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: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Riley’s past comes back to haunt him both professionally and personally.
His dead brother left more than just bitter memories for Riley to deal with. The FBI get involved and suddenly it is more than his good name that is on the line. Jack is always there for him but how much more can Riley’s husband reasonably be able to understand?
Especially when Riley finds out on his delayed honeymoon that he has a eight year old daughter he never knew existed…
What could be a nicer way to start a sequel with two of my favorite characters? Why on their tropical island honeymoon of course! That sounds so relaxing and sensual doesn’t it? Just when you think the drama from The Heart of Texas is over, and we can settle down and watch Jack and Riley stroll into the sunset, RJ Scott brings the drama back fast and hard.
There were some parts of this book I really enjoyed and some that I didn’t really get at all, but I guess that’s not too surprising. I have learned to just go along for the ride when it comes to the Texas Series books. The one thing I will say is I am never bored when I read this series.
I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Riley’s daughter, Hayley. I loved seeing Jack and Riley start their family with an insta-child. But I really struggled to understand how she seemed to adjust to the strange circumstances she was thrown into after a huge tragedy with such remarkable ease. I really did not understand the point of the FBI investigation, except to just add more drama into the mix. Actually, I had gotten enough drama with Hayley’s crazy Uncle, and the family law drama, to not need much more. But all in all it made for another entertaining story, and I do love Jack and Riley. They are a solid couple and they are so in love it kills me. I am completely committed to these men for the long haul.
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Texas Winter picks up after book 1 with Jack and Riley on their honeymoon. But very shortly, the soap opera drama monster drops in and gets the party started. I like the feel of this book. Much like the first one, it has a few story threads, but this time, things aren’t so chaotic and the drama actually allows Riley and Jack to increase their bond and get to know more about each other.
I was a bit worried that this would turn into the woe is me MC who can’t trust his partner’s love enough. I am not a fan of MCs who constantly wait for their partner to leave them every time there is an argument or disagreement. But it never got that far. There were some insecurities on both men’s parts but they eventually realized that the other man was what was needed to make everything OK.
For me, Texas Winter was more about Jack and Riley learning what loving each other means and learning to make a family. I love that Jack and Riley made the decision to take Hayley no matter the blood line. That children are so precious that they come first no matter what! I can see the growth of both men and I hope they continue on this path. They are still so much in love and so HOT together. Their developing personalities and their growing bond, just helped to increase their chemistry and made this series a bit more satisfying for me.
I was a little taken aback by Hayley herself and the way the author presented her at first. She just walked into the house of a bunch of strangers and moved right on it. I know her mother had been prepping her for this, but it was a bit unbelievable for me and kinda felt weird. I like that she eventually grieved for her mother, but her initial presentation was cold and didn’t work for me.
I am also a bit at a loss for the purpose of the FBI plot. I know that it helped show Riley and Jack growing closer, but other than that, I was a bit confused at the value it brought to the story. And the outcome left me feeling lost and unsatisfied.
Overall, I enjoyed the continuation of Jack and Riley’s story. I am looking forward to seeing more from these men and their soap opera driven lives.
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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