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The Heart of Texas

Texas Series, Book 1
By: RJ Scott
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Summary

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.

©2011 RJ Scott (P)2016 RJ Scott

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Heart of Texas has my Heart

Wonderful story of family drama and love that Sean Crisden narrated perfectly, doing justice to all the characters. I will definitely listen to this over and over again. Can't wait for more in the series.

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Absolutely brilliant...

I loved this story. It's so full of twists and turns. The narrator does an excellent job with all the different characters. He really did bring the story to life. I know this will be an audio that I will listen to again. I've also read the book and I just love the heartbreak and angst with a fantastic HEA.

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So good

I loved everything about this, it's not my normal choice, I normally go for very dark books but this captured me right from the beginning sucking me in and holding me captive right to the end, I fell in love with Jack and Riley and most of the other characters and can't wait to continue with the rest of the series

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Fabulous

I loved this series in book form. The setting, the characters and the turn of mystery and intrigue. Add in Sean Crisden's wonderful narrative and this becomes another must have firm favourite. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Tams (TTC Books and more)
  • 01-03-17

Irritable Cowboy + Hot Metrosexual = true love!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. It's not only a well written story with likeable characters, it's given the "Crisden Effect"

What other book might you compare The Heart of Texas to and why?

It reminds me a bit of Saving Seth and Forgiving Thayne by JR Loveless. The characters have similarties as does the storyline, though these two books are Shifters, there is a Cowboy sherrif in that series that so reminds me of Jack.

Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have, I purchase Audiobooks simply because he narrates them. This one is just as amazing as always, love Crisden's various vocal tones and attention to finite details.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Irritable Cowboy + Hot Metrosexual = true love!

Any additional comments?

I am so in love with this series. I immediately got book 2 and started it when I finished this one and now that I've finished 2 I'm ready to dive into 3!

Fans of the Author and Narrator of course you'll want to listen. But if you like sexy cowboys that are full of piss and vinegar, awkward and unsure but fiercely loyal pretty boys that know what they want, but are terrified to go after it, go ahead and grab this one you'll love it!

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  • Cynthia Lewis
  • 02-10-16

great story

this story had it all! Love, betrayal, murder! loved the narrators deep sexy voice! was well writen. I've read the book years ago and loved that as well!

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  • Ashley S.
  • 26-09-16

Don't judge a book by its description!

I had seen this book in my reccomended list for quite a while and just wasn't that interested in the description. I hate books where the Mc is a d0uche, for lack of a better term, and the other Mc still falls in love with him and/or stays with him and that's exactly what this sounded like. Boy was I wrong! Yes Riley is flawed, but there are reasons behind what he does, and you may want to smack him upside the head sometimes but he never makes you dislike him. From the beginning you're rooting for him to break away from his family and be his own man and to fall for Jack. A great book with an unpredictable story line that keeps you guessing throughout.

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  • Blanchard
  • 19-09-16

Great story

The author pulls you into the lives of the characters. The narration was great as well. I can see myself reading this again.

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  • Belen
  • 18-08-16

Sean Crisden is absolutely wonderful!

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If you like the forced marriage trope, coupled with high drama, family politics, old feuds, murder mysteries, lots of plot twists and turns, and really entertaining narration then look no farther - The Heart of Texas has it all!

This is the quintessential feuding families high drama soap opera story. It's absolutely scandalous!

Sean Crisden is absolutely wonderful! He brings Jack's Texas drawl and growling tones, and Riley's upper crust and more subtle tones, to life as well as doing a great job with the various feminine voices of the story. I enjoyed his timing, pacing, and the way he navigated the different dramatics of the material.

Sean Crisden’s honeyed and mellifluous tones kept me entertained, involved, and waiting for the next dramatic moment. I’ll definitely continue with the series, especially if Sean Crisden continues to narrate it!

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  • Heather D
  • 14-11-18

Good bones but disappointing execution

This book had such a great start, two interesting lead characters, a struggling family ranch and a successful company in turmoil behind closed doors, an arranged marriage and several clever plot twists. But then the plot twists and new plot lines keep coming and don't ever really stop. It quickly started to feel like a soap opera with every chapter introducing at least one new problem. (Seriously, every single character in this book has a secret. It's rediculous.) Possibly even more frustrating, every one of these problems are resolved nearly as quickly as they arrive, some not even lasting to the end of the chapter. Very few of these plot twists are explored in any kind of depth (sooo many plot holes and missed opportunities for emotional scenes and character growth) and it completely kills the emotional impact of the situations for the reader. Ultimately, it makes the whole book feel rushed, shallow and completely scattered.

As if that wasn't enough, this book also suffers from telling versus showing. There are a lot (A LOT) of scenes which are left out and we are told the jist of what happened versus being shown it. So frustrating. Along this same vein, we get a fair dose of instalove, as most of the interactions and time period where the leads actually get to know each other are just glossed over in favor of that chapter's problems to be solved. Which is really disappointing because the banter that we do get to see between the main characters is well written. There just isn't enough of it.

This book could have been fantastic but instead, you get a pile of drama with very little emotional investment.

On a side note, I really liked the narrator's voices for both of the main characters but man, his attempts to do female voices just sound painful. I hope he didn't hurt himself.

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  • Zac Chupe
  • 04-09-18

Fantastic

Absolutely one of my favorite series. Can read and now listen to it over and over again. Cant wait to listen to all 7 of the books. A full blown soap opera just in a book. The Heart Of Texas will get you from the 1st page. Hook, Line and Sinker.

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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 06-07-18

Sizzling Romance and Family Drama

If you prepare yourself for a Dallas/Dynasty style soap opera and take all the family drama and secrets, the absurd marriage stipulations that led to the ‘fake’ marriage, and the murder-mystery plot all with a pinch of salt this is a fun and rather enthralling romance. In fact, as the story progressed I found it compelling and entirely believable in a TV drama sort of way.

There’s a host of characters here: from the gorgeous Riley and Jack, whose wonderful sizzling romance is the pivotal point of the story, to the OTT stereotypical ‘baddies’ and the sweet sisters and friends in between. The story is told via multiple points of view, which threw me a little at first as I tend to read romances with only one or two POV. Thankfully, Riley and Jack receive the most scene time, but it was good to be a part of what was occurring elsewhere.

The chapters are generally short, ranging from a couple of minutes to a maximum of twenty-one minutes. The plot moves swiftly and succinctly at times, with no added or unnecessary details. Many of the chapters end with a mini cliffhanger—just like TV soaps often do.

I soon became caught up in all the intrigue and the anticipation of what would happen between the two rival families. I guessed a few of the secrets, but some took me by surprise, which added to the angst I felt for the main characters.

I particularly enjoyed the interaction between Riley and Jack and the way their relationship progressed from ‘enemies’ to ‘fake’ husbands to lovers. The chemistry between them was sizzling from the start and their various sex scenes were hot and narrated with passion.

I always enjoy Sean Crisden’s narration and the distinct voices he creates for the assorted mix of characters. I especially loved the deep sexy drawl he gave to Jack. Great job.

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  • Fa_316
  • 22-05-18

beautiful

love how these characters fall into each others lives. super cute and sweet. Also enjoyed the side characters.

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  • angela p.
  • 14-05-18

Thanks

This is an awesome story with both of heroes and villains and not the people you expect. Can't wait to get into the next one. Oh God and when that narrator does that deep voice.. Ummm hmmmm!