For as long as he can remember, Rawley Cooper has loved Faith Leigh. But the cruelty of his childhood haunts him and he knows he’s undeserving of Faith. When she comes to him on the night of her nineteenth birthday, they both give into temptation. But the searing kiss reaffirms what he’s always known: he can’t have a lifetime of her in his arms. To protect his heart, he packs his things and heads west.
Faith has always adored the boy her parents took in and raised. But she’s not certain she can ever forgive him for riding out of her life just when she needed him the most. When an urgent telegram forces him to return six years later, Rawley discovers Faith is now a woman to be reckoned with.
As old feelings are stirred back to life and new passions take hold, they both must confront secrets from their past or risk losing a legacy of love.
I really liked this novella–it was a nice little read to wrap up my holiday weekend 🙂
Rawley and Faith’s story is fairly fluffy–it’s basically a forbidden/ second chance romance storyline, with a hero who has believed for years that his past makes him unworthy of the heroine. The two of them are clearly meant for each other, though, and it doesn’t take them too long to come to their senses–helped along by some nosy relatives and an adorable five-year-old. Even though their pasts have some pretty weighty issues in them, they get resolved fairly quickly/ (This is probably my only complaint here, that probably a full-length novel could have done them a bit more justice as far as their conflicts are concerned.)
Ultimately, Texas Legacy is a short and sweet addition to the Texas Trilogy. It is #3.5; the hero and heroine are members of the next generation (the daughter and ward of the couple from Texas Glory ). I haven’t read the original trilogy (yet! They’re on my TBR now–I loved the excerpt at the end from book one) but this worked just fine for me as a standalone, since it’s several years after the third book ended (and some 20 years IRL, I believe). Yes, if I’d read the other books already I would have been familiar with most/all of the characters who popped up in the early chapters, but I honestly didn’t feel as if I’d missed anything major–it was pretty easy to figure out who they all were enough to get the gist.
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.