This is the second time I've written a review for this book; somehow the first review disappeared.... Unfortunately, I do not recall everything I wrote. But I'll try.
First, This book, A Texan's Honor, the second in "The Heart of a Hero" series, isn't quite as silly as the first. But it's still not good. The characters are still ridiculous. Everything is the same. The women are all (and usually) weak. The one main character in this book is molested by her step father just as the main character in the first book. The book has a very high predictability rate. Can the authors of these types of book not come up with something different??!!
Second, the author curses/cusses/swears. Some authors believe (although I doubt it's without conviction. And if it is, well, they should be examining themselves) they can use certain words simply because they are, indeed, "normal" words; that is, they aren't necessarily curse words. For example, hell is a word; it is a real place in which the unredeemed with spend eternity. But used any other way than that, it becomes a swear word. Another example is damn. Another is ass; ass is a donkey; used any other way is a curse word. That's what this author does with at least two words.
Third and most important, there is no gospel. People are "saved" without ever hearing the gospel. She writes as though all you have to do is believe that God exists, and then simply "want" to be forgiven. Even Satan believes God exists! And everyone in their right mind would want forgiveness and heaven . One character dies; just prior to her death she writes a note to a main character stating that he may have convinced her "that maybe, just maybe, [God] exists"; the pastor tells the main character at her funeral not to worry because he is quite certain she is in heaven!!! How absurd!!!!! NO ONE becomes saved because they believe, or "might" believe, God exists--no one. The gospel must be presented and one must understand it--the fact that we are all born in sin deserving of eternal hell fire; Christ came to earth & was crucified for our sin, was buried, and resurrected on the 3rd day, all so we can be reconciled to God--and this is done when we respond to God's call in FAITH and REPENTANCE, and GOD saves us, only by the blood of Christ. We are never saved by walking an aisle, by a prayer we pray, a thing we do, or a belief we believe; we are saved because GOD saves us in HIS time and HIS way because we have a SAVING FAITH and have REPENTED. GOD DOES THE SAVING. Regeneration is a requirement for salvation; if there is no (lasting) change, there is no salvation; by the power of the Holy Spirit the redeemed are able to live the righteous life that God requires. And when one is truly a follower of Christ, they live in obedience to him and his word; no one, and I repeat, NO ONE will see heaven if they live a life that is characteristic of sin. The Bible is clear. People, stop believing everything you read! And start comparing what these authors write with the word of God (if, of course, you are regenerated and spiritually capable of understanding).
This was my first time reading Shelley Gray and I look forward to more of her books. Historical reads are my favorite kind and I think Shelley writes a very good story. I was engrossed from the beginning and thought she had a great story line. I felt she made her characters come to life in my mind. I started with book #2 in this series because it sounded the most intriguing. I had no problem figuring out any characters introduced from the first book. On the down side, every so often you will read something you question and have to look back to make sure if that is what actually happened. Some of the grammar is confusing as well. I wonder who is proof reading and if the author means for the wording to be the way it is so it sounds like speech would have been back then. Despite this, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical romances.
Gray has an amazing plot, filled with amazing characters and high action drama. The settings are described without overmuch detail while still communicating place, and the historical details themselves are the same while describing necessities we modern women might not otherwise consider and how they impact the story. I also like how the book (a second in a series) uses characters that were previously mentioned in the first book--it kind of creates a more familiar community while you are reading.
There are a few issues I have with her story. First, the characters are christian but it is this peripheral awareness of their christianity. The character's faith doesn't "grab" at you. Second, the romance almost seems second place to the drama and plot--which are both amazing, but if you want the warm fuzzy romance grab a different book. Third, after having read the first book, I see a pattern in scenes and developments. And I do believe that some of the details get a little altered between the books even though they are using a group of characters that we have read about previously.
I would recommend this book, but tell my friends it's more plot than romance.
You don't need to read the first book in this series to understand this one as it only briefly mentions the characters of the previous novel. With the threat of rape and death throughout much of the book, it was full of suspense scenes. The romance part was pretty predictable. It was good enough to keep me reading to the end (unlike the first book in the series), yet still I didn't feel highly engaged in the story. I felt I already knew what was going to happen next. I was more interested in Scout's story as it was much less predictable.
There were occasional "bloopers" in the writing. For example, Scout left a girl alone in a bedroom and heard her move furniture in front of the door to block it. Yet when he comes back, he acts like that never happened--he simply unlocks the door and enters, not expecting or noticing that the furniture isn't blocking the door. These bloopers confused me about the timeline--did I really understand her writing earlier in the story? So I'd check, and yes I did. I'm surprised these bloopers weren't caught and fixed by an editor.