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To Tame a Texan (Wheeler Compass) Hardcover – Large Print, Sep 2003


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
interesting western romance 17 May 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1885 Texas, ranch heir Ace Durango owes his mom for bailing him out of jail. However, he is mortified when his mother makes him pay his debt by insisting he escort prim schoolteacher Lynne McBride to the Governor's Ball. At the gala, he becomes even more embarrassed when Lynne wears a suffrage banner saying "Votes for Texas Women". A fight breaks out and Lynne and Ace end up in jail.
His father blames Ace for leading Lynne to jail and decides his son needs to learn responsibility as only a cattle drive can give him. He demands Ace take cattle on a trail drive to Dodge City, something rarely done anymore. Lynne needs to go to Dodge City to attend a suffrage conference. So she dresses up as a teenage boy and joins the drive. Eventually, Ace and the crew realize that Lynne is not a boy. However, since she has done all they asked of her and more, the crew wants her to finish the drive with them, all that is except Ace. Not long afterward even Ace's secret admiration for Lynne turns into love.
TO TAME A TEXAN is an interesting western romance that uses the women's suffragette movement to propel the plot forward as actions and reactions to the late nineteenth century women's movement seem so vibrant. Fans will also enjoy Lynne's efforts to further the cause, but feel frustrated that an intrepid individual like the heroine fails to accept responsibility for her actions. Though Ace's obstinacy can become irritating, readers will want to come along on one of the better trail runs since Westward Ho the Women.
Harriet Klausner
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Not as good as I hoped... 12 April 2004
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being from Texas and raised around cows, horses and, best of all, cowboys, I wanted to like this book. The premise was good, and the book had it's amusing moments, but the two major characters were very unlikable through most of the book and many parts were unbelievable. The book did have it's humorous moments, but the author seemed to strain to create those segments.
The male lead, Ace, was raised by seemingly intelligent parents, yet he seems rather illiterate. Every time Lynnie (the female lead) uses a word that's over a few letters long, Ace is overwhelmed. He's spoiled and rude, he drinks, he visits [prostitutes], it's alluded to by mention of a marked deck that he cheats at cards. My hero? Lynnie was working for women's rights, and most of the time wanted no help from Ace. However, she had these unexplained moments where, when she was disguised as a male, she wondered why no one was offering to help her. She chased him out of his bedroll on a rainy night (what happened to equal rights?) and got snippy with him the next morning when he was cranky from sleeping on the ground.
There were numerous inconsistencies. One page, during a river rescue the reader reads that Ace is swimming with his horse, not on his horse. At least that's how I read it. The next page he confesses to Lynnie that he can't swim. He WAS swimming. Taking calves safely from their Longhorn mamas? I don't think so. When Lynnie was still disguised as a male, she was sleeping close to the men. You can't sleep wearing a cowboy hat. What did she do with all of her bright, red hair? And, on a final picky note, I don't think that they would have castrated the young bulls and then headed right out on a long, difficult cattle drive. I could be wrong on that, but after having seen bulls being castrated all I can say (after I say "Ouch!") is that they are pretty traumatized critters.
I believe this was a Romantic Times Book Club Reviewer's Choice, so I may be alone in my opinion. In one final (and irrelevant) note. I SWEAR the male cover model has a manicure. :-)
If you want a feel good story you must read this book. 6 April 2015
By Virginia S. Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really loved this story.It was so much fun. I laughed so much throughout this book to read of two strong people who each wanted their way. But their love overcame the two headstrong people. It seems at the end Lynne kinda was the winner. LOVED LOVED
Awesome book and part of my personal collection 17 Dec. 2014
By Hemingway888 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Awesome book and part of my personal collection! Lynnie and Ace dueling it out with words and attitude is great!
Five Stars 17 Sept. 2014
By KAREN ALVES - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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