Hunted by lawmen, those seeking the bounty, and other outlaws hoping to become famous for killing him, Luke Weston survives by little more than his wits. He expects the bullet that will end his life to come any day. He’s cheated death too often.
Over the last two years, Luke has been working to right his wrongs and claim his birthright. Only one thing stands in the way of atonement—the murder of a federal judge. Only he didn’t do that. Armed with nothing more than the alias Ned Sweeney, Luke searches for the man who framed him. He’s only an hour away from catching him when he spies a woman bound and gagged in the middle of the prairie.
She looks dead but her eyes fly open at the sound of his footsteps. Worse, he discovers she has amnesia. He can’t just leave her so he tamps down his frustration over missing Sweeney again and loads her into a nearby wagon that bears all the markings of his family’s ranch.
In the weeks of trying to help the woman he calls Rose learn her identity, Luke finds himself falling in love with her. She’s sweet and funny and makes him dream of impossible things. Then they meet a boy and learn her name is Josie.
As her lost memories tumble back, Luke faces his greatest fear. Can he make Josie his wife before he loses everything?
To Marry a Texas Outlaw will resonate with me for a while. It was the best book I've read in months and I'd be happy if this my last book of the year.
To Marry a Texas Outlaw could have gone any direction when it literally starts with the blank slate of a memory loss. I was nervous that it would be like so many others that I've read before, but it was not. The author included the memory loss as another element to the story and didn't create it as the sole pivot point. She introduced so many interesting little facets that created turmoil, angst, and mystery. The dimension of this story is captivating. The background elements that were slowly introduced that took methodical steps forward throughout till they were all forefront and fitting together perfectly by the end.
I enjoyed that you got a glimpse into Luke's internal dialogue and knew how hard it was for him to open up to this idea of being loved and belonging to a family, then to see him slowly melt under his father and siblings persistent display of affection throughout the book. The family element was heartwarming. Also, the relationship forged between Luke and this mystery woman was not solely sexual tension, but humor and heart which was beautiful. It was a real bond that I could relate to and fall in love with. The frisky back and forth banter and the defiance and apprehension that all relationships hold.
Historical Western Romance Author
I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 8 full length historical western romance novels, with another set to release 2017, and 10 short stories. Watching TV westerns during my youth fed my love of cowboys and the old West and they still do. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. At times, I can feel their ghosts lurking around every corner. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here. I love research and looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I confess to being a rock hound. I’ve been accused (and quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.
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