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A Texan's Honor (Heart of a Hero #2)

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Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he's waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press
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A TEXAN’S HONOR is the second in The Heart of a Hero series by Shelley Gray. I haven’t read much from this author, but she is quickly grabbing my attention. I read A TEXAN’S PROMISE and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I moved on to A TEXAN’S HONOR to see if the author would continue to hold my interest. And I can say, she most definitely did.

Jamilyn Ellis finds herself it the middle of a catastrophe. As the only female passenger aboard a train being held hostage by a band of renegades, she knows her p
During a train robbery, Jamilyn is one of the hostages held captive by the infamous Walton Gang. But, when Will McMillan, member of the Walton Gang, sees the situation getting out of control he realizes he must save this innocent woman. By saving her, he could risk his job, his reputation, and possibly his life.

This is the first time in a long time that I read two books in a series back-to-back. I almost wished there was a little more connection between the two. However, this book was still a g
So the irony of me reading this book is that I was overwhelmed by the Christian theme in book #1 in this series, A Texan's Promise, and yet when I saw A Texan's Honor come up in a book list, all I remembered from A Texan's Promise was that it was an interesting Western with a sweet romance - so perhaps it wasn't as heavy handed as I felt it was initially. That said, while there was a Christian theme in this story, it was well-integrated and appropriate for all readers. It was quite a sweet love ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Will McMillan jumps a train with the Walton Gang with the intent to rob the train. They emptied the train of it's passengers with the exception of a few men and one woman. They normally would not have held a woman hostage but it was too late to set her free. Will did not like the idea of keeping the woman. She was being man handled by one of the gang when Will stepped in and removed her to another car out of harms way. The young woman was frightened almost to the point of hysterics. Things go wr ...more
Rachelle Rea

What I Loved

A Texan's Promise introduced me to the Heart of a Hero series. I knew I'd love the second book immediately. On the very first page there's a damsel in distress, and, yes, this can become cliche, but Shelley Shepard Gray knows how to craft a delightful heroine that counterbalances the hero's strength. So from the opening scene in A Texan's Honor, we have a train robbery and a hostage situation. The perfect combination for this Western-loving girl, who was flipping pages as fast as she
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 I still didn't feel highly engaged in the story. I felt I already knew what was going to happen next. I was more interested in Sco ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: A Texan’s Honor (The Heart of a Hero Series #2)
Author: Shelley Gray
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Publisher: Abingdon Press
A Texan’s Promise is the first book that readers might wish to be acquainted with before beginning A Texan’s Honor as the character Scout was introduced in book one. In book two, he is one of two central figures that performs the orders the boss of the gang demands. The other character is a mystery from the start. The Walton Gang takes over a train where one passenger, Jamilyn,
This is my first book by Shelley Gray. I really enjoyed it and liked the characters of Jamie,Will, and Scout. It caught my interest early on and continued to keep me interest.
Nov 09, 2014 Cait marked it as didn-t-finish
Okay - I have not finished this book yet. But I just have to point out some things that are seriously bothering me about it.
At the end of nearly every chapter there is a very dramatic sentence. I like how the author switches from person to person, but - in the beginning of the book - at the end of the girl's chapters it was something like "she knew she was going to die." Constantly. It drove me nuts. I get it, she is in a terrible situation, etc. But the way that it was portrayed... I don't kno
The aftermath of the Civil War left many men aimless, homeless and violent. People dealt with the pain and trauma in different ways. Will McMillan served under Clayton Proffitt (Book 1 in the Texan series).
Will is working undercover to bring outlaws to justice in the wild West. He has joined a group of crazy unlawful but with some 'honor' because they leave women and children alone. But everything goes wrong on a train robbery and they take Jamie (Jamilyn) Ellis as a hostage so that the marshals
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Title: A Texan’s Honor

Author: Shelley Gray

Series: The Heart of hero

Chapters: 39

Pages: 326

Genre: Christian Historical

Rating: 5 stars

A Texan’s Honor is the second book in The Heart of Hero series. It is Will’s story; Will McMillan fought in the Civil War with Clayton Proffitt. Now Will is an U.S. Marshall. While working undercover our hero meets Jamie Ellis a different kind of heroine. She is not really a damsel in distress per say, but
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This book started off strong. It put the reader right onto the train and into a train robbery. It was exciting and emotional and good. Gray created a great story of save the damsel in distress.
I enjoyed the two main characters, Jamilyn and Will. They were believably flawed and likeable. Scout was just okay for me.
This is the second book I have read by Gray and the first book, A Texan's Promise, too, started off great and exciting but became lack luster and boring.
When I started reading this I forgot it was book two in a series, but I don’t think it mattered. The main character of the first book didn’t play a part in Texan’s Honor but did appear in flashbacks. The story didn’t play out as I had expected it would and it had a couple surprises and twists in it.

Will McMillan survived the Civil War under the command of Clayton Proffitt (the main character of the first book) and now in 1874 finds himself as an undercover agent who has successfully infiltrated
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My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this novel. I absolutely adored reading this one. I hadn't read the first in this series, but I never felt lost.

The characters in this novel were amazing. I loved learning more about Will and Jamilyn. From the very beginning, I was drawn to their personalities and the way they handled the situ
Virginia Campbell
"A Texan's Honor", by Shelley Gray, is a superbly written, thrilling historical western romantic suspense work. I was enthralled with the story line from the opening line all the way through the final sentence, which was just two words, but very meaningful words. After losing both her parents, and having to leave all she has ever known in Denver, CO, young Jamilyn Ellis boards a train to begin a new life with two maiden aunts in Kansas City, KS. There is also a possibility of an engagement with ...more
Holly Renee
A Texan's Honor, the second installment to The Heart of a Hero series, is full of adventure, fascination, and gripping characters!

While I enjoyed the first novel in this series, I think I enjoyed the hero in this novel much more! He is so steadfast and solid! No matter what he decides, his decisions are always based on his steadfastness of character traits. And as a reader, I can appreciate that!

I loved the premise for the novel. Shelley Grey does an excellent job of revealing the right informa
There were things I liked about this story--primarily the rather original plot, but I really just couldn't get into this book. I really did not like the author's writing style of spelling out every thought and feeling in tedious, rambling, repetitious detail. For me the wordy ramblings just destroyed the action and forward movement of the story. The book ended up feeling like a psychoanalytic transcript rather than an exciting, fast-moving action/romance. I would have enjoyed the book so much mo ...more
3.5 Stars

Jamilyn was on a train to go live with her aunts because her parents had died. The train was captured by the Walton Gang and she was taken hostage. Jamie feared she was going to die or be violated. When Will who is one of the gang steps in and keeps her from harm she is not sure if she should trust him or hate him.

Will is a U.S Marshall and deep undercover in the Walton Gang. He takes it upon himself to keep Jamie safe and finds along the way that his heart is slowly falling for her.
I want to say that my one star for this book should not stop anyone from reading this book. I know that is a strange way to start a review of a book that I did not enjoy at all but I do this in fairness to taste.

The story follows a mislead Civil War veteran who finds himself facing his code of honor, a young woman being held hostage, and the gang he has joined on a train heist. The characters have histories that are deep and painful that makes them real enough. The main character is a man I coul
The Heart of a Hero series,book #2"A Texan's Honor"by Shellie Gray

Shelly writes her characters rugged but loveable..I like trains and this story takes place mostly on a train that gets stopped by the bad guys wanting the silver on board...

US Marshal Will McMillan is with the Walton gang as undercover and he does it so well that he himself begins to wonder who he is??

Things go from bad to worse when the gang keep a woman on board and one female among many men is not a good equation.

It seemed like
A compelling western tale, about growth and making new beginnings.

Will McMillan is an undercover Marshal, pretending to be part of the infamous Walton Gang. But when a train robbery doesn't go the way they planned, and a innocent young woman is caught in the middle of an ugly hostage situation, Will risks everything to keep her safe.

Scout Profitt is known as a fearsome outlaw to cross, and after Will does just that Scout follows close on his trail, determined to catch them before they are out o
Miss Jamilyn Ellis was taken hostage by the notorious Walton Gang when her train was hijacked for its cargo of silver. While it is apparent that some members of the gang would like nothing more than to do her harm, Will McMillan steps in to protect her, with the permission (but not the approval) of Scout Proffitt, the gang’s second-in-command (and the younger brother of Clayton, from A Texan’s Promise). After Will and Jamie escape from the train, Scout is sent to find and silence them, but his s ...more
M.M. Roethig
Jamilyn, left without family because of death, had made the decision to travel to Kansas City in hopes that the man she's been writing will want to become her husband. Will is an undercover agent for the US Marshall's posing as part of a notorious gang who enjoys robbing trains. These two meet when the train is held up and against all odds, Jamie is held captive. Will must now keep her safe from this while band of renegades without giving up his true identity which would put both of them in grea ...more

When Jamie Ellis boarded the train to go live with her aunts, she never dreamed of the detour her journey would take. Being held hostage on a train holdup? Never in a million years did she think this would happen to her.

When Will McMillan joined the Walton Gang, he never intended to hold a woman hostage. This throws danger signals and threatens secrets Will wanted to keep secrets. But Will had to do everything he could to protect Jamie from the other men on the train manh
"A Texan's Honor" by Shelley Gray was a book I just couldn't put down. It was a tale of a little mystery, running and who is who. Though I have seen this plot line a few times in other books, at the same time it was different and wonderful.

There are three main characters in this book and I fell in love with them yet again. We get to know Scout Proffitt a little better after being introduced in "A Texan's Promise" briefly. We also follow Will McMillan and Jamie Ellis.

Will McMillan is part of the
Will McMillan, part of the Walton Gang,puts his life on the line daily working undercover. He's done a lot of things in the line of duty that he isn't proud of. It's Texas, 1874, and this train robbery should have gone off just like all of the others, but it didn't. When prisoners are taken and a young woman is one of them, Will knows he has to make a break for it even if it means it will cost him his life. Getting her to jump from the train is easy compared to getting past all of the things he ...more
Candace Hinnergardt
A Texan's Honor is such a great book. This author is amazing at writing a suspenseful novel by writing the characters thoughts. They're the thoughts we all would have in such situations expect they're explained in full sentences and not the brief ideas that stream through our mind constantly. I love the characters in this novel. They are characters that are truely good people but don't feel worthy of each other or anything wonderful to happen to them. Shelley Gray writes theses Christian novels ...more
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A great book from the beginning. When Jamilyn is held hostage by train robbers who are the Walton gang she finds that her fate is in their hands and they would love to use and then kill her. Then one of the gang members, Will McMilliam, offers to keep watch over her and treats her with dignity. Jamilyn is not able to trust him but it seems that he is a decent man even if he is a member of this notorious gang. Will finds himself drawn to Jamie and the lady that she is. He will do anything to see ...more
Jamie Ellis boarded a train intending to go live with her spinster aunts after her parent's death. Unfortunately that train was being robbed by the famous Walton Gang. Will McMillan and the famous gunslinger, Scout Proffitt, are in charge of the hostages. Things escalate quickly when the Gang's plan goes awry. Will removes Jamie before she can get caught in the crossfire between the Marshalls threatening to end the Walton Gang once and for all and the Walton Gang insistent upon living another da ...more
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also publishes under the name Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish fiction, Christian fiction).

I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I m
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