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Deep in the Heart of Texas – Review

Deep in the Heart of Texas by Alta Hensley, Melissa Ecker, and Amy le Blanc
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Los Angeles Times reporter, Maggie Wright, is assigned to do a story on the dying dude ranch industry in the south. When the newspaper offers to foot the bill for Maggie and her two friends, Payton Evans and Sophia Foster, to stay at the legendary Weston Ranch in Valentine, Texas, they jump at the opportunity. While it’s not the Caribbean cruise they wanted, how bad could it be?

Expecting a tired farm with dusty old cowpokes, the three big city friends are taken by surprise when they’re each assigned to a dashing cowboy or two for some good, old fashioned ranch training and a whole lot of rough riding. Their limits are tested in ways they never imagined, both in the bedroom and out on the range. After two weeks, will the women run back to the bright lights of Los Angeles without so much as a backward glance? Or will these skilled cowboys have them longing to stay for just a little bit more of their Texas-style heat?

Tempted in Texas by Alta Hensley is the first story in this anthology.  Sophia runs a small boutique and has problems giving up control.  Her blackberry is glued to her hand and she can’t go a day without checking email.  She doesn’t have any faith in her assistant but all of that changes when she gets to the ranch.

Deacon Weston is determined to loosen up Ms. Sophia Foster.  She is wound tighter than a clock and is not happy when he tells her his rules, no internet and no phone.  He gets her out of the cabin and out on the range.  He introduces her to fresh air and a little country loving.

They spend a lot of time getting to know each other and each day get closer and closer.  Sophia is starting to think about a future that doesn’t include her store but does include a sexy cowboy. 

Tamed in Texas by Amy le Blanc is Maggie’s story.  Maggie is one lucky lady and was granted a two for one deal at the ranch.  Maggie is a reporter and was sent to the ranch to do a vacation piece on the ranch.  She doesn’t want to be there and is determined that she will be done in two to three days tops then her and her friends can get out of there.  That is until her hosts show up at her cabin.

Dylan and Chase are best friends and have been since they were very young.  They have been known to share things in the past, will they share Maggie?  The trio heads out on the range to wrangle the herd, little does Maggie know they will not be camping outside.  She is not happy with her situation but refuses to let them know that she is not used to riding horses.  When they stop for the evening, the boys take care of her and help ease her muscles from a day in the saddle.

One thing leads to another and after too many shots of tequila, Maggie has agreed to something that will change her future forever.  The scenes with the three of them were very hot and well written.  They have a difficult road ahead of them but if anyone can make it work, the three of them can.

Taken is Texas by Melissa Ecker is the final story in this anthology, its Payton’s story.  She is the tough one of the group.  She works for the sheriff’s department and is not afraid of domineering men.  She is taken aback by Drake when she first meets him.  He is abrupt and to the point and doesn’t take no for an answer.  He makes her angry and hot at the same time, which thoroughly confuses her.

Drake has seen women like Payton before and he knows how to “tame” her.  He wants to be the one she gives up total control to.  He is amazed at her work ethic and can’t stop thinking about her.   Drake loves the ladies but he isn’t the marrying type.

Payton and Drake are very hot together.  I like that she is a strong female and he recognizes that and doesn’t try and change her.  At the same time, she is not afraid to let go and submit to him, even if it is only in the bedroom.  The banter between them had me rolling at times and I enjoyed getting to know the two of them.

All three of these stories flowed well together and were well written.  The characters were fun and I liked that each story focused on one friend and one brother.  Each story takes a different approach to their love scenes and has the ability to appeal to a wide variety of romance readers.  There are a couple different levels of heat throughout the book from sweet love scenes to a ménage. 

Overall this was a well matched trio of stories and I give Deep in the Heart of Texas 4½ Flaming Hearts. 


3 Responses

  1. WOW on the star rating. You must have really enjoyed this book.

    Sounds like a fun read

  2. it was good. They got better with each story and the last was my favorite – I’ll never be able to look at a John Deere Tractor teh same again. Thanks Melissa. 🙂

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