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The Texan

by Joan Johnston

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Overall Rating: 4.85
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.0 // Laughter: 1 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 2

The Texan: 4.85:
Joan Johnston again displayed her gift at storytelling by delivering an exciting, entertaining, enjoyable, engrossing re-read.

Hero: 4.50:
Owen Blackthorne: a capable, hunky Texas Ranger, who won hearts with his strength of character, his compassion, and his ability to overcome the almost debilitating blows he suffered during childhood.

Heroine: 3.50:
Bayleigh "Bay" Creed: a tiny spitfire of a veterinarian, who was loyal to her family and was willing to go toe-to-toe with Owen in spite of her vulnerabilities.

Story Line: 4.50:
Enjoyed the continuation of the Blackjack and Ren story interwoven between the romance that developed between their respective children, Owen and Bay. Also, loved the inclusion of the Billy and Summer story as a kind of prologue to the next book in the series. A bit disappointed that both these side stories took time away from Owen and Bay's story.

Action: 4.00:
Johnston included several entertaining adventurous action scenes as she detailed the terrain of Big Bend National Park as Owen and Bay traveled through the area in search of Luke Creed and several crates of missing VX nerve gas.

Emotion: 5.00:
Johnston really connected the reader to the characters in this book on a deep emotional level, bringing forth tears and laughter and feelings of love, hatred, dislike, compassion, and sympathy.

Romance: 5.00:
Johnston made sure that the reader was always aware of the undercurrents of romance the permeated the entire book. If she wasn't making sure Owen and Bay were physically and emotionally aware of the other, she was inserting the feelings of love that existed between Blackjack and Ren and then the depth of feelings in the relationship between Billy and Summer.

Suspense: 3.00:
While the aura of suspense did not take front and center stage, Johnston kept readers wondering who was behind the theft of the VX nerve gas canisters and how the relationships between {1} Owen and Bay, {2} Blackjack and Ren, and {3} Billy and Summer were going to end.

Sensuous: 2.50:
Although Johnston does not include extremely graphic, detailed love scenes, they are so well written that she projects a sense of sensuality, sizzle and emotional connection to the Owen and Bay.

Secondary Characters: 5.00:
One of Johnston's greatest skills is including memorable, well-developed secondary characters. This book is no exception. The most memorable secondary characters included: {1} Jackson "Blackjack" Blacktorne, the patriarch of the wealthy Bitter Creek family; {2} Lauren "Ren" Creed, Bay's mother and the love of Blackjack's life; {3} 'Bad' Billy Coburn, the Bad Boy who melted readers into a puddle of tears; {4} Summer Blackthorne, an unlikeable spoiled little rich girl; {5} Eve DeWitt Blackthorne, the detestable evil wife of Blackjack; {5} Dora Coburn, the suffering mother of Billy; {6} Sam Creed, the rarely appearing, paralyzed brother of Bay; {7} Luke Creed, the young, antagonistic brother of Bay, and {8} Clay Blackthorne, the seriously under-developed twin brother of Owen.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of The Texan appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/RInThD). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Dec 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440234719, Mass Market Paperback)

In this breathtaking novel, New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston weaves a beguiling tale of two feuding families—the Blackthornes and the Creeds—and of two extraordinary people: loner Owen Blackthorne and beautiful, headstrong Bayleigh Creed, irresistibly drawn to each other despite the desperate odds against their love.
 
Owen Blackthorne is a lone wolf, a man who doesn’t need anyone. Then Bayleigh Creed appears on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother. Together they head into the desolate West Texas wilderness, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive. Neither counts on the unwanted attraction that draws them together, or the bitter truths that will force them apart—until the ruthless wilderness compels them to make life-and-death choices between family and duty and love.

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"Owen Blackthorne was a lone wolf, a man who didn't need anyone. Until Bayleigh Creed appeared on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother. They headed into the desolate West Texas wilderness together, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive." -- Back cover.… (more)

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