Under a Texas Star

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
When Marly Landers is fooled by con man Charlie Meese, she's determined to bring him to justice―even if it means dressing up as a boy and setting off across the plains to find him. Texas Ranger Jase Strachan is also after Meese, for crimes committed in Texas. He joins forces with the young boy in a journey that takes them to Fortuna, where a murder interrupts their mission. More

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Published by Imajin Books
Words: 87,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781926997100
About Alison Bruce

Alison Bruce has an honors degree in history and philosophy, which has nothing to do with any regular job she's held since. A liberal arts education did prepare her to be a writer, however. She penned her first novel during lectures while pretending to take notes.

Alison writes mysteries, romance, westerns and fantasy. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations and to learn from adversity.

Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer in the past. She currently manages publications for Crime Writers Canada and is a volunteer with Action Read Family Literacy Center. A single mother, she lives in Guelph, Ontario with her two children, Kate and Sam.


Under a Texas Star
Disguised as a boy, Marly joins a handsome Texas Ranger in the hunt for a con man and they must bring the fugitive to justice before giving up the masquerade and giving in to their passion.

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Review by: Eileen Schuh on June 22, 2011 :
Ahhhh, Beneath a Texas Star—you can hear the drawl, taste the dessert sand, and smell the gunsmoke. Alison Bruce invites us not only to southern balls populated with southern belles, but slips us inside brothels writhing with temptresses and introduces us to rough and rowdy ranch hands. Bruce also gives us a female whose only weakness is her desire for her Texas Ranger.
Ah, the mystery, the romance, the bygone lawless era of Apaches and cowboys and hustlers and ladies of the night.
Clean written and magical prose.
Overall, a well-researched light read for lovers of mystery and historic romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gail M Baugniet on June 17, 2011 :
When I first started to read Under A Texas Star by author Alison Bruce, I was reminded of the 1968 old-west novel, True Grit, the basis for the movie starring John Wayne, and the more recent version, Jeff Bridges.

As I continued, the story shifted to a Dodge City-type setting with a terrific character named Jezebel, and I naturally thought of Miss Kitty Russell of Gunsmoke.

Soon enough, though, Under A Texas Star develops its own unique personality with memorable characters in the form of young Marly and Texas Ranger Jase who never lose their appeal.

This novel is filled with accurate settings, genuine voice, and unexpected humor. And if you're more interested in the thriller or detective or romance or mystery genre, there is enough of a romance angle and an indepth murder investigation to satisfy everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kenna McKinnon on June 12, 2011 :
Alison Bruce has crafted a steamy tale of the old West that takes us out of the ordinary and into a rollicking world of romance and adventure. As a young woman who masquerades as a boy, the plucky Marly's identity is finally revealed as she finds true love with stand-up guy Texas Ranger Jase Strachan. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: evan lucas on May 30, 2011 :
Best Western/crime novel I've read to date.
Good characters & smart pacing.

Evan Lucas
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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