Wild Texas Wind by Nicole McCaffrey

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  • All Raz Colt wants is land, a quiet peaceable existence and to put his life as a hired gun in the past. When the chance to earn a sizable fortune by rescuing a kidnapped heiress comes his way, he seizes the opportunity. Trouble is, the heiress doesn't want to be rescued. Offsetting Arden O'Hara's beauty is a rattlesnake personality and shrewish temper. Despite her claim that she faked the kidnapping so her fiance would ride to her rescue, Raz knows someone is out to kill her. And if anyone gets the pleasure of wringing her lovely neck, it's going to be him.

    Arden O'Hara is desperate to go home. Her fiance was supposed to ride to her rescue, proving it's her---and not her father's money--- he loves. Instead an arrogant stranger, with weapons strapped gun-fighter low and a decided lack of sympathy for her situation, shows up spouting a ridiculous tale about someone trying to kill her. It's infuriating when Raz Colt's claims prove true after not one but several attempts are made on her life. She has no idea who this fast gun with the deadly aim is, or why he makes her feel as wild and untamed as the Texas wind. But like it or not, if anyone is capable of getting her home alive, it's Raz Colt.

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    Excerpt:

    Like it or not, if there's any man capable of getting Arden O'Hara home alive, it's Raz Colt.

    "Don't say it, Colt."

    "No one else has reason to want you dead--other than me. But if you marry him and meet up with some convenient accident, Geoffrey becomes a very rich widower."

    She lunged at him, claws bared. "Bastard."

    Raz caught her arms and pressed her against the mattress. "The sooner you face the truth, the better your chances of staying alive."

    "I won't listen to this." She flailed, but when she couldn't dislodge him, she thrust a knee toward his groin. "Let go of me."

    He straddled her hips to keep the knee from connecting. "Not until you calm down."

    "I'm not going to calm down as long as you're on top of me, you jackass! Let me go, or I'll scream."

    "You wouldn't dare."

    She opened her mouth.

    Pinning her arms, he had no choice but to muffle her scream with the only thing he had left. Leaning forward, he opened his mouth over hers.

    In an instant everything changed.

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09/12/2011

Review

Arden O’Hara and Raz Colt strike sparks off each other at first sight. Both, with strong personalities, plot to reach their individual goals even if they do have to do some “giving and taking” while they zigzag their way across West Texas dodging bad guys as they work their way back to Arden’s home. Raz, a “mix-breed” gunfighter and Arden O’Hara a rich, spoiled “daddy’s girl” could hardly be any farther apart socially. Raz, of Indian, Mexican, and Anglo heritage and reared by prostitutes, finds a welcome in few places. Moreover, he makes a living with his fast gun. Conversely, Arden at age four years lost her mother and was reared by a doting, rich father and by the men on the ranch. She is welcomed everywhere—even if her father had to buy that welcome at times.

Arden’s failed plan to find out if her fiancé loves her puts her at the mercy of the gunfighter -- or so it seems -- but she is no shrinking violet. Raz, may have the upper-hand physically, but Arden does not give up easily. Her maturation as the trip progresses is remarkable.

An undercurrent of humor lightens the desperate mood some of the characters feel as they try to make a meaningful life for themselves. Kit Cooper and Dusty are two secondary characters that grab the attention of the reader. Raz’s tolerance of them and understanding of needs that drive them shows a different aspect of his personality. Another part of his personality is evident in his love for Arden and his sense of not being good enough for her. It is evocative. Wild Texas Wind is a love story that touches the heart.

Nicole McCaffrey creates a hero and heroine, along with diverse secondary characters that take the reader on a lively trip from New Mexico Territory to the O’Hara ranch near San Antonio, Texas. Along the way and amid some scary encounters with bad guys motivated by greed, the reader get to know Raz and Arden and their hopes, fears, motivations, insecurities, and finally their capacity to overcome all obstacles to reach for their happy-ever-after. The special twist at the end of Wild Texas Wind is terrific.

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    09/12/2011

    Review

    Reviewed by: Jolene387 | Jul 16, 2010 | 1-60154-849-4
    A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW
    I fell in love with this couple. Wild Texas Wind was a wonderfully romantic western tale. For anyone who appreciates a bad boy cowboy, Raz Colt fits the bill. He’s arrogant, demanding and doesn’t like to explain himself. And Arden O’Hara is a woman with a fiery temper and a sharp tongue. Wild Texas Wind is the classicTaming of the Shrew set in the old west. I had a hard time putting this book down.
    Arden O’Hara and Raz Colt were at loggers head many times but they always pulled together when the threat of danger appeared. And Kip Cooper was an added bonus as a lovable conman.
    I loved the whole book and was actually surprised at the ending. I look forward to reading more of Ms. McCaffrey’s books.

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