Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review of Under a Texas Star by Alison Bruce

Author: Alison Bruce
Title: Under a Texas Star
Release date: 1st of June 2011
Published by: Imajin Books
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Suspense, Western
Pages: 240 in Paperback
Source: From the author and ImajinBooks

Summary from the Goodreads:

Under a Texas StarDisguised 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.

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. Jase is duty bound to find the killer, no matter the cost.

Marly carries out her own investigation and comes to the aid of Amabelle Egan, the sister of one of the suspects. But appearances are deceiving, and Marly is mistaken for Amabelle’s suitor, making her a target for the killer. Not to mention, Charlie Meese is still out there.

Under the Texas stars, Marly and Jase are drawn together by circumstances beyond their control, yet fate plots to tear them apart. Will Marly finally get her man?

My review:

This is a second Western Romance I was reading. I received the book for reviewing directly from the author and I am very glad for the possibility to read and review Under a Texas Star. I was fascinated by the title of the book at first and when I read the book blurb, I was hooked! Under a Texas Star was well written with a solid plot and interesting characters. Alison Bruce’s writing style made it very easy and enjoyable to read!

Regarding the plot:

Meet Jase Strachan, a Texas Ranger who is after a con man Charlie Meeks. Jase has got the order to catch the con man and on his road he meets a young guy Marly Landers who draws Jace’s attention. Jace finds out that the boy is also headed to El Paso and offers to take Marly under his protection.

On their way to El Paso they are forced to stay in Fortuna to solve a murder case. What Marly does not know is that Jace has realized who she really is – a disguised woman seeking for her own revenge. In El Paso it’s getting more and more difficult for Marly to hide from others that she is a woman. Marly starts to get more and more attached to ace and people in Fortuna and due to the disguise she is seen like a suitable “future-husband-to-be” for a young lady from Fortuna. Besides that both Jace and Marly get attracted to each other and they have to be very careful for not showing it, because it would not be proper thing for Texas Ranger to travel together with a young woman.

The settings on the road and in Fortuna were really well described, the details of ranchers’ and rangers’ life were interesting and the writing was very figurative in that sense, that it created living images while reading. I loved the city of Fortuna with its differences and morals. I enjoyed reading what was proper and what was not proper during the time described in the book.

I loved the plot of this book! The only thing what I missed was the grand finale; I would have wanted more passion in the very last chapter of the book. The whole plot built up to it and I loved that Marly was the one to lead and leave, but I wanted more!

Regarding the characters:

Marly was very sweet and innocent in many different ways. Her awe towards Fortuna was nice and well written, first time in her life she we meeting the “naughty” side of the life visiting hotels, saloons etc. She grew a lot as a woman while being on the road with Jace and I loved that. She started up as a vulnerable woman who hasn’t seen lot in her life and became a woman with feel of independence and strength. She was definitely my favorite character in the book.

Jace was adorable! The way he started to take care of Marly from the beginning was simply cute! He was a hardened Texas Ranger who suddenly for the first time in his life was responsible for somebody else’s life. His protectiveness toward Marly was in the same time manly and soft. I liked that the author brought little softness into Jace’s character.

There were many likable characters in the book. Just to name the few, my other favorite characters were Fred, Matt Egan, Pequeno – they all had a role to play. I think the author did a very good job with the supporting characters of the book! They all had color and spice!


I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who has interest in romance and in western books, because the descriptions of the life of the people – ranchers, cowboys, the girls in the saloons - were very colorfully written. The plot was solid and characters believable, lively and complex. Everybody had a story of their own!

5 Flowers!

Well deserved 4 stars!


  1. Thank you for a great review. I'm glad you like those supporting characters, because I'm not done with them yet.

    You can find out more about the characters on and

    Cheers - Alison

  2. Alison,
    You are most welcome for the review! As you can understand I really liked your book.
    These are good news that you are planning to continue with some characters! :)
    I will be looking forward to your other upcoming books for sure!
    Happy writing!