A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Gray

14138308A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Shepard Gray 

Published: 2012

Publisher: Abingdon Press

Series: Heart of Hero(Book 3)

Goodreads Summery: Texas, 1874. Long ago, Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his Civil War hero brother Clayton. But when Scout steps foot on the rundown remnants of the Circle C ranch, he wonders if maybe just maybe the Lord has something different intended for him. Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth and shouldering the blame for her brother ‘s death. But when a stranger rides onto her ranch, claiming he owns it, she suddenly is given a choice: either keep looking at the dark side of life . . . or dare to dream.

     Rosemarie is the outcast of her family thanks to a horrible accident when she was a child that was not her fault. With her father dead and a scary yet rugged cowboy claiming her families rundown ranch she is left with no where to go. Her only hope is to work for this cowboy. What she does not plan on is him stealing her heart. Scout is leaving his old life behind and starting a new with a ranch he won in a card game. Though the ranch is in desperate need of repair he is content to make it his own. He did not expect the woman to become part of the deal but with her family’s desertion he offers to let her work for him. He soon finds himself carrying for her yet when his past comes to find him will be be able to let go and find the happiness he has always wanted?

     This is the 3rd and final book in the Heart of a Hero series and I have to say I was a little disappointed. We started to get to know Scout in the 2nd book and I guess I expected a little more from this book.

What I liked: The book was well written and the characters likeable. I really wanted Rosemarie to find some happiness after the way her family treated her.

What I did not like: Both Scout and Rosemarie could have used some more depth. Scout was once a ruthless killer and now in this book he seems quite mellow. I know he was going from the fearless outlaw to the right side of the law rancher but I thought he could have been a little more exciting. Rosemarie could have used some backbone. I know her family treated her badly but it would have been nice to see her with a little more spunk. Also the added storyline with some of Scouts past gang members was odd. I was expecting a little more action at the climax of the story but it ended so quickly I had hoped for a little more excitement.

     Over all this was an okay book but it almost seemed like the series was tied up to quickly that maybe a 4th book would have made this story stronger and gave some of the other characters more time to develop(like the brother of Vanessa from the first book). It still was a good book and the ending made me tear up I just wish it would have had a little more meat at the climax.

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     The series over all was okay. I really enjoyed the first book but book two and three where just not as good. The first two books had more action and suspense where the 3rd book felt week in comparison. I would suggest reading the first book for sure.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.



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