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review 2018-05-11 18:07
My Texas Heart (The Texas Kincaids Book 3) by Bonnie Phelps
My Texas Heart - Bonnie Phelps

 

I have read so many romances where the heroine finds her voice, My Texas Heart changes up the scenario and delivers a moving story from the hero's viewpoint. Josh is a man who loves from the depths of his soul, but he has a problem expressing emotions. Faced with drama in his personal life and turmoil in his heart, overcoming his demons becomes his top priority. For the love of his son. As in every story there are moments that will leave readers scratching their heads and massaging their hearts. Phelps sets about appealing to that which makes us human and she doesn't miss her mark.

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review 2018-05-01 16:23
Great Story and Characters
The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend) - Linda Broday

Today was Houston’s wedding day. He was marrying Becky the only girl he had ever loved. She was ten and Houston was twelve when he fell in love with Becky.  His brother Sam was hurrying him up. Sam had been a Texas Ranger until he married Sierra and now he was the sheriff of Lost Point, Texas. Their father Stoker was glad Sam was close to the Lone Star ranch- home- now. Sam and Houston wondered if their other brother luke would make it to the wedding. He was out looking for the man who set him up for murder. Luke had a thousand dollar price on his head for robbery and the murder of a federal judge -Edgar Percival. Luke did show up for the wedding But then a shot rang out and Becky cried out and as she collapsed houston caught her and blood oozed from her chest. Luke whirled and fired and Sam jumped over bodies to capture the shooter. Becky died in Houston’s arms. Houston sat next to Becky’s cold body holding on to hre bloody weil. He wanted to grieve in private. He wanted to be left alone in the darkness of his soul. In the shadows he could pretend it was all a dream and Becky would wake up. Houston was lost in a thick haze . little thought could penetrate. Houston didn’t know how he could live without Becky. But then he found out from the man- Ernie Newman that killed Becky- that she had been cheating on Houston and was pregnant by the man- but was going to marry Houston anyway and lie to him as he would be a way better provider. The Doc conformed all this. Her lover had shot an killed Becky and his unborn child. Houston vowed never to trust love again. He would never speak Becky’s name again or allow it to be said in his presence. Betrayal still tore Houston to the core. But Luke’s life was a tangled mess worse than Houston’s. Luke and his brothers went for a ride. Luke said the man who had set him up and really murdered edgar Percival  was going by the name of Ned Sweeney. Luke asked if they could ask around and send some telegrams to see if anyone had heard of a man around going by that name. Sam said he still had ties with the Texas Rangers and his old boss captain O’Rielley. Sam and Houston had access to to people and Places Luke didn’t have. Luke had helped get rid of a outlaw mess and saved the people of the town and made that part of texas safer. Luke had also saved his brother Sam and the woman Sam was to marry Sierra. Houston felt it would take him a lifetime to forget the woman who ruined him. Lara Boone had been attacked,beaten, raped, and scarred and ended up pregnant and now a mother of a baby girl she named Gracie. Lara now needs protection from a very evil man that will stop at nothing to possess her. Stoker had lost at gambling and had put the Lone Star Ranch up for collateral. Now he came to Houston and said he had to marry a neighbor or they would lose the ranch. Houston agrees knowing he really doesn’t have a choice. Lara’s father held Stoker’s gambling debt and he would forget it if Houston married Lara and gave Gracie his last name. Lara agrees to the marriage for her daughter’s sake that she would have a last name. Lara and houston meet at the altar. Houston is on a tight schedule to take his cattle on a cattle drive and he has to find a cook. Lara volunteers to be the cook and goes with Houston. Gracie wraps houston around her little finger. Then that horrible man brings fear into the lives of Houston and Lara and the people they are protective of.

I loved this book. I loved the plot and the pace. I didn’t want to put the book down.this had my attention from the first page until the last. I was happy when Houston decided he really wanted his marriage to Lara to work. I loved watching Houston and Lara grow into a loving relationship. This was an emotional roller coaster and action packed and I loved it. If you read the books in order this will make more sense and you will have the background you need for this to run even smoother for you. I loved Lara and Houston together. Gracie added to this book also. I also loved how Houston saw Lara’s scar after he lifted her veil and he told Lara she was beautiful and he was a very lucky man. Also loved how Houston called Gracie his “ Little Angel”. I really couldn’t find anything to criticize while reading this book and loved that. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2018-02-05 02:59
Great Story and Characters
The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas) - Donna Grant

Ex-Navy Seal Clayton East had to come home to his family’s ranch after his father’s health declines. Abby Harper has been taking care of her younger brothers since her mother left them. When her brother’s rebellion goes too far, she’s grateful that Clayton believes in second chances. Maybe this bad event is exactly what her family needed.

This was a very sweet book. I loved both of the main characters. They are exactly what the other needs. I loved how he and his parents were able to embrace Abby and her brothers. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-11-21 02:35
The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas) - Donna Grant

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I am not usually someone who reads a lot of Christmas stories. I will read them but I don't really look for them. This book made its way into my hands and something about that cover drew me right in and I wanted to start reading it right away. Once I started, I didn't want to stop and I ended up reading the whole thing from cover to cover in a single day. I really enjoyed every moment I spent reading this wonderful little story.

Clayton is ex-military and has been working overseas until he is called home to the family ranch. The ranch is in trouble and his dad is sick so Clayton must come home to run things and try to save the ranch. Abby has not had it easy. She has been raising her two younger brothers and doing her best to get ahead in life.

Abby and Clayton meet when Abby's brother is caught stealing cattle from the ranch Clayton's family owns. Not the best way to start things. Clayton turns out to be a really nice guy and instead of sending Abby's brother, Brice, to jail he lets him come and work his debt off at the ranch. Clayton also enlists Abby's help with the ranch's books hoping that she can sort out exactly what is going on.

I loved the characters in this book. Abby and Clayton were both amazing. Abby was strong and cared deeply for her two brothers. She was smart and willing to sacrifice her wants for the sake of other people. Clayton was such a good guy. He has had some things to deal with in his personal and military life. I loved this pair together. They had great chemistry from the very beginning and it was really wonderful to watch them fall in love.

The secondary characters were also really well done. Abby's two brothers, Brice and Caleb, played a large role in the story and were really great. Their relationship with their sister really helped illustrate how much she cared for them. Clayton's parents were also key players in the story. I liked how they welcomed Abby and her brothers as if they were family right from the start.

The mystery in the book kept things interesting. I really wanted to see Clayton save the ranch with Abby's help. There were a few scenes where we got to see Clayton, a former SEAL, in action which was pretty exciting. This was really a book more focused on romance than anything else and it did a wonderful job with it. I don't know that there was really anything too surprising in the book but everything was executed perfectly. I couldn't help but get swept away by this romantic tale.

I would highly recommend to fans of contemporary romance. This book had just the right combination of romance, action, and great characters. The story had just the right amount of Christmas adding just a bit to the story. This is the first book by Donna Grant that I have read and I am really looking forward to reading more of her work soon.

I received a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press.

Initial Thoughts
I loved this book! Clayton and Abby were absolutely perfect together. I thought the secondary characters were amazing and the mystery held my interest. This probably falls somewhere between 4 and 5 stars for me so I am rounding up for now.

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review 2017-11-09 18:29
The Cowboy Christmas Hero Book Review
The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas) - Donna Grant

I loved this book. This is a fun Christmas story for the holiday's. I didn't feel that it overdid the Christmas theme. 

 

Back home, on the ranch is the last place Clayton, former Navy Seal wanted to be for the Holiday's. But when his mother calls desperate for his help he's obligated to help. 

 

Abby and her brothers are all that's left of her family, and as the oldest sibling its up to her to take care of her family. When her younger brother is caught steeling cattle she's thrown into Clayton's family. 

 

It's nothing out of the ordinary for a romance (especially the ending). But its enjoyable, fun and a quick read. I loved the family aspect of this book, especially the siblings. I always want more books with sibling characters.

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