Shards in the Sun (The Heart of Texas #1) by Trina Lane
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Adult, M/M, Romance, Western
The heart of Texas beats strong, fueled 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 not to 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 a 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 fulfillment they’ve experienced in each other’s arms is worth the sacrifice of the lives they’ve 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?
3 out of 5 (good)
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Brandon, quite literally, bumped into Tyler at a school reunion. Why Brandon was there, he had no idea. He hated high school and had worked hard to put it all behind him. When one of his tormentors from school came up to Brandon and apologised, it threw him for a loop. When Tyler and Javier turn out to have history, things get complicated.
I quite liked this and it kept me interested all the way to the end.
Tyler and Javier's history is not as bad as its made out to be and I did like that Brandon and Tyler get over that. I liked that Brandon is so slow at moving things along. Actually liked that it caused some problems. Its the only real drama in the book.
Its well written from both men's point of view, and I didn't spot a single spelling error. Its set over several years, and leads nicely into what I'm expecting will be book two. I'd like to read it.
I've not read anything else by this author, and I would like to read more.
This isn't a negative three stars, at all. It was just a good book, not a brilliant one.
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
If you look up the word conundrum in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Trina Lane. Her personality is so multifaceted that her friends have spent countless hours scratching their heads in wonder. A scientist with a passion for history, music and photography she loves to travel and experience new places but is terminally shy around people she doesn't know. Trina has been devouring romance novels since her tender teenage years, although only began writing in 2007. When her debut novel was met with resounding success, she said "Hey I can do that again". The rest as they say is history. Her choices in reading and writing material are as diverse as her iTunes library, which contains music from Mozart to Metallica. Her one concession is all stories must have a happily ever after ending-did we mention she's incurably romantic? She lives in Missouri with her loving and indulgent husband, and orange tabby cat—affectionately referred to as 'Houdini' for his stealthy escape attempts.
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