From New York Times and USA Today best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear, another story in her much - loved Texas Heroes series:
Stilettos and pencil skirts are more successful, ambitious Pen Gallagher's style than the jeans and boots of the ranch where she was raised. She's fought hard for her success and spared no time for love, certain that marriage and family are not her lot. Now everything she's worked for is jeopardized as scandal brews around her after she fell for a man who prized his own ambitions more. Forced to flee D.C. before her identity is revealed and she can never regain the life she battled to build, she reluctantly returns to Sweetgrass.
Former SEAL turned firefighter Bridger Calhoun, on the other hand, visits Sweetgrass every chance he gets. After a recent tragic fire in which he nearly sacrificed his own life, he is ordered to take time off - and Sweetgrass calls to him. After a lifetime spent rootless and fueled by adrenaline, Bridger wants a quiet life, a home and family of his own with a sweet, soft woman as eager for children as he is.
Then a long-legged, sharp-tongued lawyer crosses his path - and flames ignite. While he's waiting to find Ms. Right and she's waiting for the coast to clear…what's the harm in a little fun? It's only temporary, both agree - they have nothing in common except the heat that blazes high between them, and their goals could not be more opposed. Soon the fire will burn down to embers, and they'll go on with their lives. Easy-peasy, right?
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Could not give this book 5 stars. Because I feel to much of the other book's story lines, was used for filler in this book. And this story could very easily have stood by itself. If Ms. Brashear had used more dialog and action to show Pen solving the problem with ex lover's wife and her law firm. Also would have like to have had more of the story on Bridger's sister Molly and other sibling's. Still an ok book if you haven't read some of the other's.
This is book 5 so I was very confused. Ian and Scarlett got together a couple of books ago and yet she and Nana are both getting married in this one. Weren’t these weddings thrown together a book or so ago? Jackson finally shows up after 17 years in this one when he’s already had his story, with Veronica, in book 4. I felt like this was a recap of all the stories with a little something of Pen and Bridger thrown in. If the books were supposed to run concurrent that was a bad idea. I felt like I was reading the book for a second and third time. Like some of it was simply copied and pasted from other books. I think in order to get everyone straight you’d have to read the Gallaghers books and the Marshalls and the Sweetgrass series, God only knows what else, in order of their writing because they ALL show up in Sweetgrass and if you don’t know who a person is it’s because you haven’t read their book. I mean, Boone and Rissa are in this book and they’re from The Gallaghers of Morning Star, Book 1. And Quinn and Josh was in this one and they're from Texas Refuge: The Marshalls Book 1. There’s a lot of people in this story and I don’t know a lot of them or their backstory. I think if there’s any more stories written about Sweetgrass, I’ll pass.
This was my least favorite of Ms. Brashear’s books and unless I can find one of her books that DOESN’T have a thing to do with Sweetgrass, a book written all by itself, no prequel, so sequel, no nothing, then I’m done. I mean, I read Boone’s story in June of 2012. That’s a long time to keep going with a series and expect readers to remember who all the characters are.
I liked all the players: Bridger, Pen, Nana Ruby, Scarlett, Ian, Boone, Rissa, the Marshalls, Jackson, Veronica, little Eric, and on and on. But, again, I didn’t like Pen and Jackson’s father. He was a mean and hateful man.
As to the narration: Mr. Dove does an excellent job and he gets better and better with each book he reads. He's become one of my favorite narrators. The men sound sexy and the women sound like women.
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