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The Heart of Texas (Texas #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,986 Ratings  ·  524 Reviews
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 fo ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 412 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Silver Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm so mad that I didn't like this book. Pissed. All of my friends love this AND it has a GFY-virgin. The nerve of me!! Tsk, tsk.

But this reminded me why I never watch soap operas. I hate them. They are muy ridiculoso.

This book started out so strong for me. Forced gay marriage with cowboys??? YES PLEASE! I loved everything about the first 30% of the book. Then, the absurdity started.

My first clue that this wasn't going to work for me were the POV changes. Like a soap opera, the POV switches fr
Trisha Harrington

Riley and Jack!

The Heart of Texas was one of the first m/m books I read. It's also one of my favorites. When I first started reading the book, I wasn't really sure if I would like it or not. But I soon found myself craving more of this wonderful book and I was addicted to these characters and the overall story. I don't think there was any one thing I liked about this book the most. It wa
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I Loved This Book

Not sure what to say without spoiling too much. I loved all the characters, even the ones I hated I still loved hating them. I enjoyed how the characters and their relationships developed.

The story moves quick but transitions very smoothly, it is told through everyone’s point of view so even though the POV changes a lot I was never confused about whose POV I was reading.

The characters reminded me a lot of the old TV show Dallas (I liked that show).

(view spoiler)
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

This past weekend, I was on vacation in Austin, TEXAS
…surrounded by cowboys and cuties
…craving one of those over-the-top reads
…needing a little smut (ahem…in my book…)
…something I could pick up, put down, go out and have some fun, and then return to
…that would keep me entertained.

Enter “The Heart of Texas”…and though I could probably think this through and pick apart all that was wrong with it, I can’t help but feel it was so RIGHT! Exactly what I needed/wanted.

It was SO ridiculous, WA

Oh, this is the BEST of the BEST of the BEST of the Forced/Arranged Marriage/Mating/Bonding genre! It, honest to god, does not get ANY better than this!

MC Riley Hayes is rich, beautiful, straight, single and ready to mingle until his father decides to put a stipulation on giving up control of the family company to his son. Riley must marry for love and STAY married for a year in order to retain his portion of the company. So, Riley decides to stick it to the old man by marrying the son (the stip
Julio Genao


Eye-rollingly melodramatic.

Telenovela goodness.

Rating: 2 of 5 stars—but 3 of 5 OHMYGAHs
Heather C
So everyone kept telling me about how this book was so much like a soap opera...and they were right. It had lots of drama and plots twists and turns, I could not put it down. I never knew what kind of disaster or shocking revelation was going to happen next. Lots of lies, backstabbing, betrayals, secrets...and a murder! You know...the usual in a soap opera.

I loved Jack and Riley and how they moved from long time enemies to unexpected lovers. It was a sweet romance following lots of sexual tensio
3.5 stars

Riley Hayes is the second son of Gerard Hayes, of Hayes Oil. Rich, successful, and smart, Riley also likes to be carefree with his love life. When his father tells requires him to stay married for love in one year time, before he can claim his rightful portion of Hayes Oil, Riley is downright pissed. So he decides to seek "revenge" by blackmailing Jack Campbell, a rancher and a son of his father's nemesis, with a contract to stay married for a year ...

Years ago, when I still think M/F c
❂ Endless
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

This was such a solid good well-written page turner! The writing was witty, interesting and fluid that sucked me right in and just didn't allow me to put it down till i reached the end! The romance was palpable, beautiful and unpretentious. The story was complex and driven with real motivation. The character development was so well constructed with their various nuances...just amazing!

I know all this sounds really technical but all of this is what created an awesome story! I actually lived
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

Me not likey this telenovela. Let me elaborate before you hate me, pls ;)

The premise of the book was ok, the chemistry between them and all this pretending thing I enjoyed it BUT those secondary Disney characters? No way in hell. I like reading about real people and this was not the case.

Anyway if you want a quick, light read similar to some soap operas then go for it, sex was hot so you might like it.

Victoria  love books
Overall book rating 4.5/5 stars
Audio book - N/A
Book Cover 4/5 Stars


Riley the straight guy was given a bad hand of cards by his "father" and he decided to play - He got married like his "father" wanted him to but not to one of the debutant girls oh, no, Riley married there nemesis son Jack who was gay. They wanted him hitch so he got hitch!!!

And like all the stories goes they fall in love for real.


This was not just a story of two guys feeling attracted to one another. No, this was a story of r
Emma Sea
Not my book. I enjoyed the first 20%, with the enemies to lovers, marriage for money theme, but this soon became a soap opera and I just don't like those. Whoever said it was an m/m Dallas was exactly right.

Also, the gender essentialism in here drove me insane. When one character is pregnant everyone asks if she was raped, because god forbid women should have sexual desires (view spoiler)
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
You know when you read a really great book and you just don't know how to explain it? Well, that's how I feel right now. I absolutely love this book to death. My emotions were so invested in this story that I honestly didn't want it to end even with how much I was crying over it. Lol

Riley Hayes is young, rich and successfully working at Hayes Oil but he has a carefree life. He's extremely pissed off when his father requires him to stay married to someone he loves for a whole year before he can c
Lexi Ander
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have a confession...I put this on my "to read" shelf with no intension of actually starting it anytime soon. *hiding behind my hands* I have had a terrible time with picking mediocre reading choices here lately. AND even though I liked how the book sounded I was afraid I was going to misjudge and end up with a book that was going to sit partially read on my "currently reading" shelf for the next year.

Today, a friend gave me a little nudge and I just went with it....and I fell in love. Two fam
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-read-again
How to review? Firstly I enjoyed this story, the question is did I enjoy it for the right reasons.

For me this story brought back happy memories. The main plot line of a blackmailed marrige was a popular plot in the hundreds of MF romances I used to read and enjoy, plus the whole Dallas feel, (I really don't want to say anything but anyone that reads and has watched will see what I mean), was part of the appeal for me. Although, I would't label this as a soap, it was much much better.

The emoti
Kaje Harper
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a real romance-with-family-drama, and the twists in the plot of family dysfunction and feuding come fast and furious. The romance part is very sweet, very hot, and pretty credible. The relationship between Riley and Jack begins as a sort of twisted sham-marriage and fairly quickly becomes real. I did think the GFY element sort of disappeared without any real consideration or hesitation on Riley's part. But maybe having a bi best friend for so many years really did make Riley so comfortab ...more
I really enjoyed this 'Dallas/Dynasty' type romp from RJ.

I have to admit I found the wedding a little unbelievable at first, but the pairing of Riley and Jack soon grew on me, and most of the family members on both sides were people you would wish to have in your own family, with certain very noticeable exceptions!! Jack's family were wonderful, and Riley's, well, let's just say that his sister was the best of a bad bunch!

I'm hoping that the follow-ups feature Eden, maybe Steve and Beth plus lit
One of my favourite RJ Scott books. I read a while ago but have since read again. Jack and Riley sizzle together and the sexual chemistry between them is electric! Lots of misunderstandings and dastardly goings on in the background to rival any US soap opera. The GFY aspect really worked for me and even though the marriage seemed a bit too far fetched an idea, it was actually handled quite credibly. Keeper.
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: Spoilers

The Heart of Texas read like a soap opera, which I don't mind, but had a tad too much unbelievable plot twists for me. Or maybe that's how a soap opera should be, then it was too much soap opera-ish for my taste.

What to expect: all the bad guys losing, all the good guys winning, alot of plot twists. The first half was read like a romance, the last half was read like a family saga (yes it's a genre). The book was written in 3rd POV, alternating between Riley and Jack perspective
Stacey Jo
Another 5 star read to go onto my favorites shelf. I literally read this one on my Kindle while walking around doing other things because I just could not stop reading. There was mystery, blackmail, suspence, murder, plot-twists, lots of passion, heart break, dirty family secrets, all ending in a great happily-ever-after.

In order to inherit his share of the family multi-million dollar oil company, Riley must marry someone "for love" and stay married for a year. So to gall his father, he blackmai
4 Stars

Oh, boy. I liked this. I liked this a lot! I feel like maybe I shouldn't have, but whatever! It was abundantly melodramatic - God, was it ever - but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Reading this reminded me of my teen years when I was unashamedly obsessed with that (by all accounts ridiculous) soap opera TV show, Passions. Granted, Passions was outrageously slow paced - you could literally not watch it for 3 months and it would still be set during the same day you last watched it, it moved that
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic soap opera of a romance in true Dallasty style

Dallasty, that's what we used to call the American soap operas Dallas and Dynasty, their overblown and unbelievable storylines kept us enthralled as teens through the 80s as we discussed who shot JR or which of the Carrington and Colby clans would survive the Moldavian Royal massacre.

This epic effort from RJ Scott is all of those in book format and it's awesome. There's so many dramatic moments there'd have been newspaper column inches for days
BWT (Belen)
3.5 Stars

Belens Audio Book Review

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 gr
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, lgbt, 2011-release
This is a soap opera in book form. The many plot twists (lies and betrayal! family secrets! dark pasts!) should have made this book interesting but halfway through I started getting really bored. I think there was just too much going on, too many plot threads, that there was little room for much character development and when I don't have a firm grasp on the characters, I don't care about them and I stop enjoying the book. I really think the author bit off more than she can chew. The main plot, ...more
I feel like I have to justify my poor rating of this book because so many people ostensibly loved it. Well, I didn't. I didn't love it A LOT. I think it's safe to say I even hated it. Unrealistic premise aside (because, really, if all premises were realistic we'd have no literature) the plot was just a mess, it was such a clumsy soap opera from start to finish. I'm actually having trouble remembering the plot because it was so stupid that I immediately forgot it as soon as I put the book (or rat ...more
Cole Riann
The Heart of Texas is the tale of two families: their sordid history, professionally and personally, a study in how two families that could have been so similar are so different, due to their choices, and the two men that reconnect them after over twenty years of simmering hate, greed, and secrets. Riley Hayes, the second son of Gerald Hayes, the spearhead of HayesOil, opens the book in a rage over the meeting he just attended with his father and his older brother Jeff, who has just been left th ...more
I want to give this book five stars really really badly.

But I listened to it on audio. ☹. The narrator has a great natural speaking voice. The problem is with his character voices. A big problem. All the women sound like twin little old ladies. Some of the men sound like rusty old men. Why oh why did he have to character voices. His own was so pleasant.

The character voices jarred my way through the entire story.

My recommendation is for you to read it instead of listening to it. It really is a gr
Nerine Petros
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Heart of Texas is one of those books that sit just a little bit higher than the rest for me, its story line and characters will remain with me long after the final page has been read. There is nothing overtly extraordinary within its pages; instead, its setting is quite dull in comparison to other more daring novels. RJ manages to engage me and enclose me within the plot using just five basic locations; that of a mansion, a backwoods bar, a high-rise workplace, a horse ranch and a hospital. ...more
Audiobook Review
I enjoyed this audiobook and story - Sean Crisden did an excellent job with the narration and I really fell in love with Riley and Jack, Riley who starts out trying to only get what he thinks he deserves and wants comes to find out that what he really needs has nothing to do with the family fortune and business.

Riley, he thought himself straight, (well maybe slightly crooked) comes to find out he has fallen in love with a man. Oh yes, a man! Not just any man either - no he has f
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh god.
I promise myself that i have to finish this in one week with my classes starting tomorrow.

But i just can't, i fall sleep at 5 AM and woke up 8 AM just to finish this.

I mean forced gay marriage???? With cowboys???? FUCK YESSS!

This was a lot of drama, at the end i was just please make them stop :(

The only thing that i kind of not like was de multiple POV's i don't know if i hate it o love it, sometimes it was so good to know the mind of some people, but maybe i would enjoy this more if it
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“You don't need meat at every meal," Riley offered, forking another bite of salad into his mouth and inwardly agreeing with Jack that it was certainly lacking something. Jack was quiet for all of ten seconds, and then he couldn't hold in his opinion one second more. "Are you really a Texan? I mean, really? Riley, if I have a headache, I'd put bacon around an aspirin before I take it.” 30 likes
“Unerringly locating Riley's dick in his loose dress pants, Jack grabbed it forcefully and leaned close to Riley's ear, hearing the quick indrawn breath from his husband. A spark of lust flashed through his own body as he contemplated what to do next. Finally he decided. He was tired of all the pussy-footing around, and the darkness of the hallway invited sin. He moved his hand on Riley's hard dick, listening to the groan in Riley's throat. Riley, you know who this belongs to? This belongs to me." He gentled the touch, twisting his hand. "I saw you flirting and sharing with those girls out there, and I'm telling you now, I don't share. No one else gets to see this.

No one else gets to touch it. No one else gets to taste it. Just me. It's mine for one whole year, and I have the contract to prove it."

Riley tried to form a reply as Jack moved his hand again. It was good to see the other man speechless for once.

"Don't worry though, husband.I'm gonna treat it so good. I've decided that I'm gonna make it,and you, feel so damn good you'll never look at another woman again. You only have to say the word, and I'll show you what you signed up for." His voice fell into a heated whisper, the words low and drawled. Now do we need to get out of here? I'm thinking I might need to take you home and show you who you belong to." Riley's eyes widened, his dick fully hard, iron in Jack's clever hands. "I can make you scream. You wouldn't even know your name when I finished with you."


Riley's voice was broken.

Everything Jack wanted to hear.


Riley blinked, unconsciously pushing his groin into Jack's hold. Jack knew what followed next was certainly not a decision Riley made with his upstairs brain. "Fuck, Jack. Let's get the hell out of here.”
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