Heart of Texas by R.J. Scott ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

TexasTitle: Heart of Texas
Series: Texas, Bk 1

Author: R.J. Scott

Narrator: Sean Crisden

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/09/2016

Length: 07 hours 59 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Romance


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 bypassing his 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.

Story Review:

Paisley and PizzyGirl reviewed the eBook version here.

I read this book many years ago and it was absolutely great to be able to listen to it again. I loved the audiobook just as much as the ebook.

I’m a huge fan of soap operas and this book had all the drama of the daytime and nighttime dramas I grew up watching. This book felt like an homage to Dallas with the larger than life characters and over the top drama. And to me that’s what made it perfect.

Like Paisley and PizzyGirl said in their review there is A LOT of drama. Jack and Riley’s relationship starts off as an arranged marriage but turns into so much more. Their transition from enemies to friends and then to lovers is amazing. There is so much chemistry between them it practically explodes off the page and when they begin to explore their feelings in bed—woo boy is it hot. I liked that Riley wasn’t so thrown off by falling for a man that he was afraid to explore his sexuality. And the way these guys tease each other is great. Very strong personalities for sure.

One of my complaints is that the bad guys are sooooo very evil and the good guys are soooo very good. There isn’t much shades of gray but it fit with the dramatic style of the story.

I haven’t read the other books in the series but I hope Ms. Scott plans on releasing them in audio and soon so I can continue the journey.

Narration Review:

Sean Crisden did a phenomenal job narrating this book. I’ve listened to him before and enjoyed his work but it had been awhile. This was a great reminder of how talented he is. There is a ton of characters here and we get into the POVs of many of them. He nailed the main characters, especially Jack and Riley, but the peripheral characters as well.


Heart of Texas on Goodreads
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Amazon CA
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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