From New York Times best seller and USA Today best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear, the fourth book in the popular Texas Heroes: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs series, the story of the Gallagher heir who disappeared after a tragedy 17 years ago.
Jackson Gallagher's teenage rebellion cost him everything: his home, his family, and the girl who could only love him in secret. Seventeen years later, a wildly successful multimillionaire, he is drawn back to Sweetgrass Springs to confront his past: the father who banished him, the town that turned its back on him…and the woman he has never been able to forget.
The last person Veronica Butler is ready to see is the man who made her believe they'd be together forever, then vanished and broke her heart. Widowed and struggling to hold onto her children's heritage, she refuses his help but has trouble resisting the way he makes her remember how deeply she once loved him…except that when he learns the secret she's been keeping all these years, she'll lose him all over again.
"Jean Brashear writes with warmth and emotional truth. The depth of her understanding of human nature marks her as a writer to watch." (Debbie Macomber, number-one New York Times best-selling author)
"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)
"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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I could understand why Jackson never went back to Sweetgrass but NOT why he didn’t stay in touch with his family, especially his twin sister, for 17 years. That is a long time to let your family think your dead.
It was a little angsty, and Jackson and Veronica had a really hard time talking. She blamed him, he blamed her, over and over in their thoughts, but never saying it, never trying to straighten things out before it monotonous. But overall, it was a great romance.
Again, I’m glad this wasn’t just a romance, though. At least Jackson found out there was a mole in his company and he had to go home to find him or her. So, a little corporate espionage to go along with the romance.
It was nice seeing Ruby and Arnie again. As well as, Ian and Scarlett, Mackey and Rissa, and Pen. And I really liked Veronica’s kids, Ben, Beth and Abby. They were written as sweet respectful kids instead of total brats.
There was not an ounce of sexual tension, no desire, no wanting, no nothing that lead up to the one sex scene, so that was a bummer.
As to the narration: I never get tired of listening to Eric Dove. He does a wonderful job every time. Sexy men's voices and very good women's voices.
- Trish R.