Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
RJ Scott's Texas series is probably her most popular one, so I can just imagine how excited fans and readers are over the fact that there's now an eighth book that's out! Yes, Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes and their family are back, and for those who are curious as to how life may have turned out for the couple and their loved ones over the years since the seventh book, Texas Wedding, well wonder no more. This isn't limited to just one particular period of time either, so if you're like me and was hoping that we'd have some idea how the kids in the Campbell-Hayes clan (both immediate and extended) were going to be faring as adults, consider our wish granted in this one.
Fifteen years later and Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are still very much in love, but that doesn't mean they don't have their tiffs and misunderstandings. With their eldest daughter Hayley setting of for college, both her Daddy and Pappa come to realizations that their home life will be changing yet again. Riley and Jack will also have to face down the threat of illness from one of them and the danger that Mother Nature brings not just their way but to that of the entire state of Texas. Through it all, these two men will continue to embrace the gift that has made them better husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, and friends--that of true and lasting love in their place called home.
This has been one of those series that you can't help but become attached to the cast of characters that you get to know from book to book. From Riley and Jack's tumultuous start to them realizing they were in love, they went from fighting each other to fighting for their love and their family. I loved that we get to see Hayley have that happily-ever-after that she's known was hers from the time she was ten, and how her fathers were there for her through the ups and downs. Then there are the twins, Connor and Lexie, as well as dear Max, and while they aren't featured as prominently as Hayley was here, there was no denying just how loved they were by both their fathers.
Aside from the immediate Campbell-Hayes family, it was great catching up with everyone else who's part of the the extended family--from their respective parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews to those who have made the Double D Ranch their home as well and have managed to find love and peace along the way. I'm not entirely sure if this eighth and latest book spells the end for the Texas series, though I wouldn't be surprised since this had a feeling of poignancy to it. Whether Texas Gift is it for the Campbell-Hayeses, it's been a wonderful ride, with Riley and Jack not riding off into the sunset but watching every single one together from the D. 4.5 stars. ♥
Date Read: 23 November 2017
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