The first book in a trilogy featuring the handsome McMurry family features Texas Ranger Travis, product of mid-19th century Texas hill country and the loving marriage between a Scot and an Apache. After the tragic demise of both parents, the sons and daughter have found refuge and nurturing in their hidden-away Whispering Mountain Ranch. Travis first encounters Rainey Adams as she’s stealing a kiss and his horse. She’s a schoolteacher on the run from a cruel father insisting on an arranged marriage. She wants her freedom at any cost. But Travis in intrigued by the puzzle of his “fairy woman” and proves himself as both protector and lover to win her. Both heroine and hero are well-matched in that their blighted lives have left both awkward and unusual, even though Travis is not always as inarticulate as he’s described. Their sexual awakening is lively and sensitive, and well-developed supporting characters put Texas Rain above the grade.