He'll do whatever it takes
To keep them safe
Duel McClain has lost everything he's ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he'll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies...
Just as Duel swears his life can't get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed...
A baby won in a poker game, an abused woman on the run, and a man not looking to be anyone’s hero come together one night on the Texas plains. I was all in to get their story from an author who writes Western Romance like few others can.
Knight on the Texas Plains had a big opener that grabbed me from the first moment. I couldn’t put the book down when I only meant to read a few chapters. Duel McClain is a tarnished, reluctant hero in his own eyes and carries around a lot of guilt, but I loved his sterling, tough character right away. I melted when he took both a little girl and a woman so abused that she was terrified to be near him. And when he calls them ‘his girls’… just le sigh…
The historical backdrop is a western in flavor, but this one hit on some societal issues of the time which gave it depth and emotion. The subjects of abuse, self-defense, and legal recourse along with married women’s rights play a prominent role in this story. I was infuriated on the part of Jessie who suffered and people knew of it. Call me bloodthirsty, but I was satisfied that she shot the fiend who abused her for eight years. The courtroom drama was another form of excitement there at the end.
Due to the abuse Jessie underwent and their marriage of convenience, this was a slow burn romance. The sparks were there and I loved how this pair respected and cared for each other. Neither thought they were worthy while the other saw them as more than worthy so I loved how they went to work convincing each other. Surrounded by Duel and the McClain family, Jessie and Marley Rose flourished and both were in love with their Texas Knight.
In summary, this was a deep, moving, romantic, and suspenseful western romance. I am eager now for Luke’s story and pretty much have this author and her books on autobuy.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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