Ace Durango is heir to the huge Durango ranching empire, but he would rather spend his days drinking, playing cards and romancing the "ladies" of the cantinas of West Texas and Mexico. After his long-suffering parents bail him out of jail again, they tell Ace there is a condition this time. He must take a family friend's daughter to the upcoming Governor's Valentine Ball in Austin. Ace is less than thrilled at the prospect of being the escort for Lynnie McBride. She is a school teacher and outspoken suffragette.
Lynnie is not very happy herself. She considers Ace an uneducated brute, but has ulterior political motives for attending the Ball. She causes a riot the night of the Ball that ends up with the loss of her teaching job. Lynnie decides she should move on with her life by going to the big women's rights meeting in Dodge City. Lacking the money to get there, she decides to disguise herself as a cowboy and go on a cattle drive with Ace and his crew.
Ms. Gentry has created truly engaging characters in
To Tame A Texan. Ace and Lynnie are both more than a little spoiled, but learn many valuable lessons about life and love on the trail. Their verbal sparring adds humor to the plot, but there is a certain underlying poignancy, too. The secondary characters are also well developed and add a richness and depth. Ms. Gentry gives a bibliography in the back of the book, but even without that it would be very evident that a great amount of research was done to make it historical correct.
This was my first book by Ms. Gentry, but it certainly won't be my last. To Tame A Texan is the perfect read for those who love westerns and is sure to gain fans of those new to the genre.