Review: To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda Broday

Posted December 9, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

Review: To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda Broday
To Marry a Texas Outlaw

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Series: Men of Legend #3
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 7, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

After adoring Heart of a Texas Cowboy and getting introduced to the three Legend brothers and their world, I absolutely had to have the final brother’s story.  Luke needed justice and a good woman.  And ah, yes, Ms. Broday provided his perfect match and quite the adventure for the pair of them.

Review

To Marry a Texas Outlaw is the third of the Men of Legend series.  It builds on what came before with Sam and Houston’s stories, but I think it would work alright as a standalone if necessary.

Luke is the illegitimate outlaw Legend brother who has dedicated his life to tracking down the real murderer of the judge so he can get his life back.  He dreams of that life being with his family on the Legend ranch and accepted as one of them, but fear, guilt, and a lack of worth eat at him.

Bursting onto the scene in glorious technicolor in Luke’s life is a woman who maybe just as trouble as Luke.  The lady has lost her memories, but it looks like she might have killed a man and is on the run while needing to get answers.  Toss in an abused boy and a starving dog and Luke’s life just got a whole lot more interesting.

Luke tends to be rather an Eeyore through this book and I had the urge to kick him in the pants to get over it many times- and Josie, the woman who fiercely wants him if he would just take what she’s offering, practically does.  Good for Josie!
But to be fair, Luke has to come to terms with his past and his past choices.  Its tougher to accept the good and believe you can have it and deserve it when you’ve had a life like he did.

The romance was a firecracker style with a gun-toting, cussing, hot tempered Josie paired with an introspective, slow-burn, capable Luke.  She riles him up and he tempers her impulsiveness.  But the sizzle was there and loved seeing them together whether scraping, loving, or fighting side by side.

The action was good and I loved the mystery element as Luke was pursuing a killer who framed him and they were trying to figure out the mystery of Josie’s past, hope she’s innocent, and help her get her memories back all while the law and some other evil outlaws are on their trail.
I loved that their trail eventually led back to Luke’s family.  I get a bit swoony when the Legend men are all together and fighting for a cause.

I’m not sure if this was the last of the series.  I felt like it to me.  But yes, it was the perfect story to cap it off.  Luke’s was the story I wanted most and it totally lived up to expectation.

In summary, this was a strong, fiery, and exciting historical western by a writer who makes Texas history come alive with romance and adventure.  I can definitely recommend the series to western romance lovers.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing the book in exchange of an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #284 HR
New Release #168

Recommendations

  The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis
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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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  • Glad to hear this works as a standalone as it sounds like one I can jump right into for pure western pleasure.

    • For sure, Velvet. I leaped into the second book and had no trouble so I guess they are all written so you can start with any of them.

  • I read this one as a stand alone and did enjoy it. Although, I want to go back and read the other two so that I can find out what happend with Sam and Houston. Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    • I did that with Houston’s story and then moved onto Luke’s. And I need to join you and read Sam’s. 🙂

  • This sounds so good, Sophia! I love that it’s Josie who was the gun-happy firecracker, and that Luke was calmer. It sounds like a story that is both character and plot-driven too, which I really like.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Yes, exactly. She’s the rush into action type and he thinks things through first.

      It had a great balance of action with the more introspective scenes, too.

      Hope you get the chance some time for this one. 🙂

  • Such a fabulous book here!!! I enjoyed it so much and the plot was fantastic. I just am loving Linda Broday. And these brothers are wonderful together.

    • Yep, yep, we are in agreement, Renee. 🙂 Bring on more Broday!

  • Is it slow burn? sounds like a fun book, I have seen reviews for this and people loving it so kind of excited!!

    • Yes, it would fall onto that side more than the other. It’s a steady courtship even though the pair of them don’t think they’re good enough for the other.

  • Oh yes. He did need a shake now and again. I was like ACCEPT THEIR HELP!!!!! lol I’m hoping we’ll get one more. The daddy maybe? Would be interesting.

    • Now that’s a fantastic idea. Papa Legend would make for a good late life romance.

      There’s a novella in Christmas in the Cowboy Arms about a set of side characters that takes place on the Legend Ranch which was pretty good, too. Maybe we can get some more. 🙂

      • I would really love to see more of daddy Legend. He was a great character.

        Ahhh I skipped Christmas in the Cowboys Arms. I’ll have to add that in before winter is over 😀

        • Yeah, you’d probably like the anthology. The first story is a cute retelling about Biblical Joseph and Mary, then there’s a follow up novella for Rosanne Bittner’s Outlaw series, this one I just mentioned and three other great novellas by talented authors I’ve seen you review and enjoy, too.

          • That is such a unique retelling. I’ll definitely be checking it out. Now that I’m taking on less review copies to tackle the blogger shame I’ve been doing more just for fun reads so can squeeze things like this in 🙂

            • I thought so, too. I didn’t catch on right away and then had that lightbulb moment. It was an adorable story.

              Yes, that is definitely one of the things I love about being nearly caught up and yes, I am not grabbing so many review books so I can enjoy grabbing up whatever takes my fancy. It also allows for gaps when I want to do other things besides reading and not feel guilty that I’m behind. 🙂