In 1879 the Tucker Gang killed his family; the cold blooded outlaws assumed Texas Ranger Clint Williams was amongst the dead they left behind. However, he survives the ordeal at least physically; mentally he is a zombie thirsting for revenge.
Clint turns himself into deadly gunslinger Kane McCullough seeking to end the Tucker killing spree and has no thoughts beyond that. A clue takes Kane to Dry Springs. There he intervenes when a drunk assaults Rachel Hammond, daughter of the local reverend. Rachel and Kane are attracted to one another, which surprises him as he thought Clint was dead. Still she remains wary because she feels he is hiding something from her. When he tells her the truth about who he is following an incident which left them in a compromising position, they agree to wed even though each knows he must complete his quest before they can pursue a real future together
Bobbi Smith provides a fine western romance starring a hero who lives for vengeance until he meets his second chance at life and redemption. Interestingly, his concerns change from stopping the murderous Tucker Gang to how to keep his beloved Rachel safe. Fans of late nineteenth century Texas High Noon showdowns will want to read DEFIANT and Ms. Smith's previous sub-genre entries (see BRAZEN).
Western historical romance
A Texas Ranger goes undercover to catch those who killed his family but run into love along the way... a light and fun read.
A Texas Ranger loses his entire family and declares himself dead in order to go undercover to infiltrate the gang who killed his family.
This was a romance novel, not my favorite subject matter but the book was a good read.