Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 7, 2017
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.
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.
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