New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out series, as well as the Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series. Prior to publishing, Lisa owned a multi-state staffing agency that was listed as the #7 growing women-owned businesses in Entrepreneur magazine. Lisa can be found online at www.lisareneejones.com.
Tangled Up In Christmas is book 2 in The Texas Heat series by Lisa Renee Jones. This is Roarke and Hannah’s story and is a great second chance romance. This book is a little different from most of this authors books but she doesn’t disappoint. I loved this book and highly recommend it!!
This is a perfect second chance romance. We meet Roarke in Truth about Cowboys. He is Jason’s best friend. He was engaged 6 years ago and lost the love of his life because of some terrible lies that were told. He never truly got over Hanna. Hanna discovered that her fiancé and best friend deceived her in the worst way possible. So she took off for California to develop her photography career. She was making a name for herself until her boss got himself in serious trouble and Hanna was negatively affected, too. So she packed up and came back home to Texas. The one person she wanted to avoid at all costs was right there at the airport, Roarke. One thing led to another and they were spending more and more time together. And old feelings were resurfacing. These two are a cute couple who were deceived in the worst way possible. Their love for one another is a joy to witness. This is a cute love story with southern flare thrown in.
With a little bit of angst, some homecoming feels, and a lot of secrets, this was a great second chance story.
Years ago, Roarke broke Hannah’s heart which resulted in the break up of their engagement. Now she’s returned to Texas and is soon thrust back into his world. While she loves all that he does to protect and ensure the safety of the animals he takes under his care, she struggles to keep her distance both physically and emotionally. But Roarke is refusing to let her go again despite the fact that when she learns the truth, he will lose her for good.
’It’s memories and love and passion. It’s everything we were, which was everything.’
I enjoyed watching Hannah come to some realizations regarding her state of maturity from her before time with Roarke to the present. I love when a character is able to decipher their own actions and reactions and the reasoning behind them. And Hannah more than made up for her past reactions when it mattered most.
While we don’t get a lot of Roarke’s point of view, we get enough to know that Hannah is his everything. His life is dedicated to taking care of animals and that character trait also ensures that he takes care of those he loves. Even when doing so goes against what his heart wants.
’He’s an alpha. He’s in control, and yet. He makes me feel like I’m in control.’
While this is low on drama, it is rich in relationship angst. Both Roarke and Hannah have their own struggles and fears to work through. The secrets Roarke is keeping helps to drive the story forward as the time for revealing them draws closer. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how all of that was going to play out and that amped up the angst a bit more.
This is a great homecoming story with lots of small town, feel good moments and all the warm feelings of being welcomed home again after living for years with a devastating loss. There are plenty of heartwarming moments with Roarke’s horses that will definitely stroke every animal lover’s heart. I did feel the lack of real couple time with these characters and would have liked to see them working their issues out face to face a bit more. But this author excels at character introspection and such is the case here as well.
Included is a great treat, Santa Baby.
All the feels and so much more are in this one. Even if you didn't read the first Texas Heat book you will not be lost with this one and I recommend you read it NOW! Hannah has returned to Texas and immediately upon arrival at the airport she runs into her ex-fiance. Roarke. Not long after, Hannah fills in for her friend at a photo shoot and runs into him again along with Jason (from book 1) and Jessica who hire her for event planning the Christmas Festival in Sweetwater. Oh, to go back home where it all began and all fell apart. So many tangled lies woven to separate them but Roarke still loves Hannah and Hannah never stopped loving Roarke even though she was hurt and ran. Now after a hot night before returning home, can they find their way back to each other without hurting each more? So, so good! This one can be read as a standalone but I really recommend both books!