Review: Texas Homecoming by Leigh Greenwood

Review: Texas Homecoming by Leigh GreenwoodTexas Homecoming by Leigh Greenwood

Series: Night Riders #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 4, 2017
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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?

The Delight

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.

Review

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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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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  • Note to self, start reading Historical Romance. Now! hehe
    Great review as always Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Oh yes, Vanessa! This would be a great place to start. 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh I love the premise and the brother betraying his unit trope Sophia Rose and I have to admit I’ve never heard of this author. Thanks

    • There were so many interesting complications in this story, but that was the big one.

      I hope you get the chance to read one of his books, Debbie. I’ve only read a few, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one.

  • humm family feud, thieves, betrayal, doesn’t sound like there was much room for dull moments? great review! this sounds like a fun read based on the setting. So like old west right? Needs to be more of those

    • Yes, it was a very happening plot. Yahoo, Old West all the way. 🙂

  • I really need to tell a cousin about these. I have yet to get into the cowboy genre but this one sounds interesting. I do like the old west setting. I did read the author’s name as Lee Greenwood and wondered why he was writing romance. LOL

    • If your cousin loves the Old West-style cowboys, then yes, definite reads. This is my third book by him and I’ve loved each one. You were right the first time Leigh is a he. 🙂

      • I was thinking of the singer. 🙂 Okay, now I’m more curious knowing this is a he. 😀

        • Buahaha! I should have caught that. I remember him. Yeah, that would be a weird mix.

  • It has been a long time since I read western romance. I have several Leigh Greenwood books on my kindle but I like the sound of this one. Great review!

    • I think you’re in for a treat, Carole!. I’ve read three and enjoyed them all.

  • I don’t remember the last time I read a western. At least not with a romance in it. Sounds good though.

    • I grew up on Louis L’amour and Greenwood’s books aren’t in that way, but he has a pretty good talent for balancing the setting of the West with his romances.

  • Oh I was *so* close to grabbing this one. Yes, kicking myself over that. Especially with a hero named Cade. Ah! That’s really awesome the series has started off with such a bang 🙂

    • Haha! Yes! How could you resist a hero by that name?

      So tough to figure out which to pick and which to let go. It really is off to a good start. It’s neat that all the heroes for the whole series were introduced in this one and I can’t wait to see how each story goes.

  • I love a good western romance! What a cover! Thanks for sharing, great review!

    • You betcha, Cindy! This one is worth the snag.

  • Sounds like a great start to the series! I’m really intrigued by the vengeance story and the romance sounds great! Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia Rose!

    • Yes, the revenge plot made things pretty intense in an already exciting story, Cyn.

  • Oh great review. I have been really curious about this book and the idea of this series. I really love strong and resilient characters, and this author does great at them. And I always love a good western.

    • Yes, this will be good as each Night Rider gets his story. This first one was pretty impressive.

  • Hmmmm, this sounds kind of forbidden-romance-y, with the brother being the betrayer? I’d not heard of this book. So cool that they are called the Night Riders – I’ve not read a cowboy romance novel with that kind of brotherhood aspect. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, the betrayal- vengeance part of the plot was pretty intense.

      I love that they’re the Night Riders, too. I know it’s because they were called that because they did their work at night during the Civil War, but I kept picturing Michael Knight and KITT car. LOL

      Thanks, Alyssa! You have a great weekend, too.

  • Oh the betrayal! I actually think I’d love that Cade ended up thinking about the benefits of letting a traitor live so that he and his love interest could be happier as well.
    Great review, Sophia rose!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • No kidding, Lexxie! It was a tough situation for them. Cade did have some soulsearching to do for sure.