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Three Brothers. One Oath. No Compromises. The MEN of LEGEND The Cowboy One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart. All Lara Boone wants is Three Brothers. One Oath. No Compromises. The MEN of LEGEND The Cowboy One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart. All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs to claim. Men of Legends Series: To Love a Texas Ranger (Book 1) The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Book 2) "Linda Broday's books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read." ―Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas on Texas Mail Order Bride Praise for Forever His Texas Bride: "Broday's Westerns always captivate." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars "One of the best historical western authors." -Fresh Fiction "Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery." -Addicted to Romance


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Three Brothers. One Oath. No Compromises. The MEN of LEGEND The Cowboy One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart. All Lara Boone wants is Three Brothers. One Oath. No Compromises. The MEN of LEGEND The Cowboy One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend’s world. He swore he’d never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he’s never met—a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart. All Lara Boone wants is a name for her baby. She never expected to fall in love with her own husband—or any man—after the heartache she’s endured. Yet when her troubled past catches up with them, Houston will move heaven and earth to protect his bride…and discover depths to a marriage of convenience neither realized could be theirs to claim. Men of Legends Series: To Love a Texas Ranger (Book 1) The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Book 2) "Linda Broday's books always take me back to a west that feels true. Her love stories run deep with emotion. A delightful read." ―Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Promise Me Texas on Texas Mail Order Bride Praise for Forever His Texas Bride: "Broday's Westerns always captivate." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars "One of the best historical western authors." -Fresh Fiction "Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery." -Addicted to Romance

30 review for The Heart of a Texas Cowboy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    When you open a Linda Broday book, you're guaranteed, a wild, unpredictable, and timeless story. The Heart Of A Texas Cowboy captures the true essence of the cowboy way of life. Ms. Broday's eloquent writing style not only captures your attention from the first page, but engulfs your heart with the warmth of family, compassion, and love. Houston is a broken man, lies, deception, and loss have hardened his heart. Lara is a broken woman, tragedy, innocents lost, and the unthinkable have stollen he When you open a Linda Broday book, you're guaranteed, a wild, unpredictable, and timeless story. The Heart Of A Texas Cowboy captures the true essence of the cowboy way of life. Ms. Broday's eloquent writing style not only captures your attention from the first page, but engulfs your heart with the warmth of family, compassion, and love. Houston is a broken man, lies, deception, and loss have hardened his heart. Lara is a broken woman, tragedy, innocents lost, and the unthinkable have stollen her soul's spirit. Gracie, Lara's infant, is such an adorable baby who will steal your heart and pull at your very soul. Can these three find healing, contentment, & love together? The slow build up to intimacy for one another is every romantic's dream of true love, heating into a smoldering fire. From an arranged marriage to saving the Lone Star Ranch to a dangerous trail drive up to Dodge City, Kansas, Houston and Lara's marriage begins as an adventurous union that will test their courage, strength, and their will to fight the evil following them. Theirs was one life, one purpose, one unforgettable love. Houston and Lara have so much to lose, but yet so much to fight for, will they make it? Can they rid themselves of the ruthless outlaws bent on murder and revenge? Ms. Broday's conclusion of this phenomenal book is heart gripping, blood pounding drama at its finest. This is one will keep readers revisiting it again and again in years to come.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance The Heart Of A Texas Cowboy is a thrilling tale that brings a marriage of convenience onto a path of danger, thrillings valleys and mountains and fighting for a love you never expected to find. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a wonderful read that will the normal Linda Broday style, had me on the edge of my seat. In fact more than any of her other books I was hooked more than normal because this story is a bit more filled with suspense and i This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance The Heart Of A Texas Cowboy is a thrilling tale that brings a marriage of convenience onto a path of danger, thrillings valleys and mountains and fighting for a love you never expected to find. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a wonderful read that will the normal Linda Broday style, had me on the edge of my seat. In fact more than any of her other books I was hooked more than normal because this story is a bit more filled with suspense and intrigue than I normally see in her books where the romance and the emotional development is at the core of the story. However with The Heart of a Texas Cowboy we have all of that sure, but there is also a great action-packed plot that just keeps you in "tense" mood all the way through. The key players that make an impression in The Heart of a Texas Cowboy would be: Houston Legend, our beloved hero, is still recovering from a shattering loss and betrayal and barely living life Lara Boone, our courageous heroine, was attacked and ended up a mother and now needs protection from a man evil who will stop at nothing from possessing her. You fought him to live and you survived pure hell to do it--it's the mark of a survivor. Hold your head high, Lara. Our wonderful story starts off when Houston watches when his bride to be is murdered on their wedding day but also learns that she slept with another man and was pregnant and had never loved him in the way that he had her. Now he is still bitter and has no desire to ever marry or have a family like he once dreamed. But then his father tells him that unless he marries a neighbor they will a big portion of their land. That this woman needs a good man to marry. So he agrees knowing that he doesn't have any choice. Lara is still recovering from the time when she was brutally raped, beaten and scarred and became pregnant. Now she has a young infant to care for and reluctantly agrees to marriage with Houston, not having any idea what to expect. But when Houston is on a tight schedule to take his cattle drive, and in need of a cook, his lovely wife volunteers. She isn't afraid of hardship but soon her past is catching up to her and will put the people she cares about in danger... I see the man inside and he still has much to give. You can't let her define you. You define yourself. You alone decide your future. I'll be grateful if it's with me. This author has such an eloquent way of writing a love story and I was completely hooked on this story. Of course, I am not surprised, but I was so intrigued by the set up of the story, especially in our heroine recovering from rape and being pregnant from that attack. At first, Houston is pretty bitter but when he meets Lara and realizes that she is a kind and tender-hearted young woman, he realizes that he wants their marriage to work and a beautiful baby girl that wraps herself around his finger instantly. I love seeing these two change in the course of their relationship. We see Houston go from being hardhearted and bitter, to learning to love again and be accepting of a new situation. Lara learns to not fear Houston, and to overcome her fear of the man that raped her and become confident and sure of herself again. Then, of course, we have the plot with our villain and wow its been a while since I have read such a horrible villain in a romance. In fact, I can't think of a time when I have read of the worst one. He is truly evil. He stalks and puts fear into Lara and Houston's life and the people they are protective of. It was really heartbreaking to see what happens through the course of events, but to see the villain be defeated in a way I wasn't expecting but was more than satisfied with was a on high feeling. Its the growth of the characters that really makes this story so in depth and real. I really enjoyed seeing the good conquer evil in this story and seeing the way these characters overcame some bad trauma and circumstances and rise above to do what needs to be done. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a thrilling, on the edge tale that will give you all the feels, makes you think, open your eyes on the realism of the "wild west" and captivate hearts and minds!!! A TRUE TREASURE [foogallery id="45896"] .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Book Review For: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy Linda Broday 'The Heart of a Texas Cowboy' by Linda Broday is book Two in the "Men of Legend" series. This is the story of Houston and Lara. I have not yet read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book. Houston was set to marry his childhood sweetheart but in a shot of a bullet that changed. Which that changed came the knowledge that he didn't know the women he was marring after all. Now almost a year later his father gets into a gamblin Book Review For: The Heart of a Texas Cowboy Linda Broday 'The Heart of a Texas Cowboy' by Linda Broday is book Two in the "Men of Legend" series. This is the story of Houston and Lara. I have not yet read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book. Houston was set to marry his childhood sweetheart but in a shot of a bullet that changed. Which that changed came the knowledge that he didn't know the women he was marring after all. Now almost a year later his father gets into a gambling debt that only Houston can get him out of. The debt... to marry a women he has never met and giver her child a name. Lara's father is trying to help Lara give her child a name and has arranged a marriage to Houston in exchange to forgive his father's debt. Lara was brutally raped and hurt about a year ago and is looking only to give her child hope for a future. But when Houston and Lara meet at the alter it appears that there might be more to what will be happening to them than just giving Lara's child a name. *A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection* https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo... Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Kinard

    The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is definitely Linda Broday at her finest yet!! This book is a true Western Historical Romance in every way. It's packed full of Western Cowboy Drama, Intrigue, Action, and the Romance just iced the cake in this book. True Grit is the what comes to mind to describe Legend Brothers Houston, Sam and Luke. Lara Boone with her strength and resilience along with her darling baby Gracie will become embedded in the readers heart. A wonderful cast of supporting characters make The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is definitely Linda Broday at her finest yet!! This book is a true Western Historical Romance in every way. It's packed full of Western Cowboy Drama, Intrigue, Action, and the Romance just iced the cake in this book. True Grit is the what comes to mind to describe Legend Brothers Houston, Sam and Luke. Lara Boone with her strength and resilience along with her darling baby Gracie will become embedded in the readers heart. A wonderful cast of supporting characters make this a true epic played out on pages of a phenomenal book. This book is not to be missed, truly a page turner one the reader will have a hard time putting down. This book will definitely make the reader anxious for Luke's story just to see what Adventure Linda Broday will take her readers on next. Linda Broday is most certainly one of this readers favorite authors ever!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    A family of brothers- The Legends- working to continue what their father started on the wild Texas frontier. This calls for courage and toughness to face life and love and those who would seek to take it from them. Houston Legend has already had his share of tragedy and now he's forced into marriage with a stranger who has not had it any easier. I was delighted to pursue their story as they found a way to not only make it work, but do it on a tough, gritty cattle drive facing stampedes, rough te A family of brothers- The Legends- working to continue what their father started on the wild Texas frontier. This calls for courage and toughness to face life and love and those who would seek to take it from them. Houston Legend has already had his share of tragedy and now he's forced into marriage with a stranger who has not had it any easier. I was delighted to pursue their story as they found a way to not only make it work, but do it on a tough, gritty cattle drive facing stampedes, rough terrain, and outlaws. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is book two in the Men of Legend series. Somehow I missed book one which was Sam's story (Houston's brother). I will indeed be going back for that and continuing on with Luke's story. Suffice to say, I had no trouble reading Houston's story out of order. This one had the most shocking openings I've read in a romance. It starts with a wedding, a tragic shooting, and a guy without his bride. What gives, right? Actually, it punched hard grabbing my attentions and emotions as a result. I was so far on Houston's side that I was rarin' to go for him to move on and catch a break. And one forced marriage scenario later, he spots his opportunity. I loved how the author didn't mess around wallowing stuff in the angst. This story had enough internal and external conflict already without extra stuff tossed in. Houston and Lara take one look at each other and neither feel too badly about this arrangement their father's came to for them. There are tough circumstances for them to surmount. Houston planned for a name-only match because he doesn't think he can take having his heart crushed a second time. Lara was raped and left with a hideous scar on her face and a little baby girl who she cherishes as a result. Houston steps up and cares for both Lara and Gracie in a way that totally had me melting. He actually wanted the marriage to give both of them his name and protection even though he thought he would stick to a friendly affection at most. Beyond this fantastic romance situation, there is great Western cattle drive action and a truly vile villain and his gang hot on Houston and Lara's heels. The cattle drive took up much of the book, but it was great with the colorful cast of cowboys with Houston including Lara's younger brothers. And Houston's own brothers get in on the action when things go from tough to 'Remember the Alamo' tough. The Western historical elements are well drawn as are the settings behind the strong layered plot. This was only my second encounter with the author's books, but I think I need to dig up a backlist and get busy on it. Those who love historical western romance with some grit need to give this one and the rest of the series a go. My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    ***A complimentary copy of this read was furnished by Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review*** When Houston Legend's bride was killed at the altar before their vows, he wallowed in agony. As painful rumors and truths came to light, he wallowed in anger moving to adrift as his heart hardened. Unfortunate circumstances left Lara Boone, a damaged mother to a small daughter with no husband and no desire for a man in her life, wallowing in her own anguish. Over la ***A complimentary copy of this read was furnished by Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review*** When Houston Legend's bride was killed at the altar before their vows, he wallowed in agony. As painful rumors and truths came to light, he wallowed in anger moving to adrift as his heart hardened. Unfortunate circumstances left Lara Boone, a damaged mother to a small daughter with no husband and no desire for a man in her life, wallowing in her own anguish. Over late night cards and too many drinks, Stoker Legend loses half the family holdings to new neighbor Till Boone. The only negotiation Till will entertain is how soon Stoker can convince his son to marry Till's daughter. An angry Houston's obliged to do anything to secure his family's legacy, even if it means marrying a woman he's never met and claim her babe as his own. Standing in front of a preacher with a tad of resentment for their fathers neither bride nor groom wanted to celebrate their somber, funeral-like wedding. Afterward, Houston realized the depth of Lara's personal nightmare and vowed no force on earth would keep him from avenging his new bride or claiming his new daughter as he and Stoker greeted Lara as the new Legend matriarch. Yuma, the well written villain of the piece was a threat on the page or looming in the distance. The remaining personable and distinct secondary characters supported the story and other characters well. Houston was quite the standout as the swoon-worthy hero women wanted and men wanted to be. Lara was no slouch displaying the type of clarity, grit and steel spine that built a nation. The broken, damaged leads managed to fall in love as they traversed adventure, danger, deceit, heartbreak, shame and a madman's revenge to find their way out of the dark to joyful new dreams and a new future as a family. This new to me author pandered to my innate penchant for stoic, protective heroes and weakness for cowboys. It's a great rainy day read but a tad too intense for the beach. Rating:4.75stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Betül

    "She'd found a man who could shine a light on the dark places and make her heart sing. And he already belonged to her." The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a beautiful Historical Western Romance focusing on two broken characters. Houston Legend agrees to a marriage of convenience to Lara Boone, who is a single mother of a baby. Both don't want or expect love from this 'marriage' but sometimes things fall perfectly in place. This book is a slow-burn romance, and I love that the author took her time for "She'd found a man who could shine a light on the dark places and make her heart sing. And he already belonged to her." The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a beautiful Historical Western Romance focusing on two broken characters. Houston Legend agrees to a marriage of convenience to Lara Boone, who is a single mother of a baby. Both don't want or expect love from this 'marriage' but sometimes things fall perfectly in place. This book is a slow-burn romance, and I love that the author took her time for these two characters to heal and connect. I have to admit I did want the pace of some parts to pick up a bit, however at the end I felt like the story had a great pacing. It made it possible for me to feel like I was one with the characters, and I got a good idea of how life was back in those days. I especially loved reading the progression of Houston and Lara's relationship. Lara was very skittish in the beginning, but was also a very strong and opinionated woman. These two were perfect together, and I loved seeing them interact. Also the way Houston handled the baby was so sweet, I just couldn't get enough. Besides the main characters, the side characters were also very intriguing and I hope they will or already have their own books. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is another great story by Linda Broday, and I can't wait to read more of her books. The only thing I was missing was an epilogue, I would've loved to see what Houston and Lara were up to a couple of years later.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cricket

    This is only the third Linda Broday book I have had the pleasure of reading, but it will not be the last. However, this review will be somewhat different than my other reviews because, with this book, not only the book but the author deserve to be reviewed. First, the book, "The Heart of a Texas Cowboy" is unlike any western romance I have ever read. This Legend series has shown what a true cowboy is like, but in this book, Houston shows the true grit that made up a real cowboy. He fought what h This is only the third Linda Broday book I have had the pleasure of reading, but it will not be the last. However, this review will be somewhat different than my other reviews because, with this book, not only the book but the author deserve to be reviewed. First, the book, "The Heart of a Texas Cowboy" is unlike any western romance I have ever read. This Legend series has shown what a true cowboy is like, but in this book, Houston shows the true grit that made up a real cowboy. He fought what he had to and he loved as hard as he fought. He saw beauty where it truly reigns, in the heart and soul of a woman, not in the superficial beauty too many men look for. And a child was a Heaven-sent gift, no matter who conceived them. As a matter of fact, Houston and Lara could teach a great many people today about true, unconditional love. If you miss this book, you will have missed a treasure. I do not want to spoil the story so will not give any more facts about the story. Suffice it to say, if I never read another book, I will have read one of the best. Now for Mrs. Broday. It isn't often that an author can capture my imagination to the point that I cannot wait to get back to my book. This lady goes beyond talent. She has a God-given talent that most of us wish we had in some form or other. When she puts words together, they reach out and grab you and do not let you go until you have absorbed the entire story. You will shed tears, you will laugh out loud, you will want to thrash some of the characters for being so obtuse and not seeing what is right in front of their face, you will want to shake them, hold them, heal them, etc. I could go on and on, but to summarize, her characters come alive and draw you into their story. This is an author that has a lot more stories to tell. I, for one, will be willing to read each and every one. To Ms. Linda Broday, thank you and please keep them coming or as Houston would say, "Keep those dogies moving."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    A Texas size successful western romance! Lara has faced an unbelievable hell. Houston endured an equally devastating hell. Lara determines to give daughter Gracie the best life possibe and to protect her from the scars her mother faces both inside and out. Houston determines to bury his scars beneath working to save the land the Legends have built and lose himsellf in the land he loves. As their paths cross, neither has any idea of the hell that awaits them just around the next turn. Their storie A Texas size successful western romance! Lara has faced an unbelievable hell. Houston endured an equally devastating hell. Lara determines to give daughter Gracie the best life possibe and to protect her from the scars her mother faces both inside and out. Houston determines to bury his scars beneath working to save the land the Legends have built and lose himsellf in the land he loves. As their paths cross, neither has any idea of the hell that awaits them just around the next turn. Their storied journey will keep your heart racing until the very last page. From adorable, heart stealing Gracie, lovable Henry, rawhide tough cattle drovers, gunslinging knife wielding outlaws, revenge seeking Indians, mysterious cowboys and beautiful western scenery, Ms Broday has skillfully enclosed it all within the pages of this unforgettable tale. While each story in this series can be a standalone or read in any order, I cannot imagine why anyone who loves westerns or romance would deny themselves the pleasure of reading the entire series. I cannot wait for the next book from Ms Broday! Outstanding story!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patty Nobles

    Lindy Broday’s latest installment in her Men of Legend series is a riveting story of love triumphing over great adversity. In “The Heart of a Texas Cowboy” Houston Legend has had his heart destroyed by the woman he was supposed to marry and was slowly drowning his soul in whiskey. Lara Boone had faced a tragedy that no woman should have to face and it left her a mere shell of her former self. With the help of Lara and Houston’s fathers, the two are thrust into marriage in the hopes that they hav Lindy Broday’s latest installment in her Men of Legend series is a riveting story of love triumphing over great adversity. In “The Heart of a Texas Cowboy” Houston Legend has had his heart destroyed by the woman he was supposed to marry and was slowly drowning his soul in whiskey. Lara Boone had faced a tragedy that no woman should have to face and it left her a mere shell of her former self. With the help of Lara and Houston’s fathers, the two are thrust into marriage in the hopes that they have the ability to repair their broken spirits. They find their chance when Houston decides that in order to save the families ranch he must take a herd of cattle to Dodge City, and Lara seizes the opportunity to join him for the duration of the trip. Together they both learn to trust their feelings, but there is an evil force that will stop at nothing to destroy the thin web of love that has begun to blossom between the two. Ms. Broday has mastered the art of writing and her latest endeavor will not disappoint the reader. I was given an advanced copy of this book, and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Yearwood

    With one bullet this story began. Houston Legend was looking forward to getting married. Cut, of a finger and blood, is flowing, something bad will happen. Houston Legend didn’t believe in any of that. This was a joyous occasion for him and nothing and he means absolutely nothing will spoiling that for him, not even a shallow cut, of a finger. The groom is ready the music starts to play. The woman of his dream is walking down the aisle. He’s not nervous. One brother is beside him where is the ot With one bullet this story began. Houston Legend was looking forward to getting married. Cut, of a finger and blood, is flowing, something bad will happen. Houston Legend didn’t believe in any of that. This was a joyous occasion for him and nothing and he means absolutely nothing will spoiling that for him, not even a shallow cut, of a finger. The groom is ready the music starts to play. The woman of his dream is walking down the aisle. He’s not nervous. One brother is beside him where is the other. He looks up there he is. He turns, he smiles at his soon to be wife. A shot is heard his bride goes down, his life is changed, forever. With that one instance, Houston swore he wouldn’t love again. Until he founds that his father put the Lone Star Ranch up for collateral in a poker game. Now he stands before a priest swearing to love and cherish a woman that he’s never met, a woman he learns that was attached a born a child from that atrocious day. Lara Boone wants nothing more than a name for her baby. She never hoped that any man would except her baby as his own. She never thought she would grow to love the man that she calls husband. When I read the synopsis of The Heart of a Texas Cowboy, the plotline sounded good and since it has been awhile that I even picked up a cowboy romance. I thought I give it a try. Well, this book surprised even me how good it was. Normally when the action takes place at the beginning of the story it seems very hard for some authors to maintain that flow of excitement throughout the book. However, Linda Broday seems to have no problem. The Heart of a Texas Cowboy was actioned packed throughout the entire book. The characters grew on me, especially the younger brother Henry. I just knew that something bad was going to happen to this carried. I am not going to tell you if something did or not that is your mystery that you must solve. The romance between Houston and Lara was beautifully written and progressed naturally. What I loved about this book was Houston he was attentive and very protective of his little family. Even when Lara past came knocking Houston was there to answer the door. Since I didn’t get the chance to read Sam’s book I just should. If his book was anything like this book, must catch up with the Legends before Luke’s book comes out. Now, that book is the one I will be anxiously waiting to read. If what I’ve read in this book, Luke is one dangerous hombre.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aoi

    Writing style not my type - felt completely removed from the emotion of the story, even as the dude's wife was dying in his arms Writing style not my type - felt completely removed from the emotion of the story, even as the dude's wife was dying in his arms

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    What a wonderful, compassionate man Houston is! I instantly fell in love with him! Linda Broday has written a masterpiece with The Heart of a Texas Cowboy! When Becky dies I felt Houston's grief and anger over her loss. I cried with him. I grieved with him. Then to agree to marry Lara without knowing her, or even talking to her. Just because she was a woman in need shows the depth of his heart. And I absolutely loved when he took off Lara's veil and saw her face and the cut. Even though he felt What a wonderful, compassionate man Houston is! I instantly fell in love with him! Linda Broday has written a masterpiece with The Heart of a Texas Cowboy! When Becky dies I felt Houston's grief and anger over her loss. I cried with him. I grieved with him. Then to agree to marry Lara without knowing her, or even talking to her. Just because she was a woman in need shows the depth of his heart. And I absolutely loved when he took off Lara's veil and saw her face and the cut. Even though he felt so much rage inside because of what she had gone through, he was so tender when he told her "You're beautiful, I'm a very lucky man, Mrs. Legend." And the way he accepted Gracie and called her his Angel... That just made me love him even more. I loved the way he was so gentle and patient with Lara. He recognized her needs without her even asking. Like when she needed to nurse Gracie, or when she just needed a break from her, he would take Gracie and ride off with her for a while. I loved that they talked to each other instead of assuming that they knew what the other was thinking (and it is always the opposite in books). They started out not knowing each other, but willing to give it a shot, at least at friendship, and found something so much more valuable... They found ever lasting love. Houston is a character that will stay with me for years to come. <3

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Hathaway

    This book is for sure going on my Read IT AGAIN shelf. I had the opportunity to win a copy of this great book. very well written and such compassion went in to it. I enjoyed it so much and really felt that I was with them on the cattle drive. Didn't like that it ended. I wanted more. to see what happens next for the main characters. The love between Houston and Lara makes me wish I had that love and caring. This book is for sure going on my Read IT AGAIN shelf. I had the opportunity to win a copy of this great book. very well written and such compassion went in to it. I enjoyed it so much and really felt that I was with them on the cattle drive. Didn't like that it ended. I wanted more. to see what happens next for the main characters. The love between Houston and Lara makes me wish I had that love and caring.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Loved this one so much !!!!!!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts... for more, visit Punya Reviews... The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is the second installment of Linda Broday’s new series, Men of Legend. I have read her Bachelors of Battle Creek series and loved it, and now I’m loving this series as well. From book 1, I had thought Houston was the brother who had already had his HEA and won’t have a book. Who knew he had such a story to tell of his own?! Much like Bachelors of Battle Creek, Men of Legend f My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts... for more, visit Punya Reviews... The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is the second installment of Linda Broday’s new series, Men of Legend. I have read her Bachelors of Battle Creek series and loved it, and now I’m loving this series as well. From book 1, I had thought Houston was the brother who had already had his HEA and won’t have a book. Who knew he had such a story to tell of his own?! Much like Bachelors of Battle Creek, Men of Legend focuses on a family or a ‘band of brothers’ if you can call them. Even though, the brothers of Bachelors of Battle Creek series weren’t brothers by blood, these Legends brothers certainly are! The first book focuses on Sam Legend, a former Texas Ranger, who was estranged from his family because of the demands his job used to put on him. Houston is his older brother and shoulders the responsibility of the huge Legend ranch called Lone Star. They met Luke, a brother they didn’t know existed, in Sam’s story. Sam had enjoyed his job as a Texas Ranger until he thought death had finally caught up with him. A pretty terrifying description is given at the beginning of book 1, To Love a Texas Ranger, when he’s almost hanged by a group of outlaws. When he thought he was done for, a known outlaw he’s been chasing, Luke Weston becomes his unexpected savior. Luke has been so elusive that Sam had a tough time tracking him down, unable to catch him even once despite Sam’s expertise. Yet there was this odd game was being played between the two where Luke seems to chase Sam just as much as he did. And they enjoyed it as well. Why, he couldn’t tell. Until the day Luke saved his life, Sam wouldn’t have thought he’s capable of any good deed. Now he’s willing to rethink his opinion of the outlaw. The whole experience left Sam in depression, battling nightmares and PTSD. His boss sends him home to recuperate but Sam was caught in a different battle when he saves a beautiful girl named Sierra Hunt from another band of outlaws. While he was taking her away from danger, Luke Weston somehow catches up with them. He’s eager to help and Sam can’t even arrest him cause he owes his life to his guy. However their journey towards Lone Star, where Sam meant to shelter Sierra until he could figure out her troubles and how to save her, was fraught with danger so Luke’s help was more than welcomed. It seemed he was also keen on checking out Lone Star. But why? When they finally reach Lone Star is when things began unraveling. Luke’s real identity is revealed as Stoker, their father’s, first born from an affair. Well, it was more than an affair but Stoker couldn’t marry Luke’s mother because of her own people. She was Mexican and they were against a marriage with a white guy. It was a tragic tale where Stoker never knew he’d fathered a child. Back in his ranch, he’d married Houston and Sam’s mother, even loved her as best as he could, but his Mexican senorita had always been in his mind. Now seeing his son, all grown up, tall and big with the Legend looks and temperament, Stoker could only apologize and ask Luke for a chance to be a father to him. A father Luke desperately needed with dangers dogging his every step. It left Houston and Sam in a big dilemma. Though they were unhappy about their father keeping such a huge secret from them, soon they realized they wanted their brother around, most specially knowing his circumstances. Luke’s mother was abandoned by her family and she brought him up in utter poverty. She was the one who told him about Stoker and given him a keepsake that only Stoker would remember. She requested him to go to his father for a better life. After his mother passed, Luke had followed Sam, knowing full well he’s his little brother. It was no wonder he was there to save his a$$ that fateful day! While Sam was sorting out Sierra’s trouble, we found Houston already engaged to a girl from the neighboring ranch called Becky. It seemed they were in love and couldn’t wait to get married. In fact, their marriage was an event coming soon; as soon as they could manage. No wonder I thought Houston was already settled. Sam and Sierra had a long, arduous path to fulfillment but they finally were rid of the people who were after Sierra. Sam also hung up his Ranger’s boots, retiring his wandering soul because he now had a family to look after. He couldn’t risk his life and stay away from the Ranch. In the past, his relationship with Houston was rather volatile but his own intimate brush with death, plus all the trouble that came their way since Luke and Sierra came into their lives, both knew they’d be stronger together, not apart. The only question was, would Luke forgive them and, someday, count himself as a Legend as well? Now Houston, as the eldest, was the responsible brother. He’d stayed in Lone Star all his life cause the Ranch was his responsibility since their mother died and their father went to drown his grief in the bottles of whiskey. Stoker still managed to run the Ranch successfully but not without bringing in trouble. And Houston had always been there to take care of that. Everyone knew he’d take care of any problem in and around the ranch as best to his abilities. Houston had long envied Sam for his supposed independence, as in he could go anywhere, anytime. He’d said it clearly he didn’t want anything to do with the Ranch at all. So it all fell on Houston and he wasn’t always happy doing it. Houston also wanted to go out of Texas and see the other parts of America. He wanted to explore too. This was one of the reasons why he and Sam would fight when he’d be back for a few weeks, before riding off again for months on ahead. Since the recent trouble and Sam’s near death however had put things into perspective for them all, including Houston. He wanted his little brother safe and was happy that now Sam would stay close by after his marriage to Sierra. He wanted Luke to accept them as family and come back to their fold, where they’d welcomed him with open arms. Though Luke had still been aloof, he’d also been around which the brothers counted as baby steps to success. He’d helped them with Sam and Sierra’s trouble. He’d come by to visit. He’s here today as well, when Houston is getting ready to marry the love of his life, Becky. But things changed drastically on a day that should’ve been their best, when Becky was shot dead right before saying her vows. Houston, blind with rage and grief, promises to avenge her death. Unfortunately when the man responsible is caught, Houston receives info from him that came as a blow to everyone. He was forced to acknowledge later that Becky had deceived him in the worst way possible and paid it with her life. The said man her jealous lover, whom Becky refused to marry cause he was poor. Houston wasn’t... anyone could figure out the rest. This time burned by love, Houston vows to never to trust a woman again, let alone giving her his heart. He will put off marriage as long as possible, better yet, may never walk that path again. And then he proceeded to drown himself in liquor, something that worried everyone including Stoker. He was already planning to save his middle son from certain ruin, much like he’d done for him in the past years. Though Houston would perform his duty to the ranch well enough, he was a grumpy bear. One day, Stoker stops by to drop a bomb; he’d lost a good portion of the land in a card game to the rancher who is also a neighbor. This new guy, Boone, has moved in with his family a while ago. Houston knew them but not closely and the news hit him like a barbell. How could Stoker do this to them? Well, he knew his father can be very irresponsible when he was into his cups, Houston has cleared up his mess often enough but this was worse than anything he’d ever done. The ranch was losing money on cattle because of the dry spells; for the fact that they weren’t able to keep the cattle healthy for the lack of grass and enough water. Lone Star is so big, and possess so many cattle that Houston worried he’s gonna lose more than they’d bargained for. He was already planning to go to a distant Town where he could sell a chunk of the cattle for money he could use for the Ranch. He did NOT need this now! Houston was so irritated he couldn’t even express his frustration. But before anything else, Stoker drops the next bomb; Boone is willing to return the land, for a price of course, and it’s not money… if Houston agrees to marry his only daughter, Lara. Uh, need I elaborate that Houston wasn’t happy? He was just thinking wtf has his father gotten him into! Being the responsible brother Houston has shouldered his share of burden that he would’ve loved to avoid. But he also loves his family, and this ranch was his life, so he knew he’d now have to sacrifice his freedom to an unknown girl to be able to save his family’s legacy. To convince him even more, Stoker plays his last hand. He appeals to Houston’s inherent goodness and his nature to protect. Lara was badly abused by a ranch-hand, which resulted into a baby. The baby needed a name, a father and both of them needed someone for protection. After that, Houston couldn’t say ‘no’ anymore. Someone needed him and Houston wasn’t gonna back away from it. Lara, on the other hand, wasn’t a part of this plan. In fact, she had no idea what her father has planned for her. She had no sense of time or any plans for a future beyond what might happen to her infant daughter, Gracie. Her abuser, a thug named Yuma Blackstone, had managed to escape when her brothers tried to catch him after her ordeal. Yuma was not only evil, he was mad as a hatter. And he was still out there somewhere. Everyday Lara prayed to God that He keeps her family and her little girl safe from Yuma. She had a good idea about the Legends, and on a practical level, knew that Houston Legend would be the best man to protect her from Yuma, but at what cost? They had never met, didn’t know each-other, and now Houston was going to be leg-shackled to a ruined woman for the rest of his life. To say that Lara was stricken with guilt was an understatement. But everything was put in motion by her father already. It was too late to call it off. Houston had already planned to take his cattle to sale; he didn’t have much time left to consider anything. The wedding couldn’t wait cause it may take months for him to return so a hasty ceremony takes place in a few days. He marries Lara sight unseen. When he finally sees her face, Houston cringes—not because Lara was unattractive, but because of the ugly knife wound on one side of her face. It seemed Yuma made sure she’s marked by him in more ways than one. That same moment, Houston vows that that POS will pay dearly for what he’s done to this beautiful girl. His oath only solidifies when he meets Gracie. That little girl knew how to completely steal people’s heart, there was no way Houston would’ve remained unaffected. She forms an instant liking to Houston too, a bond that only grew stronger from then on. Even though their relationship started out a little shaky, Lara and Houston soon finds a level ground. They both were hurt and betrayed, so they could share that much. Gradually Lara found that Houston was not only a good man, he was completely trustworthy. It wasn’t like she just fell for him; that wouldn’t have been possible, but she realized she’d done the right thing by marrying him. But how does he feel about all these? Will he come to regret his decision? How will Lara live, knowing she’s now married to a man knowing he may not want her. Hell, the way things are, Lara didn’t know if she’d ever be able to fulfill her wifely duties. though Houston had told her repeatedly that it will happen if/when she feels she can. Yet despite what she thought, Houston had already known he may never have a fulfilling marriage with Lara, and he’d already resigned himself to that, thinking more of Gracie’s future than anything else, For all intent and purposes, the girl was now his and there’s no question about that anymore. When Houston finally decides to leave to sell those cattle, Lara finds a spot in that dull and dusty group of men, which included all 3 of her brothers who came along on Houston’s urging to gain a bit of experience. Houston had lost his cook at a time when nothing could’ve been done, and Lara’s cooking was so good that Houston already knew that his wife was the best. The solution was just staring at his face. He didn’t like it, but he also couldn’t deny the possibility of becoming better acquainted with his wife on the trail where they’d be close by. Four months of absence can undo whatever shaky ground they’ve found in the past 2 weeks. Houston’s silly heart was hoping Lara will overcome her fear and they could have a normal marriage. Lara had already proved herself to be a fighter. She had strength in her that not many possess, so Houston was hopeful. Unfortunately, trouble was also heading their way in the form of one mad hatter and his rag-tag but vicious bunch of outlaws. That POS was obsessed with Lara and would do anything to “possess” her again. The whole trail proves to be one big test for Houston and Lara; not only because of Yuma and the danger he brought with him, but also, because of the way their relationship grew stronger. It gave Houston and Lara plenty of time to get to know each-other. I liked that Lara understood her dilemma but fought to overcome it. The more she knew him, the more she wanted Houston in every way possible. She wanted to be intimate, not because of her duty as a wife but because she wanted him wholeheartedly. And Houston made his own attraction to her quite clear already. All Lara needed was to conquer the hold Yuma had on her and move forward. I really enjoyed this installment of Men of Legend. Loved Lara and Houston’s chemistry and how they overcame all the hurdles thrown their way. It was a treacherous journey, where many a times I was scared for them, scared with them, because horrible things befell on Houston’s cowboys no thanks to that POS Yuma. Luke and Sam join the party at one point knowing Houston would have a fighting change if they were together, which was true. Overall, it was great! I already am very enamored of Luke, had been since book 1 so I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of his book, To Marry a Texas Outlaw. Sam was great but Houston would be my second favorite Legend brother. He was sooo sweet to Lara that you just have to read to believe it! 4 solid stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Vanravenswaay

    The second book in the Legend series was great. Houston seems to be a man of integrity. When he makes a vow, you can bet he'll keep it. Lara has courage in spades, she just has to learn to believe in it. Houston is the best man to help her find the best part of herself. The best part of the book is hands down Lara's daughter, Gracie. I can still imagine her pointing her fingers at everything and telling it off in her baby garble. Too cute for words. The second book in the Legend series was great. Houston seems to be a man of integrity. When he makes a vow, you can bet he'll keep it. Lara has courage in spades, she just has to learn to believe in it. Houston is the best man to help her find the best part of herself. The best part of the book is hands down Lara's daughter, Gracie. I can still imagine her pointing her fingers at everything and telling it off in her baby garble. Too cute for words.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Houston can be a sweet man, “darlin’, I never see that scar when I look at you. Only your beautiful eyes and the spirit shining through.” Houston covered her hand with his. “You fret too much.” Houston tries his hardest to appease his girl, "Houston tried to work up a grin but the effort appeared to be too much. “I did my best to stay out of the way of bullets.” I liked this book, I loved Houston he was a protector and would do anything for his family. Houston can be a sweet man, “darlin’, I never see that scar when I look at you. Only your beautiful eyes and the spirit shining through.” Houston covered her hand with his. “You fret too much.” Houston tries his hardest to appease his girl, "Houston tried to work up a grin but the effort appeared to be too much. “I did my best to stay out of the way of bullets.” I liked this book, I loved Houston he was a protector and would do anything for his family.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vania Nunes

    Houston Legend was to marry the woman of his life. Becky Golden and he had known each other since they were young, and he soon knew she would be his wife. On the day of their marriage a tragedy collapses and he can not fulfill his dream. Feeling betrayed, Houston promises never to give his heart to any woman. The house he had built to live with Becky remained closed. A year later, he still bittered his pain in the drink, until his father, a poker player, gives him the news that they had lost much Houston Legend was to marry the woman of his life. Becky Golden and he had known each other since they were young, and he soon knew she would be his wife. On the day of their marriage a tragedy collapses and he can not fulfill his dream. Feeling betrayed, Houston promises never to give his heart to any woman. The house he had built to live with Becky remained closed. A year later, he still bittered his pain in the drink, until his father, a poker player, gives him the news that they had lost much of their lands at the Lone Star Ranch. There was only one way for his debt to be forgiven: if Houston married Tillman Boone's daughter, Lara, and assumed her baby daughter. Knowing the way Lara had become pregnant, through a rape, tampered with Houston's protective side, even though he had never seen the girl. He decides to accept the bargain of his father, but imposes some conditions. Only on wedding day he and Lara know each other, and Houston has a new revelation of what had happened to the poor girl. Now more than ever, Houston decides that those two would be his new family and that he would hunt Yuma Blackstone to hell to avenge her. But in the meantime, Houston and Lara would learn to take care of their scars and discover the new path to love.... I didn't know this series (I have to read book #1 yet), but I loved the plot and the characters. Great reading!! 5 stars ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    Houston's bride was murdered at the alter. But what he learned after her death broke his heart even more. So he's decided never to trust his heart to a woman again. Lara was attacked by a ranch hand and left with a sweet baby girl. When Houston and Lara are forced to marry they decide to make the best of their marriage for the sake of Gracie, their little girl. Neither of them expect to actually like each other, or that their affection will be put to the ultimate test. This book wasn't what I was Houston's bride was murdered at the alter. But what he learned after her death broke his heart even more. So he's decided never to trust his heart to a woman again. Lara was attacked by a ranch hand and left with a sweet baby girl. When Houston and Lara are forced to marry they decide to make the best of their marriage for the sake of Gracie, their little girl. Neither of them expect to actually like each other, or that their affection will be put to the ultimate test. This book wasn't what I was expecting at all. But I really enjoyed it. The plot was definitely different. The characters were unique and well defined, especially a couple of the secondary characters. The author did a great job of creating suspense and tension in the plot, while also weaving together a sweet romance between the couple. While there were hints to a previous story, I think the book worked well as a stand alone. Although it did made me want to go back and read the first book. Overall, this was an entertaining book that I think fans of western fiction and romance will enjoy. I received a copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo

    Another great read from Linda Broday. I've loved all of Linda's books that I have read but I do believe that Houston Legend is my favorite of her Hero's so far. As always a major event always happens in a Broday novel in the first pages that draws you in and you have to know what is going to happen. Houston thinks that a single bullet and it's results have ruined his life forever. As it is often true to life that bullet just put him on the path he was meant to be on. Lara Boone has suffered more Another great read from Linda Broday. I've loved all of Linda's books that I have read but I do believe that Houston Legend is my favorite of her Hero's so far. As always a major event always happens in a Broday novel in the first pages that draws you in and you have to know what is going to happen. Houston thinks that a single bullet and it's results have ruined his life forever. As it is often true to life that bullet just put him on the path he was meant to be on. Lara Boone has suffered more than is fair in her young life also. Eighteen, single and having a baby in 1876 is a hard life for a young lady. Her I'm father is looking for a man to be give his granddaughter and daughter their name. Houston's father sees it as an opportunity for Houston to heal after the tragic death of his first love and the realities of that relationship. Little does Houston know he'll be forced to protect the lives of his young family from the start. A great adventure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan Sikes

    Houston Legend stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to loyalty and commitment. He is determined to keep the Lone Star ranch intact at all costs, even it means marrying a woman whom he does not know. And not only a woman, but a woman with a baby. All Lara Boone wants is a name for her child born from a violent rape. These two characters are the epitome of the spirit that settled the Wild West! They face adversities, danger and life-threatening situations head on and find that th Houston Legend stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to loyalty and commitment. He is determined to keep the Lone Star ranch intact at all costs, even it means marrying a woman whom he does not know. And not only a woman, but a woman with a baby. All Lara Boone wants is a name for her child born from a violent rape. These two characters are the epitome of the spirit that settled the Wild West! They face adversities, danger and life-threatening situations head on and find that their marriage was more than just one of convenience. When they fall in love, they fall hard and forever. If you love rugged cowboys and strong beautiful women who are willing to fight for what they want, you'll love this story. They are characters you won't soon forget.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Cleaves

    The plot and details had holes large enough to drive freight trains through. Reprehensible.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    In a world where there are only so many honest and authentic men I have been blown away with the series by Linda Broday the men of Legend . In the second book of the the Heart of a Texas cowboy. I haven’t read a book that has so much heart love and authenticity to the cowboy life. Just took me back to the time that I would love to have lived in. Houston was a man that was a true gentleman a true cowboy husband brother and father. Honor is his word. This Cowboys has a lot of honor and respect. Ho In a world where there are only so many honest and authentic men I have been blown away with the series by Linda Broday the men of Legend . In the second book of the the Heart of a Texas cowboy. I haven’t read a book that has so much heart love and authenticity to the cowboy life. Just took me back to the time that I would love to have lived in. Houston was a man that was a true gentleman a true cowboy husband brother and father. Honor is his word. This Cowboys has a lot of honor and respect. Houston and Lara legend are the ideal couple.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    There is nothing truer than the saying love it blind. The first few pages of this story just ripped my heart out. Your heart breaks for one, than you hear the whole story which spins you in a 360 for poor Houston and how he was betrayed. A year later two lost hurt souls come together when two fathers make a deal forcing them to marry. One swearing to service and protect his wife and her child the other hoping for the best, can these two help heal the wounds others have given them? A story full o There is nothing truer than the saying love it blind. The first few pages of this story just ripped my heart out. Your heart breaks for one, than you hear the whole story which spins you in a 360 for poor Houston and how he was betrayed. A year later two lost hurt souls come together when two fathers make a deal forcing them to marry. One swearing to service and protect his wife and her child the other hoping for the best, can these two help heal the wounds others have given them? A story full of danger, hope, dreams, action, and adventure with excitement, heartbreak, desire, pain and sorrow as two people build a life together and those who want to bring it down. The story captivates you as it takes you back in time to a wilder side of Texas where actions speak louder than words. A place where it is kill or be killed, the hunted become the hunter and justice is service with bullets flying. Men had honor, women had souls and children had respect they grow up fast and learn to protect those they love. The author takes all of the above and captivates the reader in a story that will hold your attention keeping you spellbound with a story you will have trouble putting down. She shows you the best of the best and the worse of the worse taking down one evil man at a time that is if they do not get taken down first. Houston is a man of his word he holds power but in the west it doesn’t mean much. He is a gentleman until the end always putting his family first standing in the way of danger to keep them safe. He is forced to marry a woman that most would take one look turn their heads or make fun of. He takes it all on the chin making her feel beautiful and loving her child that isn’t his. Lara is a broken woman who has been to hell and back facing things we hope to never face. She has lived our worst nightmare taking one day as it come facing life with her chin held high. Life has not been easy and it is about to get worse as the man who attacked her hunts her down to take back what is his. I love watching these two as their relationships grow both learning so much making a life for them and their child on a trail drive as a gang is hot on the tail making habit over Texas that will bring most to their knees. The story holds you captive keeping you holding your breath and breaking your heart, making you smile and laugh why keeping you on the edge with very vivid details that pulls you in taking you away. I really hated to put this book down. I stayed up very late and picked it up first thing in the morning. I had to see where the author would take it. She surprised me at every turn making my heart beat faster as my eyes grew bigger. The adventure is thrilling and the danger feels real. Ms. Broday puts so much emotion in her stories spinning a tale of romance that keeps you breathless. She makes you smile, laugh and just wanting to cry. Her characters become real leaving you with your hand over your mouth and tears in your eyes. It will be a story that stays with you making you understand how vivid Texas was years ago. These are characters that kept American free they stood up for what is right giving back not only to the land but the people. Fighting for justice the only way they knew how. The supporting characters add so much from their love of the land to their love of one family who is about to lose it all. There is shock and surprises waiting for you between these pages. The author takes you on a story that spins out of control leaving you very sad and then does a 360 making you smile with relief. If you have not read any books from this author you are truly missing a great experience. She is truly an author that deserves all the awards she has received. Give this book a try and you will know why she is a best seller as she takes you back in time bring Texas alive not only in your mind but in your soul. When the end came I wanted it to go on. I have picked this as one of my favorite reads for the year.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Poppe

    Lara is a strong, independent woman who gets up and keeps fighting, despite all the hurdles she faces. Houston is betrayed by his childhood sweetheart. After a year of brooding on both parts, their fathers hatch a scheme for Houston and Lara to marry. What starts as a marriage of convenience soon blossoms into the love of a lifetime in The Heart of a Texas Cowboy. As Houston says to Lara after their wedding: "We’ll work this out together. We have mountains in front of us, and Lord knows you have Lara is a strong, independent woman who gets up and keeps fighting, despite all the hurdles she faces. Houston is betrayed by his childhood sweetheart. After a year of brooding on both parts, their fathers hatch a scheme for Houston and Lara to marry. What starts as a marriage of convenience soon blossoms into the love of a lifetime in The Heart of a Texas Cowboy. As Houston says to Lara after their wedding: "We’ll work this out together. We have mountains in front of us, and Lord knows you have one of tallest, but no one can tell you when or how to climb. I’ll help you figure it out and, if I can’t catch you, I’ll pick you up when you fall." The plot of The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is a slow-burner. Ms. Broday takes the time to develop the characters. Houston and Lara are given the opportunity, and more importantly, the time to get to know each other. Both Houston and Lara need time to heal and learn to trust again. The long cattle drive allows them this freedom. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the growth and watching the love mature between these two characters. In addition to the main characters, the secondary characters really shine here. Dr. Mary is a rare breed. A doctor in a small town, she has tenacity. She has turned the remains of all the bullets she’s removed from patients over the years into a necklace as a reminder of how fragile life is. Clay is Houston’s right hand man on the cattle drive. He keeps the cows and other drovers in line. Clay has a secret past that I’m hoping to learn more about in the other books in the series. Lara’s brothers Virgil, Quaid, and Henry do all they can to support Lara and her daughter Gracie. And without a doubt, baby Gracie is the linchpin in the whole story. Houston is immediately drawn to her. Gracie is a natural on a horse. I love the scene where she’s a pint-size bandito (or is it bandita?), with a bandanna protecting her face, driving the cattle with the other drovers. Finally, there are Houston’s brothers, Sam and Luke. Sam is the main character of the first book in the Men from Legend series. Luke is the main character of the third book in the series. All three Legend men are very appealing! I wholly enjoyed The Heart of a Texas Cowboy. After finishing this book by Ms. Broday, I can already say I’ll be reading about the other Legend brothers! I received The Heart of a Texas Cowboy free in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to author Linda Broday and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing this opportunity.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is the second book in Linda Broday's The Men of Legend Series and they keep getting better. Her books give you a real feel of the time, the place, and the people of the late 1880's Texas. This is Houston's story. The "oldest" son of Stoker Legend, he has devoted his life to the ranch his father has built for his sons. Houston is a deeply wounded man who has been betrayed. He drinks too much and has shut himself off from anything other than running the ranch. He is dealing with poor ranching This is the second book in Linda Broday's The Men of Legend Series and they keep getting better. Her books give you a real feel of the time, the place, and the people of the late 1880's Texas. This is Houston's story. The "oldest" son of Stoker Legend, he has devoted his life to the ranch his father has built for his sons. Houston is a deeply wounded man who has been betrayed. He drinks too much and has shut himself off from anything other than running the ranch. He is dealing with poor ranching conditions which have led to financial difficulties. His father is concerned about Houston and takes measures to remedy the situation. The Boone family has recently moved to the area trying to leave gossip and bad memories behind. The daughter, Lara, is also a deeply wounded soul and the main reason for the move. Broday's introduction of this family into the Legend saga adds a rich cast of characters. Lara is a capable woman with the strength to face what life has dealt her. She cares deeply for family and friends. Her daughter, Gracie (Angel to Houston), is the focus of her life and an important character in the story. How individuals respond to her is used to show a bit about their character. Who wouldn't love an adorable year old baby? It turns out not everyone. The 16 year old Boone twin brothers show the ability, responsibility and caring that is the result of having to grow up fast. They still retain the teen bravado and innocence that keeps them real. The character that for me told the most about all the other characters was Henry, Lara's 14 year old brother. He is "slow" showing many characteristics of high functioning Down's Syndrome. He is a whole character, not a caricature. His reactions and behaviors are true and he adds much to the story. More importantly, Broday uses how the other characters in the story react to and treat Henry to define what kind of person they are. There are memorable characters in the book, several that I would like to see get their own story or show up again in future stories. The villains are truly evil, showing how ruthless and lawless people can be and were. This story gives us a look at what ranch and trail life was like for many in the West. I look forward to the last son's story and hope that another series will spin off and tell the stories of some of these characters. If you have not yet read book 1, To Love A Texas Ranger, please do so before reading this one. They both can stand alone, but this story (and the next) will be richer for getting to know the rest of the family better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lorilei Gonzales

    A bullet pierces the beautiful moment of a blushing bride about to wed a tall and handsome cowboy. My breath caught in my throat at the violence that came from out of nowhere. Main character Houston's brothers have their own brand of justice for the shooter, but the truth behind the crime causes even more pain to the cowboy groom. Time doesn't heal or open Houston's heart to love again, but when his father confesses he's made a huge mistake, an arranged marriage between Houston and single mother A bullet pierces the beautiful moment of a blushing bride about to wed a tall and handsome cowboy. My breath caught in my throat at the violence that came from out of nowhere. Main character Houston's brothers have their own brand of justice for the shooter, but the truth behind the crime causes even more pain to the cowboy groom. Time doesn't heal or open Houston's heart to love again, but when his father confesses he's made a huge mistake, an arranged marriage between Houston and single mother Lara Boone is the only way to fix the situation. But there is much more to Lara's story, and once she and Houston are thrown together to live -- and survive -- the dangers of the Great Western Trail, their perspectives change. The two newlyweds begin an awkward life together, finding common ground on their affection for baby Gracie. Houston is overwhelmed with the feelings he has for a child that is not his own. Author Linda Broday genuinely painted each and every moment between the cowboy and the baby, and the way the author progresses the relationship between Houston and Lara is beautifully done. I imagine that some people might think that a month is not long enough for people to truly fall in love. But Broday's whirlwind of danger sweeps everyone up in its path and forces the characters to focus on what is important. In the old west, tomorrow is never certain. Broday drives home the message that if you love someone, don't wait to tell them. A secondary message is be honest and always communicate; some harrowing events turn around for the better because of that second nugget of truth. I highly recommend this book to those who love a slow, simmering and sensual romance. I plan to read book one and every other installment Broday pens about the Legend men.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Richardson

    "The Heart of a Texas Cowboy" by Linda Broday is such a lovely, romantic, and heartwarming old west historical romance. Houston (I want to swoon over the name alone) was in love and about to get married to his sweetheart, Becky. But a tragedy on his wedding day left him alone, bitter, and barely hanging on. Lara has had her lift destroyed, she was raped by an outlaw and bore his daughter, and worse the large scar his knife left when it slashed her face. Lara is kind, sweet and generous and unfort "The Heart of a Texas Cowboy" by Linda Broday is such a lovely, romantic, and heartwarming old west historical romance. Houston (I want to swoon over the name alone) was in love and about to get married to his sweetheart, Becky. But a tragedy on his wedding day left him alone, bitter, and barely hanging on. Lara has had her lift destroyed, she was raped by an outlaw and bore his daughter, and worse the large scar his knife left when it slashed her face. Lara is kind, sweet and generous and unfortunately she knows she will never want to be a man's wife in the ways that matter to men. Houston and Lara's fathers cooked up a scheme, they should marry, Houston will have an instant wife and daughter and Lara will have a name to give her baby. Reluctantly, they both agree to the marriage and plan to live out what comes their way. Lara is afraid to trust Houston, afraid of him as a man, and Houston is afraid to give his heart to Lara and her daughter. Houston falls almost instantly in love with the baby and warms to his role as a father quickly. Finding his way as a husband takes a bit longer. Houston and Lara are very sweet together, both scared to get too close, but unable to fight the slow-burning attraction and blossoming love between them. They both have to face the hard truths of their pasts and if they work together, they hope there is a future for them as husband and wife. The passion in this novel is on the sweeter side. The villains are evil and quite dastardly. Interesting cast of side characters who probably have their own stories to tell. Recommend this book for readers who enjoy some suspense and angst, and love a romantic old west love story.

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