When Amelia Corbyn was a vulnerable teen, she found out she wasn’t a Corbyn by blood. Her biological father was a legendary country singer who wanted nothing to do with her. Hurt and confused, Amelia fled Last Stand Texas for a modeling career in New York. She left behind her high school boyfriend and family who had kept too many secrets. Years later Amelia’s back in Last Stand, retired from modeling and determined to care for her aging parents. She’s not expecting to see the one man she loved and couldn’t forget. Even worse, the spark is still there just waiting to burst into a flame.
Former pro-football player Cal Delaney returns to Last Stand to raise his sister’s toddler after a car accident claims her life along with her husband. His feelings for Amelia seem stronger than ever, but he has secrets and responsibilities; and Amelia has already proved to him that when things get tough, she skips town.
Can Cal forgive their past so that he and his first love can have a future?
(This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series. (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of somewhat connecting series set in a fictional town. A listing of the connecting series and their stories can be found on our Last Stand, Texas page)
Title: Her Texas Ex
Series: The Dangerous Delaneys #1
Author: Katherine Garbera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 18, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
If you love Tule’s Montana Born – Marietta, Montana, that unique small town that’s taken on a life of its own then you’re going to love Tule’s Texas Born – Last Stand, Texas as we begin several of the first group of stories set in this Texas town that all have one thing in common – a tragedy that connects so many lives. I am, frankly, thrilled to be in at the beginning of the birth of a town and a set of series that lightly connect. Plus, Whiskey River is right over there around the bend, so we’ll be seeing some familiar faces at times as well.
HER TEXAS EX is the type of story that is going to rip your heart to shreds and, eventually, heal it back whole once again. Amelia and Cal were once in love during their teen years. The discovery of a lifelong lie sent Amelia off to New York to pursue a modeling career and put her far from the heartache caused by her family. She ran. And in running she left Cal behind.
Now, years later, Amelia is back in Last Stand to tend to her ailing mother, and Cal is raising his nephew after the little one’s parents were killed in a car accident. Neither expected to run into each other. And neither expected the feelings they once had for each other to rise to the surface as if no time had passed at all. Yet, life is different now for them both and if they have even the slightest hope of a second chance to get their love right it’s going to take some facing the past and some forgiveness. It’s said that love never dies, but it certainly can be wounded. Cal and Amelia have some healing to do before they can find their happy ever after ending.
I loved HER TEXAS EX, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed real tears on many occasions during this story. I liked that both Cal and Amelia were straight talkers, they didn’t sidestep the past. You cannot hope to build something in the future when past actions are looming over your head, so they talked, really talked and I was impressed by that. (because couples talking, really talking happens so infrequently in Romance) Not that they didn’t have their moments, but when it mattered they communicated.
I enjoyed my time spent in this new world, and I’m definitely looking forward to meeting more of the residents, families that make up Last Stand, Texas.
Amelia and Cal captured my heart, their story is realistic and believable and full of interesting secondary characters that I hope we get to know more about as time goes on plus a familiar face every now and then. If you love a good second chance romance with people who aren’t afraid to speak their minds then you’re going to love HER TEXAS EX.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for the Kindle