Monday, February 11, 2013

This Book Room: Safe in His Arms

Margaret suspects the new foreman on her father’s ranch is hiding something. Though Daniel promises she’s safe with him around, how can she be sure?
Born and raised on a sprawling ranch in Texas, Margaret O’Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher.She’s convinced she can do as good a job on the ranch as her brother who died in the war. But her father believes she’s made for more than just dawn-to-dusk work. He wants her to have the love of a good man, to have children, to build a life. But she gave up hope for such dreams years ago. The ranch is her life now.

When Margaret’s father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she’s frustrated and suspicious. Daniel swears he’s turned over a new leaf and isn’t involved with the thieves he used to run with, but Margaret is unconvinced. When she finds out he’s an undercover Texas Ranger, sparks fly. Can she help Daniel extricate his younger brother who is still involved? And can Daniel convince her he’s the safe haven he’s promised for her heart?

Additional notes: This is the second and latest book in the Under Texas Stars series. You can read my review of the first book in this series here.

My thoughts: While I enjoyed the first book more, this book was full of adventure, romance, and mystery. Colleen is an expert at weaving mystery into her novels, which really adds a bit of richness to the story. The characters are well developed, while not always lovable. Daniel seems a bit aloof at first, but the reader can instantly sense there's more to his story.

Margaret's story is what struck me the most because most anyone can identify with the feeling of never being good enough for one reason or another. While the story is predictable in that I knew it would be a happy ending, the twists and turns along the way made the journey of getting to the end a treasure.

One of my favorite bits of the story was reading about the gang who robs banks. I can't really explain why these types of characters intrigue me - possibly because I just know there's a better way to live and it's fascinating to me that they believe they can find fulfillment in earthly treasures.

This story has something for everyone, but if you're really not into boy-meets-girl literature, you may be put off by that {I was not}. As another side note, it is definitely not necessary to read the first book in this series to read this book first. This one stands on its own, if that's what you would prefer.

Thanks to Litfuse Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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