Shards in the Sun (The Heart of Texas #1)

Title: Shards In The Sun (The Heart of Texas #1)
Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, long distance relationship, cowboy, graphic artist
Page Count: 291 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The heart of Texas beats strong, fuelled by the love between two men whose lives are interwoven like the long grass of the hill country they call home.

Brandon Blackstun has spent the last decade moving on from the hellish halls of high school. With an invitation to his reunion in hand, he plans to show his former classmates that not only did the repeated occurrences of being slammed into lockers not cause brain damage, but he’s now a successful cover artist for the very books they buy off the shelves.

Tyler Synder was determined to not follow in his father’s footsteps as head of the International Corporation that bears the family name. Instead his heart is tied to the beat of his horses’ thundering hooves. He operates a breeding program for Tennessee Walkers and guest ranch a couple of hours from the urban luxury of Dallas where he was raised.

The two men might live very different lives, but the heat between them is hotter than any Texas sun. With the help—or meddling—of an unlikely pair of friends, the two explore a relationship that stirs something deep inside them. Distance and misunderstandings force Tyler and Brandon to consider whether the fulfilment they’ve experienced in each other’s arms is worth the sacrifice of the lives they’d built individually.

Texas may be the second biggest state in the union, but is it large enough to embrace the love between these two men or will their deeply hidden fears shatter the boundaries of their hearts?

Man talk about two men that are made for each other but have so much that gets in their way.

Brandon and Tyler meet by chance when Brandon goes to his reunion. Brandon literally ran into a cowboy and from there he could not keep his eyes off of him. When Brandon and his best friend Jess hits the reunion, something unexpected happens when he runs into a former Billy and classmate. Javier was the lead person in line when it came to being a Billy to the out and proud gay boy but something changed between them and now, Javier was finally honest and came out of the closet himself.

Javier and Brandon hang out most of the night and become friends and decide to get togther the next Friday and carry on their friendship. While out that night, something unexpected happens. They run into the sexy cowboy again and low and behold Javier and Tyler are ex’s. Brandon is extremely attracted to Tyler but he does not want to get into the middle of whatever it is that is going on between Javier and Tyler so he skips out and ignores both men when they try and get in contact with him.

Jess conspires with both Javier and Tyler to get Tyler and Brandon togther and it works. Two years of traveling between the two places occurs and then Brandon throws up another road block by refusing to take the relationship any further.

Will Brandon and Tyler be able to get over their differences and come back togther again?

This book was a very good read with roadblocks for the two men at every turn. Just when I felt they was on the same page something happened and they had more issues arise. But they always seemed to pull their heads out of their butts in the end and take a chance on each other. What I like best about this book was the very last line in the book left me riling and wanting the next book in the series now. Can’t wait for it to come out so I can find out what is going to happen next.

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Galley copy of Shards in the Sun (The Heart of Texas book 1) provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.