Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Lone Star Hero" by Jolene Navarro

About the Book

A Second Chance At Love

Single mom Vickie Lawson is back in her Texas hometown, intent on making a better life for her children. But when her son's troubles lead childhood sweetheart Jake Torres to her door, she realizes her feelings for him never went away. Now a State Trooper, Jake vows not to be distracted by the beautiful woman who once held his heart. He's never revealed to her the secret that tore them apart. Jake fears if he does, she—and the whole town—will never forgive him. But if Vickie and Jake can untangle the past, they may have another chance at forever.

Buy "Lone Star Hero" from Harlequin

This book was released in August 2014
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review of "Lone Star Hero"

“Lone Star Hero” by Jolene Navarro is a book that goes along with “Lone Star Holiday”, though not exactly with the character I was hoping for. Although the book is connected with characters from “Lone Star Holiday” and we are taken back to Clear Water, Texas, this book is a great stand alone book.  Anything that is important from "Lone Star Holiday" that is needed for "Lone Star Hero" is explained so well that no one should feel as if they are missing anything.

Vickie Lawson is a wonderful example how we can change our lives and that our past does not define our future. Here is a woman who is struggling to be the woman she wants to be, for she doesn't want to be the person she was even a few months before. Her kids mean the world to her and she is trying to do her best with the hand that has been dealt her long before the story started. I enjoyed watching her struggles in her changing and seeing the final work in progress at the end of the story.  I say the final work in progress because we are all a work in progress, but Vickie is a great example of that.

Jake Torres is a man with a secret that has been buried, and yet has had too much control over his life. He is determined to do what is right and has this desire to protect all those who need protection, which would explain why he is a State Trooper. Jake also has a better understanding about certain aspects of life, which makes him the perfect person to be the hero with what happens in the story.

This is a sweet story of miscommunication in the past because fear was allowed to control the emotions and actions. Decisions that were made at the same time because of those same fears, but without all those happening the story that was told in this book, would not have been the same and there could be some pretty important lessons that would have never been learned. Lessons in being more open, to speak the truth, to fully rely on God and not to try and control all that is going on in our world, and that changing is not always so easy but so worth it.

When the conflict showed up, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how the rest of the story was going to go, for frankly it seemed like it was a pretty standard conflict. To be honest, there was quite a bit of predictably to the story with the conflicts. Some of the things veered to the right or left but stayed along the path for the most part in the conflict.  However, I still enjoyed the story because of the romance that was being rekindled, and couldn't bring myself to skip a single page (which for a story that I think is a pretty predictable story is really good), for I needed to see what was going to happen next.

I must be honest, I think that the reason that this book was not able to keep my undivided attention was for some reason, at this moment this book didn't strike a nerve with me. Books that strike a nerve with me are books that have a message that seem to be something I need to think about, and this book right now doesn't seem to strike that right nerve with me at this moment. In a few months or in a year or two, I have a feeling that when I re-read this book, something will strike that nerve and I will have so much more to say about this book.

I truly hope all who read this book find that special something that is going to touch them in a special way.