Jack is focusing on building an equine therapy school for children with special needs and works hard along side his normal horse training and breeding program. He and Riley have settled into a softer, quieter, kind of family life, but that doesn’t stop them using the barn with the door to the fullest!
But the lull comes before the storm.
Riley and his new assistant travel to Laredo, and across the border into Mexico as part of an exploratory team and things very quickly go to hell. Riley is caught in some serious Cartel problems and suddenly everything Jack holds dear is threatened.
Add in Vaughn and Darren’s story, revisiting Robbie, Eli, Liam and Marcus, alongside Sean and Eden and the wedding that never was, and this story promises you everything you wanted from a Texas series book.
Texas Fall is one of my top picks for the Texas series. After the suspense and action surrounding Liam in the previous installment, I wasn’t sure how Ms. Scott was going to top it. Yet she did with a storyline that would feel contrived for many characters, yet is completely within the realm of possibility for Riley considering his wealth and profession. Additionally we got to see Liam stand up for himself and find the family and home he has been looking for. These plotlines combine to make for another installment in the series that has been added to my reread list.
One would think that with their family full-to-bursting with the birth of the twins and Max’s adoption that life would finally settle down for Jack and Riley. But these are not idle men and they do an impressive job of balancing family with their respective work ventures. Because of the attack on Liam and the subsequent trial against his former boss, Jack slows down the plans for the equine therapy program and a couple of other ranch projects so that he and Robbie can be in court to support Liam. I loved how Ms. Scott gave the reader the opportunity to watch Liam see justice served, treating us to certain parts of the proceedings without dragging out that part of the story. And while being separated from Riley for a couple of weeks while he tended to Liam’s business was stressful for Jack, it paled in comparison to what he experienced when Riley’s trip to Mexico went terribly awry. I was not surprised that the incident took place because the author set the scenario up so well, but I was surprised at just how far she took it and how realistic it felt. I was terrified for both Riley and Jack because even though Texas Fall is a romance and I knew I was going to get my happily-ever-after for the couple, the emotional toll that the guys were under was extreme as they each faced the possibility that Riley might be killed.
Even if I didn’t like what he actually endured, I really liked the richness that Riley’s post-incident behavior added to the story. His PTSD was not only realistic and appropriate to his situation, it also gave him a chance to connect with Sean in a way that he otherwise wouldn’t have. Because of Riley’s subsequent withdrawal, Jack had to find a way to remind Riley that he was safe with Jack. This gave them an opportunity to reconnect on a basic relationship level that strengthened their bond even further. Getting to keep tabs on Robbie & Eli and Marcus & Liam’s relationships are a bonus as the author continues to weave their storylines into the books, keeping fans informed without taking away from the ultimate focus of the books – Riley and Jack. I do hope that Ms. Scott has plans for another installment in the Texas series because I would love to know what life has in store for the Campbell-Hayes clan and the newest additions to the Double D Ranch – Vaughn and Darren.
So this is book six, and we start off with New Years Eve and all the Family together and Happy. Liam still has his court date in a few weeks, Robbie still settling in and with the newest members added at the end of the last story we’ve got quite a lot of charaters and stories to keep up with. But the author does a fair job keeping it all straight.
We’ve got two big stories happening in this one which in my opinion helped revive the series. I felt like the last couple of books were sounding the same. The situation Riley finds himself in, while not really believable, is entertaining and page turning. And the trail Liam has, he finally gets to face his attacker. And we get to see what a monster Hank really was. And now maybe Liam can start healing? Darren and Vaughn have some issue’s to work out and we spend some time just connecting with them and there story.
Of course everything works out in the end, and the I miss you/make up sex is HAWT. Overall a nice breathe into a series that probably sound have been put to bed.