He may be a Texas Ranger
But he only has eyes for the outlaw's beautiful daughter…
Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May's late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he's here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero…and his beautiful young widow isn't too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family's newly spotless reputation.
Ellie-May's shaken by her encounter with the Ranger. Having grown up an outlaw's daughter, she'll do anything to keep her children safe—and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman's smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn't about to give up his search. He's out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May's husband wasn't the saint everyone claims…even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.
Haywire Brides Series:
Cowboy Charm School (Book 1)
The Cowboy Meets His Match (Book 2)
The Outlaw's Daughter (Book 3)
What People Are Saying About Margaret Brownley:
"Delightful, humorous…packed with engaging characters, loads of action, several mysteries—all enough sizzle to satisfy her fans." —RT Book Reviews for A Match Made in Texas
"A sweet, touching love story." —Kirkus Reviews for Left at the Altar
"Lively and warm. A welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre." —Booklist for Left at the Altar
Brownley fleshes out well-worn tropes with rich character development in the sweet, if familiar, third cowboy romance in her Haywire Brides series (after The Cowboy Meets His Match). Ellie-May Blackwell's outlaw father was hanged when she was still a girl, blackening her reputation in 1880s Haywire, Tex. But when her husband, Neal, dies a hero while saving children from a burning building, she earns a measure of respect from the town and manages to eke out a living for herself and her two young children on their farm. When Texas Ranger Matt Taggert begins asking questions about Neal's involvement in an unsolved stagecoach robbery before his death, Ellie-May is insulted and reluctant to cooperate. But Matt is determined to find answers, particularly as a quick resolution will allow him to resume his hunt for his criminal brother, whose notoriety is growing alongside his list of crimes. Brownley steers clear of convenient coincidences in driving the couple together, instead leaning on a well-drawn supporting cast, among them Ellie-May's children and a teenage aspiring lawman unfortunately named Jesse James, to push them toward each other. Though the plot is familiar, Brownley's solid execution makes this a pleasant diversion.