“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
“There’s this thing between us that refuses to die. I’d like nothing better than to be able to…” His words faded. He’d give anything to change people’s views about his race…to be able to make her his wife.
But the world wasn’t that simple. Not for people like them.
All his life, Brett Liberty has straddled two worlds: white and Iroquois. The only place he’s truly at peace is with his wild mustangs. But after he’s arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rough and tumble Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart hidden beneath layers of hurt and fear, and he refuses to leave without her.
Fierce and loyal, kind and strong, Rayna is everything Brett has ever wanted. But the world doesn’t look kindly on a love like theirs, and he would rather let her go than bring her pain. Yet when the demons of his past threaten her future, Brett realizes he will do anything to keep Rayna safe…and make her his.
Bachelors of Battle Creek:
Texas Mail Order Bride
Twice a Texas Bride
Forever His Texas Bride
Broday finishes her Bachelors of Battle Creek trilogy (after Twice a Texas Bride) with this sweet but faltering story. In 1879, mustang wrangler Brett Liberty seeks solitude on the Texas plains, only to find the heart of a feisty young woman. A chance meeting as they share a jail cell is all it takes for sparks to ignite between Brett and Rayna Harper. He falls for her gentle touch and fiery hair. She mostly likes the moccasins he's promised that she'll inherit after he's hanged by a racist sheriff for the "crime" of being part Iroquois. Thanks to a timely intervention, they're both freed and he's able to take her to Battle Creek, Tex., to start her new life. But where Rayna goes, trouble usually follows. The story bounces back and forth between battles and intimacy with impressive regularity, with a little bit of every imaginable western romance trope and Native American stereotype thrown in for good measure. New readers may feel disconnected from some of the characters, especially since many of them are only very briefly revisited.