The Heart of Texas 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!

The Heart of Texas Title: The Heart of Texas

Author: RJ Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley’s portion. Concerned about Riley’s lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley ‘marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves’.

Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of father’s stipulation. Blackmailing Jack Campbell into marrying him “for love” suits Riley’s purpose. There is no mention in his father’s documents that the marriage had to be with a woman and Jack Campbell is the son of Riley Senior’s arch rival. Win win.

Riley marries Jack and abruptly his entire world is turned inside out. Riley hadn’t counted on the fact that Jack Campbell, quiet and unassuming rancher, is a force of nature in his own right.

This is a story of murder, deceit, the struggle for power, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy. But under and through it all, as Riley learns over the months, this is a tale about family and everything that that word means.

Paisley’s View:

Oh the drama!

This is the story that starts it all. For anyone who wants to read the “Texas Series” by RJ Scott you need to start here. This book lays the foundation for all of the people, places and even horses you will meet along the way.

For me, it had been a few years since I first read most of the Texas Series books, and it was a lot of fun to revisit Mr. & Mr. Campbell-Hayes.  When I started reading M/M romance a few years ago this book was among the first stories that stole my heart. My favorite part? Jack & Riley!  I think that the chemistry between Jack and Riley is awesome. As for the plot, you might need a road map to keep up with all of the twists and turns.

One thing I had not forgotten was the drama, there is so much drama in these pages you might need an antacid.  Sometimes I had visions of the Ewing family from the TV series Dallas popping into my head as the crazy plot unfolded. Speaking of popping, I think that would be my biggest criticism of this story. There are some major point of view changes, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up.  Besides that issue I think it’s a very enjoyable read with some sizzling chemistry, and some Texas-sized drama, the perfect equation to keep a reader highly entertained until the very last page.

PizzyGirl’s View:

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

When I was younger and still living at home with my parents, I was not really allowed to watch any of the soap operas on TV. So what did I do, I recorded them and watched them in secret late at night, after my parents had gone to bed. Those soap operas were so enticing and kept me interested with their many plot lines and tawdry tales of illegitimate children and forbidden romances. This is exactly what came to mind when I read The Heart of Texas. And just like when I faithfully watched the soaps as a young girl, I could not stop reading this book and I am most definitely picking up the next in the series.

I really enjoyed this book. It was so full of drama and plot twists that it kept me off kilter. I say that, but in the end, it really was rather predictable. But it was like a game of clue and could have been predictable in so many varying ways. It was just enough to keep me guessing what would happen next. I liked the love stories and family feud. I loved that the bad guy got his in the end and everyone was better off with him gone. I love the potential for everyone to be happy for the rest of their days.

I thought the chemistry between Jack and Riley was well represented. Things started off as teasing and spiteful but gradually, the teasing turned affectionate. The sexual tension was HOT and I am so glad the author did not equate sex with love.

That being said, there was A LOT going on. So many plot lines and little rabbit trails that I had to take several commercial breaks to let it all soak in. Sometimes I had to re-read sections because I forgot which POV was the focus at that moment. In the end, though, everything was wrapped up nicely and left me feeling pleased and ready for more. I think Ms. Scott did a good job setting the stage for this series and I am eager to get my hands on the next one.

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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