Today, I'm delighted to welcome back New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Linda Broday, with her new release TO MARRY A TEXAS OUTLAW. This is her third and concluding book in the Men of Legend Series. Oh, how I've been waiting for this one! Luke captured my heart in the first book and I've been eager to read his story.
Outlaw Luke Weston survives by his wits. On the run for a murder he didn’t commit, the last thing he needs is to go looking for more trouble. But when Luke stumbles across a fiercely beautiful woman struggling against two heavily armed men, it’s obvious that trouble has found him.
After all, he never could resist a damsel in distress.
Josie Morgan’s distressed, all right—and hopping mad. She has no idea why she’s been kidnapped…or who she is…or why her body melts for the mysterious gunslinger who saved her life. But as the lost memories come tumbling back together, Josie is faced with the stark reality of why she and Luke can never be…even as her heart is telling her she will always be his.
Josie put her hands on her hips. “I’m guessing you and your father had words. Saw it coming. I knew something would send you running.”
“I just needed some fresh air.” Luke Weston tried to keep the anger from his voice but it sneaked in anyway.
She leaned back to stare up at him. “When you head out, I’m going with you.” Her chin stuck out at an obstinate angle. “This is a fine place to rest—in fact, there’s none nicer—but if you’re thinking to dump me here, you’d best think again.”
The fragrance that belonged only to her filled his senses. She stood before him bathed in the silvery moonlight. Her nearness messed with his mind. Her lips were too perfectly curved, too tempting, too close.
“You’re one crazy, mixed-up woman.” He put his hands gently around her neck, lowered his head, and claimed her mouth.
The kiss was hot and needy, and he didn’t apologize for the sudden roughness. Hunger for her consumed him with all the fierceness of a summer storm. He stood unmoving in its path, facing the furor.
Josie was imperfect, like him. The lady never pretended to be more than she was—not even when she played a role. But she didn’t have to. She could do whatever the situation called for, whether it be a tender touch or a bullet from her gun. Luke had never seen another like her, even in all his wandering.
When he broke the kiss, he nibbled slowly across her lips, teasing, wanting to make her yearn for more as he did. Her breathing was ragged as he gently tugged her plump bottom lip into his mouth.
He pulled her against his chest with a low curse, and gave himself over to the passion or lust or whatever the hell it was. He slid his hands into her hair and wrapped the silk around his fingers.
She thrust her arms around his neck and melted into him.
What they had seemed right. Yet if it turned out to be all wrong, he couldn’t stop. Not this time.
This time the hunger was too raw and consuming. He couldn’t think. Couldn’t speak. Couldn’t move away as he should. All he could do was feel, and the need to banish the constant loneliness for a little while drove him past the line he’d drawn. He wanted to feel whole again and only Josie could make that happen.
I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical western romances and I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed. At times, I can feel their ghosts lurking around every corner. I love research and looking for little known tidbits to add realism to my stories. Chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.
Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
Story-telling, hands down. I love telling stories, especially when I don’t have to worry about grammar, punctuation, run-on sentences, etc. I can just throw myself into it and let the magic take hold. I love it when I can let that happen, when it’s just me and my story. I often forget which world I’m in or the time. It’s a great feeling.
E.E.: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Linda: A western—either historical or contemporary. I just love cowboys and the freedom of their way of life. I really think they’re one of the best kinds of heroes and the code they live by makes them special. But my heart is planted firmly in the old West where an agreement was cemented by nothing more than a handshake, when people had respect for each other, and couples didn’t break apart at the first sign of trouble. Things moved a whole lot slower and how nice that would be to get off this merry-go-round.
E.E.: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
Linda: Animals. They’re just so funny, especially dogs. They get so excited to see you and it makes me very happy.
E.E.: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
Linda: A book by Johanna Lindsey called Angel. It was about a gunslinger who comes to a ranch owned by a single woman where they’re fighting a range war. His character was larger-than-life and I fell in love with him. But before that, the TV westerns did a lot to stoke the fire inside me.
E.E.: What could we find in your heroine's purse?
Linda: Josie Morgan would definitely have a gun. She’s quite expert with firearms. It would also contain an emerald ring which is the only clue to who she is. Amnesia has shaken her to the core and each piece of the puzzle leads her closer to answers.
E.E.: This book concludes your Men of Legend series. How do you feel about it ending?
Linda: I hate it. I’ve spent every moment of almost two years with these Legend men and it’s very hard to say goodbye. They’ve told me their secrets and I’ve laughed and cried with them, watched them fall in love and marry. We’ve been through everything together and they’re like family. However, they will appear in limited roles in my next series called Texas Outlaw Legends.
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Personal Blog: https://lindabroday.com/blog/
Today, Linda is giving away three copies of TO MARRY A TEXAS OUTLAW. Winners’ choice of format.
What do you love best about series romances? Do you think a series can get TOO long?