To Catch a Texas Star

To Catch a Texas Star

by Linda Broday

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"Linda Broday's heroes step right out of her books and into your heart." —JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author

He'll do what it takes
to prove
his love

The son of a notorious outlaw, Roan Penny yearns to make his life count...but heroism comes with a price. Left badly injured, only the kindness of a gentle stranger can save him. He longs to be with the captivating beauty—his savior, his Texas star, his Marley Rose McClain—but he knows he'd bring her nothing but trouble.

If only he could convince his heart of that.

Marley's lived a charmed life, and she's determined to spend the rest of her days at her quiet hero's side...but she isn't what she seems. A life-long secret threatens to destroy everything she knows—and everything she could hope to be. As dangerous men threaten to pull her back into the shadows, a desperate Roan must ride hell-bent for leather to save the other half of his heart...before he can lose her light for good.

Texas Heroes Series:
Knight on the Texas Plains (Book 1)
The Cowboy Who Came Calling (Book 2)
To Catch a Texas Star (Book 3)

What People Are Saying About Linda Broday:
"Fans of classic Western tales will delight in the rough-and-tumble world Broday creates..." —RT Book Reviews for To Love a Texas Ranger
"A shining example of the talent of one of the best historical western authors." —Fresh Fiction for Forever His Texas Bride
"Broday's Westerns always captivate with realistic settings, rugged cowboys and feisty heroines." —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for Forever His Texas Bride

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492651024
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Texas Heroes , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 100,700
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Linda Broday resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado. At a young age, she discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There's something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! 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 blogs regularly at Visit her at

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To Catch a Texas Star 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
"Maybe her need to fix this stranger was because she had been the one to find him, and that made this connection so strong. All Marley knew was that she had to be the one to care for him." I absolutely love historical western romances, and have read many of them over the years. I became a fan of Linda Broday's writing and story-telling after reading the first two books in the Texas Heroes series. So I didn't hesitate when I had the opportunity to read To Catch a Texas Star. This book focuses on Marley Rose, who was introduced in Knight on the Texas Plains as the baby that was won by Duel in a poker game. I loved her in that book, so I was really excited when I found out that this book was about her. She was raised by amazing parents (Duel and Jessie), and I was glad that they played an important role in this book as well. It was great to be reunited with them, and see what they had been up to. "You're like those shooting stars we watched. You blaze across a man's life with such a streak of color and pageantry it steals his breath. You're my Texas star, Marley Rose McClain." The other main character is Roan Penny. I loved him from the start and knew he would be a great hero. I enjoyed seeing the connection between him and Marley develop. It was beautiful seeing how these two got along, and how they inspired each other. This book was so much more than just a romance. It was fun, suspenseful, emotional and action-packed. There was even a bit of mystery the characters were trying to figure out. Everything came together perfectly and I think this book was a great way to conclude this awesome series. This book is longer than what I usually read, but it didn't feel long at all. The author used every page resourcefully and made sure that the reader was engaged and hooked until the end.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
This book is a roller coaster ride filled with dastardly villains, life and death struggles and exciting characters that found their way into my heart and kept me rooting for the good guys from start to finish. It’s the perfect combination of historical American fiction with suspense, romance and over-the-top Texas twang that was a delight to read and left me with a happily-ever-after satisfied smile on my face. Roan is a sympathetic character with a lonely and pitiful past that has him longing for a place that he can call home and Marley Rose is just the woman to care for him when he’s left beaten and half dead in the dirt road. Marley Rose is quite a character herself. She spends her days on the ranch helping her parents taken care of a whole host of orphaned children while she dabbles in writing books and painting as a creative outlet in her spare time. Unique characters and a fast paced and creative storyline is exactly what you get when you dive into this entertaining read. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
To Catch a Texas Star by Linda Broday will send you off on an emotional ride that will make you laugh, cry, grind your teeth in anger, and bite your nails as the story races from one wild scene to another. While this Texas tale is ultimately a love story between Roan and Marley, there's a lot more going on than mere romance. The romance level is whirlwind and sweet, but it's real and touching and progresses perfectly with the overall plot. Abandoned by his no-good father, Roan is drifting through life, trying to find his special place in the world. Surrounded by a loving family, Marley is trying to find her wings to be her own woman with time to explore her writing and painting talents. When their worlds collide, I have no doubt you will agree that these two are a match made in Texas. But this romance is threatened by greed, lies, and pure evil. The danger escalates when Roan tries to vindicate the murder of his friend and ends up poking a snake pit of hate, violence, and ulterior motives. Linda Broday does an amazing job of juxtaposing the beautiful story of a budding romance with an evil man threatening to destroy Marley for his own gain and destroy Roan because he keeps getting in his way. An extremely compelling aspect in To Catch a Texas Star is the idea of orphan children who simply need someone to love and care for them. It's that simple. Marley's parents have a houseful of such children, and their love for each other and these children is bottomless. On the flip side, someone with revenge on the mind uses young boys to terrorize and kill and everything in between so that a ranch can be rebuilt with stolen cattle. And someone wants to reclaim a grown child to carry out a despicable and dastardly plan. This comparison between good and evil is stark and shows the reality of how some people offer children unconditional love and how other people use children as a cruel means to an ugly end. If you think this Texas romance is pure fluff and kisses, think again. Yes, there are plenty of kisses, but it's the children who will steal your heart, and it's the people who truly love them and rescue them who will restore your faith in the world. The characters are extremely well developed, and the plot is engaging and exhilarating, with a twist that pops up when a secret is revealed. You won't want to miss that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore Marley and her spirit. She’s feisty and independent, both great qualities in a heroine. As Marley tells her father, Duel: “I’ll be fine,” Marley assured him. “I’m not some spineless little girl who wrings her hands and waits for someone to ride to her rescue.” Bonus point for self-rescuing princesses! I also appreciate that Ms. Brody writes Marley as a storyteller and artist. Marley creates stories for all the children. She also attempts to illustrate her stories with paintings and drawings. Her ability to take a small idea and make it into an full story is amazing. I’m guessing it’s a similar process that Ms. Brody goes through when writing her novels. Roan had a rough childhood and not much better luck as an adult. But what really impresses me is that, despite all his hardship, he’s capable of loving, protecting, and supporting Marley. I also really admire the connection Roan has with the adopted kids on the ranch, especially Matt. Roan sees himself in Matt and shows his true character when he’s around the children. The romance between Marley and Roan is believable, if a bit rushed. I welcomed how they support and encourage each other. For example, Roan encourages Marley to submit her stories to a publisher. And when none of the ranch hands are available to support Roan during his horse race in the next county, Marley is there for him. These two characters really bring out the best in each other. My favorite secondary character in To Catch a Texas Star is definitely Granny Jack. She’s a hoot. And I’m totally making her catch phrase my own! “Honey, every tub has got to sit on its own bottom.” That makes me laugh each time I think about it. Classic Granny Jack! I also really enjoyed catching up with Duel and Jessie from Knight on the Texas Plains. For me, it’s always great to see a couple I fell in love with still happily in love after close to twenty years together. The romance in To Catch a Texas Star may have caught my initial attention, but the mystery plot kept me reading. Ms. Brody does a fabulous job weaving together separate plot lines of discovering who is trying to destroy the Aces ‘n’ Eights Ranch by wrangling cattle with the mystery of who killed Roan’s friend Mose and left Roan for dead. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming in the road. Kudos to Ms. Broday for seamlessly blending the plot! Overall, To Catch a Texas Star is a great historic romance with strong, well-developed characters. Highly recommended! 4 1/2 Stars!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to Marley Rose's story since being introduced to her in the first book in the series. I really enjoyed the storyline, but I don't think the writing was as good as Broday's other books that I have read. There were parts of the book that reminded me of authors with much fewer books under their belts. But having said that, I still really enjoyed the story. When Marley Rose finds an injured man on the side of the road, she brings him home to care for him. With all the kids in her parent's home, there is no where else to place the man but in her own home even if it is not the most proper thing to do. Roan has been beaten up by a group wanting the land that his friend owns. So after killing the friend and burning down the house, they try to teach Roan a lesson. They didn't count on him living and trying to seek justice, which is exactly what he will do once he has recovered enough. Of course, Marley being Marley, she decides it is best to help Roan. They are falling for each other and she isn't about to let him fight for justice on his own. They end up finding themselves in some hot water and a little in over their heads. With the help of Marley's family, can Roan find the justice that he is looking for and the HEA he didn't think he deserved?
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 149265101X (ISBN13: 9781492651017) Edition Language English Series Other Editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB He'll do what it takes to prove his love... The son of a notorious outlaw, Roan Penny yearns to make his life count...but heroism comes with a price. Left badly injured, only the kindness of a gentle stranger can save him. He longs to be with the captivating beauty―his savior, his Texas star, his Marley Rose McClain―but he knows he'd bring her nothing but trouble. If only he could convince his heart of that. Marley's lived a charmed life, and she's determined to spend the rest of her days at her quiet hero's side...but she isn't what she seems. A life-long secret threatens to destroy everything she knows―and everything she could hope to be. As dangerous men threaten to pull her back into the shadows, a desperate Roan must ride hell-bent for leather to save the other half of his heart...before he can lose her light for good. My Thoughts What I liked most about this story was how the characters found their individual strength as the scenes unfolded. I liked the ability to revisit with Duel, Jessie and Marley Rose again. I liked the settings and how it felt like the reader was there with the characters throughout the book. I liked the flow of the story as it unfolded, it was not only paced just right but easy to follow along with each plot point as well. I liked how Roan and Marley Rose's pasts were explained and how the wrongs done them both were made right thereby closing that chapter of their lives so they could feel safe going forward. I truly enjoyed having the chance to learn more about the Aces and Eights crew. It was interesting to also see how loyal and devoted to the McClain family those men were. What really stood out to me was the fact that from the tiniest baby to the fully grown Marley how Jessie and Duel McClain showed love and compassion above and beyond that of most couples. Also the utter devotion that this couple have for each other was and is the touchstone upon which Marley based her own hopes and dreams when she fell head-over-heels for Roan. This family was made through love and compassion for others rather than being blood-kin, it warmed ones heart that they were able to create such an unbreakable bond and nurture it even more when things got rough. In this third book we have come full circle as Duel McClains now grown daughter Marley Rose McClain has her own story intertwined with that of drifter Roan Penny. [EArc from Netgalley]
txjewkat More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Ms. Broday you won’t be disappointed. Third book in her series “Texas Hero’s”. If you haven’t read a Broday novel but enjoy historical western romances you will be a future fan. The book can be a stand alone but I really suggest reading the series in order. Especially since you can read then all at one time. I went back and reread “Knights on the Texas Plains” to remind myself of the history of Duel and Jessie. I enjoyed reading both. I hope we get to read more of this family.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
To Catch a Texas Star by Linda Broday is the 3rd book in her Texas Heroes western historical romance series. I loved both books in this series, and I am happy to say this was as equally as good. I do not read much western romances, but I have come to love Linda Broday’s writing and I will continue to read her books. At the start, we meet our hero, Roan Penny, who is a drifter, working for a local rancher. Roan has befriended the rancher who had become his friend, and when a group of vigilantes attack the ranch and kill the rancher, Roan is determined to enact revenge. But unfortunately for Roan, the attackers beat him badly, putting him on horse and leaving him barely alive. Marley Rose, who was the precious child when we spent time with Duel and Jessie McClain (previous book heroes) years before. Marley is now all grown up, and it is she who will come across the badly beaten Roan. She will bring him back to the Aces and Eights ranch, which her mother and father run and where she and all her siblings live. We knew that Duel and Jessie were very caring and loving people, and it is no surprise to see that besides Marley, they have over the years taken in a number of lost or abandoned children. Both Marley and Jessie see to Roan’s wounds, as his life hangs by a thread. Roan slowly begins to gain his conscious, and is immediately calmed by the voice of the woman taking care of him. Marley herself has been somewhat sheltered by her parents, and finds that she is becoming attracted to Roan. It will take Roan more time to gain his strength, and in time Duel, who senses that Roan is one of the good guys, will trust him. After telling the family about his attack and the death of his friend, Duel offers him a job on the ranch, allowing him to be able to work and have the time get better, before he tries to find the culprits. Marley and Roan find themselves falling hard for each other, though Roan feels there is no future, since he will probably get killed going after the attackers. But everything he was missing all his life, was right there in Marley… love, happiness, family, togetherness. Will Roan give up everything he has always wanted to pursue a dangerous mission and leave Marley? Marley was not only sweet, gentle, caring and lovable to everyone, but she is also very strong and determined in her own rights. She refuses to allow Roan to put himself in danger, and is determined to help him. What follows is an exciting action packed adventure that will put all of them in danger, as they try to find out who is behind the murder, as well as the stolen cattle off the ranch. Most of all, the main villain is evil, and determined to get Marley at any cost. Can Roan save her? To Catch a Texas Star is a unique and wonderful story of two people very much different who will find love for each other, find a way to survive the evil chasing them throughout this story. I really loved this heartwarming story, as Marley and Roan were a wonderful couple. Spending time with Duel, Jessie and the other children was also fun. Linda Broday once again gives us another wonderful couple, sweet romance, great secondary characters, action and so very well written. I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this heartwarming story, and the wonderful characters Linda Broday has created. I strongly suggest you read To Catch a Texas Star.