• The Heart of Texas

  • Texas Series, Book 1
  • By: RJ Scott
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 RJ Scott (P)2016 RJ Scott

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Sean Crisden is absolutely wonderful!

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If you like the forced marriage trope, coupled with high drama, family politics, old feuds, murder mysteries, lots of plot twists and turns, and really entertaining narration then look no farther - The Heart of Texas has it all!

This is the quintessential feuding families high drama soap opera story. It's absolutely scandalous!

Sean Crisden is absolutely wonderful! He brings Jack's Texas drawl and growling tones, and Riley's upper crust and more subtle tones, to life as well as doing a great job with the various feminine voices of the story. I enjoyed his timing, pacing, and the way he navigated the different dramatics of the material.

Sean Crisden’s honeyed and mellifluous tones kept me entertained, involved, and waiting for the next dramatic moment. I’ll definitely continue with the series, especially if Sean Crisden continues to narrate it!

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Irritable Cowboy + Hot Metrosexual = true love!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. It's not only a well written story with likeable characters, it's given the "Crisden Effect"

What other book might you compare The Heart of Texas to and why?

It reminds me a bit of Saving Seth and Forgiving Thayne by JR Loveless. The characters have similarties as does the storyline, though these two books are Shifters, there is a Cowboy sherrif in that series that so reminds me of Jack.

Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have, I purchase Audiobooks simply because he narrates them. This one is just as amazing as always, love Crisden's various vocal tones and attention to finite details.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Irritable Cowboy + Hot Metrosexual = true love!

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I am so in love with this series. I immediately got book 2 and started it when I finished this one and now that I've finished 2 I'm ready to dive into 3!

Fans of the Author and Narrator of course you'll want to listen. But if you like sexy cowboys that are full of piss and vinegar, awkward and unsure but fiercely loyal pretty boys that know what they want, but are terrified to go after it, go ahead and grab this one you'll love it!

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great story

this story had it all! Love, betrayal, murder! loved the narrators deep sexy voice! was well writen. I've read the book years ago and loved that as well!

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Don't judge a book by its description!

I had seen this book in my reccomended list for quite a while and just wasn't that interested in the description. I hate books where the Mc is a d0uche, for lack of a better term, and the other Mc still falls in love with him and/or stays with him and that's exactly what this sounded like. Boy was I wrong! Yes Riley is flawed, but there are reasons behind what he does, and you may want to smack him upside the head sometimes but he never makes you dislike him. From the beginning you're rooting for him to break away from his family and be his own man and to fall for Jack. A great book with an unpredictable story line that keeps you guessing throughout.

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Great story

The author pulls you into the lives of the characters. The narration was great as well. I can see myself reading this again.

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damn this is good

First the narration was spot on. There were so many characters and they all came through. The drama was nonstop. At times I did want to spend more time with the MCs but it was still good. Good spice level too.

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Great story but needs an editor

This is for the full series. A continuity editor is desperately needed. After the wedding someone shows up. Then nothing about it again. One book doesn’t show up in the series. There’s answers in later books in another series that cause confusion. Great characters but instead of two series these should have been melded together. Like I said,a continuity editor is needed.

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Really liked this book!

I liked this book from beginning to end, and think Sean Crisden is an amazing narrator. I was so caught up with the relationship between Jack and Riley, as well as the family secrets and drama, that I didn’t do what I normally do, which is look ahead for hints! I just let the story absorb me, and savored every minute of it. Looking forward to Book 2!

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Good Story That Captivated Me.

The story captured my imagination from the first paragraphs. I loved the strengths and weaknesses of the two main characters. They had my heart. Sean Crisden's narration was good and pleasant to listen to with one exception. That exception was doing women's voices. They all sounded like they were ready to cry. Otherwise his voice was wonderful.

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😲 wow

what a fabulous book to start a series! I loved the storyline, characters, and tempo of this book. On to the next one!

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  • MaryD
  • 08-24-16

Heart of Texas has my Heart

Wonderful story of family drama and love that Sean Crisden narrated perfectly, doing justice to all the characters. I will definitely listen to this over and over again. Can't wait for more in the series.

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  • Michael Wild
  • 09-17-20

Owes a lot to Dallas the series.

Another Texas oil baron family drama series. An enjoyable book to read if you like soap operas.

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  • Rudi
  • 07-22-20

Jack and Riley. The cowboy and the rich oil man.

The Heart of Texas by RJ Scott is one of my favorite series and the audible version is amazing. Narrator Sean Crisden does an amazing job with so many voices. Sexy ones, Australian ones, Texas slang, it's all done very well and makes the story even come more alive. The series contains 9 books all together and spreads over 10 years. The Hayes and the Campbells have an ongoing fuete and the new generation hardly knows what it started. Not to lose his place in his father's oilcompany, Riley needs to marry and stay married for a year. He has a free lifestyle with many hookups with man and women but to anger his father he sets out to marry the family rival Jack Campbell. They agree on a year contract with Riley paying the expensive hospital bills for Jack's sister Beth, who has a heart condition and is pregnant. They are a true match. Jack always has the means to calm Riley and to settle him and soon the contract becomes only a threat when their time is up. Riley's family is really something and will do everything to have the contract annulled. Even murder. In the end it is Riley's father who comes more or less to the rescue and family life can truly start. Soon their family is extended with children and so is the DD ranch with new business and cowboys. You will enjoy this journey and the love between Riley and Jack and the love for their family. It's full of adventures and some of them are with a bit of angst, but that makes it so enjoyable to read or to listen to. If I could give a higher score than 5 for both the story and the narrating I defenitely would.

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  • Mrs C
  • 07-10-18

Absolutely brilliant...

I loved this story. It's so full of twists and turns. The narrator does an excellent job with all the different characters. He really did bring the story to life. I know this will be an audio that I will listen to again. I've also read the book and I just love the heartbreak and angst with a fantastic HEA.

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  • miss v harris
  • 06-12-18

So good

I loved everything about this, it's not my normal choice, I normally go for very dark books but this captured me right from the beginning sucking me in and holding me captive right to the end, I fell in love with Jack and Riley and most of the other characters and can't wait to continue with the rest of the series

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  • kindleaddict
  • 08-18-16

Fabulous

I loved this series in book form. The setting, the characters and the turn of mystery and intrigue. Add in Sean Crisden's wonderful narrative and this becomes another must have firm favourite. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-25-22

The Condition!

Intriguing story of a Rich Family Dynasty where the have Oil of their lands. One son gets told by his Father that unless he Marries and stay married for a year he can then get his half of the entitled company that he has worked hard for, until that time he can only have 22%. In a fit of anger he gets his Lawyer to write a contract to entice a man he know is an enemy of his Father plus being Gay he blackmails him into Marrying him. The story hasm many twists but its worthwhile buying and either listening to it ot reading it.

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