Title: Texas Family (Texas series #4)
Author: R.J. Scott and Sean Crisden (Narrator)
Publisher: Love Lane Books Limited
Release Date: August 23rd 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes begin a journey that will change their lives forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Double D, the cast of the Texas audiobooks face changes that won’t leave a single one of them untouched.
Jack and Riley want to extend their small family of three. Their first choice is surrogacy with Jack as the father, and when all this begins smoothly both men can’t help but contemplate at what point would things go wrong. After all, their lives are far from normal, and nothing is ever smooth.
Add a small four-year-old boy in foster care into the mix, and suddenly things become a whole lot more complicated.
This story follows on from the final scene in the previous book and as the title and cover indicate the guys are looking to extend their family. (I would suggest you listen to the previous three stories first to become familiar with the characters and their life on the ranch).
The surrogacy route Riley and Jack decide to take is covered in plenty of detail and—surprisingly for me—I found this story enthralling. There’s less of a soap opera drama feel to this one and more of a focus on the day-to-day life on the ranch, the worries facing the guys and their surrogate mother. For some reason, I was anticipating something bad happening for them all, but it got to the stage where I thought, ‘No, it can’t go wrong now!’ There are plenty of tense moments and some angst, but Jack and Riley face it together. In addition to this, the guys also become attached to their surrogate’s temporarily fostered autistic son. The men’s hearts are big enough to want to include him in their family as well. That’s easier said than done.
Other couples and storylines are interwoven within the main thread, so we get a glimpse at what’s happening with Eli and Robbie, and the other close family members. A new ranch hand with a troubled past is introduced to the cast of characters and his story will feature more in the next installment.
This story is not all about babies. Jack and Riley still manage to share some sizzling moments together and it’s great to see how their relationship has developed since book 1. They’re a strong couple and closer now than ever before.
Sean Crisden is synonymous with Jack and Riley (and all the others) in this series. He has consistently maintained the voices and personalities for these characters. His superb narration brings the story to life and I could picture each scene clearly as I listened. His voice is expressive and interesting, and I still love the deep gravelly voice for Jack.