Dallas McClintock always tries to do what is right which is why when he saw two men trying to rape a young woman he didn’t think twice about killing them. Then, though he was grievously hurt, he made sure the woman was okay and gave her his extra shirt from his saddlebag. Finding himself looking down a couple of loaded rifles and an upset father isn’t how he wanted to wake up.
Cenora Rose O’Neill was kidnapped by men who thought women and girls that travel as gypsies are easy prey. She was sure they would rape her or worse until the stranger came up. Now, she has to get her father to listen and fast!
Once Cenora’s Da, Brendan O’Neill learns the truth, they take Dallas back to their wagons to take care of his wounds. While Dallas’s wounds are severe, more problems are coming from Tom Williams, the wagon leader.
Tom is a big brute of a man. While no one has come right out and said it, most are sure he beat his first two wives to death. Now he wants Cenora and will do anything he can to get her. Brendan has to think fast to keep his daughter safe. Maybe, forcing a marriage between his daughter and the outsider would work!
Set in the Texas hill country in 1885, this historical kept my interest from the first page.
The characters are fun. Dallas truly desires to do things right, not loose his temper and work hard. He’s half Cherokee and many of his neighbors, including his grandmother, look down on him because of this. Keeping himself in check has Dallas stretched to his limits as Cenora and her family turns his life upside down. Cenora has lived in a wagon for the past 10 years and has never lived in a house as grand as Dallas’s house. Can she hide the fact she can’t read and has no idea what she is doing? She doesn’t want Dallas to throw her and her family out. It doesn’t help that the housekeeper, Rosa doesn’t like her.
Dialogs are fantastic as the O’Neill family still speaks as if they are still in Ireland. The wording is such that you can hear the brogue. Even better are the blessings and toasts that are shared as well as the customs and superstitions.
What starts as a clash in cultures becomes a fantastic story. I loved reading the misunderstandings and watching as they became clear. Cenora’s youngest brother was a trail for everyone and his actions caused plenty of trouble for Dallas. Just when you thought a happily ever after was just around the corner, another corner appears. What should have been a simple sweet love story, developed into a complex family affair.
After staying up as late as I could stay awake and then reading as much as I could at work, I’d say my interest was peaked and now I want more! Fantastic historical set in cowboy country.
Historical Cactus Rose
Rating: Sensual Page Count: 328
Cenora Rose O’Neill knows her father somehow arranged the trap for Dallas, but she agrees to wed the handsome stranger. She’d do anything to protect her family, and she wants to save herself from the bully Tom Williams. A fine settled man like Dallas will rid himself of her soon enough, but at least she and her family will be safely away from Tom Williams.
Texas rancher Dallas McClintock has no plans to wed for several years. Right now, he’s trying to establish himself as a successful horse breeder. Severely wounded rescuing Cenora from kidnappers, Dallas is taken to her family’s wagon to be tended. He is trapped into marrying Cenora, but he is not a man who goes back on his word. Ah, but what is he to do with a wife and her wild Irish family?