Sometimes books start like a speeding bullet and other times it takes a while to get into the story. This first Men of Legend begins with a bang and the suspense, danger and passion runs non-stop. Sam Legend has his hands full with beautiful Sierra Hunt, his family, and a bevy of outlaws. I hope you have your feet in the stirrups and hang on tight because the road is awfully bumpy.


Love a Texas Ranger (390x640)A sound from behind alerted Sam. It must be Luke Weston doubling back and sneaking up behind him. He whirled, his finger tightening on the trigger, and shoved his Colt into the person’s face.

A jolt raced through him as he stared at Sierra.

She gasped, her eyes wide in fear.

“Thought I told you to stay in the shack.” He hated the angry words, but he reeled from the shock of how close he’d come to ending her life.

His jagged nerves had trouble settling for several beats of his heart. He could still feel his finger pulling back on the trigger that would’ve sent a bullet into her. Sam’s hand shook as he returned the Colt to his holster.

“I couldn’t wait. Something’s going on. What’s wrong, Sam?” A quiver in the words spoke of Sierra’s fear. “Where’s Andrew?”

“Andrew Evan is the outlaw Luke Weston, and I’ve been chasing him nigh onto a year.” At her soft cry, he put his arm around her and held her next to him. “I recognized him this morning when I finally saw him without his hat. Those eyes are burned into my memory.”

“I liked him. He seemed real nice. You suspected, didn’t you? That was the reason for the tension I kept feeling.”

“I knew he was familiar, but it’s been hard trusting my instincts lately.” He smoothed back her tendrils of dark hair. “Forgive me? I almost shot you. Lady, you scared me out of ten lives.”

“Of course I forgive you. I should’ve done as you told me, only I heard shots. It’s my fault.”

Sam tried to drag his stare from her tousled hair and soft curves that the  trousers did little to hide. She was a sight for sure. He swallowed hard, trying not to think about running his hands over her satiny skin and kissing her until neither had an ounce of breath left.

He felt more like his old self, and he realized it was because of her. She’d fixed him by pushing back the darkness and allowing light into his life. By giving him something—someone—to be a hero for. A swell of deep gratitude rose as he struggled to contain his emotions.

Wanted Poster“No, no. I beg to differ, pretty lady. I see no fault at all with you.” He looked deep into her blue eyes that saw only goodness. “Since you’re here, can you help me bring the mounts to the shack?” Somehow, someway, he’d return the horses that didn’t belong to the Ford gang to their rightful owners.

“Sure, Sam.” Pride, and maybe a little sadness too, rippled in her pretty eyes. They reminded him of a pale blue sky. In fact, he wasn’t sure if they were blue or gray. Maybe a combination of both. Whichever, he loved looking at them.

Her softly parted lips beckoned as though a light that guided sailors on a dark, storm-tossed sea.

Kissing her was the only thing on his mind. Not Luke Weston. Not the trials they faced ahead. Not the time he’d have to spend twiddling his thumbs on the Lone Star Ranch. He knew he had to taste her mouth or die wanting.

Placing his large hands below her jawline, Sam lowered his head and gently pressed his lips to hers. Heat pooled low in his gut as he tasted the tangy sweetness that did faintly resemble wild honey. Just as he’d imagined.

He tried to hold back, to make the kiss light and meaningless, but need for her made it impossible. In seconds, the gentle kiss turned urgent, demanding a response.

And Sierra did answer his invitation. With a smothered cry, she leaned into him, clutching a handful of his shirt, clutching him to her. The passion and desire that filled Sam seemed to have swept her along.

A low moan rumbled in his throat as he slid his hand into her dark hair. The satiny strands wrapped around his fingers, tethering her to him. Closing his eyes, he savored the feel of her soft curves molded against the hard planes of his body.

In that second he knew heaven wasn’t only golden streets and angels playing harps.

Heaven was Sierra Hunt in his arms.

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Excerpt – TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER — 10 Comments

  1. Linda- I love the excerpt, this is going to be your best book yet. Everyone will just fall in love with Sam and Sierra. Yes, hang on for a wild and bumpy ride. When Linda writes, you can actually feel everything her characters feel, she is exceptional at weaving a story into your heart and soul. We are all ready to ride with you and your Men Of Legend.

    • Good Morning, Tonya……..I’m always happy to see you. I’m glad you got to read an early copy. You would’ve died I think if you’d had to wait. 🙂 This series is so strong but I’ve enjoyed each immensely. These larger-than-life characters just leap off the page. I laugh and cry and with them just like they’re real people. And who’s to say they didn’t once live? I often feel as though I’m telling true facts, instead of something made up. Who knows?

      You have a wonderful day and try to stay cool. Gonna be hard though. It’s a scorcher. Love you, girl!

  2. I LOVE this and especially love the poster with all of the Legends listed. This is such a great story and the characters are all larger than life – tougher than leather with a love for each other that goes deeper than the ocean. It is going to be a story no one will ever forget!! So proud of you, sister!

    • Hi Jan…….I’m thrilled you stopped by, Sister! I know how busy you’re busier than a one-armed paper hanger. I’m glad you liked the story and I can’t thank you enough for all your help with it. I picked your brain clean at times. I do hope you’re right about it being a story that will blow readers away. It was such a struggle to write but I love how it all came together into such an explosive tangle of twists and turns. So many surprises in this book.

      Big hugs and tons of love, my amazing sister!

    • Hi Rosanne! YAY! So happy you stopped by. To have such an amazing writer visit is such an honor. I can’t wait for your upcoming book. LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE is going to be such an exciting story. It’ll probably begin with a gallop and end the same way–full out. I cannot wait to read it.

      Hugs, special friend!

  3. Linda- thank you for the early copy, it’s truly your best book yet. Thank you for not making me wait, yes it would of been hard. I truly loved the surprise in it that literally touched close to home. You have a great day w/ editing Houston.

    • Tonya, you’re so welcome. I’m glad I could give you one. Sourcebooks only let me have two ARCs. Don’t know why they couldn’t send more, but they didn’t. Thanks for the wishes on Book #2 edits. I appreciate your thoughts.

      Love you, sister friend!

    • Thank you so much, Quilt Lady. Your support means a lot to me. I think this book and the whole series is going to be something you’ll really love. Won’t be too long. October will be here before you know it. YAY!

      Love and hugs, sweet lady!