For single mother Abby Bauman, a failed marriage and a troublesome ex are proof of love gone wrong. But once she’s caught up in danger and saved-twice-by take-charge detective Ethan James, she considers whether falling for a true-blue hero is worth the risk. Even now, after the rescue, he seems bent on continuing to protect her and her daughter. Why?
There’s more to Ethan’s determination to stay close than he’s telling her. But when she confronts him, he proves she’s more than a means to solve a case. That tempts Abby to take a second chance on trust-and love. Which might be the best choice she’s ever made.
Who would have thought that a simple traffic accident would bring such drama? I would guess that Abby and Ethan in A Texas Hero sure weren’t expecting it when their cars had an unscheduled meeting on the freeway.
Abby is rushing to get to work at the bank on time. Her deadbeat ex skips out on his parental responsibilities yet again, leaving her to scramble for a babysitter. Frustrated, she misses her exit and stops the car. Ethan’s just finished his shift as a homicide detective, and is not in a great mood. He’s worked all night and just wants to get home to his daughter.
Then they have an accident. Ethan rear-ends Abby’s car, as it sits in the middle of the road. Already late and frustrated, Abby has Ethan follow her to the bank where they plan to exchange details.
A robbery at the bank soon puts paid to their plans. In the chaos that ensues, the robbers end up taking Abby and Ethan hostage. At the first chance, they escape. However, they find themselves in the middle of nowhere. It’s hot and miserable. It’s as they are making their way out to freedom that their relationship shifts from that of complete strangers to lovers.
Now, this did have a touch of the instalove about it, but you can see that when you are in such a high-stress situation such as the one Abby and Ethan are in, emotions are heightened and things like that can happen.
There was a really good energy between Abby and Ethan. Their chemistry was good and they both had to struggle against the scars left by past relationships in their path back to happiness. I liked that they were regular people stuck in an irregular situation, who acted as you expect normal people to – there were no MacGyver-esque antics (not that there is anything wrong with MacGyver, just not in my Super Romance, thank you).
I soon saw that there was some secret shenanigans going on behind the scenes that lead to the robbery and Abby & Ethan being kidnapped. It wasn’t too difficult to see who the villainous person was, however it was good to see how they got around to figuring out who it was.
The supporting characters were really well done in A Texas Hero. Ethan’s dad was a hoot – his attempts to tidy up his language around his granddaughter were hilarious (shih-tzu, anyone?) and Kelsey, Ethan’s daughter, behaves exactly as you would think someone in her situation would – largely abandoned by her mother and having lived a less than stable life to date, she is terrified the same will happen again. I liked also how the character of Gayle (Abby’s stepmum) develops – initially, I didn’t like her, but the situations that arose in this book led to some great changes in her.
Oh, Abby’s ex was a right dropkick and the more you read of him, the more reasons he will give you to want to whack him with a metal bar.
A Texas Hero is a fine contemporary romance with a lovely mix of romance and emotion, and a well-written dose of suspense. I am looking forward to the next in this series.
My rating: 4 out of 5 (originally 3.5, but rounded up on further reflection)
Release Date: 1 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.