Calhoun, the younger brother at 32, is in partnership with older brother, Justin Ballenger and run a cattle feeding lot in Jacobsville, Texas. [Wow! what a beginning to the Long, Tall Texans.]
The feedlot business skyrocketed with Justin's business sense and Calhoun's feel for marketing.
Abigail Clark was 15 when her mother and the Ballenger brothers' father were killed just before their wedding. The two young men took in the heartbroken Abby as their ward. Now six years later, just three months before Abby's 21st birthday we learn of the many conflicts going on in this Texas town.
We also meet Shelby Jacob and her brother Tyler, whose grandfather was the founder of Jacobsville.
Abby feels so inferior to the blond bombshells that Calhoun dates that she feels that she has to defy his restrictions.
Calhoun does not love any of his "women" but all it takes is a little skin and a lot of imagination for him to start feeling jealous of any mans' intentions toward Abby.
Justin is more tollerant but just as watchful and slightly amused as he watches the changes coming about in Calhoun.
We soon learn why the dark eyed, black haired, reticient, Justin harbors a vengeful attitude toward the beautiful black haired, green-eyed Shelby.
Abby's rebellion leads her to emotional confusion [some girls mature later emotionally]and she doesn't know how to handle her embaressment with a man's passion and body. [about time we have a gal like this]. She just needed time.
Calhoun [like a lot of men] didn't know how to handle, emotionally, a virginal young woman - although it seems that he left a few broken hearts behind.
I did like the skillful handling of D. Palmer of the delicate situations and scenes and emotions of her characters that brought them to living, breathing life. GREAT WORK, as in most all of this series.
I give it an unequivically HIGH RECOMMENDATION. I set a high standard for the characters I like.