Author: RJ Scott
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781614957270
Summary: Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are in a good place. Jack is expanding the DD and training quarter horses, Riley is so close to his first ethical based contract that he can almost taste it and Hayley is nearly ten and happy as all out.
Jack hires Robbie, a man recovering from a great loss, to be his right hand man. Meanwhile Riley’s mischievous photographer friend, Eli, decides the DD is the perfect backdrop for a cowboy themed model shoot. Eli has secrets not even Riley knows about but despite what he is hiding he falls in lust with Robbie at first sight. Everyone except Robbie can see how perfect Eli would be for him.
What happens when secrets spill and lies are discovered? And just how far will Riley and Jack go to play matchmaker?
Against the backdrop of twenty half naked models on DD land, and in the midst of fighting the oil establishment that just won’t give Riley a chance, Texas Heat is the story of one hot summer in Texas with a Gay Rodeo, humor, angst and a love between two men that just grows stronger every day.
Review: If you have been following the Texas series and the exploits of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes, this book won’t let you down. This book picked right up with Donna and Neil’s wedding. The regular cast of characters put in appearances but this story with its many sub-plots revolves primarily around Jack working the Double D, Riley working his oil consulting firm and how the two men manage to keep their marriage fresh and together. Hayley becomes more of a main character as she begins to grow into a lovely ten year old who is mature beyond her years. Neil’s best friend, Robbie shows up for the wedding and is hired on by Jack to help train three quarter horses for competition. Robbie is a natural with the horses but is carrying some emotional baggage. Eli, an old college friend of Riley’s, calls out of the blue looking to do a photo shoot for a men’s underwear company. Eli lays eyes on Robbie and immediately falls in lust with him. Riley goes through an emotional wringer between some jealousy over an ex of Jack’s at a Gay Rodeo that Jack is judging at and a business deal that an old croney of Gerald Hayes’s tries to undermine. Throw in some drama from minor characters and you’ve got yet another outstanding in the continuing Campbell-Hayes saga. I enjoyed this book even more than I did Texas Winter as Ms Scott really concentrated on Jack and Riley’s relationship and their love for their daughter Haley. The introduction of Robbie and Eli brought a refreshing new story line into the series and I hope we see much more of them. Like the first two books, this one is filled with a myriad of emotions that just left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Did you hear that Ms Scott? This was an emotionally driven story that flowed very well even with all that was packed into it and ended with Scott’s trademark HEA. I recommend this installment to everyone who has been following the series and to those of you who haven’t gotten wrapped up in the saga it’s time you picked up The Heart of Texas and got into it.