My heroes set certain rules for themselves and never betray their personal code. They have the courage to do what’s right no matter what they face. He has the belief that his actions represent more than just himself and his deep convictions often hurtle him into danger. In FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE, Brett Liberty, a half-breed who’s hated and despised for his heritage, fights to save a group of sick Comanche orphans. He knows that bringing them to his Wild Horse Ranch will incite people’s wrath but he’s willing to face whatever he must. He won’t let his neighbor and an army of like-minded people kill these innocents even though the odds are greatly against him. Brett can’t betray his innate sense of what is right. He’ll face death if he has to, but he won’t turn back from the course he’s set.
My men must have not only physical, but mental strength. He’s possessed with a god-awful dogged determination to succeed in his quest and nothing will stop him. Brett Liberty will ride through hell to do what’s right. He’s encountered hate and prejudice all his life, although not on the level he faces in this book. As a boy in an orphanage, he was once chained to the fence and left without food or water, his punishment for trying to escape. And yet, he kept trying until he along with his brothers made it. He has an unyielding hardness about him that makes him a dangerous foe. The villain in this book finds out just how dangerous Brett can be.I just love making bad guys pay for what they do so I took great satisfaction in this story.
But even though my cowboys might have honor and strength in spades, he’s incomplete without compassion and kindness. Beneath the hardness, deep in his core lies tenderness. He can be as rough around the edges as a dried piece of leather, yet he treats women, children and animals with the utmost care. Though Brett stands toe to toe with men filled with hate and prejudice, his gentleness with Rayna, the orphans and his wild mustangs makes my heart melt. He shows the depth of his heart right off in the first of this book. Abigoted sheriff shoots him and throws him in jail. Then he begins building a gallows, intent on hanging him. In the midst of all this, Brett shows Rayna such kindness. She’s in the next cell and he sees how wounded and betrayed she is by life, her father and people. Because of her father’s profession, she’s been spit on and reviled and Brett immediately puts his problems aside in an effort to give her hope.
In this Bachelors of Battle Creek series, Cooper Thorne, Rand Sinclair and now Brett have shown great heart and a toughness reminiscent with true cowboys of yesteryear. If you haven’t tried this series yet, I suggest you start with Texas Mail Order Bride, follow with Twice a Texas Bride and end with FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE. I think you’ll fall in love with these men like I did.
(Bachelors of Battle Creek #3)
Published: December 1, 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
“There’s this thing between us that refuses to die. I’d like nothing better than to be able to…” His words faded. He’d give anything to change people’s views about his race…to be able to make her his wife.
But the world wasn’t that simple. Not for people like them.
All his life, Brett Liberty has straddled two worlds: white and Iroquois. The only place he’s truly at peace is with his wild mustangs. But after he’s arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rough and tumble Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart hidden beneath layers of hurt and fear, and he refuses to leave without her.
Fierce and loyal, kind and strong, Rayna is everything Brett has ever wanted. But the world doesn’t look kindly on a love like theirs, and he would rather let her go than bring her pain. Yet when the demons of his past threaten her future, Brett realizes he will do anything to keep Rayna safe…and make her his.
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She now resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado.