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Texas Heat by R.J. Scott

Texas Heat

Texas Heat by R.J. Scott

Series: Texas, Book 3
Published by: Silver Publishing on August 18, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Despite a nontraditional start and a few obstacles thrown in their path, Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes finally seem to have things going right for them. The Jack is expanding the ranch and Riley is working on business ventures of his own. A newcomer to the ranch, Robbie, is still reeling from a loss but happy to be on board and assisting Jack in any way he can. And Riley’s photography friend Eli has convinced the guys to let him use the Double D for a cowboy-themed photoshoot. When Eli and Robbie’s paths cross, it’s lust-at-first-sight for Eli…but Robbie’s hesitant to get involved with someone new. As the various business opportunities are pursued all around, it’s Eli and Robbie who need to decide what to do about the Texas heat this time around…

I find myself thoroughly enjoying this series–more than I expected I would. With everything that went on in the first book, I was not sure if the author would be able to sustain an interesting story that continues to develop the characters and keep readers interested. But while everything did blow up in the first book, I still find myself along with these guys every step of the way and on every single page.

Texas Winter by R.J. Scott

Texas Winter

Texas Winter by R.J. Scott

Series: Texas, Book 2
Published by: Love Lane Books on June 5, 2013 (2nd edition)
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Riley hoped that he was free from any further harm his family could cause him when his brother died. But the FBI isn’t so willing to ignore the things that Riley’s brother did…things that could put the family business and name on the line. But thankfully for Riley, he has Jack and Jack’s supportive family to help him get through it all. Past unethical behavior by his brother isn’t all Riley has to worry about–it turns out he has an eight-year-old daughter who has just showed up on his doorstep. The start of a marriage for any couple can be challenging, but with all of these added complications, can Jack and Riley find a way to make it work?

This is an interesting glimpse into how Riley and Jack work to find their way forward after the incredibly unorthodox way they came together in the first place. You don’t need to have read the first book to follow this story, but it is my impression that it would help considerably in just having context of some of the references to previous events. It is entertaining, engaging, and at few points even suspenseful. I do find myself looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book, which is currently loaded on my Kindle and ready to go.

The Heart of Texas by R.J. Scott

The Heart of Texas

The Heart of Texas by R.J. Scott

Series: Texas, Book 1
Published by: Love Lane Books on January 30, 2013 (2nd Edition)
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Riley Hayes, second son of the Hayes family, leads a charmed life. His family owns the incredibly successful Hayes Oil. And with Riley’s father, Gerald, nearing retirement, he’ll surely leave it to his children. But when the plan for control is outlined, Riley learns he’ll be getting far less than his older brother. That is, unless he gets married–for love–and stays that way for a year.

Riley’s beyond upset, but he has a plan to get back at this father. He contacts Jack Campbell, son of one of Gerald’s biggest rivals, with a proposition. Jack’s gay, and Riley enlists him to get married to fulfill the terms of Gerald’s agreement. Jack’s reluctant, obviously, but one thing Riley has learned as a Hayes is how to manipulate people. And so Riley’s plan to get his fair share of the company while upsetting his father by masquerading as gay and marrying into a rival family looks like it might just work out.

But there are a few things Riley didn’t quite count on. For one, Riley’s father and brother will not go down without a fight. And they both might just be even more heartless than he’d ever imagined. There’s also the issue of Jack. As Riley spends more time with him, he can’t help wondering if maybe he wants something more than what their contract stipulates. But could that really be true? And if it is, could Jack want him back?

We all have those moments when we can’t help thinking our family is dysfunctional. Some of us have them more often than others, but they’re still there. But what we don’t ever realize is that maybe we’re not quite as bad as we think. Unfortunately for Riley, the opposite is true. And he’s stuck trying to sort through the question of whether our family can define us. Or can we really rise above it all to be our own person?

Riley and Jack are such an unlikely pair. And it’s interesting to see how they come together–not only just the two of them, but their families as well. Though it’s all very intense. And way more any two people should have to go through.

Content warnings: violence, domestic violence, discussions of sexual assault