Litfuse Tour & Review: Safe in His Arms (Under Texas Stars, Book 2) by Colleen Coble

Safe in His Arms
(Under Texas Stars, Book 2)
by Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781595549143
What's the story?
Sometimes it takes a stranger to see you as you really are.

Under Texas Stars, Book 2

Born and raised on sprawling Texas land, Margaret O’Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. But her father believes she’s made for more than just dawn-to-dusk work. He wants her to have the love of a good man, to raise children, to build a life. But Margaret gave up such dreams years ago. She’s convinced no man would have her, that the ranch is her life now.

So when Margaret’s father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she’s frustrated and suspicious. Then an overheard conversation links him with a gang of bank robbers, and she’s downright worried. Daniel swears he’s not involved, but Margaret’s not convinced. She knows the man still has secrets. But would a criminal be so kind and talk so convincingly of his faith? As a series of tragic “accidents” threatens all she holds dear, Margaret must decide what to trust: her own ears, her best judgment . . . or what her heart keeps telling her.

My Thoughts:
It's been a while since I read the original version of this book when it was first published as Red River Bride as part of the Heartsong Presents line and back then it was one of my favorite romances. After having read the rewrite of the first book in the series Blue Moon Promise, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this book. I'm so glad to have read it even though it didn't appeal to me as much as when I read it the first time all those years ago. It still had that fairy tale romance feel where the plain Jane wins the affections of a handsome cowboy which I happen to love but there was just too much going on for me to say I loved the book. There were some randomly placed events towards the beginning of the book that came out of nowhere and didn't really add to the overall story and then it seemed like the story didn't want to end! There were not one or two but multiple too-hard-to-believe events taking place in a short amount of time. I do still like the story and I absolutely adore Margaret but in this case I think the shorter, original story is my favorite. If there are to be more rewrites I'll probably check them out since they are quick, light reads that I can flip through in a few hours. Hopefully they won't be as chaotic as this was! I don't know if I can handle more births, deaths, tornadoes and robberies! Still, this has all the classic Colleen Coble story elements of a bit of mystery thrown in with the romance, likeable characters and a great setting so if you're a fan of this author I say give this book a try.

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

See what others are saying about the book HERE.

Meet the author:
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 

Happy Reading!


  1. Though I didn't read the originals, the 'Blue Moon' book wasn't up to par with Colleen's usual flair IMO. That's why I opted out of reading this one and it sounds like, it was a good decision for me.

    Thanks for the review, Renee! :)

    1. The originals were so much better in my opinion. I think it was because they were more about the h/H and their love than anything else. These were good but not quite keepers. :( Thank you for stopping by!

      Renee C.


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