Texas! Chase by Sandra Brown was published in 1991.
Sandra Brown - Texas! Chase book description:
Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But the handsome, laconic cowboy felt nothing but platonic affection for the class bookworm, and when it came time to settle down, Chase chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase, and Marcie resigned herself to finding happiness through professional success.
But things have a way of taking a tragic turn for the Tylers. In an instant, Chase’s life is changed–abruptly and irreparably. Ravaged by grief and unable to move on, Chase becomes a lost soul, hiding from his own pain. He abandons the family business, wanders aimlessly on the rodeo circuit, and tries to drown his troubles in an endless succession of whiskey bottles.
Then fate intercedes, reuniting Chase and Marcie, who was an unwitting player in his unfathomable family tragedy. Guilt weighs heavily on Marcie, but she’s also convinced that only the strength of her love can pull Chase back from the abyss. She’s willing to risk everything on a daring plan to rescue his business, save his life, and bring them together at last.
A dramatic tale of love and redemption that’s as bold and brash as the land in which it’s set, Texas! Chase advances the legend of the Tyler family’s three headstrong but charming and endearing progeny.