Title: Wild Texas Rose
A Whispering Mountain Novel
Author: Jodi Thomas
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: August 2012 – Berkley
Paperback – 320 pages
Synopsis: (back of the book) Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family’s ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she’s backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She’s never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life…until now.
Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he’ll never settle down and marry. He’s been Rose’s guardian angel since they were kids but for the first time in their lives he’s the one who has caused her to be in danger. Somehow, he has to protect her from an outlaw gang determined to kill her without letting Rose know of the danger she’s in. He’s convinced that her heart can’t take the stress if she knows…the only question is can his heart take the nearness of her.
When opposites collide the adventure begins…
My take: Jodi Thomas’s historical romances take me back to when I was a kid and loved to watch tv westerns such as The Wild, Wild West. In this book I really made that connection because trains and bad guys figure prominently in the plot. There’s also the smart, brave and handsome hero who is intent on saving the smart, brave and beautiful heroine :-)
As I’ve come to expect in her historicals as well as contemporaries, Thomas populated this book with interesting and sympathetic supporting characters. From chapter to chapter she wove their stories with the main plot which combined to form an entertaining novel that was hard to put down!
I recommend Wild Texas Rose to fans of western historical romance and Jodi Thomas.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my review.