Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small orphan boy hiding on his ranch, he can’t help but open his home to the desperate runaways.
Callie has been betrayed by every man she’s ever known. While she’s grateful for Rand’s incredible kindness, she knows it’s only a matter of time before he shows his true colors. But she needs this safe haven-maybe the outlaw on her trail won’t find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her secret fears, they each come to realise that the only way to keep her safe is for Rand to risk everything to offer her the protection of his name…and his heart.
What’s with the cleavage on the cover?? This is the Victorian era!
Twice a Texas Bride is a Western romance set in the second half of the nineteenth century, with a suspense angle that is slow to build, and more of a focus on family relationships.
You never quite know what you’re going to get with books in this genre. Some have nonstop action and adventure, while others focus on just a handful of characters living on a ranch and falling in love. This book falls somewhere between the two.
There were some things I really enjoyed and others I wasn’t so sure about. One of my pet hates is the hero with a not-so-bad-actually past who decides he’s unworthy of love even though he is the perfect guy and everything is going well; the hero of this book is one of those guys! I did love the heroine and her backstory, and though children in books like this tend to be overly cutesy, I still enjoyed reading about the little boy.
Western romances tend to take less care with period-appropriate dialogue and manners than books set in England at this time. It makes them more accessible, but occasionally I miss the cultural differences. For example, the fact nobody had an issue with an unmarried young lady living out in the middle of nowhere with an unmarried man. Or the heavily pregnant woman who was riding in carts all over the countryside days before giving birth (To twins! Who usually come early!). What happened to a confinement? Or the idea women needed to be hidden away and resting (not that I agree, but this is how things were back then – and when I read a period piece, I want to see those differences).
I do like that this subgenre lends itself to more danger and excitement than other historical romances usually do. It’s slow to build in this book, but it’s still there.
I think this is the kind of book slightly more conservative readers will enjoy. A fairly straightforward Western romance – but with a few twists.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.