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Touch of Texas [Kindle Edition]

Tracy Garrett

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A blizzard blows Texas Ranger Jake McCain to Rachel Hudson's cabin and trouble is right behind him. He's badly wounded. Taking care of him is the right thing to do, but she knows the local gossips won't see it that way. Suddenly, everything Rachel's fought for is at stake - and the past she'd hoped to escape looms over her future. Still and all, when Jake turns his dark gaze on her, all she wants is his strong, seductive touch...Jake McCain has never stayed in one place. A home and a family aren't for the likes of a man accustomed to the rough life of the trail. But when he sees the trouble she's in, he can't leave her behind. Not when her innocent kisses burn straight into his soul, and the sight of her smile is the only bounty he cares to collect...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1879 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420101005
  • Publisher: Zebra (1 Oct 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E6JM6M
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting historical romance 17 Oct 2007
By booksforabuck - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Hudson has settled in for the blizzard, along with her younger brother and their animals when she hears something, or someone, at the door. Texas Ranger Jack McCain has nearly frozen to death and it's up to her to keep him alive. Which would have been a bit easier if he weren't so darned sexy. Rachel has done her best to flee her mother's past and develop the kind of reputation a schoolteacher needs in rural Texas. Having a sexy male snowed in with her won't help that reputation at all.

Jake McCain is on the trail of the man who killed his father--and who left him to die in the snow. It's a quest he's certain he won't survive, but then, Jake has never had much reason to want to survive. Half white, half Apache, Jake has never been accepted into any society. Any woman who takes up with him is doomed to be rejected as well--which means he can never have Rachel no matter how much he wants her. But Rachel gives him a reason to want to live--just when he's certain that's impossible.

In her debut novel, author Tracy Garrett combines western historical adventure with sizzling romance to deliver an entertaining and enjoyable story. Wounded hero Jake is definitely a sexy treat and Rachel, with her mother's past haunting her, makes a sympathetic heroine. Garrett's writing appeals to the senses--although I was reading the novel in the midst of a Texas heat wave, Garrett nevertheless made me feel the sting of blown snow and the winds of the open plains.

Western historical romances have been unjustifiably on the outs in recent years. It's great to see Zebra bringing them back, and with an author like Garrett leading the way, this just might be an entire genre to watch.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW I LOVE THOSE COWBOYS! YUMMY HERO!!! 10 Jan 2008
By M. Hebdige - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the tradition of Lorraine Heath's emotionally charged Western Romances, Tracy Garrett makes her debut with this outstanding novel TOUCH OF TEXAS.

What a beautifully written story! It captures the spirit of the old west and the simplicity of the lives living in that era. Though it depicts the harsh times that families were subjected to and the lawlessness in the territories, it beautifully captures the richness of the American spirit and how people come together at times of strife.

Texas Ranger, Jake McCain ha never thought about anything other than his job. Nothing has deterred him from capturing the thieves and murderers that he is after - after all it is his job. Half white and Apache, he stumbles in the dead of winter on Rachel Hudson's doorstep. Unconscious and badly wounded he is dragged into her cabin by Rachel and her brother Nathan.

The time spent with Rachel and her brother shows Jake a different side to what he is accustomed in life. He falls in love with her and cares deeply for her young brother but realizes that there is never any hope for a white woman to ever fall in love with a half breed.

The story that follows is richly narrated, with heartfelt secondary characters, horrid villains and daring rescues. You will definably fall in love with Jake and his unbelievable sense of justice and kindness. How he protects the innocent and punishes the murdering outlaws! The sizzling and emotionally charged romance between Jake and Rachel is lovely. Jake is a wonderful treat of a wounded sexy hero who immediately falls for Rachel's sweet and open nature. Rachel who is haunted by her mother's less that respectable past makes her a wonderful mate for our hero. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the leads more than the story 17 Sep 2008
By Melissa - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Texas Ranger Jake McCain has suffered a terrible beating and is lost in a blizzard. He is on the trail of some vile lawbreakers and wonders if he will ever catch them in the freezing snowy conditions. He passes out on a doorstep and is saved by Rachel Hudson, living with her younger brother Nate near a small mining town in Texas.

Jake is drawn to the kind school teacher and her brother. He is a half apache and appreciates their hospitality and genuine kindness.

Rachel is fascinated by Jake who is unlike anyone she has ever met. But her kindness toward the Ranger has repercussions in the town when locals hear that she was with a man for two days. She loses her teaching position and her fiancé.

Jake feels for her but does not want to marry since he doesn't want Rachel to be rejected because of his Apache heritage. He tells Rachel this but in actually it makes little sense why he doesn't marry her. She is already rejected by the town.

Jake is still looking for the lawless gang that beat him. Coincidentally, Rachel has a connection with them and Jake fears for her safety.

I liked the characters of this novel much more than the story. Jake would wander in and out of Rachel's life, not giving them a lot of time to develop strong emotional connections. I wanted them to have more time to explore their feelings for each other. Rachel was incredibly sincere and trusting, I liked her and Jake instantly but Jake's fear of commitment and quite frankly his inability to see how his actions would affect Rachel were surprising. He knew she was shunned by the town, yet did nothing to make sure she could gain respectability. Finally, the villain in this novel is so wicked that I hated reading about his deeds. I am glad the author did not go into detail but it was awful to even imagine some of the things this man did.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all, an interesting book. 3 Oct 2008
By J. Lesley - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This debut novel by author Tracy Garrett was quite a good book. One of my favorite catagories of romantic fiction is the western historical but for a while publishers didn't seem to be putting out many new books in this genre. I was pleased to find this book by Tracy Garrett and even more pleased to enjoy reading it.

I appreciated the things this author did with the plotting of this book which gave it more interest and kept it from being just another cookie cutter romance. The addition of characters after the first half of the book was a calculated risk and could have gone very wrong if not handled well. Happily, this author took the time to make those new characters come to life by giving them as much depth and description as she had with the major characters in the book. She also took a calculated risk by having the villain dispatched so early on in the book. I looked at the page number and realized that there was quite a bit of this story left to read. How was the author going to fill those remaining pages? The answer to that question was very satisfactorily answered and helped to keep the book fresh and interesting.

The Rachel Hudson character was so well developed that I can say that I liked every instance of change and growth that I watched her go through. Her character could have been entirely too meek and submissive just because of her background but that never happened for me. I had sympathy for her and the struggles she continued to go through but I never wanted to lecture her about the necessity of growing up and moving along with life. The portrayal of her relationship with her brother was completely realistic. Not too syrupy sweet and clingy but showing a willingness to let him grow up and learn the lessons of life.

In the case of Texas Ranger Jake McCain, I liked his character, his determination and his grit. These were traits necessary for a man to have in order to function under the hardships of working alone as a lawman in the old West. Perhaps his struggle with the reality of his parentage went on for a while longer than I wanted it to, but I do understand how the double burden of being a half breed and a bastard probably would have been a huge hurdle to overcome. I liked the idea the author had about how the death and burial of his Indian mother came about. I just wish that more information had been given about it. I have come up with three different scenarios to fill out the details of this incident but have no way of knowing which might have actually occurred. Burial with Native American tribes was very much a ritualistic episode. I wish more details had been given. Was this a true traditional burial practice or was it completely fictionalized by the author? I don't know. It went by so quickly, with so little detail, that I was left to try to puzzle it out for myself.

All in all, an interesting book. I enjoyed reading it and will look forward to getting the second book due out in a short while. In my personal record book I have given Tracy Garrett the distinction of a full page all to herself. I have given this book a 3.75 star rating but since Amazon will not accommodate that fractionalization, I will round it up to four stars. I am looking forward to watching this author for future interesting reading experiences.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Texas 21 May 2010
By CORTEGA - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book needed a different editor. It had every western cliche under the sun it: Texas Ranger, innocent young woman, orphans, strict preacher, prostitutes with hearts of gold, mining accident, gold found, mean towns people, outlaws. Just too much.

Jake is a Texas Ranger hunting for a bad guy; the bad guy is hunting for Rachel, the young woman who has relocated with her kid brother to a small town in Texas -- Lucinda. Rachel saw her mother (a prostitute) killed by the bad guy and fled with her brother; they became foster children of a preacher and his wife, both of whom had no use for Rachel. Rachel and her brother move to Lucinda where she teaches other kids. Jake lands at her doorstep in the middle of blizzard and she takes him in. Of course, the only way to warm him was to get him nekkid and lay on top of him. Of course, he woke up horny and wanting her, and Miss Innocent is suddenly filled with desire.

It goes on like that.

He can't marry her because he's a half-breed. So, they play that lame game for a while. But, as the bad guy closes in on her, Jake must protect her and the thought of losing her makes him realize nobody but he can have her.

Blah, blah, blah.

It just had too much of Jake traveling miles and miles after the outlaw, but always seemingly winding right back at Rachel's house. I mean, c'mon. Texas is a huge state. That kind of travel on a horse isn't just a hop, skip, and jump to anywhere. But, it was for Jake.

Anyway, it wasn't horrible, but nothing to recommend.
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