GIVE ME A TEXAS OUTLAW – Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, DeWanna Pace
Historical Romance Anthology
The Outlaw – Jodi Thomas
The Texas Big Bend Country, 1852
A liar and a thief band together to thwart the nefarious plans of the liar’s uncle in a heartwarming romantic comedy of a tale. To add to the fun, the thief has uncles of his own who could easily be played by the Three Stooges.
Trouble in Petticoats – Linda Broday
South Texas, 1878
A hired gun is sent to rescue a rancher’s kidnapped daughter. Is this his chance to turn his life around? What about the girl’s brave older sister who insists on following him to help? This is an edgier tale than the last, but with an inspiring conclusion.
TEXAS FLAME – Phyliss Miranda
The Texas Panhandle, 1889
This time the outlaw is a woman and the hero a Texas Ranger. What made this banker’s daughter go on a bank robbing spree with a couple of low-life cohorts? An interesting twist on the outlaw theme with an additional sympathetic character all make for a good story, but I admit to having questions, especially at the end.
MOST WANTED – DeWanna Pace
Longhorn City, Texas, west of Fort Worth, 1888
He’s paid for his youthful folly; now if the world would only forget. He stops to rest in a jail run by a friendly sheriff, only to have his sleep interrupted by a wanted woman intending to break him out and hire him for a job. As they head for Jerkwater, it’s quickly apparent someone or some ones won’t let them be. Which one are they after, and why? A hero makes a noble attempt to aid a quirky heroine who only wants to prove her innocence in an entertaining quest.
Jodi Thomas has long been a favorite; I would have chosen this anthology just for her name on the cover. But I’m glad to have discovered new-to-me writers of the historical Western genre. Likable characters, sweet romances, and second chances in life earn this collection a high recommendation.