To kiss a Texan / Jodi Thomas.
Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 April 1999
Wes McClain, a scarred and hardened Civil War veteran, has lost his herd of cattle, been jilted by his fiancee, and been publicly beaten. As he staggers into a darkened alleyway to recover, his eyes meet startling blue ones peering through the bars of a cage from beneath a dirty, ragged mop of hair. The young captive was "rescued" from the wild by civilized men, and her handler offers to let Wes have her for a fee. Disgusted and outraged, Wes knocks the man out and offers the woman a chance at freedom. On the run from the law and determined to protect his abused charge, Wes finds his own plans for the future usurped by his growing desire to care for this woman who can only say one word, "Allie," her name. RITA Award^-winning Thomas takes several heavily used story ideas--a marriage of convenience, buried treasure, and an Indian captive and lost heir--and breathes new and compelling life into them. Julie Garwood fans will appreciate Thomas' subtle humor and her deft handling of sensitive topics. ((Reviewed April 15, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
PW Reviews 1999 March #5
The second installment in Thomas's Texan Touch trilogy, set in the post- Civil War years, tells the story of love between down-on-his-luck rancher Wes McLain and wild-child Allie, whom he rescues from a cage in a preacher's traveling show. The premise of a white woman raised by Indians is not new to the romance genre, but, in an unexpected turn, Thomas represents the Indian responsible for Allie's raising as neither accepting nor caring. Following a past filled with mistreatment and isolation, Allie slowly overcomes her mistrust of Wes and his family, who, along with Allie's grandmother and an over-the-hill sheriff, provide depth and some much-needed humor to the narrative. The love story is bogged down with uninteresting villainous characters, however, and the end of Wes's quest for a buried treasure is a let down. This uneven road romance would have been stronger had more time been devoted to the McLain family's good-natured interplay and less to the unconvincing bad guys. (May) Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly Reviews