cover image To Catch a Texas Star

To Catch a Texas Star

Linda Broday. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-5101-7

Broday’s riveting third Texas Heroes historical romance (after The Cowboy Who Came Calling) pits a young couple against frontier violence and long-held secrets at the turn of the 20th century. Marley Rose McClain discovers a badly beaten Roan Penny—victim of a hooded mob in neighboring San Saba County—by the side of the road. The highly competent, artistic young woman nurtures him back to health using the skills she learned from caring for the endless parade of her parents’ foster children. Budding lovers Roan and Marley embark on a complicated reconnaissance mission to learn the name of the leader of the exceptionally youthful gang, and they also find a connection between the gang and the cattle rustlers siphoning hundreds of cows from Marley’s unpleasant father. The scheme brings Marley to the attention of a creepy man named Will Gentry who fixates on her. The search for the gang and the effort to keep Gentry from kidnapping Marley culminates in a series of perfectly executed shoot-out scenes and an entirely satisfying happy ending. Fans of the previous books will enjoy returning to the McClain clan, and new readers will appreciate the story’s layered mysteries, emotional depth, and believable scenes of attraction. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune. (July)