A Texan's Promise: The Heart of a Hero Series - Book 1 Kindle Edition
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From the very first page I can almost guarantee you will be hooked. The chemistry between Vanessa and Clayton is terrific. In spite of the unthinkable circumstance that led them away from the Circle Z Ranch I loved the way that their romance developed--slowly and tenderly. I was slightly frustrated by Clay's actions midway through the book but what is a romance without a man getting some fool notion in his head now and then?
If you're a fan of Shelley Gray's smooth style of storytelling and characters you can connect with you won't be disappointed. A Texan's Promise is a journey across the West that will capture your heart and quench your thirst for danger. I enjoyed this book and look forward to A Texan's Honor releasing soon!
* I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*
-Lubbock was only founded in 1876 and yet the book begins in 1875 and the Circle Z Ranch is supposed to be near it.
-Vanessa and Clayton claim to miss the bluebonnets and Indian paint brush from 'home'. These wildflowers are not found anywhere near today's Lubbock. Ditto for pecan trees.
-The use of modern words, as other reviewers have pointed out.
-The book really needs a good editor to clean up the errors.
-The timing of how long it would take to get from one location to another on horseback just seems too unbelievable. The whole book is supposed to span only two months.
-At one point the reader is told that the money Vanessa's father put in the bank for her was not that much and yet the dastardly step-father leaves the Circle Z for almost 2 months in order to drag her back to take possession of her money. Was it not that much or was it a lot? It can't be both.
-Vanessa's mother married the villain within weeks of her beloved husband's death. Really? She lives on a huge ranch in the middle of no-where and it only takes a couple of weeks for the villain to find her, woo her and convince her to marry him?
This book had potential, it just didn't meet it.
Clayton finds Vanessa crying in the barn one night. He soon discovers that her stepfather has beaten her. With out thinking twice he takers her away in the middle of the night to keep her safe. He made a vow to her dead father to keep her safe and he plans to do just that. Can he keep his feeling for her at bay in order to keep her safe?
Vanessa is dealing with the emotions of her attack and is very happy to be with Clayton as she feels safe with him. She has also had feeling for Clayton for many years and when they must marry on the trail in order to keep her safe she soon finds herself wishing for a real marriage. Can she over come what happened to her in order to be the wife to Clayton she has been dreaming about?
Shelly Gray AKA Shelly Shepard Gray is in my top 5 favorite author list and this new series does not disappoint! I just love her writing style. I feel like I get drawn into the book like I am there with the characters and I have trouble putting her books down. This book deals with the personal and heart retching subject of rape and abuse. The author does a great job of expressing the hurt from Vanessa who has to deal with the pain and fear of her attack as well as Clayton who deals with the grief of not being able to keep Vanessa safe.
The plot was some what predictable. From the beginning you knew that Clayton and Vanessa cared for each other and by the time they finally admit there feelings it feels like old news. I also wish the story of Clayton's sister and her husband had been in a book of its own. She tells their story through out the book but I was left with wanting to know them both more. I also hope Lacy gets a chance to tell her story in this new series at some point.
Over all I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book due out next year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set after the Cilvil War, Clayton is a foreman on the Circle Z. He vowed to protect Vanessa on her Dad's deathbed. After being abused by her step-father, she runs to Clayton. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Martha Lewis
A sweet story that comes from a tragedy. Not perfect, as others have pointed out, but I think it's a good story that's fun to read.Published 18 days ago by Erin P
I enjoyed this book, the story and the characters were engaging.
I soared through the chapters eager to learn what was going to happen next. Read more
Always enjoy Shelly Gray and this was a special treat! Can't wait to read the next one!!Published 9 months ago by Nancyleer
This book is as Wonderful as all the other books I have read written by Shelly Gray. I love her style and will look forward to many more books from her. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Woods64
It was a story of what love is, not lust and sex, but respecting, doing what is best for the other person, putting them first, taking care of them, and love and respect of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by spice
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