The Heart of a Texas Cowboy, by Linda Broday is a captivating historical romance set in the 1870s.
Since childhood, Houston Legend knew that he'd marry Becky Golden. However, Becky was shot and killed on their wedding day, which led to Houston discovering his deceased fiance had betrayed him and retroactively damaging his heart and ability to trust.
For the next year, Houston focused solely on his family's ranch in Texas, until his father lost a lot of money and half the ranch in a poker game to a new neighboring rancher. The only way to save the ranch lead to an arranged marriage between Houston and Lara Boone, who was struggling with emotional trauma from a tragic past situation, as well as needing a father for her baby daughter.
Despite their marriage resulting from unusual circumstances, Houston and Lara slowly decided to build a friendship and eventually a real relationship within their marriage of convenience. As the story unfolds, they're forced to deal with family complications, ranch problems, and issues from the past affecting their future.
Since it's the second book in the Men of Legends series, it's recommended to start with the first book, To Love a Texas Ranger, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order.
The Heart of a Texas Cowboy is an enthralling story with captivating characters. It's geared towards those who enjoy reading historical romances with some suspense interlaced into the story.
Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.