About the Book:
Title: A Man of Legend
Author: Linda Broday
Series: Lone Star Legends #3
Page Length: 288
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Synopsis: Crockett Legend has always loved Paisley Mahone, but a family feud sure can ruin a romance. When her father waged a war against the Legends, Paisley took her father’s side. They’ve never seen eye to eye, and the rift widened when Paisley’s brother was killed in prison–after being sentenced by none other than Crockett.
Now Paisley’s father is dead too, and she’s headed home to mourn with the rest of her family when she runs into Crockett on the train. But when the train is held up by outlaws, it comes to Crockett and Paisley to save a young shooting victim. She never thought being close to Crockett could make her feel anything but revulsion ever again, but some second changes are worth the risk…
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A second-chance forbidden romance, A Man of Legend follows Paisley Malone as she returns to her childhood home to mourn the loss of her father. On the train, she encounters Crockett Legend, the man she used to love. Paisley and Crockett’s families have been feuding for years, and after their break-up, the pair has stood firmly on opposing sides. Older and wiser now, Crockett regrets losing Paisley’s love, and he now has the chance to win her back. Will this couple take a second chance on love?
Paisley is such a layered character, and I love her growing relationship with the Legends (especially Crockett!). She is an educated, intelligent, and independent woman who proves how capable and strong she is throughout the story. Paisley is also kind and caring, and she has a wonderful way with her patients and her vulnerable sister-in-law and nephew. A skilled nurse, Paisley doesn’t cower when confronted with intense situations. Instead, she faces them head-on. I love her fighting spirit and her take-charge attitude, as well as the vulnerability and sensitivity that she fights to conceal. The one person that she lets her guard down with is Crockett.
Crockett has changed quite a bit since Paisley last saw him. Now a judge, Crocket is responsible for the incarceration of Paisley’s brother, which led to her brother’s death. She hates him and blames him and his family for the deaths of several of her family members. Paisley doesn’t trust his intentions, and she fears giving her heart to the man who already broke it once before. I loved how Crockett worked to earn back her trust and love. He is a good man with good intentions, and his devotion to Paisley is swoon-worthy!
The romance between Paisley and Crockett is great. It’s clear from their first meeting on the train that there is still chemistry between them, and that chemistry only grows. Since they are from feuding families, their romance has some Romeo and Juliet vibes. On top of that, they had a chance at love before, and it didn’t work out. Plus, Paisley’s abusive and out-of-control brother is a constant threat, and they face danger at every turn. These, as well as several other obstacles, stand in their way. Paisley, in particular, has to decide if their love is worth fighting for, and the more time she spends with Crockett and the Legends and away from the toxicity of her family, the more she sees what (and who) she wants in her future.
The Legends are a larger-than-life family filled with wonderful characters, most of whom were the focus of other books in the series. Many of them have roles in this book, which is fantastic! I love the Legends and seeing them together, supporting each other, laughing and having fun, and working together is like a family reunion I never knew I needed to attend. There are some wonderful scenes between the younger and older members of the family as secrets are shared, problems are discussed, and family events are attended together, and there are many touching moments. They are such a close-knit family, strong and supportive and kind, and they were such a pleasure to read about.
A Man of Legend is the final book in the Lone Star Legends series, and I’m sad to say goodbye to these wonderful characters and the Legend family. That being said, this was a lovely conclusion to the series, and I’m so thankful to NetGalley, Linda Broday, and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance.
- The Legend family.
Just because trouble has come visiting doesn’t mean you have to offer it a place to sit down.
If a man captured a firefly and put it in a jar, it died. It only lived when free to fly.
There comes a time when you have to trust that your child has learned everything you tried to teach them. The rest is up to them.
Dreaming was a big part of living. Everyone needed something to work toward, or they had little reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I think there’s more than one right way to handle a problem, and it’s the one that’s best for us.
Men with their backs against the wall have little to fear.
Hope is a beautiful thing.
This is a great read for lovers of historical romance. I would recommend checking out the content warnings before reading the book, as the story includes things that might trigger readers.