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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Div of Random House, Inc; Reissue edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440234719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440234715
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joan Johnston continually gives us everything we want ... fabulous details and atmosphere, memorable characters, a story that you wish would never end, and lots of tension and sensuality." "Romantic Times""

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Joan Johnston, the "New York Times-bestselling author of The Cowboy, casts her beguiling spell once again in her breathtaking new novel.
Set against a majestic backdrop of sprawling modern-day Texas, The Texan weaves a tale of two feuding families -- the Blackthornes and the Creeds -- and of two extraordinary people, loner Owen Blackthorne and beautiful, headstrong Bayleigh Creed, irresistibly drawn to each other despite the desperate odds against their love.
Owen Blackthorne was a lone wolf, a man who didn't need anyone. Until Bayleigh Creed appeared on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother.
They headed into the desolate West Texas wilderness together, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive. Neither counted on the unwanted attraction that drew them together, or the bitter truths that would force them apart. Until the ruthless wilderness compelled them to make life-and-death choices -- between family ... and duty ... and love.

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Always enjoy Joan Johnston books and appreciate being able to access these on the Amazon site. Good characters, good story - a great bedtime read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97cc2c84) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
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HASH(0x97cd06e4) out of 5 stars Great contemporary romance 15 Feb. 2001
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In Amarillo, still hurting from the murder of his father at the hands of a Blackthorne, teenager Luke Creed accuses Clay Blackthorne of stealing deadly VX-nerve gas mines. Besides the potential danger of the gas, Clay's twin brother, Texas Ranger Owen, has an added incentive to finding the culprit who murdered a peer.
Not long after his public condemnation of Clay, Luke vanishes. Owen wonders if Luke knows more about the missing VX-nerve gas than he said during his mouthy accusations. Luke's older sister Bayleigh refuses to help her family's enemy when Owen turns to her. Instead, she offers a deal in which she accompanies him as he searches for her sibling. On the road, they fall in love, but besides the family feud to contend with, it appears as if law enforcement types from the National, Guard, Texas Rangers, or the Feds may be behind the theft.
As with THE COWBOY and "The Captive Hearts" series, the acrimonious feud between the Blackthorne and Creed clans serve as the impetus for the fast-moving novel THE TEXAN. The story line is filled with action, adventure, and an exciting contemporary romance. Luke and Bayleigh have a lot to overcome besides family problems including the danger of an unknown assailant before they can forge a lasting relationship. The characters remain strong and Joan Johnston's myriad of fans will feel fully entertained and want to read the next feuding novel, THE LONER.

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HASH(0x9859263c) out of 5 stars Not bad at all 26 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book even though it didn't get me hooked compleatly. There are too many stories going on with the other caracters that messes up with the flow of the story. I gave it 4 stars since the author is a favorite of mine, but I will stick to her historical books rather then contemporary. All in all it was a very good read if not excellent.
HASH(0x98765acc) out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 4.85 13 Dec. 2014
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Overall Rating: 4.85
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.0 // Laughter: 1 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 2

The Texan: 4.85:
Joan Johnston again displayed her gift at storytelling by delivering an exciting, entertaining, enjoyable, engrossing re-read.

Hero: 4.50:
Owen Blackthorne: a capable, hunky Texas Ranger, who won hearts with his strength of character, his compassion, and his ability to overcome the almost debilitating blows he suffered during childhood.

Heroine: 3.50:
Bayleigh "Bay" Creed: a tiny spitfire of a veterinarian, who was loyal to her family and was willing to go toe-to-toe with Owen in spite of her vulnerabilities.

Story Line: 4.50:
Enjoyed the continuation of the Blackjack and Ren story interwoven between the romance that developed between their respective children, Owen and Bay. Also, loved the inclusion of the Billy and Summer story as a kind of prologue to the next book in the series. A bit disappointed that both these side stories took time away from Owen and Bay's story.

Action: 4.00:
Johnston included several entertaining adventurous action scenes as she detailed the terrain of Big Bend National Park as Owen and Bay traveled through the area in search of Luke Creed and several crates of missing VX nerve gas.

Emotion: 5.00:
Johnston really connected the reader to the characters in this book on a deep emotional level, bringing forth tears and laughter and feelings of love, hatred, dislike, compassion, and sympathy.

Romance: 5.00:
Johnston made sure that the reader was always aware of the undercurrents of romance the permeated the entire book. If she wasn't making sure Owen and Bay were physically and emotionally aware of the other, she was inserting the feelings of love that existed between Blackjack and Ren and then the depth of feelings in the relationship between Billy and Summer.

Suspense: 3.00:
While the aura of suspense did not take front and center stage, Johnston kept readers wondering who was behind the theft of the VX nerve gas canisters and how the relationships between {1} Owen and Bay, {2} Blackjack and Ren, and {3} Billy and Summer were going to end.

Sensuous: 2.50:
Although Johnston does not include extremely graphic, detailed love scenes, they are so well written that she projects a sense of sensuality, sizzle and emotional connection to the Owen and Bay.

Secondary Characters: 5.00:
One of Johnston's greatest skills is including memorable, well-developed secondary characters. This book is no exception. The most memorable secondary characters included: {1} Jackson "Blackjack" Blacktorne, the patriarch of the wealthy Bitter Creek family; {2} Lauren "Ren" Creed, Bay's mother and the love of Blackjack's life; {3} 'Bad' Billy Coburn, the Bad Boy who melted readers into a puddle of tears; {4} Summer Blackthorne, an unlikeable spoiled little rich girl; {5} Eve DeWitt Blackthorne, the detestable evil wife of Blackjack; {5} Dora Coburn, the suffering mother of Billy; {6} Sam Creed, the rarely appearing, paralyzed brother of Bay; {7} Luke Creed, the young, antagonistic brother of Bay, and {8} Clay Blackthorne, the seriously under-developed twin brother of Owen.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *The Texan* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
HASH(0x983c8954) out of 5 stars Good Enough 11 Aug. 2009
By A. Donaldson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
..For a romance.
while i wouldnt give it 1 star i have to agree about it being poorly written. i'm no professional but i do know a thing or two about transitional scenes and writing in general(my mother is a writer and i always tagged along to her "writers critique" classes at FSU).
the author does a poor job of telling the passage of time. there were more than a few times when i tripped while reading because of that. one minute they are standing on the ground bantering and the next thing you know they are halfway to their destination without you even noticing..... i guess its her way of speeding things along? kinda like when you're watching a movie and the screen fades out and blinks into a new scene?! it would make a better movie script than a novel. i would actually like to see it made into a movie. but i still enjoyed the thrill. i always liked stories where a man and woman have to rely on each other to survive.
i bought it on a whim back when it was brand new and only got around to reading it last week! sorry, but i was in college back then! it only took about four days to finish reading it because i just HAD to solve the puzzle! but really i could have done without all the sub-plots going on at random intervals. i suppose one reason it annoyed me was because i didnt read the first book. and the ending was all buggered up with the loose ends... but i also suppose thats because there is another book to follow?

All that aside, from the point of view of someone who just stepped into the middle of the series I would say its good enough to stand on its own.
even though its part of the back bone of the story I didnt like the bitterness of the leading lady. she kept throwing up the same argument every time she wanted to talk herself out of liking the leading man and it just got old. she had a lot of common sense except where he bitterness was concerned.. He was nicer than i would have been! it just made her look like a blindfolded, narrow minded, idiot. then again.... people who hold grudges "FOR" other people usually are blindfolded, narrow-minded idiots.
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HASH(0x97cd0a98) out of 5 stars Irresistable Even Twice 19 Nov. 2002
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently started rereading the books in this series, and found that even the second time around The Texan captured my heart. It's a little farfetched with the story primarily one of good guys chasing bads, the couple trapped in a desert location (Big Bend) and forced to depend on each other... But Johnston tells the story with warmth and heart. This is the second book in the series, The Cowboy was the first and The Loner is the third. Although it is helpful to have read the first before reading the third, it's not essential - you'll probably want to read it anyway after you finish this one!
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