Hi guys, we have R.J. Scott popping in today to celebrate the release of Texas Wedding, while R.J. celebrates the rest of us will all be quietly sobbing over our e-readers as we say goodbye to Riley and Jack as Texas Wedding is also the last book in the Texas series. R.J. is letting us have a sneak peek with a great excerpt and she’s softened the blow with a fantastic giveaway, so enjoy the post as you wipe tears from your eyes and then click that rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~
Sometimes Riley and Jack have to be the ones to fight other people’s battles and stand up for what is right.
With the life changing prospect of a yes vote from SCOTUS on the issue of same sex marriage, Riley and Jack realise they have decisions to make. Add in some distressing family news and the very real possibility that old secrets may resurface, and this last book in the Texas series pulls together as many threads as the boys can manage to handle.
But through all the ups and the downs, children, family events, laughter, and tears, there is nothing as special as the forever love between these two men.
The day of the board meeting dawned bright and clear, and Riley had to fight to get his head around what he had to do today.
“I really don’t want to go to this,” he said as Jack walked into their bedroom. Jack was still in boxers, and hadn’t shaved. Not that Riley wanted Jack to shave; he hadn’t been joking about loving Scruffy Jack in the Boardroom. Part of him, a small selfish part, wished Jack would be at the meeting.
“There’s still time for me to get dressed and come with you,” Jack said. He gestured down at his bare torso.
Riley fought against saying yes. He couldn’t put Jack in the meeting. Jack would go if Riley really needed him. He would lean back in his chair around the huge oval table, and look relaxed. But if you knew him as well as Riley did, you could see the twitchiness in his expression. Add in the fact it was Hayes Tower, and Jack very rarely attended the meetings.
“You’ll distract me with your cowboyness.”
“Is that a word?” Jack teased.
Riley hugged his husband hard. “It is so a word.”
When they parted, Riley saw the papers Jack had strewn over their bed. “What’s that?” he asked, peering at them.
“Some plans I have, ideas for the house and a smaller….” He glanced up at Riley. “I’m sorry,” he murmured. He looked Riley up and down. “I know I should be going.”
Riley huffed. “I wouldn’t put you through it. Anyway, I get to chat with Josh and get to know more stories of Jack as a boy.”
Jack winced, then shuffled the papers into a pile, and proceeded to kiss Riley the best goodbye he could.
Now Riley was in Dallas, staring up at the glass and concrete building and readying himself for going inside. Riley stood on the street outside Hayes Tower for at least five minutes and psyched himself up for walking in.
I hate this place.
He’d come to that conclusion a long time ago, long before he’d stood in his father’s office and been given an ultimatum: marry for love, or lose your full percentage share. A lot had changed since then. He’d blackmailed Jack into marrying him, and for some crazy reason, Jack hadn’t ended up hating him but loved him as much as Riley loved Jack.
The Hayes Oil that existed now was a different animal to what it had been with Gerald and Jeff at the reins. None of that mattered. He still didn’t want to walk into the building. His own company, CH, had different offices, and he managed to stay away from the Tower as much as he could, but he was a prominent shareholder, and Jim was in charge now. Between them, Hayes Oil had become the spearhead for ethical oil exploration. The change was slow. You couldn’t turn a juggernaut in a tight one-eighty, you had to do it in increments.
His dad’s voice cut through his thoughts. “Thought I’d find you out here,” Jim said with a hint of laughter.
Riley looked sideways at him. “Too many memories.”
“No Jack, then?”
“No.” Riley could have given all kinds of excuses. Jack had said he would come, had said he would rearrange everything on the ranch so he could be there with Riley. After all, he was representing the Campbell family, who also had a percentage in Hayes Oil. But Josh said he’d attend instead, and had already gone in and up. Riley had been so relieved; Jack hated this building even more than he did. The building, and all it represented. “I couldn’t torture him that way. Anyway, Josh is here instead and has his proxy.”
The Heart of Texas
Riley Hayes, the playboy of the Hayes family, is a young man who seems to have it all: money, a career he loves, and his pick of beautiful women. His father, CEO of HayesOil, passes control of the corporation to his two sons; but a stipulation is attached to Riley’s portion. Concerned about Riley’s lack of maturity, his father requires that Riley ‘marry and stay married for one year to someone he loves’. Angered by the requirement, Riley seeks a means of bypassing his father’s stipulation. Blackmailing Jack Campbell into marrying him “for love” suits Riley’s purpose. There is no mention in his father’s documents that the marriage had to be with a woman and Jack Campbell is the son of Riley Senior’s arch rival. Win win.
Riley marries Jack and abruptly his entire world is turned inside out. Riley hadn’t counted on the fact that Jack Campbell, quiet and unassuming rancher, is a force of nature in his own right.
This is a story of murder, deceit, the struggle for power, lust and love, the sprawling life of a rancher and the whirlwind existence of a playboy. But under and through it all, as Riley learns over the months, this is a tale about family and everything that that word means.
Book 1 – The Heart of Texas
Riley’s past comes back to haunt him both professionally and personally.
His dead brother left more than just bitter memories for Riley to deal with. The FBI get involved and suddenly it is more than his good name that is on the line. Jack is always there for him but how much more can Riley’s husband reasonably be able to understand?
Especially when Riley finds out on his delayed honeymoon that he has an eight year old daughter he never knew existed…
Book 2 – Texas Winter
Riley and Jack Campbell-Hayes are in a good place. Jack is expanding the DD and training quarter horses, Riley is so close to his first ethical based contract that he can almost taste it and Hayley is nearly ten and happy as all out.
Jack hires Robbie, a man recovering from a great loss, to be his right hand man. Meanwhile Riley’s mischievous photographer friend, Eli, decides the DD is the perfect backdrop for a cowboy themed model shoot. Eli has secrets not even Riley knows about but despite what he is hiding he falls in lust with Robbie at first sight. Everyone except Robbie can see how perfect Eli would be for him.
What happens when secrets spill and lies are discovered? And just how far will Riley and Jack go to play matchmaker?
Against the backdrop of twenty half naked models on DD land, and in the midst of fighting the oil establishment that just won’t give Riley a chance, Texas Heat is the story of one hot summer in Texas with a Gay Rodeo, humor, angst and a love between two men that just grows stronger every day.
Book 3 – Texas Heat
Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes begin a journey that will change their lives forever.
Set against the backdrop of the Double D, the cast of the Texas books face changes that won’t leave a single one of them untouched.
Jack and Riley want to extend their small family of three. Their first choice is surrogacy with Jack as the father and when all this begins smoothly both men can’t help but contemplate at what point would things go wrong. After all, their lives are far from normal and nothing is ever smooth.
Add a small four year old boy in foster care into the mix and suddenly things become a whole lot more complicated.
Book 4 – Texas Family
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, parents, lovers and friends.
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 men 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.
Book 5 – Texas Christmas
Jack is focusing on building an equine therapy school for children with special needs and works hard along side his normal horse training and breeding program. He and Riley have settled into a softer, quieter, kind of family life, but that doesn’t stop them using the barn with the door to the fullest!
But the lull comes before the storm.
Riley and his new assistant travel to Laredo, and across the border into Neuvo Laredo as part of an exploratory team and things very quickly go to hell. Riley is caught in some serious Cartel problems and suddenly everything Jack holds dear is threatened.
Add in Vaughn and Darren’s story, revisiting Robbie, Eli, Liam and Marcus, alongside Sean and Eden and the wedding that never was, and this story promises you everything you want from a Texas series book.
Book 6 – Texas Fall
About R.J. Scott
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.