Review: Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Review: Knight on the Texas Plains by Linda BrodayKnight on the Texas Plains by Linda Broday

Series: Texas Heroes #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 1, 2017
Pages: 354
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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...

The Delight

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.

Review

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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Romance Roundabout #155 HR
New Release #112
COYER #38

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Karen

    I haven’t read a western romance in a long time.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Hi Karen……Maybe it’s time. Good luck in winning this book!

    • Oh, you are in for a treat, Karen. This one’s a good place to dip your toe in again (though bring tissue, maybe, LOL)

  • A baby won in a poker game? And playing house with a woman who’s running away from her abusive past?! My oh my! I think I’ll enjoy this one. Haven’t read anything from the author yet but reading how you enjoyed this one, I am compelled to try it too 🙂

    • Hi Vanessa…..This story was inspired by a true event in my childhood when I learned my playmate had been won in a poker game. She used to cry and tell me that one day she’d try to find her real parents and ask them why they couldn’t love her. It broke my heart and I promised to give her the happy life she never got. I think she’d be pleased. Duel McClain just can’t turn his back on her even though he can barely take care of himself. And…you might like to know that Book #3 of this series is the baby when she’s grown up and is shattered to learn the secret Duel kept all those years. She feels her whole life has been a lie. I think it’s the most powerful book I’ve ever written and it comes out next July.

      • Wow. This is really intense Linda and I’ll sure to pack a lot of tissue when I read this one soon. Now I’m really excited

    • Wild, right Vanessa? I gasped and then I wanted to kick the guy selling her. But then Jessie’s story was worse and I was happy she shot her ex. LOL, terribly bloodthirsty of me. Hope you get the chance to try it. 🙂

      • Oh my! That wild indeed. Now I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

  • I’ve heard really good things about Linda Broday but I haven’t read anything by her. Western romances aren’t my go-to reads but I don’t dislike them at all. I will have to look into it.

    • Hi Quinn’s Book Nook……Thanks for coming. You know, westerns used to be huge but hit a downturn and readers moved on to something else. I’m trying to woo them back. My stories are pretty gritty and deal with some tough issues beneath the romance. Maybe you’ll give me a try. I’m thrilled to have you give me a second look. Hugs!

    • The jazzed excitement for her books is not overplayed, Quinn. Maybe you’ll get a chance to slip into the mood for Westerns with this one. 🙂

  • oh I just LOVED this book so much, it was really great. Very emotional and moving!!

    • Hi Lover of Romance….Thank you for stopping by. And thank you for your review of this book. That was very special. Big hugs! 🙂

    • Oh, you know it, Renee! That reminds me. I need to slip over to your blog and catch your thoughts on it now that I’ve done my review.

      And yeah, I might have needed a tissue once or twice.

  • Hi Sophia Rose…..It’s great to be here. Deepest thanks for this heartfelt review. I’m so glad you enjoyed this story of love, redemption, and family. So glad you saw the “heart” of this story. Your kind words touched me and made me really glad to be a writer. When I started out in this business, I said that if I could touch one person’s heart with something I write I’ll consider myself a success. That was my purpose–not money, not fame, not to be noticed. I think I achieved that. By the way, Book #3 (July) of this Texas Heroes series is the baby’s story. Marley Rose is all grown up and is shattered to discover the secret Duel has kept all these years. I think it’s the most powerful story I’ve every written. Thanks again.

    • Ah shucks, Linda! It’s a joy to read your books and particularly this one. I can tell you throw yourself into making each book the best, but this one had a bit of something extra. Oh, neat, can’t wait for Marley Rose’s books.

      And thanks so much, lady, for hopping over here and visiting both posts with a return comment for each visitor. Means a lot.

  • I’ve read several reviews for this one and everyone seems to be loving this one.

    • The hype is appropriate, I think. LOL But you know I’d say that, Mary. Haha!

  • It has been forever and a minute since I read an old-Western historical romance! This author is new to me, though I recognize Bittner’s books. That’s so sad, how he lost his entire family! But then he got a whole new family which is sweet. I’m glad you enjoyed this book!

    Have a wonderful day, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It was a lovely, heartwarming story. I only discovered her books last year when I was hunting around for more new to me western romance writers to try. Great stuff like Bittner.

      You have a lovely day, too, Alyssa! 🙂

  • This book sounds an emotional tear-jerker. I would love to read it.

    • It definitely was that, Nasreen. I need a tissue for a few parts.

  • A baby won in a poker game? That sure makes me curious how that would happen and it sounds kinda sad too. This sounds like a well written and emotional read and the setting and time period seems well done too. I like how you describe the romance, I always like a good slow burn. Great review!

    • Yep, wild right? Apparently in her real life, the author has a friend who was a baby bought in a poker game and the ending was not happy for her so she decided to re-write her story as a historical and give it a happy ending.
      Needless to say, it was definitely an emotional read.

      Oh yes, I’m with you on the slow burn romances. 🙂

      Thanks, Lola!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, too, Sophia. Yes, his girls. Loved that. And I was bloodthirsty right along with ya. lol

    • Oh good! We’ll go beat the tar out of him and his nasty buddies together. 🙂