Title: Texas Fall (Texas: Book Six)
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Pages/Word Count: 160 Pages
At a Glance: If you have read the previous Texas books then you must read this latest one
Blurb: Jack is focusing on building an equine therapy school for children with special needs and works hard along side his normal horse training and breeding program. He and Riley have settled into a softer, quieter, kind of family life, but that doesn’t stop them using the barn with the door to the fullest!
But the lull comes before the storm.
Riley and his new assistant travel to Laredo, and across the border into Neuvo Laredo as part of an exploratory team and things very quickly go to hell. Riley is caught in some serious Cartel problems and suddenly everything Jack holds dear is threatened.
Add in Vaughn and Darren’s story, revisiting Robbie, Eli, Liam and Marcus, alongside Sean and Eden and the wedding that never was, and this story promises you everything you want from a Texas series book.
Review: This is the sixth and, I believe, final instalment in a series of books about Riley and Jack. It is necessary to read the previous books to have a full appreciation of the scope of this story. RJ Scott has a great talent, as a British writer writing an American saga, that is showcased in this series, creating a landscape to house the couples we meet along the way. This story gives us closure and refreshes the power of the bond between Riley and Jack. I am thrilled to see that the men in her story have a chance to have peace and a HEA, and that their world will continue to revolve around the ranch and family.
The dynamics of the characters are vivid and real. The author’s skill with words and descriptions is solid. She knows how to use conversation between characters to create depth and add tension and humor to situations in the story. Texas Fall is written to take place over a period of a year to allow all of the storylines to work out in a realistic manner. The glimpses of each character is appropriate to where they would be in real life, the couples are at an appropriate stage in their relationships for the new story to develop. This crafting ability is a pleasure to read, to say that this is a character driven book would be an understatement, but they are very well developed characters whom we already love. They have a grip on our emotions, and we need this conclusion in the series. Scott’s attention to detail has brought a huge and varied range of issues into the story, and they are dealt with in a responsible manner. The family that Jack and Riley grow begs for inclusion, and this story ties all of the missing pieces together nicely.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this book, but I can say that it begins with a New Year’s party and a gathering of the entire Campbell-Hayes clan. There is a court date set for Liam to resolve his attack and abuse. Riley is overworked and hires a partner, but he really wants to build an office on the ranch so he doesn’t have to leave his family. Hayley gets a crush on Logan, and is racing for teenage-hood much faster than Jack and Riley have prepared for. Eden is finally getting married, and Riley accepts Sean and needs his help for his own trauma. There are so many new things happening in this story that it is NOT a summary of previous books. Instead, it is a cleverly plotted finale that tugs at the reader, giving us moments with our favourite characters whilst they move on with life. The love story between Riley and Jack is shown to be even stronger, while the steamy sex scenes continue to be studies of lust and humor. I was very pleased to see the return of Hetboy.
If you have read the previous Texas books then you must read this latest one. RJ Scott has created a heart-warming world full of kids and horses, ranchers and oil barons, violence and tenderness, and this book follows the tradition. This series has been sexy and fun to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed this latest addition to the collection.
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