Read for the 2015 TBR Challenge--May--Kickin' It Old School. The challenge is hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian.
Why I Chose It For My TBR Challenge Read: I read the first two Wife Lottery books back in 2010 and I requested the third book through Paperback Swap in 2011. Then I lost interest in western romances for awhile and A Texan's Luck just got pushed farther back on the TBR shelf.
Western-themed romances are a genre that I (strangely) enjoy especially since I always get bored with western TV shows or movies. But, there is something about post-Civil War America that intrigues me in fiction and that is how I got introduced to the Wife Lottery series. It took me some time to get to A Texan's Luck, but it was an enjoyable experience.
The basis of this series is that three women show up in a small town sheriff's office and confess to accidentally killing a man who was trying to rob them. Rather than letting them rot in jail, the sheriff decides to use this incident to find wives for the men of the town. The three women agree to have men chose to bail them out in exchange for marriage. Readers of this series have to just take the odd premise and run with it. What helps make it bearable is that the sheriff had good intentions with the wife lottery and just wanted the women to be settled and happy.
Lacy was only fifteen when she was entered in the wife lottery. She was chosen by Mr. Larson, an elderly man, as a wife for his son, Walker, when he returned from serving in the army. Mr. Larson ran the print shop in the town and spent the next three years training Lacy to take over the business. After he died, Lacy traveled to meet her husband for the first time, but things didn't go as she planned and she returned to Cedar Point alone. Now, Walker is back on an order from his superior officer to protect Lacy from the man that she and the other women thought they killed five years earlier.
I really enjoyed the characterization of Lacy and Walker. Lacy is independent, smart, and a hard-worker who just wants to feel like she belongs somewhere. Walker never wanted a wife and finds himself at a loss when dealing with her. The book basically has these two circling around while figuring out to live together until Lacy is safe. Their relationship takes time to develop which I appreciated especially since they had only laid eyes on one another once before. Both Lacy and Walker have some adjustments to make and I had fun reading their bickering.
Besides the love story, A Texan's Luck has a subplot dealing with Zeb Whitaker, the man that tried to rob the women at the beginning of the series. He didn't die and now believes that one of the women has the gold that he had with him at the time. There is quite a bit of danger associated with Whitaker, but I never felt like it overshadowed the main storyline.
Readers of the series will be happy to see cameos from Bailee and Carter (The Texan's Wager) and Nell and Ranger Dalton who get their own story in The Texan's Reward. Despite these appearances, this book can be read as a stand-alone and I recommend it for fans of sweet western romances.