Texas Christmas (Texas #5) by RJ Scott ~ Buddy Review by Paisley and PizzyGirl

What could be a better way to celebrate reviewing a great big Texas-sized series than a great big Texas-sized Buddy Review? When we had a chance to read the whole Texas Series PizzyGirl & I said we were up for the challenge!

Texas Christmas Title: Texas Christmas (Texas #5)

Author: RJ Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Six men with lives linked to the Double D… Danger comes to the Double D from Liam’s past and threatens everything Jack and Riley hold dear.

Centering on Jack and Riley, parents, lovers and friends. Jack makes a decision that will affect the ranch, and Riley realises peace comes at a price.

Eli and Robbie have their home on Double D land. Their love is rooted in the Texas soil and they weather as many storms as can be thrown at them.

And Liam, a young men with a head full of dreams and sleep full of nightmares, finds that all things are possible when Marcus decides to interrupt his solitary existence.

Paisley’s View:

I have to admit I that never got around to reading this book when I bought it last year. It sat on my Kindle because, well, I do have over eight hundred something unread books. So this one was new for me, but after re-reading the first four books in the Texas Series it made this one even more enjoyable.

Although the name of the book is Texas Christmas, it’s not really a Christmas story. It does have some sweet moments with the Campbell-Hayes family enjoying the holiday together, but prior to that there is a lot of other stuff that happens. We get to know the newer characters better, we get to see the babies and Max start to settle down in their new home, and best of all we get to see what Jack and Riley do best – love each other and grow together.

I definitely thought that Liam’s story added enough drama to keep the sweet factor from taking over the book. He and Marcus made a great couple, and I love hurt/comfort themes in romance, so I found their story to be very engaging woven into the rest of the storyline.

So, if you’re like me and love the Campbell-Hayes men and their family, and their extended families, I think you will find Texas Christmas to be a real holiday treat.

PizzyGirl’s View:

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

So I have written and trashed this review several times because I just don’t know what to say. On the one hand I really liked this story. I loved the new blood with Liam and Marcus. Liam’s story pulled me in and kept this story going for me. It brought back the dramatic feel of the start of the series and the intrigue was what I was most interested in. I always like seeing more from Riley and Jack and I am so happy they finally got Max. I loved Max and the sensory room. I loved the care given to Riley and Jack connecting with Max. I also enjoyed seeing more from Robbie and Eli.

However, I was also disappointed. Based on the blurb, I was hopeful for more out of Liam and Marcus’s story. I was hoping for more page time for the two and more drama and action. there was so much potential there. Instead, Riley and Jack got a lot of page time and I felt like much of that time could have been cut back and the point would have still come across the same. I am also not sure why there were so many Jack/Riley and Eli/Robbie sex scenes. They felt like they were just inserted into the story at random intervals.

I also felt like the Christmas part of the title was an afterthought and was tacked on to the end after the story had really come to an end. It was a wonder scene, but that was it. It was a scene. The title implied it had a larger part of the story when in actuality, it was minor.

I think I am at an end here. I like this series overall. I have enjoyed the journey and I am so in love with the Campbell-Hayes family and their tenderness towards each other. But I am starting to get burnt out and am ready for a change.

Buy Links

Love Lane Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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