Cade Barret has lost everything and if he doesn’t find help soon, he’ll lose his life as well. Not only must he escape nearly everyone who has a gun, he has to force himself to continue forward for a special objective. His mission is personal, and his desire for revenge is great. For him, though, getting back what has been taken from him is worth all of the danger to his life.

Olivia Torres is a strong, determined woman who has taken it upon herself to care for her family after her parents were murdered by the Mexican Army. Her calm demeanor and determination make her an incredible spy for the Texian Army during the Texas Revolution. Yet, when a stranger stumbles into the Torres home in the middle of the night, about to die from his wounds, Olivia is faced with a decision that will put more than just her family at risk.

Fighting for their very lives, Cade and Olivia become unlikely allies. Olivia Torres lives a life built around rules of propriety, but her attraction to Cade will put every one of her rules to the test.

Titles in the Texas Legacy series include:  Texas Conquest – Texas Desire –

Title:  Texas Desire
Series:  Texas Legacy #2
Author:  Holly Castillo
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  August 1, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Most of what I know about the fight for freedom in Texas comes from history books.. and I also admit that those studies were along, long ago.  Following the Texas Legacy series has given me a new sense of wonder about a part of my own country’s development, it’s far reaching battles for freedom in so many areas of life.  So while my true historical romance reading is usually of the Regency time period, I’ve recently been following more of I suppose it would be the Western Historical Romance sub-genre.  I preface this review like this because I’d like those readers who wouldn’t normally reach for an America’s history type of romance to know that I understand, and you’ll really enjoy this series if you give it a chance.  Because behind every movement for freedom are people, ordinary every day people… and that is what you’ll be reading about in Texas Desire.

I was completely caught up in Olivia and Cade’s romance.  The dangers they faced, the things they witnessed are riveting and fast paced.  With so much on the line for her family, Olivia took a chance on helping  a stranger.  A man bent on revenge, in desperate need of finding someone important in his life and doing whatever is necessary to survive.  It wasn’t a difficult stretch to put myself alongside of Cade and Olivia as they faced their common enemy or as they fell in love against all odds.  Olivia and her family have so much to lose if the wrong people discover what they’re really doing.  Trusting Cade is a risk, but one that Olivia  is willing to take.

I found both Cade and Olivia to be strong characters, focused on what is important and willing to do anything necessary for those they love, for the independence that is as necessary as breath or for each other.  Yes, I’m being vague on purpose for this is a story that you should read firsthand to get the full impact and enjoyment… not another reader’s thoughts.  Yet, if you enjoy Historical Romance than I have no doubt that you would enjoy Texas Desire or this entire series.  You’ll be transported back in time with interesting characters, real events and be easily caught up in the fight for freedom along with these characters.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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