by Jodi Thomas

November 2006
ISBN: 0-425-21279-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback



After two long years Ranger Travis McMurray was home! The Whispering Mountain ranch was started by the McMurray siblings’ parents almost thirty years ago. Orphaned when their father went off to war, and their Indian mother died birthing their sister, Sage, brothers Tobin, Travis and Teagan had kept their promise to their father, of holding the family and the ranch together. Keeping to themselves for most of their childhoods because of their mixed heritage, the McMurrays seldom interacted with people in the neighboring settlement and ranches. But Sage was almost 18 and she wanted so badly to find a man and settle down to have a family of her own, so reluctantly Travis agrees to accompany her to a dance in town. Its there that Travis’ world is about to change forever when he literally crashes into his “fairy woman.”

On the run from her abusive father who has mandated that she marry against her will, Rainey Adams has made it to the hill country of Texas. Rainey is sure he will never find her here, and being in disguise no one will be able to recognize her. Having taught in her parents’ exclusive boarding school since the age of 13, Rainey has never received any monetary compensation from her domineering father. Having witnessed her father beat her mother into an early grave, and also being on the receiving end of her father’s foul temper, Rainey has had enough. Taking what Rainey feels is coming to her from her father’s safe, she has been on the run for months. Making it this far into Texas, Rainey needs a horse to get to Austin where she is sure she can disappear forever from her father. What Rainey didn’t count on was that the horse she was stealing belonged to Ranger Travis McMurray! After a passionate kiss, and without even knowing Rainey’s real name, Travis senses this woman is his, and is determined to track her down.

Award winning author Jodi Thomas’ novels of passion and triumph of the early days on the Texas range have always been rewarding reads. Sorry to say her latest, Texas Rain is not. Texas Rain is jumbled almost as if the story cannot decide in which direction to go. The two main characters, Travis and Rainey barely interact with each other, and when they do there is just no spark between them. There are too many characters and side notes causing unnecessary distractions. The “tossed” in villains make no sense whatsoever, and result in even more chaos to an already convoluted plotline. The villain we are made aware of constantly, (Rainey’s father), by Rainey’s musings, never even makes an appearance. Why is Travis who is supposed to be taking care of his ranch and shuns outsiders because of his Indian blood off being a ranger? Way too much busyness in this book, stick with Jodi Thomas’ previous Texas tales.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Bonnie.

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