by R. Casteel

October 2002
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Texas Thunder by R. Casteel gives us an insight into two people who are thrown together by circumstance and stumble upon love!

Cynthia Petterson is in Colorado for her wedding. Her fiancé insisted they be married in his family’s church, though Cynthia and her family come from Texas. She finds out on her wedding day that her fiancée is a no-good pig! Catching him nearly in the act with her best friend, she hits the floor running and doesn’t look back. Grabbing her car and little else, she takes off driving haphazardly through the mountains in a snowstorm, only to end up in an accident.

Charles Randall has been living in a cabin on the mountain in self-imposed exile. He’s been mourning the loss of his wife and unborn child for six years. Charles happens upon Cynthia, and rescues her from certain death, by bringing her back to his cabin. Naturally Charles and Cynthia have no other recourse but to remain in the cabin, the newsworthy snowstorm preventing them from doing much else. They spend three days together, two of which Charles spends in ridding himself of his grief over his wife’s death, and of course a little hanky panky! When the snowstorm clears and Cynthia’s parents come to collect her, she leaves Charles to go back to Texas with a heavy heart. Charles too is remorseful, and can’t get the lovely Cynthia out of his head, or heart. Charles makes an important decision that will change the course of his life, and resurrect his career as a structural engineer with his family's company.

The events that follow are a bit sluggish, thwarted by a cast of many characters, possibly too many. Each comes from a large family, and every sibling had a piece of the action! I also found Cynthia’s reaction to the end of her relationship with her fiancé a bit odd. Granted he’s a pig for cheating on her, but she loved him enough to marry him. Yet in the three days she spends with Charles she thinks of him very little. There were no lingering warm fuzzies or regrets over the demise of their relationship. Nary a mention of the money that was put out for this festive gathering, or of her family and how worried they must be knowing she’s probably lost, maybe dead, in the snowstorm. Cynthia gives herself over and over to Charles, yet never once thought, “I’m on the rebound here, could this be why I’ve decided to have sex with a complete stranger”? Charles struggles a bit with the idea of commitment after losing his wife so abruptly, he’s afraid to lose someone else again. That made sense, but he only had an inner dialogue going on about it, his actions and deeds certainly didn’t show it. After six years alone in a cabin you would have thought he might have more trouble adjusting to the general population! There were also a few changes in storyline, and a shift of focus from one couple to another that I found knocked me a little off balance. However, this is only one reader’s opinion, and the out-of-the-ordinary scenarios are the author's joy in creating the unlikely!

If you take pleasure in an uncomplicated read, and enjoy an undemanding stroll down the path to love buy a copy of Texas Thunder.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Connie.

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