Review & Contest: Promise Me Texas by Jodi Thomas

Promise Me Texas by Jodi Thomas
Series: Whispering Mountain (# 7)
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher:  Berkley
Pages: 321
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth about the powerful senator she’s about to marry. Convinced nothing could make this stormy night worse, the train wrecks, and she tumbles straight into the arms of an outlaw.

Andrew McLaughlin doesn’t believe in loving except between the pages of his writings. He loved deeply once and thinks he’ll never survive another loss. To save a friend, he climbs aboard a train heading toward Dallas. In the moment before the train crashes, he saves a beautiful woman and is injured in the fall. He wakes up to find she’s claimed him as her fiancé—and now they’re both on the run, and destined to do everything it takes to make an unexpected promise of love come true.

Review: Jodi Thomas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love how she writes across genres, so I get the best of both worlds. With Promise Me Texas, we’re in the American west in the late 1800s, so I’m going to get my western fix and I’m ready to go on an interesting ride.

Beth is part of the McMurray clan, which this series revolves around. She’s grown up on a ranch and raised to be a strong, independent woman. But having been raised in a loving family, she’s also fiercely caring and loyal. The we have Andrew, who pretty much raised himself and then lost his young wife, so he doesn’t want to get close to anyone.

But Andrew ‘s plans go awry when he meets Beth in the aftermath of a train crash. She claims they are engaged when he’s injured and an interesting adventure ensues. As they travel across the state of Texas, they collect a menagerie of characters, from two young boys looking for their father, to a young pregnant girl searching for the baby’s father, to a young man running from someone trying to kill him. And throughout this journey, Beth and Andrew find love.

I loved the ride I was taken on. It was packed full of action and twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. And of course there was romance. I enjoyed watching the relationship grow and blossom between Beth and Andrew and even though we, as romance readers, know what is going to happen, the journey was fulfilling.

As I stated earlier, this is part of a series, but it stands very well on its own. If you’ve read past books in the series, you’ll meet up with familiar characters and if you’re new to the series, you may just be finding yourself hunting out those earlier books.


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13 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Promise Me Texas by Jodi Thomas

  1. Katheen O says:

    I have always had a thing for cowboys.. loved watching those old westerns like Rawhide, bonanza and The Big Valley.. Just hunky cowboys…

  2. anne says:

    Westerns are memorable and meaningful filled with realistic and unforgettable characters. I watched Westerns during the 1950’s and fell in love with the West.

  3. Ferne E.K. says:

    I followed my heart to Houston, TX from the Northeast once upon a time so I would love to read this title and introduce myself to a new author for me! 🙂

  4. Johnnie- Marie Howard, CMA says:

    I have never read a western romance novel I would like to because it’s something different then then normal romance novels I read I like keeping my mind open to different types of writing styles that are out their.

  5. BookLady says:

    I love reading historical romance set in the American West. The characters are realistic and the stories are interesting.

  6. Gretchen says:

    I’m a fan of western romances and cowboys. The story lines hook you and the characters are realistic and memorable.

  7. erinf1 says:

    I like the slower pace and how western romances seem to focus more on the romance and characters 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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