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Back in Texas
by Roxanne Rustand
Order:  USA  Can
Harlequin, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

Divorced with a nine-year-old son, Kristin Cantrell returns home to Texas, and moves into a subsidized home in the small town of Homestead. This is not far from where she grew up, and where her father's name became tarnished by rumors that he embezzled money from the Gallagher's, for whom he worked. Ryan Gallagher, son of the patriarch of this wealthy and powerful family, was her one true love in high school, but the two parted ways.

Now, both have returned home. Ryan, recovering from an accident he suffered as an Army Ranger, vows to return to active duty as soon as he is able. His father, Clint Gallagher, is as mean and ornery as ever, and shows little love toward Ryan or his other sons. Ryan's brothers, Trevor and Garrett, both live on the family ranch. Trevor helps out on the family property, while Garrett lives a dangerous life riding in the rodeo. There's a mystery to solve, and it involves Kristin's father. She knows he's innocent, and decides to clear his name. She also believes that his death was not an accident but murder. As she seeks the truth, she feels drawn again to Ryan, and they rekindle a love that was lost many years before.

This was another enjoyable Harlequin. I was caught up in the mystery, and while I felt the murderer was obvious halfway through the book, knowing it did not ruin the story for me. It was well written and the characters were believable people in a romance that fell into place naturally. I enjoyed getting to know the Gallagher's and the small town of Homestead. This is the first of a five part series and I look forward to reading more.

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