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Wes McLain returned from the Civil War with little money—and less hope. He had even given up on love. Until he saw her...Allie, the blue-eyed girl who had been called a savage, a wild soul—and was a prisoner of what seemed to be a horrible fate. But when Wes looked into her eyes, he wanted only to free her, and take her with him on a journey through the frontiers of Texas. Wes McLain returned from the Civil War with little money—and less hope. He had even given up on love. Until he saw her...Allie, the blue-eyed girl who had been called a savage, a wild soul—and was a prisoner of what seemed to be a horrible fate. But when Wes looked into her eyes, he wanted only to free her, and take her with him on a journey through the frontiers of Texas. But Allie had been brutally mistreated for years, and was now too afraid to speak. Wes will have to heal her, and it will take more than good intentions or a few moonlight kisses to win her trust. And when Allie's finally ready to speak again, she will tell Wes more than he ever imagined.


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Wes McLain returned from the Civil War with little money—and less hope. He had even given up on love. Until he saw her...Allie, the blue-eyed girl who had been called a savage, a wild soul—and was a prisoner of what seemed to be a horrible fate. But when Wes looked into her eyes, he wanted only to free her, and take her with him on a journey through the frontiers of Texas. Wes McLain returned from the Civil War with little money—and less hope. He had even given up on love. Until he saw her...Allie, the blue-eyed girl who had been called a savage, a wild soul—and was a prisoner of what seemed to be a horrible fate. But when Wes looked into her eyes, he wanted only to free her, and take her with him on a journey through the frontiers of Texas. But Allie had been brutally mistreated for years, and was now too afraid to speak. Wes will have to heal her, and it will take more than good intentions or a few moonlight kisses to win her trust. And when Allie's finally ready to speak again, she will tell Wes more than he ever imagined.

30 review for To Kiss a Texan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★¼ My first ¼ star “tacked on” rating. I couldn’t help it; this one just didn’t fall to the four stars level, but it wasn’t quite as smooth as Ms. Thomas’ better known works. Still, it is extremely worthy. Westin McLain, the second of the Indianan brothers who have decided to move to Texas for the Reconstruction, first encounters Allie when he’s at his lowest and she reaches out to comfort him. Pretty heady stuff when you consider she’s caged as a wild girl, about to be brought on stage fo ★★★★¼ My first ¼ star “tacked on” rating. I couldn’t help it; this one just didn’t fall to the four stars level, but it wasn’t quite as smooth as Ms. Thomas’ better known works. Still, it is extremely worthy. Westin McLain, the second of the Indianan brothers who have decided to move to Texas for the Reconstruction, first encounters Allie when he’s at his lowest and she reaches out to comfort him. Pretty heady stuff when you consider she’s caged as a wild girl, about to be brought on stage for a religious revival meeting. The front of my copy has a quote by author Debbie Macomber that includes the word “poignant”. I’ve tried to find another word, but none covers this book as well as that one. Allie’s story is heartbreaking, and Wes’s approach to her healing is contrary to his nature, requiring him to do the majority of the talking, since she is practically mute. But he is also a torn man, tortured by war memories and a successful cattle enterprise that just slipped through his fingers via a stampede; does he choose to follow a treasure map with a time-clock ticking or try and find an abused young woman’s unknown family? The surprised in this story was my amount of compassion toward Wes as well as Allie. Ms. Thomas is a master of character development, managing to make distinctly different personalities for each book, even her secondary characters. I love reading about the growth in her heroes and heroines – and the bloom of their distinctive love stories, all placed in the setting of a western action adventure. Will these two terribly lonely people realize a priceless treasure can be found in each other’s arms? A given in a romance novel, you say? But how will they get there and will the reader believe the outcome? This one delivers that believable HEA, at least to this reader. Definitely a good read. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, known by both monikers: Texan Brothers or The McLain Brothers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Feminista

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Allie was ripped away from her family at a very young age by some natives. Being forced to live with a tribe that used her, she learnt what it meant to be a "throwaway woman". A woman of little value or worth. For example, Allie was fed the scraps only if there were any left over; and if she made something for herself, she had to make countless others for others in the tribe, before she would be allowed to keep that thing for herself. When her tribe is attacked, Allie sneaks Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Allie was ripped away from her family at a very young age by some natives. Being forced to live with a tribe that used her, she learnt what it meant to be a "throwaway woman". A woman of little value or worth. For example, Allie was fed the scraps only if there were any left over; and if she made something for herself, she had to make countless others for others in the tribe, before she would be allowed to keep that thing for herself. When her tribe is attacked, Allie sneaks away to a secret place in the caves she has made for herself and lives in peace for the first time after her kidnapping. But after years of living there by herself, she ventures out too far one day and is taken by the white men to "save her". Only the preacher she is left with likes to save her by beating her(view spoiler)[, and blames her when he rapes her (hide spoiler)] . (view spoiler)[ But that isn't where it ends, the preacher lends her out to other men who rape her and beat her if she resists. (hide spoiler)] Being scarred inside and out, Allie trusts no one. So when she sees a man being beaten from inside her cage, she literally reaches out to him. Because she knows what it means to be beaten. If not worse. Wes McLain doesn't know what to make of the wild girl inside of the cage, who touches him with understanding in her gaze. Unwilling to leave her to the brutal hands of her handler and the preacher, he thinks to save her by breaking her out. Except with all plans that are made on the spot, it is flawed. For the whole town knows who Wes McLain is and is after him for committing the "criminal act" of kidnapping a girl, who they think can't think for herself. Even though he thinks to set her free in the wild, he knows that he will be punished. But Allie isn't going anywhere. Bewildered by the wounded stranger who saves her, she feels indebted enough to him to take him to his doctor brother. After that, she thinks she will leave. But soon she is coaxed by the family into taking a shower, eating, sleeping and dressing respectably. When the morning comes and brings with it the preacher and his men, the only solution to the crime of kidnapping is marriage. What I loved about this book was the characters. The characters were beautiful and had depth. Wes was a gruff man who has been hard done by life. Although his bark is worse than his bite, and that's something Allie realises with time. Allie, is a girl who is scared of people, even of the man she saved and who saved her. She longs to go back to the simplicity of the wilderness. But fear does not make Allie weak or cowardly, instead it makes her fight back, and fight back she does!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Still good being a re-read, love vintage authors, great vocabulary, rich lenguage. Great read. A lot of adventures, romance started from 70%.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://www.jodithomas.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Texas Brothers/McLain Series Series Best Read in Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy There’s one classic romance standby that I admit is a guilty pleasure of mine: the abused heroine. While I know it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea, This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://www.jodithomas.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Texas Brothers/McLain Series Series Best Read in Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy There’s one classic romance standby that I admit is a guilty pleasure of mine: the abused heroine. While I know it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea, I’ve always been drawn towards these types of stories because I love to see someone who’s been horribly abused overcome the past and find love and happiness without living in fear. Allie wasn’t just abused, she was brutalized. Kidnapped at a young age by “savages”, she was literally raised to believe that she was worthless. She manages to escape the tribe and live on her own for several years, but when she’s “rescued” by Rangers who turn her over to a corrupt preacher, her life literally becomes a living hell. Beaten, raped, and kept in a cage to be trotted out before the masses and humiliated by the preacher who was supposed to be her salvation, Allie has absolutely no memory of human kindness. Wes returned home from the Civil War to discover that his fortune is gone, and his fiancée wants absolutely nothing to do with him now that he’s not the rich war hero she’d been expecting — a point driven home when she has her bodyguards beat him senseless and dump him in the street. A spur of the moment decision causes Wes and Allie’s worlds to collide when he rescues her from the cage she’s been kept in and brings her to her brother’s home several towns over. In order to protect her from the preacher who is demanding her return, he quickly marries her, though vowing that he’ll let her go as soon as they find her family. Of course, things are never that simple, but what follows is an incredibly sweet tale of finding hope where you’d only seen darkness, and finding home in the most unexpected places. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first novel in the series, I did enjoy seeing Adam and Nicole again and getting a bit of an update as far as they were concerned. Allie’s horrific past made her such a strong character whom I admired very much. She was terrified of her own shadow in the beginning, but that didn’t mean she was weak or cowardly; rather, she’d learned long ago to trust no one and never let anyone at your back. Wes was beautifully flawed in his own ways — he was cranky, had a talent for saying the wrong thing, and was far too obsessed with a treasure map he’d come into possession of following a cattle stampede. Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The simple fact that Ms. Thomas didn’t gloss over Allie’s previous abuse or make light of the repercussions of having been so badly misused for so long made this one of the more satisfying HEA’s that I’ve read in a long time. 4.5/5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Assenette

    DNF @ 60% I just lost interest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Picked up this one by accident because it was on sale and I thought it was the second in her Lottery series. The opening definitely grabbed me so I wanted to read it, but the hero confused me at first. He seemed really young instead of the jaded old warrior he is supposed to be. The writing also seemed young and raw, though I see this was published in 1999 so that makes it an earlier than work than I've read from Jodi Thomas. Despite this, I read the book through in a span of a couple of days. S Picked up this one by accident because it was on sale and I thought it was the second in her Lottery series. The opening definitely grabbed me so I wanted to read it, but the hero confused me at first. He seemed really young instead of the jaded old warrior he is supposed to be. The writing also seemed young and raw, though I see this was published in 1999 so that makes it an earlier than work than I've read from Jodi Thomas. Despite this, I read the book through in a span of a couple of days. So the verdict is that I liked the book, reluctantly :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great story about Wes McClain, the soldier. He finds himself witnessing the mistreatment of a woman who has been caged and used by an unscrupulous traveling minister. He releases her only to discover that she is badly damaged emotionally. He sets out to protect her and finds himself married to a woman who can barely tolerate his touch. He also finds himself the target of not only the minister but her uncle as well. Turns out she is the heir to a large ranch. A very nice HEA.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Golden Time

    I really really really enjoyed this one.... I admit I like my heroine virgin; but in this book's case I am willing to give pardon. The heroine is not one of those stupid ninny heroine who have got themselves seduce by other men, no she's not. She was rape not only once but repeatedly and not only by one man but by many.... She was treated like an animal until the hero came..... It was so wonderful story and I can't help but adore both the hero and heroine... TBH I don't want to read it before be I really really really enjoyed this one.... I admit I like my heroine virgin; but in this book's case I am willing to give pardon. The heroine is not one of those stupid ninny heroine who have got themselves seduce by other men, no she's not. She was rape not only once but repeatedly and not only by one man but by many.... She was treated like an animal until the hero came..... It was so wonderful story and I can't help but adore both the hero and heroine... TBH I don't want to read it before because I kinda hate the hero Wes in book 1 for kissing Nicole in front of Adam tho I understand his reason for doing that, it still left ugly impression to me.... At the beginning of the book I was thinking that he deserve someone ugly or perhaps a virago of a woman (sorry Wes) that's how much I hate him to wish for the worse so when I met Allie I was not sure how can Wes heal her both inside and outside... especially inside.... He has to work hard for the romance to work for both of them.... And he did.... and I was amaze in his patience, understanding and love for Allie... I was happy for Allie she did not only found a home and safe place to live but a man who respects her and most loves her sooooo much...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Because I found the first volume disappointing, I almost did not start this one. I remembered Daniel's story as being worthwhile and started it. I was glad I did. A solid story with believable details about a woman recovering from rape and imprisonment. Because I found the first volume disappointing, I almost did not start this one. I remembered Daniel's story as being worthwhile and started it. I was glad I did. A solid story with believable details about a woman recovering from rape and imprisonment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirlene

    Weston McLain arrived in Denton, TX to talk to Angela Montego. She had promised to marry him but would no longer talk to him because he had lost his fortune and most of what he owned in a cattle stampede. Her bodyguards ended up beating Wes. Wes was near a church to which Angela was headed. There was a woman in a cage out behind the church and the preacher beat her and used her as a demonstration to show people how he could beat the devil out of a person. He said she had the devil in her because Weston McLain arrived in Denton, TX to talk to Angela Montego. She had promised to marry him but would no longer talk to him because he had lost his fortune and most of what he owned in a cattle stampede. Her bodyguards ended up beating Wes. Wes was near a church to which Angela was headed. There was a woman in a cage out behind the church and the preacher beat her and used her as a demonstration to show people how he could beat the devil out of a person. He said she had the devil in her because he desired her and raped her repeatedly. Wes helped Allie escape from the cage and was shot in the back riding away with her. He told the woman to take him to his brother, the doctor in Ft. Worth. She did. Allie's family had been killed by Indians when she was younger and she had been taken had been traded around from tribe to tribe. She ran away when she was old enough to take care of herself. Some Texas Rangers found her and gave her to the preacher to take care of. The preacher just abused her. Allie was muddy and didn't talk. She looked like a wild woman. Adam cleaned and bandaged the wound and the preacher and some other guys came to get Allie. Nichole, Adam's wife, helped Allie by giving her clean clothes and preparing a bath for her. Wes's brothers decided that the only way to keep Allie safe was for Wes to marry her. He did. Allie didn't know whether or not Wes would survive his injuries but she decided to stick around and find out. Allie told Wes her name and it was the first she had spoken her name since she was kidnapped and the first word she had spoken in five year. Allie was very afraid of people. She attacked if anyone touched her and she was afraid of being locked up again. Wes tried to get Allie to talk to him about her kidnapping when she was young. Wes sent out notices to all the lawmen in the area asking for information about Indian attacks and missing children. Wes had a map of a treasure that was buried in a place called Goliad and Wes wanted go search for it and he kept putting off doing to find it because of things coming up that were more important. One was finding a home for Allie. He promised to stay married to her until she had a place to call home. Allie found out about the map and insisted Wes go ahead and follow the map and she went with him. Wes's brothers thought the map to be a fake and told him that his going after the treasure was ridiculous. Allie left Wes while they out going to find the gold. Allie had found out that Wes was going to take a detour and visit someone who he thought might be Allie's grandmother. Allie was afraid she would be taken to someone else who was going to abuse her. Her memories were of her family all being killed and burned. They went to visit Allie's grandmother, Victoria, and her grandmother's sister, Katherine. The local sheriff had seen the notice about Allie and contacted Wes's family. Victoria was now blind and Katherine told her that Allie was not her granddaughter. She was hateful in her attitude to Allie and she didn't want to stay so they headed out. They were followed and found out that one of her uncle's was trying to find Allie and get rid of her. There was a boy who had no family that was working at the place where they stopped to eat. While they were headed out of town, they found Jason hiding in the barn crying after being beaten. Allie told Jason that he could go with her and Wes. Wes sent a telegram to Wolf asking for his help in protecting Allie from her uncle. Wes also got Allie to promise that she would stay with Wes until she was safe. All the time Wes was spending with Allie she grew to trust Wes and he got used to having her around. He was falling in love with Allie but didn't want to admit it, even to himself. The old sheriff talked Wes into going to Victoria's house. Victoria's son said that he would never return there so the sheriff thought that Allie would be safe in the house there. Victoria had a tendency to take care of older soldiers who fought in the Civil War and they were loyal to her for the treatment and help they got from her. She contacted them to come to her aid in protecting the house from the people trying to get to Allie. They were a group called the Old Guard. Michael's group attacked Victoria's house and lost the battle. Katherine was the person who let them onto the property and close enough to get to Allie. She said that it was because she wanted Victoria's life. Wes shot Michael as he was aiming to shoot Victoria. Katherine picked up Michael's gun to shoot Victoria but Victoria shot Katherine first. Wes's brothers arrived but the gunfight was over. Nichole had a daughter. Jason was fascinated by Adam who was doctoring those wounded in the shoot out. A rider came to the ranch and told Wes that there was another person in the area asking about Allie. Wes thought everything was over and discovered Allie was missing. The preacher that had caged Allie had taken her and Katherine out to the widow's walk of the house. He pushed Victoria and she was falling off the walkway. Allie used a knife that she kept hidden in her boot and stabbed Louis. He fell and Allie let go of the knife and grabbed Victoria to keep her from falling. Louis fell off the walk and died. Victoria was taken to be treated where the old sheriff was and Daniel married Victoria to the sheriff. Victoria believed by now that Allie was her missing granddaughter. Mostly because of the attitude of the Old Guard when they saw Allie. Allie looked just like Victoria when she was younger. Allie made Wes promise to take her back to the cave where she was hiding before the Rangers found her and gave her to the preacher. They first made love in the cave. Wes left to go get the treasure from Goliad. Wes left a note telling Allie he would be back but she didn't see it and followed him. Allie found him outside the mission at Goliad. Wes was told by the preacher that someone had beat him to the treasure. They noticed a light in the church and went to investigate. They found out that the preacher was not really a preacher and he was also after the treasure. They told him to leave or they would kill him and Allie. They left and the others in the church were setting dynamite to get to the treasure. The dynamite went off early and blew up the mission. The real priest showed up at the mission and started asking questions about what they were doing there. Wes told him they wanted to get married, so they married each other again. It was for real this time... Wes took Allie to his ranch and was prepared to have her disappointed by his empty place and dugout. Victoria had sent the Old Guard to with cattle to the ranch as her dowry. Allie also liked the fact that the house was half cave because that was what she was used to living in.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Okay, give me a loner, gruff hero matched with a quiet but strong heroine in any time period and I am there! But western settings are my jam and you will have to pry these novels from my hands to get me to stop reading them! I much preferred Wes and Allie’s story to Adam and Nichole’s story. Where I couldn’t get invested in them as a couple, I was rooting for Wes and Allie from the beginning. Perhaps because the chemistry and connection between them was much stronger. There were times I thought Okay, give me a loner, gruff hero matched with a quiet but strong heroine in any time period and I am there! But western settings are my jam and you will have to pry these novels from my hands to get me to stop reading them! I much preferred Wes and Allie’s story to Adam and Nichole’s story. Where I couldn’t get invested in them as a couple, I was rooting for Wes and Allie from the beginning. Perhaps because the chemistry and connection between them was much stronger. There were times I thought this book dragged a bit in the beginning, but it was a solid last half. Would read it again. So far, Wes is still my favorite McLain brother. Now...onto the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    AnnaMay

    I loved the depth of the character development. I could see parts of my psyche in many of them and that deepened my enjoyment of the reading experience as the characters learned and grew and experienced life. The plot was crafted in a way that kept me interested and the resolution of the meaningful conflict was a very satisfying resolution. I enjoyed the poetic way the conflict married with the naturalness of the setting. The romance was steamy in a way that allowed for my further imagination an I loved the depth of the character development. I could see parts of my psyche in many of them and that deepened my enjoyment of the reading experience as the characters learned and grew and experienced life. The plot was crafted in a way that kept me interested and the resolution of the meaningful conflict was a very satisfying resolution. I enjoyed the poetic way the conflict married with the naturalness of the setting. The romance was steamy in a way that allowed for my further imagination and enjoyment. The minor characters even added to that. I find myself curious about the other characters, his brothers, and wonder if there are books about their journeys in life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terryan

    Relatively a good story. The heroine, after seeing her family killed by Indians and herself enslaved by them escapes and becomes literally a wild woman until she is captured by Rangers and given to an evil preacher. She is kept in a cage and is used and abused until the hero sets her free. He keeps her safe and she begins to trust him. To avoid being charged with kidnap he marries her. Together they try and find any living kin she may have. Adventures ensue and at the end their marriage is final Relatively a good story. The heroine, after seeing her family killed by Indians and herself enslaved by them escapes and becomes literally a wild woman until she is captured by Rangers and given to an evil preacher. She is kept in a cage and is used and abused until the hero sets her free. He keeps her safe and she begins to trust him. To avoid being charged with kidnap he marries her. Together they try and find any living kin she may have. Adventures ensue and at the end their marriage is finally consummated. HEA ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Walker

    Meh. Allie has been abused and raped the majority of her life but in the span of a week or so she trusts the love interest? Sure he’s been the only one to treat her with kindness but it would take much longer for her to mentally or physically move past even a portion of her trauma. Her ‘recovery’ felt rushed and just not real and I kept getting pulled from the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Malika-Liki

    a beautiful story of Allie's journey to heal, from abuse and mistreatment, a journey to self discovery, to trust, to family, to finding what is the most valued. the characters Allie and Wes but also his brothers, Victora and Brady and the preteen Jason, "member of her tribe" were unforgettable. a beautiful, heartwarming story. a beautiful story of Allie's journey to heal, from abuse and mistreatment, a journey to self discovery, to trust, to family, to finding what is the most valued. the characters Allie and Wes but also his brothers, Victora and Brady and the preteen Jason, "member of her tribe" were unforgettable. a beautiful, heartwarming story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori Morris

    Always good! I've always loved a Jodi Thomas book! This was no exception. Wonderful characters, especially with the old and young brought together. So treat yourself like I did. You won't be disappointed. Happy reading! Lori😺 Always good! I've always loved a Jodi Thomas book! This was no exception. Wonderful characters, especially with the old and young brought together. So treat yourself like I did. You won't be disappointed. Happy reading! Lori😺

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Fabulous Great story, particularly well crafted. The heroine has been mistreated and damaged and her voice and awakening is authentic and well paced. The hero is a true western hero , but displays wonderful feelings and is also well written. Can’t wait to read more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ira Williams

    Captivating I read this book in one day. I wanted to know how Allie would survive. My eyes were tired but I was satisfied with the ending Jodi Thomas wove a very intriguing tale of love lost and found and family jealous.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara Reads (mostly) Romance

    I liked it but I think it was just a little too formulaic I ended up skimming I think I might just be tired of westerns for now lol

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ea_reader

    5 stars, gah this was excellent. I loved Wes and Allie. I was thinking I would skip Daniel's story but the sneak peek at the end changed my mind. 5 stars, gah this was excellent. I loved Wes and Allie. I was thinking I would skip Daniel's story but the sneak peek at the end changed my mind.

  21. 4 out of 5

    iulia

    2.5 stars. Allie's and Jason's voices were totally unrealistic. 2.5 stars. Allie's and Jason's voices were totally unrealistic.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Terrific story. Loved seeing Allie become stronger. Love a good marriage of convenience story!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daisydunn

    I always enjoy Jodi Thomas novels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda Abreu

    Not bad, a bit boring and long, both hs were nice and good but too long and drawn out I don't know why. Not bad, a bit boring and long, both hs were nice and good but too long and drawn out I don't know why.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great idea, started great and I loved the characters. However I was not a fan of how h's trauma was handled while progressing into sexual relationship with H. it implied she wasn't allowing him to b a man..... Ugh takes time to heal from rape Great idea, started great and I loved the characters. However I was not a fan of how h's trauma was handled while progressing into sexual relationship with H. it implied she wasn't allowing him to b a man..... Ugh takes time to heal from rape

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Albrecht

    Great book. This really was a fantastic book. To be honest I like my romance with a good amount of steam, so if that's what your looking for you won't find it here. At least this is not what I call a steamy book. At around 90% you get a very short love scene, but due to everything Allie had been through I couldn't see this written any other way. Now let's get to my point about the almost 0 steam in this book. I couldn't put this book down. It really was beautifully written and worth every penny. Great book. This really was a fantastic book. To be honest I like my romance with a good amount of steam, so if that's what your looking for you won't find it here. At least this is not what I call a steamy book. At around 90% you get a very short love scene, but due to everything Allie had been through I couldn't see this written any other way. Now let's get to my point about the almost 0 steam in this book. I couldn't put this book down. It really was beautifully written and worth every penny. I put off reading this book for a long time because it was more than I like to spend on an author I've never heard of. I love stories like this and they're hard to come by. Don't miss out on this amazing book. Wish there was an audio version of this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    amanda s.

    Not exactly what I expected. Kind of disappointed. :/ When he saw a cage with a girl chained in it, Wes's shocked. Not only by the way bruises and mud covered her but also by her eyes. Dark blue eyes that sees inside him. When he tried to take her away, he got shot. Amazingly, the girl brought him to his brother. The girl, who called crazy, savaged and full of sins, saved him as he saved her. Now, to protect her more, he had to marry her. She refuse him, she just sat there by his side. This girl Not exactly what I expected. Kind of disappointed. :/ When he saw a cage with a girl chained in it, Wes's shocked. Not only by the way bruises and mud covered her but also by her eyes. Dark blue eyes that sees inside him. When he tried to take her away, he got shot. Amazingly, the girl brought him to his brother. The girl, who called crazy, savaged and full of sins, saved him as he saved her. Now, to protect her more, he had to marry her. She refuse him, she just sat there by his side. This girl was hurt and suffered so much but she survived. Wes's fascinated by her but too bad she didn't talk at all. Until one time she whispered. “Allie. My name is Allie..” I was expecting some dramatic love story, you know, hero and heroine with haunted past but loved each other passionately or something like that. But this book, disappoint me. The basic storyline is perfect and intriguing, but the author made it way too complicated. The whole story seems to focused on one thing: Allie's hurt. Yet the author didn't really describe it. Wes, he was a noble guy, not too sweet nor tender yet he treated Allie like porcelain. That was kind of him. I liked it. But it's like his character didn't grew at all and I feel like walking at the same spot. The author's style of writing confuse me a bit, the story didn't flow like I thought it would. But overall, I enjoyed this book. Could've been better, even with the action and the ending. But to be honest, I don't think I'll read another book by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    This book is second in a series of very popular Western romances by Jodi Thomas. This tale is of Wes McLain, the eldest brother. After 4 long years in the Civil War (Union side), Wes has followed his brothers to Texas. There, he finds that he is penniless and his fiancée sends the family goons to make sure he understands she has no plans to marry a poor man. Trying to get to his feet after the beating, Wes notices a cage. Inside is a slight woman in a raggedy dress; she is bruised everywhere. He This book is second in a series of very popular Western romances by Jodi Thomas. This tale is of Wes McLain, the eldest brother. After 4 long years in the Civil War (Union side), Wes has followed his brothers to Texas. There, he finds that he is penniless and his fiancée sends the family goons to make sure he understands she has no plans to marry a poor man. Trying to get to his feet after the beating, Wes notices a cage. Inside is a slight woman in a raggedy dress; she is bruised everywhere. He finds that a preacher is going to use her at his revival - to get funds from the townspeople to `save' her. Since childhood, Allie Catlin has been a victim of man's cruelty. She watched her family's slaughter, was captured by Indians and made a slave and now was used by a preacher spouting love but beating her hard and often. Wes refuses to walk away from the cage and indeed pulls her from it; guns start firing and Wes is seriously hurt. Allie gets him on the horse and they escape. Wes explains that his brother is a doctor in Fort Worth and asks her to take him there. Thus begins an unusual tale of two emotionally and physically damaged people trying to learn to trust. It isn't easy for either of them. This is my 3rd time reading this and I finally appreciate some of the author's subtlety. This is an unusual story; certainly worth your time! 4.5 stars Texas Brothers 1. The Texan's Touch (1998) 2. To Kiss a Texan (1999) 3. To Wed in Texas (2000) 4. Twilight in Texas (2001) 5. The Texan's Dream (2001)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    This was recommended because I had previously given high ratings to books from the same genre by authors like Maggie Osborne, Ellen O'Connell and Lorraine Heath. I guess the story was along similar lines, but I found many parts of it so absurd that it ruined any enjoyment I might have had reading it. The most ridiculous of these instances was the idea that an aged army would rally behind one woman just because she was once beautiful. I guess it's a small consolation that it didn't take long to rea This was recommended because I had previously given high ratings to books from the same genre by authors like Maggie Osborne, Ellen O'Connell and Lorraine Heath. I guess the story was along similar lines, but I found many parts of it so absurd that it ruined any enjoyment I might have had reading it. The most ridiculous of these instances was the idea that an aged army would rally behind one woman just because she was once beautiful. I guess it's a small consolation that it didn't take long to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Overall, the book wasn't steamy enough for me but I loved the idea for this book. Allie went from speaking a couple of words at a time to full blown sentences in a blink of an eye, I wish there was a better transition there. I thought their relationship was cute, especially when she only spoke to him at first. Omg, it was beyond adorable when Victoria and Max had their chat about getting married!. I liked Victoria, she was funny, but the whole thing with Michael and Katherine was totally unneces Overall, the book wasn't steamy enough for me but I loved the idea for this book. Allie went from speaking a couple of words at a time to full blown sentences in a blink of an eye, I wish there was a better transition there. I thought their relationship was cute, especially when she only spoke to him at first. Omg, it was beyond adorable when Victoria and Max had their chat about getting married!. I liked Victoria, she was funny, but the whole thing with Michael and Katherine was totally unnecessary in my opinion because in the end, it's not like Allie lived with Victoria or if there was ever talk about Allie getting an inheritance. The book flowed nicely and I enjoy this author's writing.

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