The Particulars: Zebra Books, 1991, Out Of Print
On her way to be reunited with her long-lost father, Serra was terrified by the masked, gun-wielding figure who'd held up an entire train to kidnap her. Yet his sapphire eyes shone with a familiar brilliance; and when she saw his chiseled features, she knew he was Ty Ramsey, a man she'd loved as a child when they'd met on the orphan train. She wondered why he'd abducted her and what he planned for her. Then his powerful arms dragged her against his had planed chest; and soon Serra felt his lips and hands silence all her questions.Is It In Wendy's TBR?: Even with my tendency to want to rescue Old School historical western romances from the used bookstore....no. No it's not.
Tyler Ramsey had returned to his old outlaw ways for one purpose to kidnap the flame-haired impostor bent on bilking Ty's adoptive father out of his fortune Oh, she'd been convincing enough, posing as a long-lost daughter, but Ty knew she was a lying thief! Then, after he dragged the amber-eyed beauty to his hideout, he was stunned to recognize his childhood love. He had to get to the bottom of her little game of deceit; but first he'd sate his simmering passion. And once he tasted her honey-sweet skin, he wouldn't stop until he'd made her completely his!
Any Reviews?: Uh, 1991. So, no. Not even Amazon "customer" reviews. I got nothing.
Anything Else?: I'm not one of those readers who laments about the "Good Old Days" of historical romance, but I do admit I have a soft spot for Old School westerns. Old School tropes are a bit more tolerable for me in that setting. Not sure why. Maybe because westerns are my favorite? Maybe because I'm inclined to be a tinch more forgiving of jackassery because of the lack of civilization during that time period? Not sure. Anyway....
Reading this back cover blurb is like a treasure trove of Old School western tropes. Innocent red-haired heroine discovering long lost family? Check. Mysterious gunslinger hero who thinks she's a lying ho? Check. Captive storyline? Check. Mention of an orphan train? Check. The only thing missing here is a salty old farm hand/wagon train cook/kindly grandfather-type who dispenses timely advice to either hero, heroine, or both. And honestly? That fella tends to not warrant a back cover mention.
Terri Valentine was fairly prolific in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, and then nothing. But she apparently has done (is still doing?) some work as a writing instructor, and was (is?) a member of RWA.
And so marks the regular return of the Bat Cave's Random Romance Sunday feature. For those of you who actually enjoy these posts of random goodness - they're baaaaaaack.