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: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are in a good place. Jack is expanding the DD and training quarter horses, Riley is so close to his first ethical based contract that he can almost taste it and Hayley is nearly ten and happy as all out.
Jack hires Robbie, a man recovering from a great loss, to be his right hand man. Meanwhile Riley’s flamboyant mischievous photographer friend, Eli, decides the DD is the perfect backdrop for a cowboy themed model shoot. Eli has secrets not even Riley knows about but despite what he is hiding he falls in lust with Robbie at first sight. Everyone except Robbie can see how perfect Eli would be for him.
What happens when secrets spill and lies are discovered? And just how far will Riley and Jack go to play matchmaker?
Against the backdrop of twenty half naked models on DD land, and in the midst of fighting the oil establishment that just won’t give Riley a chance, Texas Heat is the story of one hot summer in Texas with a Gay Rodeo, a bar fight at the Rusty Nail, humor, angst and a love between two men that just grows stronger every day.
One of the things that I find most enjoyable about reading a series is getting to see the characters grow and change over time. I think that helped me to like this book even more than Texas Winter (Texas #2). This story gave me a feeling that Jack & Riley are more established and ready to conquer the world together. In book number three we get to watch more drama unfold when a few new characters are introduced, and we also get to see an established couple moving along through their journey together. I found that balance of old and new was helpful to keep the story exciting and enjoyable. Sometimes series about established couples can become too predictable and the chemistry wanes, but not with Jack and Riley, they are as incendiary as ever!
Robbie and Eli were interesting new additions to the Double D. I think RJ Scott did a commendable job of introducing their story line without taking away from Jack and Riley’s. Of course a lot of old friends are along for the ride too, and new developments occur that make me want to keep reading the series to see where they go. I love the fact that both Jack and Riley are wanting their family to grow, and are thinking about a baby. Adding another child at the DD is only going to make matters more interesting.
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Ok so I am not really sure what to say about this one. I liked it but it was not spectacular and I felt like some things were missing.
I love that Jack and Riley are still in love and still so HOT for each other. I love that not only are they in lust, but they are in love and supporting each other in all aspects of their lives. their chemistry still holds my attention and I am enjoying watching them grow together. I love the setup for the next book with both men “secretly” thinking about more children.
I like that there is new blood in this one. I can only read so many stories about an established couple before things get a bit redundant. But this new relationship left me puzzled. I felt like Eli and Robbie’s story happened off page and the reader wasn’t allowed into its development. The reader got to see the initial meeting where lust was established, there were some mentions on talking happening between the men, and then the reader got to see them get together and profess their love. But the reader did not see how things progressed from lust to love and that left me feeling like this was one big forced relationship between two main characters I would have liked more information about. I wish this book would have been theirs alone instead of them having to share page time with the other soap opera elements.
And as for the soap opera itself, just like the first two books, there were lots of little plot elements and small storylines to follow. But this one had more plot holes that left me wondering.
I am still enjoying this series, and this book did a good job bridging the gap between the previous book and the next one, but overall this one left me wanting.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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