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Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star Book 1 (Texas Heroes) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 3, 2014
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New York Times and USAToday bestselling Texas romance author of over 40 novels, including the popular TEXAS HEROES series, a five-time RITA finalist and RT BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner, Jean Brashear knows a lot about taking crazy chances. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She’s an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive ‘someday’—take that leap now.
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You've read this before as this hits every Lifetime movie tearjerker tactic known to mankind. The only reason it gets two stars instead of one is because the author avoids most of the typical Texas cliches. As a native Texan I appreciate that.
He was all, "My dad hated me and my brother, she needs to leave although I'm attracted to and like her, I don't want her to leave but it's better that she does or she'll resent me like the city girl my ex wife was. who cheated on me did, I want her, no I don't but I'm jealous when she's with the lawyer,they deserve each other *and catches a tantrum when he sees her hugging him and giving him a kiss on the cheek" and she was like " I'm leaving, no I'm not leaving, I should leave because he doesn't want me here and I can't take his hot and cold attitude".
The fact that they have a mystery sister in common was intrigueing and the fact that the male leads brother hasn't been found also holds my interest. I may just continue with the series.
To recap... Rising star chef Maddie Collins suddenly learned that her father's life was a lie, when she received a letter from a lawyer that she is now proud owner of a family home in Texas that she had never known... bequeathed by the husband of the only woman her father had ever loved, but had to give up. The catch is she had to stay there at least 30 days. After that it's hers, stay, sell, whatever. But the land the home was on... belongs to the two estranged sons of the same man, Sam Gallagher. Boone Gallagher was a former navy SEAL, but after injuries, he's just a cowboy driven away from home by his bitter father who turned on his sons after death of their mom Jenny. Boone had long lost touch with his brother Mitch. Now Boone is back, and was angry to find that his home now belongs to a city girl who obviously did not want the place, and he had to convince her to stay 30 days when they can't stand each other, for the alternative is for both of them to lose. As Maddie learned about the town of Morningstar and the less hectic but no less work ranch life, she found that this house was where her grandmother grew up, and her father's role in the struggle, and how Sam was now trying to repay the debts that can't be explained. As Boone and Maddie were forced to live with each other, they found that each was attracted to one another, and each was ready to do the other right even if it kills themselves... Is that love?
To explain the background there'd be spoilers ahead. Let's just say I had to make a map to keep all the relations clear, as these were revealed bit by bit. I very much enjoyed the book, but felt a lot of this background seems to be a bit wasted and angst-y.
Okay, the background goes like this: Maddie's father left town to take the blame of his mother (Maddie's grandma) killing her husband, but apparently before he left, he got Jenny, his girl, pregnant, but he didn't know. He left, and got a new name and a new life, new wife, and got Maddie. Back in town, Jenny gave birth to a girl, sent her into secret adoption, then came back and married Sam because her guy is gone or dead. And Sam was ashamed that he knew the guy's alive but hiding, and Jenny / Sam had the two kids, Boone and Mitch. When Jenny died, Sam turned super bitter and the two boys into bitter young adults. Now Sam's at his deathbed and to atone for his sins, his plan was to get Maddie to come back and match up with Boone, and hopefully they can find the other parts of their missing family. Is that any clearer now?
The story line introduces the possibilities of a few more books in the series, but this is a stand alone.
For the repetitive angst the author gives to the lead male character, she lost a couple stars. I'm sure all the readers got it the first few times.