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Publisher's Summary

The first book in New York Times and (USA Today) bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear's TEXAS HEROES: The Gallaghers of Morning Star series—stories rich with emotion, ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension.

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father's life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed-by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he's ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn't want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days-or it will be lost to them both.

"Jean Brashear's distinctive storytelling voice instantly draws in the reader. She writes with warmth and emotional truth. The depth of her understanding of human nature marks her as a writer to watch, a writer to read and a writer to enjoy." (#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber)

"I really enjoyed this, er, literary foreplay. I knew that when these two finally made love, they wouldn't just be going through the motions-there were going to be some fireworks....Jean Brashear is a terrific discovery for me." (The Romance Reader)

"Gifting readers with another emotionally charged romance, Ms. Brashear has a fine knack for commingling full-bodied characters, a fast-moving storyline and just the right measure of passion." (Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine)

"Jean Brashear has that "it" factor. She is an incredibly talented writer who can hit every note with enough clarity to bring the reader tears, laughter, or just, 'Oh, my, this is an amazing story.' " (New York Times bestselling author Stella Cameron)

The TEXAS HEROES series includes:

TEXAS SECRETS TEXAS LONELY TEXAS BAD BOY TEXAS REFUGE TEXAS STAR TEXAS DANGER TEXAS ROOTS TEXAS WILD TEXAS DREAMS

More praise for the TEXAS HEROES series:

"Marvelous talent for creating striking romantic stories by blending charismatic characters, compelling conflict and just the right touch of passion.” (Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine TOP PICK, 4 ½ of 5 stars)

“Like fine wine and dark chocolate…uniquely plotted stories and characters so real they could live right next door.” (Compuserve Romance Reviews)

“Emotionally rich reunion book…ripe with secrets, scandals and sexual tension, it's one book you'll not want to put down.” (America Online)

”Jean Brashear can rip your heart out then make you laugh out loud, so be sure to have tissues handy.” (Joyce Dixon, Amazon reader review, 5 of 5 stars)

“Jean Brashear has written another great book. This 3rd story about the Gallagher siblings was a good one.” (Snoopyfan, Amazon reader review, 5 of 5 stars)

"Crisp writing, richly drawn characters, strong plotting and fiery interludes show off Jean Brashear's top-notch romantic voice." (Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, 4 ½ of 5 stars)

"By the time I had finished the third page, I knew I was in the hands of a pro." (The Romance Reader)

"May all women have a lover as gifted as Mitch: he is a 6 star lover on a 5 star scale. YUMMY!" (Compuserve Romance Reviews)

"This is a story for all romantics. Ms. Brashear has done what she does best, and makes her readers fall in love with two more wonderful characters." (AOL)

"Jean Brashear is a writer of rare talent." (Affaire de Coeur)

©2011 Jean Brashear (P)2014 Jean Brashear

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  • Kathy
  • Lubbock, TX, United States
  • 11-26-14

Secrets can sometimes reveal a treasure

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

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook, and tell these stories until I order the paperback! I share my books with family and friends!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't know who my favorite character would be. Maddie just wants a place to really call home but she doesn't want to "cause waves", but Boone is such a "man" and seemingly unforgiving. He's melting slowly and unwillingly.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

He makes me want to laugh in the proper places and cry in the others, his narration is fantastic!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I guess there were a couple parts in the book that moved me. Finding out about Maddie's father and Boone's realization of family, that can really come true!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Eric's narration of this romantic and a little suspenseful book. A great "read"!

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Wonderful Beginning!

What a wonderful beginning to what looks like a great series. Maddie and Boone are forced together due to the terms of a will and neither one is happy about it. Their relationship is certainly filled with lots of angst, however all ends well in the end. Can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series. Eric Dove is an exceptional narrator!

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Love this book.

I love Texas western romances and this one is no exception. It's not a cliffhanger but it does leave the reader wanting to know what the future holds. The narrator was great also.

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Most Enjoyable

Sparks and fireworks, such a lovely combination in this story about two people trying to sort out the mess their parents had left for them.
Jean Brashear has impressed me with her easy flow of writing. She at once captivates your attention and holds it right until she has finished her tale and then she leaves you panting for more. Such talent!
Eric Dove, our narrator, has a beautiful, explicit voice which he uses to portray the emotions and personality of each character.
I highly recommend this book or audiobook.

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New York Chef & Cowboy

Where does Texas Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was such a wonderful book to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Texas Secrets?

When Maddie attempts to free the calf from the barb wire in the begining.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Maddie helps Boone with a Mare in labor

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Maddie found her grandmothers diary

Any additional comments?

Maddie and Boone, thrown into an unlikely situation by Boone's dad. Maddie a chef from New York, Boone born to be on that farm. Maddie and Boone's love grows into something fierce.

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Loved it!!

The story really pulled me in, as did the characters. Loved everything about this book

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I'm In Love With This Series

This is the first book I've read from this author and I've got to say I'm so happy I bought this. Best book I've read and listened too in a while. I absolutely loved the characters and can't wait to read more.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 10-02-15

Glad this book is over! Sigh.. Great Narration!

Geez I am glad that book is over. It became so annoying. The angst and thoughts of the hero and heroine was aggravating to say the least. It was hard to like them. There really was not chemistry between them and the relationship felt forced, not genuine at all. There is one sex scene towards the end of the story. And let me just add that you will listen/read the entire book until these two admit they even like each other, let alone love each other, as it occurs around 95%. SMH.....

All the hero Boone kept thinking about was "Maddie won't stay, she is a city girl", "I can't ask her to stay", "Maddie won't stay", "Maddie won't stay" Get that repetitive feeling. Yeah, I know!
And Maddie's thoughts "He doesn't want me to stay" over and over.

The plot and story line was just blah and boring, The so called "secrets" were pretty lame. Then the few things you do want to find out about will require you to get the next book. I will pass. This just wasn't for me. Happy for those who enjoyed this story. I did not.

As for the narration, that was the only reason I kept with the book. Eric Dove is a fantastic narrator, he gives everyone their own distinct voice. The women sound like women. His reading voice is great and he reads with emotion and inflections such has coughing, sighing, yelling, whispering, etc.. It's great!.

I cannot recommend this book but I totally recommend the narrator!

This was free on amazon and 1.99 for the whispersync. Glad for that deal. Anymore dollars than that would have been a complete waste of money.

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