Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Heart of Texas

Title: The Heart of Texas
Author: R.J. Scott
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: spsilverpublishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-920468-97-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Playboy Riley Hayes seems to have it all until his father puts a crazy stipulation on his portion of the family corporation. His father demands Riley marry for love and stay married and he needs to do it soon. Angered by the arrogance, Riley sets out to find a way around the clause and decides blackmailing Jack Campbell is the perfect answer to his problem. There isn’t any mention in the documents that he has to marry a woman and Jack is the son of his father’s long-time enemy. What could be better? Except Riley didn’t count on the changes marriage would bring to his life, or that his sexy new husband isn’t a push-over. On the surface Jack might be quiet, but underneath he simmers with passion, and when his family’s threatened, he’s a force to be reckoned with.  

The Heart of Texas is the first book by R.J. Scott that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and after experiencing the quality of the writing and the depth of the storytelling, it won’t be my last. Honestly, I don’t gush about a book very often but I really liked this one. It grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go until the very end. 

The story has a rich and complicated plot…it’s a sprawling family saga that flows smoothly from one scene to the next. In fact, there are so many story threads popping up that you might think it would be confusing or that some would have been left dangling, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Ms. Scott used some pretty impressive skills to creatively weave them all together into a fast-paced and believable story I didn’t want to end. I mean what’s not to like. Riley and Jack are unique and interesting guys with well developed personalities and watching them go from virtual strangers to believable lovers over the course of the story kept me riveted. 

Ms. Scott did a great job showing just how different the Hayes and Campbell families are. While the Campbell’s are warm and caring, most of the Hayes are cold and power-hungry…and two members are particularly villainous…just the kind you love to hate. Add in witty, bantering conversations, blistering hot attraction between Riley and Jack, betrayal, misunderstandings, family skeletons, an arson, and plenty of twists and turns, and you’ve got everything needed for a keeper contemporary romance. Read and enjoy. I know I did.


RJ Scott said...

Thank you so much for this awesome review... a sequel is due out November 19th called Texas Winter... xxx

dragonminx said...

I'm glad you liked the review. It was well deserved...and I loved the book. I can't wait for the next one.