Review: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday

Review: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda BrodayThe Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday

Series: Men of Legend #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 2, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Three Brothers. One Oath.
No Compromises.
The MEN of LEGEND

The Cowboy
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs.

The Delight

A family of brothers- The Legends- working to continue what their father started on the wild Texas frontier.  This calls for courage and toughness to face life and love and those who would seek to take it from them.   Houston Legend has already had his share of tragedy and now he’s forced into marriage with a stranger who has not had it any easier.  I was delighted to pursue their story as they found a way to not only make it work, but do it on a tough, gritty cattle drive facing stampedes, rough terrain, and outlaws.

Review

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is book two in the Men of Legend series.  Somehow I missed book one which was Sam’s story (Houston’s brother).  I will indeed be going back for that and continuing on with Luke’s story.  Suffice to say, I had no trouble reading Houston’s story out of order.

This one had the most shocking openings I’ve read in a romance.  It starts with a wedding, a tragic shooting, and a guy without his bride.  What gives, right?  Actually, it punched hard grabbing my attentions and emotions as a result.  I was so far on Houston’s side that I was rarin’ to go for him to move on and catch a break.  And one forced marriage scenario later, he spots his opportunity.

I loved how the author didn’t mess around wallowing stuff in the angst.  This story had enough internal and external conflict already without extra stuff tossed in.  Houston and Lara take one look at each other and neither feel too badly about this arrangement their father’s came to for them.  There are tough circumstances for them to surmount. Houston planned for a name-only match because he doesn’t think he can take having his heart crushed a second time.  Lara was raped and left with a hideous scar on her face and a little baby girl who she cherishes as a result.  Houston steps up and cares for both Lara and Gracie in a way that totally had me melting.  He actually wanted the marriage to give both of them his name and protection even though he thought he would stick to a friendly affection at most.

Beyond this fantastic romance situation, there is great Western cattle drive action and a truly vile villain and his gang hot on Houston and Lara’s heels.  The cattle drive took up much of the book, but it was great with the colorful cast of cowboys with Houston including Lara’s younger brothers.  And Houston’s own brothers get in on the action when things go from tough to ‘Remember the Alamo’ tough.

The Western historical elements are well drawn as are the settings behind the strong layered plot.  This was only my second encounter with the author’s books, but I think I need to dig up a backlist and get busy on it.  Those who love historical western romance with some grit need to give this one and the rest of the series a go.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #111
HR Literary Pickers #103 – forced marriage
New Release #62

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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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  • I’ve heard such good things about Linda Broday but I haven’t read any of her books yet. I think I might own an ebook of hers, though. Anyway, westerns aren’t usually my go-to read, but every once in a while I do appreciate a good one. It sounds like this was a total hit. I love when romances don’t have a ton of angst. I like external conflict. This might be right up my alley.

    • Yes, based on what you are saying that you like, this might be just the thing, Quinn. It was a real hit with me for sure. 🙂

  • I’m not a huge western gal but this one really sounds good. I really need to check out this author. It looks like she really writes good characters and romance!

    • Yeah, she’s definitely got my attention. When I’ve read three good ones for me from an author, I figure its safe to conclude we’re a fit. 🙂 Hope you get the chance to try her out when your in the western mood, Melissa. 🙂

  • This sounds great! I haven’t read a western romance in ages. I think it may be time to change that very soon. Glad you loved this one!

    • Hers are good ones to get back in the saddle with (see what I did there), Carole. 🙂

  • I really like it when a book has a lot of drama right from the start. I like when a story captures my attention right from the start.

    • Me, too, Mary. I mean a wedding and a shooting in the first few pages had me glued to the book.

  • Oh wow. That’s one great way to start a story. Haven’t read Western romances before but I think I’m ready to try one. Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Oh yeah, this is a good one to give you a feel for Western romance, Vanessa. Hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • Whoa! That is quite the start. I’ve not tried Broday but thinking I need to!

    • Yeah, shocked my pants off and then about half way through, I wanted the first story and the next one right there. Loved it so much. Houston was such a great hero to his wife and her little girl and his wife’s brother who has a mental disability. I’m such a softy for that sort of thing.

  • Oh wow! That definitely sounds like quite the opening to the book! I’m intrigued! That’s awesome this book was a 5 star read for you! Sounds like a book I need to check out. Great review, Sophia Rose!

    • Yeah, it shocked me good to read that opening, but it was a great read for me. Hope you enjoy it if you get the chance, Cyn!

  • Debbie Haupt

    I haven’t heard of this series or the author but she’s on my radar now. Thanks Sophia Rose, I love western romance and what a fantastic review. Thanks

    • Yeah, I only noticed her books late last year and liked the two I’ve read so far so I think I’ll be making a better acquaintance with her books now. 🙂 It was great and hope you get the chance at it, Debbie.

  • I’d not heard of this author! I can’t remember the last time I read a Western romance. It’s definitely been a long time! I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia. The beginning sounds intense!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I only heard of her last fall. I grabbed one of her books for review and loved it. This one was even better.

      You have a great weekend, too, Alyssa. 🙂