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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amazing

Omg!!! I love this book!!!! It’s 3:30am and couldn’t put it down until I was done. Now I’m moving on to number two before I even go to bed lol

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Outstanding book and audiobook

The Heart of Texas certainly struck a chord with my own Texas heart. This romance has it all: enemies to lovers, a murder mystery, a dysfunctional oil-rich family, and so much more.
Jack is the middle son of a good family that has been wronged almost to bankruptcy. The Campbells have a history with the Hayes that is not good, but they are hanging on by their fingernails to their horse ranch. There is a lot to uncover in a past generation but it is all shrouded in secrets, dirty abuse of power, and so much hate.
Riley is the middle child of a very dysfunctional family of a billionaire. Riley works so hard but his contributions to the family business is overlooked and he seems to be hated by his own father. When his father begins to divide up the business among his three children the oldest, Jeff, walks away with most of the shares, leaving Riley to scramble to fulfill a ridiculous demand of his father. He must marry for love and stay married for one year. To everyone’s astonishment he proposes to Jack, with a secret cash bargain and contract .
The plot is layered with good and evil, secrets and lies, on the way to several HEAs. Loved it and couldn’t put it down.
I read the e-book and later listened to the audiobook version. Sean Crisden is a masterful narrator and brought every character to life with great individuality.

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it was so good that i loved it

the story was pretty good it is a lot going on but good the love is there it is worth it

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Iove book

I I've all the books in this series I also love all the by this author

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The Heart of Texas

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

I would definitely recommend this audiobook! This is a great series and it's just as enjoyable in audio format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart of Texas?

This whole book is like a soap opera!

Any additional comments?

It took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator and his voice but once I did, it was really enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Mary
  • 08-24-16

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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  • kindleaddict
  • 08-18-16

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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