by Jodi Thomas

November 2004
ISBN: 0-515-13848-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Cottonwood, Texas


Lacy Larson had been married for almost three years and had never met her husband. Married by proxy to Captain Walker Larson after his father had bought Lacy in a "wife lottery", Lacy decides it is time she became a wife in more than name only. She travels to the fort where her husband is stationed and in the midst of a range war demands that her husband do his husbandly duties. With only fifteen minutes remaining before the last stage is to depart, Walker submits to Lacy’s demand and consummates their marriage.

It has been three years since Lacy stormed into Walker’s ordered military world, turning it upside down forever, and causing him to be unable to get his wife out of his mind since. Captain Walker Larson has been summoned to his former home in Cedar Point to protect his wife Lacy from the buffalo hunter, Zeb Whittaker, whom Lacy tried to kill in self-defense after he attacked her and two of her friends. It seems Zeb has been released from prison and said to be on his way to make the three women pay. This is an assignment Walker doesn’t relish, but his obligation to the woman who carries his name demands that he see it through. In the less then 24 days leave the army has granted him, Walker will make sure no harm comes to his wife. Lacy is flabbergasted that Sheriff Riley has sent for Walker. After all, she is no longer a teenager, but a full grown woman who runs her own newspaper, and is more then capable of defending herself. Despite everything that is different about their respective lives, Walker and Lacy begin to wonder if their marriage is worth a try. Can Walker convince Lacy in less than a month that they really do belong together?

A Texan’s Luck by Jodi Thomas finishes up her wife lottery trilogy that began with The Texan’s Wager, and continued into When a Texan Gambles. Both of these books were great stories, and I looked forward to finishing the trilogy with the final episode telling Lacy’s story. Lacy was a feisty teenager when this saga began, and is an even spunkier young woman. She tries very hard to ignore what she could possibly have with her brave young captain only because of foolish pride and her childish fears. Walker is military all the way, he sometimes allows it to cloud his judgement when dealing with Lacy. It is their perseverance and finally, the discovery of love that grew from a shaky friendship that makes for an explosive conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Bonnie.

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