Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers: 7 Rangers Find Love and Justice on the Texas Frontier from Barbour Books (review)

I requested approval to read an e-galley of this book because I’ve enjoyed so many of the recent novella collections put out by Barbour, the author lineup is full of names I know and whose writing I’ve enjoyed, and, quite frankly, because the title says “Texas Ranger.” Having a Texas Ranger as the male protagonist typically means that adventure will abound, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this collection returns, 12 or so years later, to the same setting as Seven Brides for Seven Texans (review) and includes quite a few of the Harts of Hartville, Texas in secondary roles.

sevenbridesforseventexasrangers_barbourThe Ranger’s Reward by Gabrielle Meyer

More Precious than Rubies by Lorna Sielstad

Jesse’s Sparrow by Amanda Barratt

The Countess and the Cowboy by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Simple Interest by Susan Page Davis

Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough

Guard Your Heart by Erica Vetsch

In one of the best prologues I’ve read in a Barbour novella collection, Erica Vetsch sets up the premise of Company B of the Frontier Battalion establishing a base in Hartville to pursue their mission of hunting down the infamous Markham Gang.  Led by their captain, Hugh Sterling, and his formidable wife Etta, the seven Rangers aren’t looking for love but Etta has matchmaking on her mind.

As with the previous collection of stories set in Hartville, the novellas start with the youngest of the seven men and end with the one who would be voted least likely to find a bride.  While the personalities of the seven Texas Rangers were introduced in the prologue, it is in their interconnected stories that we see each of them in action and learn what drives them.

These are stories of lost love, first love, and second chances at love with women who range from a former prostitute to a widowed Countess.  While widowhood and former sweethearts abound, these are women whose personalities are as distinct as their male counterparts.  A uniting aspect of these female characters, one that I quite enjoyed, was their willingness to act in spite of their fears when faced with the evil of the Markham gang.  Whether they are being robbed, held for ransom, kidnapped, or just plain menaced, these are women with gumption.

If you enjoy a clean romance between tough Texas Rangers and women with the grit and determination to match, then this is definitely a collection of novellas to check out.  These novellas are a wonderful combination of action, adventure, and romance.  Well paced, well written, and not a dud in the bunch.  A new favorite among the Barbour collections, possibly even outstripping the previous Hartville set collection.

Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection | Barbour Books, March 1, 2018 | paperback or ebook, 448 pages

This review is based on an e-galley read courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Publisher’s Description:

No One Is Too Tough to be Loved
Join seven Texas Rangers on the hunt for a menacing gang, who run straight into romances with women who foil their plans for both the job and their futures.

The Ranger’s Reward by Gabrielle Meyer
Texas Ranger, Griffin Sommer stops to check on the young widow, Evelyn Prentis minutes before the Markham gang arrives at her farm needing a place to hide. Griff and Evelyn are forced to pretend they’re married to keep Griff’s identity a secret, but will Evelyn’s young son let the truth out before Griff can bring the gang to justice?

More Precious than Rubies by Lorna Seilstad
Fun-loving, charismatic Texas Ranger Whit Murray is restless for an adventure. When bandits attack the train he is on and steal jewels Violet Tatienne is transporting home to her father’s jewelry store, the two of them must work together to find the thieves. Will each one’s individual goals keep them from discovering the real treasure is in each other?

Jesse’s Sparrow by Amanda Barratt
Former soiled dove, Sara Byrne longs for escape. . .and rides straight into danger. Ranger Jesse Rawlings wants only to defend and protect.  . .no love involved. But when Sara’s stagecoach is robbed and her possessions stolen, can she find the strength to aid a man she deems anything but trustworthy in bringing justice to the perpetrators?

The Countess and the Cowboy by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Ava Becker is furious that her brother sold her favorite stallion to the irritating Texas Ranger Ezra Creed. When the horse goes missing, Ezra blames Ava, who sets out to find the horse, landing in an outlaw’s camp instead. Can Ezra protect the persistent Ava without falling in love, or will love make for a dangerous chase?

Simple Interest by Susan Page Davis
While making his monthly deposit, Ranger O’Neal Brewster is forced to watch robbers escape with the prim and pretty bank teller as their hostage. Augusta Ferris quickly makes the outlaws regret kidnapping her, but she is determined to get back the bank’s money—whether the Ranger helps her or not.

Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough
Micah McCullough, a Texas Ranger working undercover in the Markham gang, is tasked with guarding Laurel Underwood, a silversmith, who was kidnapped to create plates for printing counterfeit money. Laurel knows she doesn’t have the expertise. Her only option is to stall and seek escape. What will the outlaws do when they learn her secret?

Guard Your Heart by Erica Vetsch
When Constance Spanner witnesses a murder, Branch Kilborn is tasked with protecting her until she can testify against Cass Markham. This is the Ranger squad’s chance to abolish the Markham gang once and for all, but Branch soon finds that protecting Constance has become about more than just the job.