cover image Texas Tall

Texas Tall

Janet Dailey. Kensington, $26 (268p) ISBN 978-0-7582-9401-2

The always-reliable Dailey’s latest contemporary Western romance takes place in the outskirts of Blanco Springs, Tex., in the third of Tylers of Texas series (following 2015’s Texas Tough). For decent, upright people, the Tylers seem to garner more than their fair share of enemies. Most notable is Stella Rawlins, owner of the local saloon. She’s been carrying a grudge against the family for a long time. So when Will, the eldest Tyler son, inadvertently kills her brother in self-defense, she calls in favors from every lawman in town to see that her vengeance is served. But Will’s 12-year-old daughter, Erin, witnesses the incident, which forces her mother, Tori, Will’s ex-wife and a lawyer, to get involved. It’s the last thing Tori needs, as she’s finally managed to begin moving on with her post-divorce life. Dailey does the genre proud with plenty of intrigue, subplots, twists and, of course, love. Fans and newcomers alike will revel in the ride. (Sept.)