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Texas Pride (Night Riders, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"Greenwood is a word master at this type of story. You'll have fun reading it." - Long and Short Reviews
"Exciting, romantic, and thrilling." - Mrs. Condit Reads Books
"Greenwood's dramatic American Western romance series featuring the Night Riders continues with this... entertaining high-stakes adventure set close to the Rio Grande in 1870. " - Booklist Online
"For those who like the Night Rider series, Greenwood delivers another tale of the post-Civil War era, complete with a lawless land and the people who inhabit it." - RT Book Reviews
"Leigh Greenwood really has a way with bringing characters to life for readers. Whether it was the protagonists, the villains or subsidiary characters, each role was thoroughly thought out and effortlessly presented." - Romance Fiction on Suite 101
"Leigh Greenwood, a renowned writer of western romances and USA Bestselling author, has written another powerful, yet poignant saga in his Night Rider series... saddle up and read on!" - Fresh Fiction
"Emotional, entertaining and awe-inspiring." - Seriously Reviewed
"A good love story... He is not average cowboy and she is not your average Texas woman." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"Leigh Greenwood shows after all these years, he still knows how to write a breathtaking western romance. The Texas setting is fantastically charming with beautiful descriptive prose and characters that will make you smile. " - The Romance Reviews
"You can't beat an historical Texas romance by Leigh Greenwood. He writes of Texas like no other author. " - The Good, The Bad, and the Unread
About the Author
Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.
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Impoverished Polish prince Ivan came to America ten years ago to seek his fortune. What he found were the privations of war as a soldier, backbreaking work as a cowhand, and betrayal from someone he thought a friend. When that same false friend offers him half a ranch he won in a card game if Ivan works it for a year, he is understandably wary. But selling his half of the ranch will net him enough money to return to Poland. And the ranch's other owner is a woman beautiful enough to make a man forget his homeland. But is everything as it seems?
Furious at her younger brother for losing his share of their ranch, Carla must now deal with this usurper. She wants to hate him, but she can't. He's handsome, kind and able to pull his weight as a cowhand. Even better, he likes her as the feisty female she is and doesn't want her to change, as every other man does.
Generally, westerns are not my first choice of romance. I prefer my historicals set on foreign shores. I also don't usually read romances written by male authors. Men tend to make the hero a superman and the heroine a simpering idiot who blindly worships the god-like male. Ugh.
But not Mr. Greenwood. His Texas Pride contains all the elements I love--a story with action and mystery, a hero and heroine I love, and tons of romance. Ivan is heroic, but Carla matches him in gumption and intelligence. A true partnership, not a master and slave. And their romance is scrumptious.
Ivan is my favorite type of hero, the honorable man. I especially like honorable men who make their own way. Even better are honorable men who face treachery and come through the experience even better men. And he's blond (I love blond heroes) and gorgeous, too. What's not to like?
Carla is my favorite kind of heroine. I like a heroine who fights against the artificial constraints of the male establishment and wins. I like even more a male author who writes with approval of such a woman. Good for you, Mr. Greenwood. I wish you loads of success.
TEXAS PRIDE has everything I love in a romance. Enjoy.
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Mr. Greenwood writes a well-paced story with lots of action, a smoldering romance, cultural differences and a good look at western history. There is enough in this book to hold your interest until the end.
Carla is a strong young woman fighting for acknowledgement and acceptance in a world of men. They don't think she should be running a ranch by herself and most men want to marry her for her land. She's a strong, opinionated woman who has a good head and knows she will most likely have to marry. She's holding out for love, but there aren't many choices in her town.
Ivan is Polish and an impoverished prince who has agreed to stay on gambler's property for one year. According to the contract he signed, the property will become his at the end of the year and he can then sell it and return to Poland with enough money to resume his princely status.
As soon as Ivan shows up at the ranch, Carla's hackles are up. She wants no man to take over half the ranch and she's going to fight the contract. Ivan is patient and he thinks she's pretty, so he makes camp and waits for Carla to come to terms with the contract.
The main characters find a mutual attraction, but there are too many things going on for them to pursue it actively. You have men coming in to stay on the gambler's land to hunt Mexicans and bring back stolen cattle. Carla and Ivan's dance of love has sparks not only from the romance. The gambler isn't really gone.
The author works the various facets of his plot together in a seamless style that reads easily and enjoyable. Why not take a trip through Texas with a few grins and a few guns and see how the story works out? Mr. Greenwood is a word master at this type of story. You'll have fun reading it.
Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
Carla loves her ranch. She is outspoken and is being courted by two men, cos she is pretty and the farm is big. But she wants something else. I did like that she was no weak miss who could do nothing. She was a real woman in a hard era.
Ivan is a Polish prince who came to America to make a fortune (or at least get some money). He is a cowboy, he fought in the war, and he is a true gentleman. He is stylish and his tongue is golden. Anyone would melt when he was sweet to them, well all except Carla. And I do like a couple who banter.
At the back of my head I had heard that voice tell me that it could not work, and he sure could not take her back to Poland. And as always I wondered how this love story would work out.
But the book wasn't just about the love story. No we got cattle thieves, Carla dealing with her brother who gambled away half the ranch, and everyday dealings in town. And of course trying to deal with Ivan who shows up and tells her he will take care of the other half of the ranch.
It was a good love story, and I sure liked this cowboy prince. He is not average cowboy and she is not your average Texas woman.