What the Author/Publisher Says:
Lily Porter is newly a widow with a child to raise and a cattle ranch to run in the Texas frontier aflame with violence, and where a woman is to be seen not heard. She needs a man to stand up for her land. His name is Cade. Part Apache brave and part Mexican grandee, Cade has a past and a secret. But he possesses the power and passion to command all in his path. Lily welcomes Cade into her struggle against treachery and terror—and discovers a love worth risking everything to keep.
What I say:
Normally, when I download free books (it was ‘on promo’ at the time I downloaded it), it is usually weeks or month before I get to reading it. Now, I usually go into them with the best intention of reading them, but after a page or two, I grow bored and walk away. Add to the fact that my reading-only Kindle met with an unsavory end, and well, reading hasn’t exactly been high on my to-do list. Add to my concern that this isn’t just an ‘unknown’ but someone who’s reached ‘best selling’ status, I had concerned that the writing would be forced and even a bit contrite.
Not at all! The story grips you from the start, when Lily’s just a sixteen year old piano playing misfit in her family of lovely sisters in the intro, to the point where the story starts up, some years later when Lily is on her ranch in Texas, husband probably dead, and a son to raise. Years that don’t match up, until you realize that perhaps Lily isn’t on the up and up with the origins of her eight year old son, Roy. With Jim dead, and men not wanting to answer to a woman, Lily hires an undesirable character in Cade, a half Mexican, half Indian man.
We see the characters develop and change through out the story, as well as the ranch they all work and strive to make successful, with the return of Roy’s father, things get interesting. Add in a poor, abused and raped housekeeper, farm hands, and war, and this really was a ‘can’t put it down’ kind of story.
Other than the use of ‘recalcitrant’ over and over again, to describe everything from hair to husbands, it was an easy and flowing work. I am eager to read other stories by this author in this line of works. Now, my issues… the lead man really should have asked for Lily’s hand in marriage, rather than tricking her and just assuming. Granted, there were cultural differences (duh!) but, still, the man just took what he wanted with little concern about what Lily wanted or needed. Granted, she was sexually stunted and knew nothing else. Socially, it would have been better for him to at least say something along the lines of ‘want to do it?’ rather than just take her in his teepee and take her. Of course, she knew at that point that they were married in the eyes of his people, and perhaps she decided at that point, as many women probably did in the day, once you’re married to a man, you’re his to be taken.
I took more offense to poor Juanita’s treating at the direction of Ricardo and his men.
I will point out that I particularly enjoyed reading a less than raunchy story that included sex without becoming too graphic. A lot of authors seem hell-bent on getting so descriptive in the sex, they forget that there is more to the story than describing every throb and moist, thrust and such. There was plenty of sex that was written in such a way that you know what’s happening, can imagine it just fine, without blushing and needing to seek a priest afterwards. Maybe I’m prudish, but I’d prefer reading sex that leaves something to the imagination rather than it being described in excruciating detail, as if sex was a new concept that warranted such descriptions.
Texas Lily by Patricia Rice
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publish Date: June 18, 2012
Price Point: $.99 (Kindle, Amazon.com)