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!
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes begin a journey that will change their lives forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Double D, the cast of the Texas books face changes that won’t leave a single one of them untouched.
Jack and Riley want to extend their small family of three. Their first choice is surrogacy with Jack as the father and when all this begins smoothly both men can’t help but contemplate at what point would things go wrong. After all, their lives are far from normal and nothing is ever smooth.
Add a small four year old boy in foster care into the mix and suddenly things become a whole lot more complicated.
As you might guess by the title of the book, Texas Family, is all about Jack and Riley extending their family. At the end of the third book in this series, Texas Heat, the Campbell-Hayes men both admitted that they wanted a baby. This book spends the majority of the story focusing on the journey they take to make it happen.
I found much of this book to be extremely heartwarming. Although many gay men have had families for some time now, the general acceptance of the idea has been a long time coming. I loved seeing Riley and Jack go through some of the trials and tribulations that are part of this. Of course, for someone who is very, very rich those obstacles are a lot less daunting than that of your typical family trying to hire a surrogate.
Then there was the whole Max factor. I wasn’t sure how I felt about bringing him into their family. Don’t get me wrong – I adore Jack and Riley for wanting to rescue Max. I just questioned the wisdom of bringing a special needs foster child into a home that has newborn twins. Being the mom of a special needs child myself I know that any transition is hard, but bless Jack and Riley for wanting to give Max a forever home. I do love the fact that JR Scott has called attention to the huge injustice that two men can create life with a surrogate, but can’t legally adopt a child together. That is all kinds of wrong in my opinion.
I am so ready to see where this family goes next in their journey together.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
This is my favorite so far. The plot is milder than the previous stories and there are fewer storylines to follow. Just as the title suggests, this one is all about family, being a family, making a family, loving your family. The tone was much sweeter and full of tender moments. I can really see Jack and Riley coming into their own together and their connection has never been more solid. I love the big hearts they have and Max is just awesome.
I know my review for this one is shorter than the previous, but there are only so many ways to say I really loved this book. I am a sucker for family type stories and this one is a win. After the last one I was a bit worried that the series was ending for me. Ms. Scott has renewed my faith in this series, and I can’t wait for more.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
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