition). Please don't think this representative of SW's writing ability. It pained me to write this review. The blurb featured a 20 year old Texas frontier girl, wanting to be a detective like her (hard-drinking) father Nate. This story had too many irritating elements for me and failed to deliver. "Government man" Justin reported to Mr. Henderson for the US President, a vague role. (The FBI came into existence yrs later in 1896.) The POTUS + many Texans favored the Republic of Texas joining the US. Justin's task: track the UK Captain & corrupt Texas judge, West, who supported the Mexican cause over that of the US. Justin + the good guys were charged w/ preventing violence/ destruction by West and friends. Shiloh acted like a bounty hunter to capture Justin for West (she had no knowledge of his treasonous plan) for seducing the non-virgin dtr of West. H + h wed, using the flimsiest rationale. Justin & Shiloh engaged in overreactions & heated discussions. No bantering. Justin slept off/ on in the bunk- house. Whiny Shiloh undermined Justin concerning his official work & put herself in danger repeatedly & earned her TSTL badge. He kept secrets, ditto for her. This couple gave me a migraine Much better books by Susan Wiggs: The Charm School, The Great Chicago Fire Trilogy, The Horse Master's Daughter.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kit★

    I had owned this book for more than ten years and had never read it, so I finally read it to belatedly get in my Western romance for the February sub-genre of the month over in the Romance Lovers for the Challenge-Impaired group. I've read quite a few of Wiggs' historicals and liked them, but it's been a couple years since I've read one of hers. I was hoping this one would be good, and it was alright, but mostly I'm just happy to finally have accomplished getting it off of the TBR pile. I'd real I had owned this book for more than ten years and had never read it, so I finally read it to belatedly get in my Western romance for the February sub-genre of the month over in the Romance Lovers for the Challenge-Impaired group. I've read quite a few of Wiggs' historicals and liked them, but it's been a couple years since I've read one of hers. I was hoping this one would be good, and it was alright, but mostly I'm just happy to finally have accomplished getting it off of the TBR pile. I'd really rate it more like a 2.5 Stars or even 2.75 Stars, it was ok, and I liked some aspects of it, but it's definitely not one I can see myself wanting to re-read really. It wasn't bad by any means though. I enjoyed the setting in Texas, and the political aspect of the characters fighting to avoid foreign control, before Texas was a state. I found that really interesting, because it's not a period of history I'm real familiar with. I also liked how Shiloh was determined to do her thing, be a spy or find ways to get important papers, even if it pissed Justin off. I liked how she stuck to her guns about that. At the same time though, I found their constant arguing and hot and cold, on and off, irritating at times. Justin was always too quick to anger, and she wasn't much better. They were like two spitting cats most of the time. It got a little aggravating, though I could understand it, at least on Shiloh's side. She was forced into marrying this guy, a stranger, and her family's all 'Well, he seems like a good man, maybe it's what you need.' Huh?! I'd be madder'n hell my family did that to me. And then he tells her she can't go out anymore, and she most definitely can't continue her detective stuff, and she's not welcome to help him with his missions either. Like, sorry toots, you're stuck at home now. Screw that. So I was glad she wasn't so meek, though she had her moments where he ways of sticking it to him were kinda dumb. Like, oh, leave me at home huh? I'll show you! And then she proceeds to clean and fix and paint the house and make it all homey. Durp, I think that was his goal there, girl, so how's that revenge? Same with the making herself all pretty. The story definitely showed that first book/early book signs. It had the interesting base, but the characters were immature at times. But I still was entertained, I enjoyed the last half especially, once they go to England, and then to Washington, and Justin's parents' home, and back to Texas, and then especially once Shiloh struck off on her own to Mexico on that last dangerous mission. Then it really got interesting. So it wasn't bad, but I just didn't like the characters' on and on with the misunderstandings and bickering. Then, the stunt Justin pulls there towards the end, after Mexico, and you think it's going to be happy, she's got good news to tell him, and then... boom, he turns like a dog on her over some unfounded accusations from the bad guys, and months go by in misery... Arg! I wanted to punch him! Repeatedly. The end was rather abrupt too, in my opinion, and almost too easy of a resolution. But. I liked Shiloh's father, and Ina, and the others around the ranch, most especially Ina and Nate hooking up and getting a little HEA, that made me grin a bit. Still think the end was too abrupt though, like... I dunno. So, I'm glad it's finally off the TBR, and happy it wasn't a total bust, wasn't the best book ever but wasn't terrible either. I'll put it with the other books I have by Wiggs, and there's no doubt I'll still be reading books by her :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    Let me start by saying I'm very particular when it comes to Historical Western Romance. Few authors can pull the genre off and leave me feeling satisfied. I have my trued and true go-to author's that have a phenomenal talent in writing this genre. That being said, Susan Wiggs Texas Wildflower was wonderfully written and was exceptional in depicting Texas History and satisfying my love of historical genre. Justin McCord was a very strong willed man equally paired with an even stronger willed fema Let me start by saying I'm very particular when it comes to Historical Western Romance. Few authors can pull the genre off and leave me feeling satisfied. I have my trued and true go-to author's that have a phenomenal talent in writing this genre. That being said, Susan Wiggs Texas Wildflower was wonderfully written and was exceptional in depicting Texas History and satisfying my love of historical genre. Justin McCord was a very strong willed man equally paired with an even stronger willed female, Shiloh Mulvane. Shiloh, perfectly matched for Justin with her fearlessness and take no prisoner approach to life. This girl was a breath of fresh air in the fact that nothing stood in her way. Her red hair and spitfire attitude was just what Justin needed in his life. When these two meet, sparks fly, but not how you're thinking, then the adventure began and it was a funny, gripping, somewhat secretive story, that truly was an exhilarating book, it hooked me in from the beginning to the end. Loved this book and I give Ms. Wiggs credit for making a new fan out of me. Very well developed characters which truly engulfed me. A Texas Wildflower, that was Shiloh Mulvane-McCord to a T.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ★ gwiz ★

    I love Susan Wiggs' books. So I was surprised when I just stop on page 204 of this book of her's. I couldn't finish the chapter let alone the book. Shiloh wants to be a great detective and has experience with her father. But she doesn't show it and does 1 stupid thing to many, all the while whining about being a good detective. Didn't believe that Justin could be in love with her. I love Susan Wiggs' books. So I was surprised when I just stop on page 204 of this book of her's. I couldn't finish the chapter let alone the book. Shiloh wants to be a great detective and has experience with her father. But she doesn't show it and does 1 stupid thing to many, all the while whining about being a good detective. Didn't believe that Justin could be in love with her.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    3.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jazz Feylynn

    I love Susan Wiggs' books. So I was surprised when I just stop on page 204 of this book of her's. I couldn't finish the chapter let alone the book. Shiloh wants to be a great detective and has experience with her father. But she doesn't show it and does 1 stupid thing to many, all the while whining about being a good detective. Didn't believe that Justin could be in love with her. I love Susan Wiggs' books. So I was surprised when I just stop on page 204 of this book of her's. I couldn't finish the chapter let alone the book. Shiloh wants to be a great detective and has experience with her father. But she doesn't show it and does 1 stupid thing to many, all the while whining about being a good detective. Didn't believe that Justin could be in love with her.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hartley

    Incredibly stupid story about a man and woman who never talk honestly to each other. First half of the book was good as it set up the relationship. Second half was a waste of time. Characters were so stubborn that None of their actions were believable. Ending was the worst. Sorry I wasted my time reading it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Aase

    Too much arguing! Either passion or arguing, how about a little normal conversation or friendship? I did like the historical setting and all of the early Texas stuff, that’s what kept me reading. Poor ending!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Ostrander

    It was a nice book and I found it very captivating. However, the ending sucked and the whole book gave me Stockholm syndrome vibes. Of course, I still think it was a good book. It was very interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat, I was just disappointed by the abrupt ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patti Burton

    Susan Wiggs first book. A western type romance. Probably not really a 4 star but was a really cheesy romantic story. I thought it was fun. You can definitely tell it was her first as her writing and story development have greatly improved. An easy read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I normally don't read historical romance novels but this one is fantastic! I couldn't put it down! I normally don't read historical romance novels but this one is fantastic! I couldn't put it down!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Dohner

    I liked the setting and characters, because it's just my thing, but the story was very predictible, situations too repetitive, and a very anticlimactic ending. I liked the setting and characters, because it's just my thing, but the story was very predictible, situations too repetitive, and a very anticlimactic ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Chandler

    Of a different era and certainly a first book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Cossins

    a little bit slow here and there but entertaining enough to keep reading

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Historical romance. How could Shiloh make such stupid mistakes? Not believable at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    could not finish it

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connie Glasgow

    This was a frustrating love story - but goo9d- glad I read it during my staycation!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lili Trudeau

    This was a wonderful story. The characters were strong and believable. I did not want it to end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanie

    I liked this story but I didn’t love it. I felt it didn’t solve their issues and I would of liked Elliot and jessamine to have gotten their just rewards.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dafele Arozal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cliche storyline. Not a recommended book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Thank goodness her writing has improved over the years. I love Susan Wiggs' books but this one was just too much. It was very apparent this was one of her 1st books. Do not waste your time. Thank goodness her writing has improved over the years. I love Susan Wiggs' books but this one was just too much. It was very apparent this was one of her 1st books. Do not waste your time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I've been waiting to read this book for a while. Wasn't too bad but I didn't like the ending. I felt like it was missing something. I've been waiting to read this book for a while. Wasn't too bad but I didn't like the ending. I felt like it was missing something.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Daniels

    Not as good as most of her novels

  25. 5 out of 5

    Saadia

    I struggled to read and finish this, never quite getting into the 2 main characters. I thought there was too much constant strife, push and pull between the hero and heroine: misunderstanding of motives and emotions; too many comings and goings: trips all over the map for business and political reasons... I thought that traveling was rather rough in pioneer days but these people were constantly on the move, like today's jet-set! There were multiple bad guys: Harmon West, his catty daughter Jessa I struggled to read and finish this, never quite getting into the 2 main characters. I thought there was too much constant strife, push and pull between the hero and heroine: misunderstanding of motives and emotions; too many comings and goings: trips all over the map for business and political reasons... I thought that traveling was rather rough in pioneer days but these people were constantly on the move, like today's jet-set! There were multiple bad guys: Harmon West, his catty daughter Jessamyne; mexican beauty Isabella; British agent Captain Eliot and a depraved man with designs on her person... like a James Bond novel, every other political enemy tries to ruin your day. So the romantic relationship is like a Scarlett versus Rhett thing, never allowed to flourish in trust and commitment, always suspicious. The obstacle course of events give them the opportunity to test their own mettle, discover more about each other, and realize the depth of their own feelings and try to do loving selfless things for the other but they keep flunking the big relationship challenges. He gets hurt while handling a horse. She is wounded in a canon explosion. On and on...the drama never ceases! Frankly, at the end, I was relieved the author decided to force the reconciliation. The 2 characters were too proud and stuck in their wounded corners to fight for their own happiness.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Solla

    This is an earlier work of the author. Historical in nature the story is about a woman who wants to do a man's job in an era where women were wives and homemakers. The woman is stubborn and willful. She gets trapped into a marriage when she captures a man for a 'client' she has taken on trying to help her father out who has been injured and cannot work for himself at this time. The man involved is an undercover agent of the newly formed American government. Sparks fly from this coupling (not alw This is an earlier work of the author. Historical in nature the story is about a woman who wants to do a man's job in an era where women were wives and homemakers. The woman is stubborn and willful. She gets trapped into a marriage when she captures a man for a 'client' she has taken on trying to help her father out who has been injured and cannot work for himself at this time. The man involved is an undercover agent of the newly formed American government. Sparks fly from this coupling (not always good); but this is what moves the storyline along. Life in the old west, even told romantically, is always interesting. The setting is Texas at the time when the question is will it join the US or become it's own country or part of Mexico. We also see some of the Old South as the man originally comes from there and needs to go to Washington to report to his superiors. There's also a trip to England involved as our female lead cannot help but get in trouble with her actions. Ah, but that's what makes life interesting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kailee

    Wow. The two main characters took three years to come to terms with each other except we don't really know if that's true. I get that Shiloh and Justin married suddenly, but really, they should have learned to trust the other when they both realized they loved each other. The ending was also absolutely terrible. This is what made the book so awful because it led to the assumption that Justin and Shiloh have accepted each other and is in it for the long haul. However, it's totally unrealistic. If Wow. The two main characters took three years to come to terms with each other except we don't really know if that's true. I get that Shiloh and Justin married suddenly, but really, they should have learned to trust the other when they both realized they loved each other. The ending was also absolutely terrible. This is what made the book so awful because it led to the assumption that Justin and Shiloh have accepted each other and is in it for the long haul. However, it's totally unrealistic. If I was Justin, I'd be super pissed that my wife hid her pregnancy and my baby from me. Things like that matter and are not instantly forgiven with a single kiss. And who in their right mind would let Shiloh get away with hiding the baby from Justin if they knew about it!?! That is absolutely ridiculous. The baby was Justin's, too, and he deserved to know about his child. This book is just ridiculous.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    I was in the lookout for new authors to read, so I chose two Susan Wiggs books from my local bookstore. Texas Wildflower seemed interesting when I read the backcover and a few pages of the story. However, the more I read this book, the more I realized I didn't really like either of the main characters and felt the story seemed to drag on. I didn't really feel the romance between the characters and was tired of them fighting all the time. I also agree with other reviewers that the book tried to e I was in the lookout for new authors to read, so I chose two Susan Wiggs books from my local bookstore. Texas Wildflower seemed interesting when I read the backcover and a few pages of the story. However, the more I read this book, the more I realized I didn't really like either of the main characters and felt the story seemed to drag on. I didn't really feel the romance between the characters and was tired of them fighting all the time. I also agree with other reviewers that the book tried to end on a "happily ever after" note that felt rushed and not fully believeable. I'm hoping that this book was just a kink in Susan Wiggs' writing and that she has other books that are much more fullfilling.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Primadonna

    When I read the first 100 pages or so, I thought of giving this book 3 stars. Then I didn't like the story. I like the protagonist (female) well enough but can't say the same about the male. Too many attempted rapes. *eyeroll* And the ending... I mean, duh. Just like that? That easy? Maybe Wiggs has written plenty of good books, but after this one, I don't think I'll be looking eagerly for her other novels. When I read the first 100 pages or so, I thought of giving this book 3 stars. Then I didn't like the story. I like the protagonist (female) well enough but can't say the same about the male. Too many attempted rapes. *eyeroll* And the ending... I mean, duh. Just like that? That easy? Maybe Wiggs has written plenty of good books, but after this one, I don't think I'll be looking eagerly for her other novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Esther Fanny

    to be honest, this book caused my emotion turn up and down. i felt the chemistry between Shiloh and Justin but unfortunately,their lack of trust of each other was very poor.the conflict was terrible and the theme about Texas annexation was historical.which was compelling.still,i need to understand that this was Susan's first book. i believe her another books are much better than this one. and the truth is, i love Justin and Shilloh. to be honest, this book caused my emotion turn up and down. i felt the chemistry between Shiloh and Justin but unfortunately,their lack of trust of each other was very poor.the conflict was terrible and the theme about Texas annexation was historical.which was compelling.still,i need to understand that this was Susan's first book. i believe her another books are much better than this one. and the truth is, i love Justin and Shilloh.

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