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Publisher's Summary

Sexiest Man Alive Josh Marshall is on his way home to Texas, when he rescues a woman on the run. In contrast to the many women crushing on him all over the world, this woman does not trust him and wants nothing to do with him, seeking to escape every time his back is turned.

Elena Navarro is running from an abusive husband with criminal ties. Terrified to trust anyone, she finds Josh's tender care a miracle, but his fame could be a death sentence for them both. When echoes of a shared past life threaten, Josh questions his sanity, but he's a white knight to the core and cannot stop trying to help her, even at the risk of his life.

The second audiobook in New York Times best seller and USA Today best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear's Texas Heroes: The Marshalls series is an emotional, suspenseful movie-star romance that will grab your heart and keep it racing.

Josh's brother Quinn has his own story, Texas Refuge. Their cousin Case's story is Texas Danger.

©2012 Jean Brashear (P)2014 Jean Brashear

Critic Reviews

"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 best-selling author, Debbie Macomber)
"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 best-selling author, Stella Cameron)

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Not Just A Pretty Face!

So the sexiest man alive is not just a pretty face he is a darn nice guy with a heart of gold! While driving home to Texas Josh saves Elena Navarro from a couple of assailants on the road and is pleased to find out she is not another groupie. In fact she is just the opposite, she doesn’t want anything to do with him. Elena is on the run from an abusive husband and has problems of her own, the last thing she needs is to be in the company of a famous movie star. This is another suspense filled story with great secondary characters, returning characters and a satisfying conclusion. Josh and Elena are a perfect couple and are well suited to each other. You can’t help but like them both. Eric Dove once again does an exemplary job of narrating.

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  • Jennifer
  • HOLLANSBURG, OH, United States
  • 08-04-18

Soulmates to the end

I have read/listened to many of Jean's books and each one touches you and leaves you wanting more. In this story Josh had an moment of true reflection and he would put everything he was on the line for the woman that has stolen his heart. I love that all of Jean's story intertwine and bring out the characters in their full glory.

Eric G. Dove is one of my favorite narrators, there really is words to describe what he brings to your ear.

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Hot drama!

He is an actor who, on his way home to see his family, rescues a woman on the side of the road. She is on the run from an abusive husband. Before he left Hollywood he attended a party where a fortune teller informed him that his soul mate is living in the same time as he is and she needs his help. He is skeptical. She keeps having visions of a past life that feature a man with green eyes.
I loved how this book had flashbacks to their previous lives. And Eric G. Dove did a great job of reading this book. When I read it before I didn't give it the correct amount of drama. Eric brought that out. Just proves to me that listening to an audible book is better.

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Cheating...even though the husband wasn't a good m

I mostly enjoyed this book by Jean Brashear. She writes such engaging stories. It was difficult to pause the book when needed because I wanted to see how it would end. I completely fell in love with Josh in Texas Refuge. He is such a kind man. I just wish there had not been any cheating. I know Elena had a horrible marriage to Richard, and they were not living as a married couple, but I'm sensitive to cheating and it dampened the book for me. There were dreams in this book that brought a supernatural element to it.

Eric Dove did an excellent job as narrator once again. I can listen to him all day. He has such a rich voice.

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Great audible!

I read the ebook back in 2016 & most recently listened to this audible. Narrator, Eric G. Dove, is so smooth and he changes voices so beautifully as the story progresses. This Texas Hero story involves, Josh Marshall, a Hollywood Star, known as the sexiest man alive. He rescues a runaway Elena Navarro, while he was driving home to Texas. If you love romance, then I recommend this audible.

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Past life, present solution

I read this book as part of The Marshalls Boxed Set, then listened to the audiobook recently. Josh Marshall is a successful actor who rescues a runaway being accosted on a dark highway. A chivalrous gentleman, he convinces her to trust him enough to allow him to give her a ride to a safe venue. He soon recognizes Elena to be a kindred soul to his sister-in-law, who had been stalked and tortured.

I liked the slow development of trust, leading to friendship, then love. The mix of a previous life experiences with the present was a plus. The suspense was well written. What I did not enjoy was the stupid dangerous choices Elena insisted upon making, sure that she knew best how to handle the situation. It's hard to believe an abused woman would make such rash emotional decisions which could obviously set her back in the hell she had just escaped. Lucky for her, Josh was more patient than I am.

You will enjoy any and all of Ms. Brashear's Texas Heroes. And check out the audiobook, too! Mr. Dove does an excellent performance of all characters with a pleasant reading voice. His portrayal of the suspense is well-modulated, not overplayed.


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Texas Star: The Marshalls Book 2 (Texas Heroes 5)

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Josh & Elena

Josh rescues Elena from a dangerous situation, is drawn to her, and wants to help her with her larger problems. Elena has visions of a past life and a green-eyed man in danger. Josh does not want to be with Elena long-term because she will not fit in with his Hollywood lifestyle and the negative press their relationship would receive. There was almost a story within a story with the past and present lives connecting. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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A Little Too Much Angst

I read this book several years ago. It was not one of my favorite Jean Brashear books. I didn't get that same sense of romance from this one for some reason.

In reality, I do empathize with Elena's fears, based on the life she lead with Richard. But, when I am reading/listening to a romance novel, I don't want all of the angst. Josh was out of control when trying to keep Elena safe , but, luckily he had Quinn to help keep him somewhat sane.

It seemed like Elena's angst was never ending. It was exhausting. Normally when I finish a romance I have a smile regarding the HEA, but I was tired when this was over.

The end was suspenseful and full of action, but getting there was a long road.

The audio book made the angst much easier to handle. Listening to Eric Rove's narration helped to keep you involved in the story and not focus on how long it took the romance aspect to come into play.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed the audio Book that was provided by the author.

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Everything a romantic can ask for.

Texas Star is everything a romantic can ask for. Brashear has a way with a pen. Standing on the edge of forever Josh and Elena are realists who must take a leap of faith to find happily ever after. On the run from her past Elena is scared to trust anyone including herself. Josh is her only chance out of the abyss of darkness that surrounds her. Can he protect her without endangering himself?  Brashear and Dove are a lethal combination.  Dove is a master at delivery with his velvety voice and soulful vocal stylings. Brashear uses her words to tempt readers into a world of dangerous love and unforgettable characters.  Suspense has never been so seductive.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 10-01-15

Not a favorite..

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Wow! This book had a lot of inner turmoil and conversations about how they didn’t belong in the same world. It kind of went on and on. So, it’s like a book on angst, and I do hate an over-abundance of angst. This is the biggest book in the series and there wasn’t any point to making it so long by adding so much angst. I found myself skipping page after page when Elena started her thoughts that she didn’t belong in his world and Josh’s thought of having to go back to LA without her because the people there would eat her alive. It became very repetitive. From the time they met it was these kinds of thoughts and they did become boring after about 150 pages, yet still they continued thinking this.

I wasn’t crazy about her dreams/visions, either. I think that’s what made the story soooo long. I realize they were soulmates but the dreams/visions were kind of boring. I was more interested in the husband, Richard, and Guzman, and what was going on in that arena. As it turns out, the worst thing about this book was that Richard didn’t get all that he deserved. He was such a vicious bas*ard

And I have to give Josh kudos for being soooo patient with Elena. Richard beat the backbone right out of her. I didn’t think she’d ever get any of it back. After 200+ pages of her being scared of her own shadow I was beginning to think the book would end that way, no matter how many times Josh proved to her that she could trust him.

I will continue to read Ms. Brashear but I’ll stick to her 250 pages-or so books. I’ve read 8 of her books and this one is my least favorite.

There wasn’t much sexual tension but the sex was good.

As to the narrator: As always, Eric Dove did a great job. I never get tired of listening to him. All the women sound like women and all the men sound sexy.