Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on February 6, 2018
After enjoying Knight on the Texas Plains where I first encountered the McClain brothers. I was eager to come back for Luke McClain’s story and, whew boy, was it something.
The Cowboy Who Came Calling is the second book in the Texas Heroes series. I enjoyed this one as a follow-up on book one, but it could easily be read standalone.
The book takes place at least several months and maybe over a year after Knight On the Texas Plains. It jumps in at a new location and with the heroine, Glory Day’s side of things. Glory, her mother, and her sisters are nearly destitute after her father gets put into prison for something he didn’t do and the area is experiencing a drought. The town treats her and her family like pariahs, she’s losing her eyesight, and she’s nearly lost hope. All she has left is her pride. Enter stage right: hero, Luke McClain. He has his own troubles, but he wants to help out Glory and her family even when she snarls and fights him all the way while denying her feelings for him.
I find this book a tough one for me to sum up because I really wanted to love it since I loved the first one and many others by the author, but I didn’t. I only liked it.
My biggest issue was my mixed feelings about the heroine. I can respect her somewhat, but, in the end, I struggled to like her. I get that she has a tough row to hoe and she has walls up- titanium steel ones, but she was downright ugly toward Luke much of the time- okay, make that nearly all the time. I honestly don’t recall but a few fleeting moments when she wasn’t snarling and angry at him and thinking the worst- not that Luke communicated his plans to her. I didn’t feel their romance as a result. And, here’s what really sealed it for me. Even when she realized she had some big regrets over her behavior- she never apologized to Luke. He apologizes when he wronged her, but she didn’t reciprocate. Luke was stalwart and true. He kept coming back and doing all he could to support that family and show Glory how much he cared.
But, Glory wasn’t the only part I was mixed about. I felt this book was all over the place at times. It popped in and out with the suspense thread and likewise with the romance. Luke was there and then gone again, pops up later and then is gone again. It made the story lack flow to me.
So, I liked it and loved being back in the Texas Heroes world to get Luke’s story, but let’s just say this won’t be my favorite book. That said, I can easily recommend the series to others who enjoy Western Historical Romances and I will definitely be watching out for more releases in the series.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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