Review by Alexander
SERIES: Texas #5
AUTHOR: RJ Scott
NARRATOR: Sean Crisden
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books Limited
LENGTH: 4 hrs and 22 mins
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2017
Six men with lives linked to the Double D…. Danger comes to the Double D from Liam’s past and threatens everything Jack and Riley hold dear. Centering on Jack and Riley and their parents, lovers, and friends.
Jack makes a decision that will affect the ranch, and Riley realizes peace comes at a price. Eli and Robbie have their home on Double D land. Their love is rooted in the Texas soil and they weather as many storms as can be thrown at them. And Liam, a young man with a head full of dreams and sleep full of nightmares, finds that all things are possible when Marcus decides to interrupt his solitary existence.
There’s a lot going on in Texas Christmas, with the primary focus of the story being Liam and Marcus, supported by Riley and Jack’s ever expanding family, and finally Robbie and Eli. Each thread served its purpose, without overshadowing the others, creating a full, cohesive reading experience.
I must admit that I felt uncomfortable with Marcus’ behavior toward Liam. The repeated unwanted visits and invitations to dinner by Marcus were creepy. The fact that the gang at the D were so lackadaisical in their concern was, well, concerning. Fortunately Liam made it clear that Marcus’ interest was in fact welcome, and that simple admission, albeit later then I would have liked, made all the difference. Once that hurdle was overcome, the relationship grew at a good pace, and considering Liam’s past, in a realistic manner.
As I said above, the other two threads supported Liam and Marcus’ story, and Robbie played a significant role in helping Liam and the effects of his past trauma. It was also nice seeing Robbie and Eli, so secure in their relationship get a home of their own was satisfying. When it came to Jack and Riley, and their ever expanding family, I would have liked to see more of it. Their part of the story left me feeling a bit unfulfilled (I was soooo excited at the end of the last book to see what would happen next)
I feel like a broken record every time I review each subsequent story in the Texas series. All of the characters voiced Crisden were performed consistently, and as far as I could tell, (close to) technically perfect. Funny that I said it before, and I’ll likely say it again, but “I would be hard pressed to come up with any criticism of the narration because as usual, it was flawless”.