- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 4 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jean Brashear
- Audible.com Release Date: July 23, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M22IOO8
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Texas Refuge: Texas Heroes: The Marshalls Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Seeking peace after nearly dying in a failed attempt to save his sister, the last thing former Houston detective Quinn Marshall wants is another woman to watch over, but someone important to his brother is in trouble, and Quinn's basic nature is to protect.
Soap opera star Lorie Chandler has already lost her husband to an obsessed fan and now her son is the madman's new target. While the police hunt the killer, Quinn's rugged Texas ranch is the ideal hiding place for Lorie and her child. Neither Quinn nor Lorie expects the explosive heat or the powerful emotion that flares to life in his canyon refuge, yet there is no future for them and both are painfully aware that their time together can only be temporary. When the madman finds them, Quinn's sole focus is on keeping Lorie and the boy he's come to love safe, even though how his success will mean that he will have to give them up to a life where he cannot belong.
A long term project of mine is tracking down books to add to a booklist a friend of mine needs for her families of people with PTSD. Books can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. If you wish to contribute a title and author please feel free.
While the term PTSD is not used, I feel certain the hero has it. He is certainly plagued by guilt. The heroine has a stalker. Although no one says "soap opera star" I think it is obvious that she is one. The hero's brother is also a soap opera star on the same show. She has the obligatory plot munchkin.
There is trauma, so trigger alert for that.
I liked it enough that had there been a link at the end to the next story, I might have purchased it last night. But there wasn't, it's the next day and I feel kind meh about it now.
One of the biggest tests to how good a story is is how deeply it stirs the readers' emotions. Well, I lost count of how many times I found myself crying over the pain and anguish the main characters suffered. I could truly feel the love that was growing between Quinn and Lorie, and my heart ached for them and how they believed that, in the end, they'd have to say goodbye. And then there were the times that I was just about sitting on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, as the lives of Lorie and those she loved were threatened. Of course, there was also the temperature-rising love scenes, which were not only steamy but also full of emotion. When I came to the end of the story, I had a great big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart, which is the best thing of all.
Something else I really enjoyed is that a generous portion of the story is told from Quinn's POV. Quite often, romances are told mostly or even completely from the perspective of the female protagonist. I am so glad that the author chose to delve so deeply into the mind and heart of her male protagonist. I think it adds so much more depth to a romance story when you get the POV of both the woman and the man. In fact, I almost never read stories that have only the woman's POV.
If there's one thing I really wish, it's that the author had delved further into the events surrounding the death of Quinn's sister and how it is that Quinn was hurt so badly that he almost died. There are little bits and pieces about it, but there are far too many unanswered questions. It wasn't even revealed if the killer was brought to justice, although I'm guessing he must have been since I doubt Quinn would have rested until his sister's murderer was either dead or in prison.
Now onto the story's characters. I'll warn that there are some mild spoilers in what follows.
I have always had a weakness for big, strong guys who are also gentle, kind, and compassionate, and Quinn Marshall is all of those things and much more. His loving tenderness toward Lorie after a devastating attack on her would make just about any unmarried heterosexual woman long for a Quinn of their own, and his burning rage against the maniac who hurt her was like a living thing. I was delighted by how angry Quinn was at his brother, Josh, when he believed that Josh and Lorie were in a relationship yet Josh was fooling around with other women. That sense of protectiveness and outrage showed how, even though Quinn thought that Lorie could never be his, his feelings for her were already strong.
Quinn is a man not only tortured by what he believes is an unforgivable failure to save his sister but also by an ability he neither wants nor is willing to accept. Quinn's psychic abilities were an unexpected and very pleasant addition to the story (I love paranormal romances) and proved to be vitally important.
As for Lorie, being a stunningly beautiful and successful actress, many would expect her to be yet another shallow member of the entertainment industry, but she definitely isn't. Though she is dedicated to her career, she lacks the swelled ego of many actors. She has a level head on her shoulders and is a warm, loving person. The heart and soul of her world is her five-year-old son, Grant, and everything she does is for him.
If I had to name a flaw in Lorie's personality, it would be her stubbornness not to accept the level of danger she was in. There were a few times when I found myself shaking my head and thinking that she was being very foolish. Sadly, she learned her lesson in a terrible way but, afterwards, showed the strength and courage within her.
Little Grant is so precious and adorable that I wanted to hug the stuffing right out of him. Some of the things he said, with all the honesty and innocence of a young child, made me laugh, whereas other things made me cry. The way he and Quinn bonded so completely warmed my heart.
Fortunately, there were only a few grammatical errors, the most common being spaces before punctuation marks, which sometimes resulted in a period dropping down onto a line by itself.
I would highly recommend this story. Hoping to find another gem, I downloaded the author's Texas Secrets, which is free, but I was sorely disappointed by it. I did not like the male lead's personality or the way he treated the female lead. I found myself comparing him to Quinn, and he did not hold up at all well in the comparison. The truth is that I love the character of Quinn Marshall so much that I suspect I'll be using him as a measuring stick against the male leads in any future books I read. I would like to know if any of the author's other books have men like him, but, sadly, they are beyond the price I can afford to pay for Kindle books, although I may someday fork over the money to at least get Josh Marshall's story, Texas Star, which also sounds very intriguing.