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Under a Texas Star (English Edition) par [Bruce, Alison]
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***Somewhere in this book is a hidden “Easter Egg,” a bold text link to 3 FREE Qwickie novellas by 3 bestselling authors. This is a time limited offer, so happy reading and hunting!

Disguised as a boy, Marly joins a handsome Texas Ranger in the hunt for a con man and they must bring the fugitive to justice before giving up the masquerade and giving in to their passion.

When Marly Landers is fooled by con man Charlie Meese, she's determined to bring him to justice--even if it means dressing up as a boy and setting off across the plains to find him.

Texas Ranger Jase Strachan is also after Meese, for crimes committed in Texas. He joins forces with the young boy in a journey that takes them to Fortuna, where a murder interrupts their mission. Jase is duty bound to find the killer, no matter the cost.

Marly carries out her own investigation and comes to the aid of Amabelle Egan, the sister of one of the suspects. But appearances are deceiving, and Marly is mistaken for Amabelle’s suitor, making her a target for the killer. Not to mention, Charlie Meese is still out there.

Under the Texas stars, Marly and Jase are drawn together by circumstances beyond their control, yet fate plots to tear them apart. Will Marly finally get her man?

Editorial Reviews:

"A delightful Western tale that blends engaging adventure with spirited romance. Reminds me of Louis L'Amour novels...Bruce is a terrific story-teller...a complete joy to read. She immerses readers into a smoking Western that is also a spunky romance and reminiscent of the Texas Rangers television series." ―Christina Francine, Midwest Book Review

"Filled with realistic dialog and a good attention to period detail, Bruce manages to create a believable story that captures our imagination. Well written with a compelling plot, Under a Texas Star brings a delightfully new and strong heroine to the literary world. Highly recommended." ―Wendy Thomas, Allbook Reviews

"Alison Bruce's western tale of intrigue, murder, and love is a page-turning, action-packed, made-of-awesome read. UNDER A TEXAS STAR belongs on every reader's keeper shelf―it already has a place on mine! Love, love, loved it!" ―Michele Bardsley, national bestselling author of Never Again

"Romance as sweeping as the Texas sky." ―Gwyn Cready, Rita award-winning author of Seducing Mr. Darcy

"This is a rollicking adventure and Marly Landers is a girl with True Grit." ―Phyllis Smallman, Arthur Ellis award-winning author of Champagne for Buzzards

"L'amour in the style of Louis L'Amour…Pin a silver star on this thrilling tale of love and justice in the old west." ―Lou Allin, author of On the Surface Die

"I loved the murder mystery…as well as the sense of humor which had me either chuckling or laughing out loud." ―Jacqueline Wilson, Deputy Sheriff for Publications of the Chicago Corral of the Westerners

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 242 pages
  • Editeur : Imajin Books (8 mai 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00501H6YM
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HASH(0x9060a96c) étoiles sur 5 A rollicking adventure of romance and True Grit 7 juin 2011
Par Kenna McKinnon - Publié sur
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Alison Bruce has crafted a steamy tale of the old West that takes us out of the ordinary and into a rollicking world of romance and adventure. As a young woman who masquerades as a boy, the plucky Marly's identity is finally revealed as she finds true love with stand-up dude Texas Ranger Jase Strachan.

This is an historical Western romance in a style that reminds me of Hemingway. Although the descriptions are colorful and accurate, there are no wasted words here as the characters are developed through dialogue and action. The old West comes to life! Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9060a9c0) étoiles sur 5 Good old-fashioned historic western romance with a kick! 28 juin 2011
Par nightreader - Publié sur
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A good old-fashioned western romance novel. The west is still barely settled, the Civil War not long over, and Marly Landers is on the trail of the man who conned the townspeople out of their money. Marly feels a personal responsibility for this event, so he is heading off to El Paso from the small town of Cherryville, Kansas to collect the money and see that justice is served. Dressed in hand-me-downs of oversize shirt, pants, boots, worn droopy hat, and oilskin duster, he looks like a young teen trying to beat the odds of solitary wandering in the deserts and mountains as he tracks the culprit, Charlie Meese.

In the meantime, Texas Ranger Jason (Jase) Strachan is on the trail of a confidence man who has cheated some high powered people in Austin. He is currently in Dog Flats, about as small and desolate a town as it sounds. As he's finishing a beer, our protagonist Marly arrives, looking for work to pay for a room for the night, a meal, breakfast and a packaged lunch. He offers to do anything from mucking out to waiting tables, even cooking. Jase has seen this boy on his past few stops and is very interested in him because he's discovered they are both trailing the same man. He's seen him work at every stop. Jase knows Marly has been traveling on foot for most of the way from town to town. He is taken with Marly's tenacity and is interested in why they are after the same man. Of course, he's not going to get into that part of it yet. Not sharing his own business in El Paso, he does mention his destination and suggests they travel together. Jase will supply horse and tack, and the boy will work for him.

In Abilene they get Marly a horse and saddle, but he has never been on a horse and definitely not a mulish one. After being thrown and giving his horse a stern talking to, while guffawing cowboys watch the whole procedure from the railings, they are once again on their way with Marly riding the newly but aptly named "Trouble". The next purchase was new clothes and about this time Jase gets the feeling that Marly may be older than he first guessed, maybe about sixteen.

What does a Texas Ranger do when he suddenly discovers that the boy is a girl? Well, once he gets over the shock, he knows there has to be a very important reason why this girl is traveling as a boy, a strong, hard-working and strong-willed boy at that. He must protect Marly's disguise, whatever her reason, and does not let her know he is aware of her gender. With lessons from Jase she soon proves to be well-able to handle all situations she finds herself in, and able to do her share of watch shifts when camping, rifle at the ready.

Alison Bruce does an excellent job on setting the scenes and customs of the old west. History, characterizations, and the long ride of the heroes of the story are convincing for the time. There is lots of action and gun-play as they work together on a case in Fortuna. For the rest of the journey the tension builds between the two as jealousy raises its green-eyed monster more than once, with neither being aware of the feelings of the other. Again the author works this tension beautifully. The arrival in El Paso is almost, but not quite, diminished by the avoidance of communicating these feelings to the point that I wanted to say, Get on with it! A very satisfying read all in all, with an interesting blend of fun and trickery at the end. A mixture of many points of view, the author covers a lot of ground in personalities, geography, and lifestyles. If you're looking for a dish of the old west with a dash of romance and humor minus the raunch dressing, this book is for you.
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HASH(0x9060ac9c) étoiles sur 5 Great, engaging and witty story - loved it 1 juin 2011
Par Wendy E. Thomas - Publié sur
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Marly Landers, in Under a Texas Star is a tough as nails, smart as a tack young woman who shines brightly with her grit and compassion. She is the type of character you want to continue reading about even after the story ends.

Trailing from one dusty town to another in pursuit of a criminal fugitive was a job for a bounty hunter with a good horse and a small arsenal. It was tough work for a slim boy of small build, few means and fewer possessions'tougher still when the boy wasn't a boy at all, but a girl.

Shortly after the civil war, when a con artist steals money from her town, Marly - disguised as a boy - decides to become a bounty hunter and track him down. Seduced by the con's charms, she feels it is her duty to restore what has been taken. She is soon joined in her quest by Texas Ranger Strachan and they work together to find the trickster. Marley continues the masquerade from town to town oftentimes coming close to having her secret discovered but each time managing to hold her own. She laments that if she had been born a boy she wouldn't be in this current situation in the first place. If she had been born a boy, she might have been able to protect her mother who was killed by Rebel soldiers and wouldn't have needed protection by being sent to live with an Aunt that she didn't particularly like.

Soon however, based on observations of being boyish comes naturally to Marly. Her deception is aided by the fact that no one expects a young woman to be travelling on her own dressed as a boy. The important thing is that no man sees her as a woman and takes advantage of her and although she doesn't think Jase Strachan would ever do such a thing, Marly can't and won't let her guard down.

Marly and Jase soon become confidents, sharing life stories and teaching lessons and skills (like how to ride a horse and shoot a gun) to each other. Through the use of character insight and a good appreciation of the humor involved, we are treated to a relationship initially based on admiration and trust that slowly becomes stronger and eventually romantic as the two get nearer to their objective of finding the con man.
Filled with realistic dialog and a good attention to period detail, Bruce manages to create a believable story that captures our imagination. Well written with a compelling plot, Under a Texas Star brings a delightfully new and strong heroine to the literary world.

Reviewer: Wendy Thomas, Allbooks Reviews.
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HASH(0x9044f1e0) étoiles sur 5 Lovely characters and vivid settings 24 octobre 2012
Par Lornwal - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Alison Bruce has written a charming Western, filled with appealing, fully-developed characters and settings so well-populated and historically accurate that we can just about taste the dust. Character development is emphasized, and we come to know Marly, Jase, and the inhabitants of Fortuna very well. There is a mystery Jase and Marly must solve and a journey they must make together. They also must figure out what to do with their growing love for one another, complicated - sometimes humorously, sometimes quite poignantly - by the fact that Marly has convinced everyone she is a boy.

UNDER A TEXAS STAR has some elements in common with TRUE GRIT, but it is a unique and imaginative story in its own right. It's wonderful to read a book that takes the time to really explore its characters. I'm very happy to recommend this novel.
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HASH(0x9060aa80) étoiles sur 5 Wonderful western! Good plot! 17 août 2011
Par IngaKS - Publié sur
Format: Broché
My review:

This is a second Western Romance I was reading. I received the book for reviewing directly from the author and I am very glad for the possibility to read and review Under a Texas Star. I was fascinated by the title of the book at first and when I read the book blurb, I was hooked! Under a Texas Star was well written with a solid plot and interesting characters. Alison Bruce's writing style made it very easy and enjoyable to read!

Regarding the plot:

Meet Jase Strachan, a Texas Ranger who is after a con man Charlie Meeks. Jase has got the order to catch the con man and on his road he meets a young guy Marly Landers who draws Jace's attention. Jace finds out that the boy is also headed to El Paso and offers to take Marly under his protection.

On their way to El Paso they are forced to stay in Fortuna to solve a murder case. What Marly does not know is that Jace has realized who she really is - a disguised woman seeking for her own revenge. In El Paso it's getting more and more difficult for Marly to hide from others that she is a woman. Marly starts to get more and more attached to ace and people in Fortuna and due to the disguise she is seen like a suitable "future-husband-to-be" for a young lady from Fortuna. Besides that both Jace and Marly get attracted to each other and they have to be very careful for not showing it, because it would not be proper thing for Texas Ranger to travel together with a young woman.

The settings on the road and in Fortuna were really well described, the details of ranchers' and rangers' life were interesting and the writing was very figurative in that sense, that it created living images while reading. I loved the city of Fortuna with its differences and morals. I enjoyed reading what was proper and what was not proper during the time described in the book.

I loved the plot of this book! The only thing what I missed was the grand finale; I would have wanted more passion in the very last chapter of the book. The whole plot built up to it and I loved that Marly was the one to lead and leave, but I wanted more!

Regarding the characters:

Marly was very sweet and innocent in many different ways. Her awe towards Fortuna was nice and well written, first time in her life she we meeting the "naughty" side of the life visiting hotels, saloons etc. She grew a lot as a woman while being on the road with Jace and I loved that. She started up as a vulnerable woman who hasn't seen lot in her life and became a woman with feel of independence and strength. She was definitely my favorite character in the book.

Jace was adorable! The way he started to take care of Marly from the beginning was simply cute! He was a hardened Texas Ranger who suddenly for the first time in his life was responsible for somebody else's life. His protectiveness toward Marly was in the same time manly and soft. I liked that the author brought little softness into Jace's character.

There were many likable characters in the book. Just to name the few, my other favorite characters were Fred, Matt Egan, Pequeno - they all had a role to play. I think the author did a very good job with the supporting characters of the book! They all had color and spice!


I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who has interest in romance and in western books, because the descriptions of the life of the people - ranchers, cowboys, the girls in the saloons - were very colorfully written. The plot was solid and characters believable, lively and complex. Everybody had a story of their own!

Well deserved 4 stars!
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