Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star (Texas Heroes #1) by Jean Brashear

TexasSecretsUp-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father’s life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed—by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he’s ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn’t want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days—or it will be lost to them both.

The description of this one is off just a little. It may have been just my take on it after I read the book though. Basically, it was family drama. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

Boone came back to his family ranch after his father died. To say that they had a strained relationship would be putting it mildly. He (Boone’ dad) basically shut himself down when his wife died and drove his sons away from him physically and emotionally. His final act was to try to make things right. Not necessarily for his sons, but for the daughter of his best friend who he felt like he had treated unfairly as well. Maddie came to the ranch to stay the 30 days that Boone’s dad (Sam) had requested. At the end of the allotted time she could decide to either keep the house and some acreage or sell it to Boone. If she didn’t stay the allotted time then the property would be forfeited to a neighboring family with a not so nice reputation.  See, just a little different, but I think you get the gist of it now.

As far as contemporary cowboy romances, I think Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star is one of the better ones I’ve read lately. Sometimes the romances like these tend to get a little corny. That’s probably not fair, but I’m not really sure of any other way to put it. I didn’t get that from Texas Secrets. The premise was unique and the flow of the story was believable. There was a strong connection with the characters but it wasn’t forced.

I really liked these characters. Maddie was a free spirit. She was strong and determined and felt like she belonged at Morning Star from the moment she saw it. Part of that was because she had spent her life on the run with her mother and father. She had never settled in one place for very long and the fact that she had roots at Morning Star made the draw and appeal even stronger.

For Boone, Morning Star was the only home he had ever known and he wasn’t about to give it up without a fight. He was also broken and Maddie was the perfect person to make him feel again. He was committed and determined as well, but he also had a soft side that I loved watching Maddie uncover.

The supporting characters were great and were more than just filler. They were witty and the friendship and sense of family between them all was strong. I loved all of them. There were even a couple of twists and turns and more than a few surprises. Although Maddie and Boone’s story came to a satisfying end, it’s evident in the set up for the next books that they will play a role in them. At least I hope so.

The next two books in the Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star series are Texas Lonely and Texas Bad Boy. Telling you now who they feature would throw out some pretty huge spoilers, and you know how I feel about them. 😉

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I received Texas Secrets as a free download from Amazon on May 25, 2013.

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