She's his last chance to find peace...
Cade, Captain of the Night Riders, is determined to lead his men home to Texas to recover from a long and brutal war. But when a fellow Rider betrays the team, Cade sets aside his hopes for peace and swears he will hunt down the traitor no matter what it takes...
He has a foolproof plan to use the feisty Pilar diViere to lure her traitorous brother out of hiding. And yet when he takes the dark-eyed beauty into his arms, Cade can't help but remember the passionate past they shared. He would do anything for a chance to rekindle that flame...even spare her brother's life.
The war has changed them all, and each of the Night Riders must decide what is more important: love or revenge?
An oath of vengeance, betrayal, lies, family feuding, thieves, and a tempestuous romance on the Texas frontier made this one easy book to choose for my latest reading pleasure. The author wrote a compelling post-war story of what is like for everyone trying to rebuild after a civil war that ripped a nation apart.
Texas Homecoming is the first of the Night Riders series about seven men sworn to exactly a vengeance on one of their own who betrayed them, stole, and was responsible for the deaths of many.
The story was not hurting for sources of conflict, that’s for sure. It was a bit touch and go whether it was just too much and the pair of lovers should just call it a day. But no, I jest. Cade and Pilar had more steel down their spines than others would have under their circumstances. Both are the grandchildren of feuding elders. And while neither Cade nor Pilar buy into all the feud stuff, theirs is not an easy relationship and it takes much of the book before Pilar, in particular, goes from bristles and mistrust to respect and liking for the other. There is a class difference because Pilar’s family come of Spanish aristocracy and Cade’s are considered poor white trash and just happened to have sliced off a section of Pilar’s family land.
But the biggie? That would be the fact that it was Pilar’s beloved brother who betrayed Cade and the others in a cowardly act so that when he traded sides he caused his former unit to be ambushed and decimated. Much of the story, Cade’s vow of vengeance to hang Pilar’s brother is the Sword of Damocles hanging over them because it’s only a matter of time before she discovers the truth and her brother attempts to come home.
The author wrote a strong, hardworking, savvy and stalwart hero, but I loved that he paired Cade with a woman of Pilar’s quiet strength and fortitude. She lost nearly everything and must swallow her pride so many times, but she works hard, encourages respect, and she can see beyond the hate and bitterness of her grandmother and Cade’s grandfather. Whew! Those grandparents. And I thought mine was a Tartar.
All in all this was a fantastic start to a series that has a good dose of authentic western backdrop, deep conflict, compelling characters, and an ongoing series plot that promises more of the same as each Night Rider gets his story. Historical Romance fans will be delighted by this one.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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