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 Nuevo León 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 want from a Texas series book.
“Can we talk?” Jack asked again and watched as Liam placed the shovel carefully to one side and brushed himself down. He was a little pale, and added to his jumpiness, he looked like the axe was going to fall.
Jack sighed inwardly. He’d given up asking Liam to call him Jack, and they’d settled into this weird kind of respect thing Liam had going on. “I just wanted to let you know Robbie and I will be going down to Laredo with you next week.”
Liam opened his mouth to speak, then shut it. He brushed his hands on his jeans again and looked everywhere but at Jack.
“Why?” he finally blurted out. “I promise not to mention you in a bad light or—”
Jack snapped. He knew he shouldn’t, but the anger he felt at the people who had hurt Liam was enough to push him over the edge. “Like I’d think that. We’re going because if they try one little thing to drag you down and discredit you, then you’re going to need me and Robbie in your corner. Okay?”
Liam looked glassy-eyed, and Jack took a step back as he realized he’d lost it and not in a very helpful way.
“You’d do that? For me?”
Jack despaired of ever getting Liam to see that he was part of the D’s extended family, that Jack cared for his welfare and that he would always be there for him. Liam was a good kid, sensible, very capable, and Robbie loved him like a kid brother or, as Eli teased him, like a son.
Extended family plays a really important part in my writing. Be it the parents, or siblings, cousins, in-laws, or children, most if not all of my books have characters with family members who provide a grounding for the heroes. This is particularly pronounced in the Texas books, which started as a huge soap opera with all kinds of extended family.
Both Riley and Jack have two siblings. Both Riley and Jack are middle children with an older brother and a younger sister. Having them with the same dynamic allowed me to show how different family members can be and the effect that this has on the main heroes. Riley’s family is dysfunctional for a lot of reasons. Jack’s family is solid as a rock and work together through thick and thin. Riley’s family has so much money that Eden uses the family jet to go shopping. Jack’s family has very little to their name, they are property rich, and money poor. Another way to contrast how sometimes happiness doesn’t rely on money.
Texas Fall explores quite a bit more about Eden and her Sean. When we last left them Sean had proposed but we haven’t heard much since apart from the scenes where Riley is the big bad protective brother. This book will deal with Sean, and how his own experiences come to support Riley in a very dark time. We will see what happens between Sean and Eden and how their relationship interacts with Riley on so many levels.
Do you like family being used as background for your heroes? Do you feel family and how the heroes interact with them makes a hero more believable?
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
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