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5 Stars Out Of 5
December 15, 2012
This is the kind of story that will tug at your heartstrings long after you close the book. Cory is the sweetest little guy and his earnest pursuit of a friendship with Grayson is so endearing. Such a contrast to his reluctant and overly cautious mom. That conflict really ups the angstometer -- especially when you throw in Gray's trepidation about getting involved with a single mom.
I could really relate to Elise's struggles to be independent. So intent on making it on her own to the point of refusing help even when she needed it. And Gray's knight-in-shining-armor gene kept kicking in and trying to fix things. Such a guy thing but oooohhhh such the wrong thing to do for an independent lady. Talk about sparks flying!
Kaye expertly weaves their romance through a complex plot that includes characters from previous books by different authors in the Texas Twins series. No need to read the others first -- I didn't, but am now clamoring to do so.
Grayson Wallace did not need a six year old looking at him like he was someone special. He'd already experienced getting attached to a kid and having to let him go. Worse yet was Cory Lopez's mother, he best keep his distance. He had enough on his plate looking for his missing father, waiting to meet his comatose mother and getting use to the idea of having an identical twin brother he never knew he had. Nope didn't need any extra burdens.
Elise did not need another man in her or Cory's life but of all things definitely not another lawman. She knew enough about that life after being married to Duke and living through him being killed on the job. Only she did need help with Cory acting up at school and Gray had offered to mentor him. Who knew it would be hard to push him away once he got his foot inside her door and maybe the man himself had touched her heart.
In this fourth book of the series we meet Grayson, who is Jack's twin. He just finished his first successful undercover mission and it looked like he would be promoted soon. Only he finds himself torn between the law enforcement work he loves and Elise. Many of the side stories continue in Grasslands and not much progress on the parent front. Although they are more concerned about their missing father. Glynna adds a touch of her own book series by having Elise come from the fictional mountain town of Canyon Springs in the mountains of Arizona.
Book 5 introduces us to Carter Wallace who is a half brother to the twins in The Soldier's Newfound Family. An exciting series that has the next book begging to be read. But alas, reviews must be written first.
Look Alike Lawman is another well written book by Glynna Kaye. The author writes a beautifully woven story that brings Proverbs 3:5 and 6 alive: the need to trust the Lord in all circumstances. It definitely requires laying down all her fears to reach out to Officer Grayson Wallace after losing her husband, a police officer, in the line of duty.
Grayson is depicted as a passionate man, who loves his job and loves helping others. When injured in the line of duty himself, he opts to take on a more "cushy" task that ends up being anything but that. At a visit to a local school, he is drawn to a young boy who informs him, that his father too had been a cop, and died while at work. Though Grayson did not know the kid's father personally, he did know of him, and was able to settle the troubled Cory, telling him that his father was an example of a true hero.
What doesn't help is that Cory's teacher suggests to Grayson that she feels that Cory needs a professional mentor and asks Cory if he would be willing to consider spending time with Cory and try get to the root of some of his problems.
Despite how Elise feels, Cory and Grayson hit it off well and soon Officer Wallace is all that Cory can think about.
In the meantime both Elise and Grayson find the same thing. Now they have to work a way forward. Can she find a way to come to terms with getting involved with another cop OR would Grayson be willing to change his career to ensure that the woman he loves does not leave him.
All this is happening at the same time in Grayson's life when he himself is trying to sort out his own personal issues. He and his siblings desperately need to know the truth about their family and are on an ongoing journey to discover some of the hidden family secrets.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is considering buying it. Hopefully it will bring to mind areas in your own life where you too can learn to trust the Lord. It definitely made me do some thinking!