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Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion, or hope. Then fate interced Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion, or hope. Then fate intercedes, reuniting Chase and Marcie, who was an unwitting player in Chase’s unfathomable family tragedy. Guilt weighs heavily on Marcie, but she’s also convinced that only the strength of her love can pull Chase back from the abyss. She’s willing to risk everything on a daring plan to rescue his business, save his life, and bring them together at last.


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Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion, or hope. Then fate interced Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns’s desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman to be his bride. Life was good for Chase until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion, or hope. Then fate intercedes, reuniting Chase and Marcie, who was an unwitting player in Chase’s unfathomable family tragedy. Guilt weighs heavily on Marcie, but she’s also convinced that only the strength of her love can pull Chase back from the abyss. She’s willing to risk everything on a daring plan to rescue his business, save his life, and bring them together at last.

30 review for Texas! Chase

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I really enjoyed this one. Much more than the first one in the series. It's not really on a par with her later books, her Suspense books but still a good read. Chase, yes, a tortured hero - who doesn't love one of those. Goosey Chase did something then that he hadn't done in bed with a woman for two years. He smiled “He lifted his gaze to the framed photograph of Tanya and him taken on their wedding day. God, she had been lovely. Her smile had come through her eyes straight from her hear I really enjoyed this one. Much more than the first one in the series. It's not really on a par with her later books, her Suspense books but still a good read. Chase, yes, a tortured hero - who doesn't love one of those. Goosey Chase did something then that he hadn't done in bed with a woman for two years. He smiled “He lifted his gaze to the framed photograph of Tanya and him taken on their wedding day. God, she had been lovely. Her smile had come through her eyes straight from her heart. He had known unequivocally that she loved him. He believed to this day that she had died knowing that he loved her. How could she not know? He had dedicated his life to never letting her doubt it.” Looking forward to Sage's story. And to see about Laurie and Pat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    Ok, I am LOVING Sandra Brown old school!!!! This was another huge winner for me, huge. It happens to feature one of my most favorite tropes, unrequited love. Am I sick for loving that? Maybe ;) but it's so good, so angsty and so heart wrenching reading about someone desperately in love with another who doesn't quite SEE them. I feel the torture of seeing that someone they love being with another, I feel the empathy that accompanies the hurt and pain that comes from rejection. It all may sound we Ok, I am LOVING Sandra Brown old school!!!! This was another huge winner for me, huge. It happens to feature one of my most favorite tropes, unrequited love. Am I sick for loving that? Maybe ;) but it's so good, so angsty and so heart wrenching reading about someone desperately in love with another who doesn't quite SEE them. I feel the torture of seeing that someone they love being with another, I feel the empathy that accompanies the hurt and pain that comes from rejection. It all may sound weird, but it's a beautiful pain that always ends with love and redemption. I'm going to go as far as saying that so far, I'm loving SB's old school more than her more recent RS. I recently read Slow Heat in Heaven by her and absolutely fell in love with it. This was along that vein. Marcie loved Chase for so long she became used to receding into the background. Even when she wanted his love she accepted that she may never get it, but all she wanted was the potential for it, a morsel of affection. Knowing that broke my heart but also made me love her more. She was independent and strong but completely at Chase's mercy. I'm so glad Chase finally acknowledged what he was so afraid of. Doing so gave him the courage to love Marcie wholeheartedly and forgive himself. But damn, he said some vicious things to her! I was so pissed off at him for being such an asshole at times. But he did rectify all that so I forgive him. Loved this and loved the whole Tyler family, especially the funny banter between Chase and Lucky. Thank you Mo for this fantastic rec!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    One of Sandra Brown's best book way back when she still writes pure romance. This book has all elements of being a true romance book; unrequited love, family drama, and the hero falling for the heroine in spite of himself. I loved it!! I've read this book way back in college and I remembered being so moved by it. I picked it up again yesterday and re-read it and it brought back the same emotions. Chase Tyler never got over the loss of his wife. After years after her demise, he felt as lost as ever One of Sandra Brown's best book way back when she still writes pure romance. This book has all elements of being a true romance book; unrequited love, family drama, and the hero falling for the heroine in spite of himself. I loved it!! I've read this book way back in college and I remembered being so moved by it. I picked it up again yesterday and re-read it and it brought back the same emotions. Chase Tyler never got over the loss of his wife. After years after her demise, he felt as lost as ever. A chance encounter during a rodeo show brought Marcie Johns and Chase together. They shared a past, a very important one. Marcie happens to the other person inside the car which took Chase's wife, and the one woman who has loved him since kindergarten. It took a failing family business to finally bring Marcie and Chase together in a marriage of convenience. Chase was still painfully in love with his wife and has no plans on replacing her in his heart. Marcie on the other hand was already there. In spite of still being hung up on his dead wife, Chase can't help but fall for Marcie. She was beautiful, successful, sexy and oh so, available. It wasn't long before Chase finally surrendered and just let his feelings for Marcie grow. But just when you thought they'll finally have their HEA, a stunning revelation came between Marcie and Chase. I really can't say anything more without giving away the whole story. But let me assure you that this book will make you feel all kinds of emotions; happiness, sadness, anger, et cetera. A true classic that needs to be revisited now and then. Loved it!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jena (aka Tina)

    This book is plain creepy. The heroine is a psycho. Seriously. lol. She's been in love with the hero since they were in kindergarten and pretty much stalked him her whole life. Meanwhile, the hero barely knew she was alive. His wife ends up dieing and she goes behind his back to buy his wife's dream house, lives there, and plans to somehow get the hero to marry her., to finally notice her. Really, this book should be categorized as a thriller lol. She spends her time, either groveling, pining, ge This book is plain creepy. The heroine is a psycho. Seriously. lol. She's been in love with the hero since they were in kindergarten and pretty much stalked him her whole life. Meanwhile, the hero barely knew she was alive. His wife ends up dieing and she goes behind his back to buy his wife's dream house, lives there, and plans to somehow get the hero to marry her., to finally notice her. Really, this book should be categorized as a thriller lol. She spends her time, either groveling, pining, getting walked all over by the hero, or stalking him..... What a disturbing book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    The love continues! I really enjoyed this one. I mean I have enjoyed just about every one of the Sandra Brown books I have read but this one was a little different. Do I a dare say it had more romance and less suspense? The book starts out with a Prologue that broke my heart. Chase Tyler has lost just about everything that he treasured in his life. He experienced a sense of pain that would change his life. For two years Chase detaches from his family and all that is Tyler Drilling. He is liv The love continues! I really enjoyed this one. I mean I have enjoyed just about every one of the Sandra Brown books I have read but this one was a little different. Do I a dare say it had more romance and less suspense? The book starts out with a Prologue that broke my heart. Chase Tyler has lost just about everything that he treasured in his life. He experienced a sense of pain that would change his life. For two years Chase detaches from his family and all that is Tyler Drilling. He is living a life at the bottom of a bottle and at the hands of meaningless romps with women. But sharing in his pain was Marcie Johns. Chase and Marcie share a past. They had been friends through school but were never “that” kind of friend. She was there the day Chase’s life fell apart. She shared his agony. Marcie needed to see Chase happy again and would do just about anything to have this happen. When Marcie sees an opportunity to make amends of sorts she doesn’t waste any time. Tyler Drilling is suffering financially and Marcie can help. But as much as her proposition can offer the business relief it means risking her heart to someone who has nothing to offer her. When Chase and Marcie make the decision to save Tyler Drilling both of their lives change in ways they didn’t expect. As they share a home and a relationship that becomes physical and emotional neither of them are able to process the feelings they are experiencing. There are some pretty sexy moments between these two. Many of them spent out front of the fire. There is also something unsettling going on with Marcie. But as her new life starts to fall apart around her she doesn’t want to give in to the threat. As long as it doesn’t go too far she could handle things herself. I definitely enjoyed this one. Marcie was a great heroine. She was strong, beautiful and independent. I loved that her and Chase had a bit of a past. And I loved that Chase was a sexy, burly, damaged hero. He resisted his happiness at every turn. Until…..

  6. 4 out of 5

    MBR

    I just read this for the 3rd time and LOVED it! This book is Sandra Brown at her best. The Texas! series features the Tyler family. The first book focuses on Lucky, the second book being this one and third book is the story of their younger sister Sage Tyler. All three books provide unforgettable romance with searing passion. I read this book quite sometime back and remembered it to be my favorite. I always tend to love a romance which has a previous history linking the hero and heroine in some I just read this for the 3rd time and LOVED it! This book is Sandra Brown at her best. The Texas! series features the Tyler family. The first book focuses on Lucky, the second book being this one and third book is the story of their younger sister Sage Tyler. All three books provide unforgettable romance with searing passion. I read this book quite sometime back and remembered it to be my favorite. I always tend to love a romance which has a previous history linking the hero and heroine in some manner whether it be romantic or otherwise. Marcie Jones nicknamed Goosey for being nerdy during the years of high school which she shared with Chase and had a major crush on him, is now a successful real estate agent having amassed quite a fortune with her work. She meets Tanya, Chase’s beloved wife, when they seek to buy a house for themselves before their baby comes along. On the way back from viewing the house Marcie was sure would make a lovely home for Tanya and Chase, a senseless accident kills the pregnant Tanya and leaves Marcie with serious but not life threatening injuries. Chase’s world is shattered when in a day’s time he loses his beloved wife and their child who had not even had the chance to breathe into this world. Two years later, Marcie encounters Chase at a rodeo where he nearly gets himself killed on the arena. Marcie stays with him during his brief time at the hospital and finally brings Chase back home since the accident. Whilst Chase has been away immersing himself in alcohol and whoring, their family business Tyler Drilling had gone under and things look really bad for them until Marcie proposes that Chase marry her in order for her to help bail out their business. The idea seems ridiculous to Chase at first but soon he makes up his mind to go along with the marriage even though Chase’s family doesn’t feel too comfortable about the decision. Marcie has her work cut out for her in a marriage where she has to fight with Chase every step of the way to gain his trust, affection and love. Chase determined not to betray the memory of his loving wife doesn’t want to acknowledge the intense feelings that Marcie is able to invoke in him and this ultimate battle of wills proves to be a scorching read. Loved every minute of the sexual tension between the two characters hot enough to scorch the memory chips of my laptop. Loved every bit of the novel. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good dose of romance packed with a brooding hero who I guarantee you would make your hearts go aflutter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A book that should be placed in the same shelf as Stephen King's Misery. As another reviewer said, this book was creepy. The heroine has been in love with the hero since kindengarden (that's around 6 years old?). 30 years later she is still in love with him, even though he never showed any interest other than friendship for her; what's more he fell in love and married someone else. Still Marcie didn't get over him. However two years after his pregnant wife was killed in an accident, she proposes A book that should be placed in the same shelf as Stephen King's Misery. As another reviewer said, this book was creepy. The heroine has been in love with the hero since kindengarden (that's around 6 years old?). 30 years later she is still in love with him, even though he never showed any interest other than friendship for her; what's more he fell in love and married someone else. Still Marcie didn't get over him. However two years after his pregnant wife was killed in an accident, she proposes to him marriage in exchange for the money he needs to save his family business. As it turns out, Marcie has bought the house Chase and his first wife planned on buying. Based also on her admission, she has furnished it in the style she thought Chase liked, as she always believed they would end up together living in this great house. All those years, she has learned Chase's favorite drink, food, decorating style, music: EVERYTHING. And she, has believed for 30 years, that she is the right woman for him and that God owes it to her to bring them together; even when he married someone else. If that's not the definition of a stalker, I don't know what it is. This book does not belong in the romance department; rather in the psychological thrillers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    3 1/2-Stars I wasn't in love with this one, even though the romance had a solid suspense/mystery plot. The whole book was a slog through angst, martyr and "I can't love you, the love of my life died" land. It was hard to feel warm fuzzes about tither of the main characters. The rating is totally due to the great writing of Sandra Brown. She knows how to move a trite plot along so it isn't too painful. Marcie Johns’s has been in unrequited love with Chase Tyler since childhood. He barely even kne 3 1/2-Stars I wasn't in love with this one, even though the romance had a solid suspense/mystery plot. The whole book was a slog through angst, martyr and "I can't love you, the love of my life died" land. It was hard to feel warm fuzzes about tither of the main characters. The rating is totally due to the great writing of Sandra Brown. She knows how to move a trite plot along so it isn't too painful. Marcie Johns’s has been in unrequited love with Chase Tyler since childhood. He barely even knew the quiet nerd existed and Marcie was to self-conscious to try and make him notice her. So, Marcie went on to have a successful real estate career and Chase fell in love, married someone else and lived Happily Ever After. No - that isn't what happened. The love of Chase's life and his unborn child died, in an auto accident with Marcie as the driver, leaving Chase broken and devastated. When fate crosses their paths, Marcie sees it as a chance to help Chase and in someway assuage the guilt she feels for the tragedy. She finds a way to rescue Chase and the family business, but can Chase ever let go of the love he has for his dead wife.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nefise

    3.5 stars... It was better than I expected. Most importantly, it capturead my attention and it kept me in the story till the end. I liked heroine and loved to read her unyeilding love evidence and her effort trying to make hero (Chase) happy. Hero was little bit cruel, though I should give credit for his honesty and his struggle being gentle about it. Yet, it was not enoguh. I would love to see his grovel and his love for heroine more. However, I like authoer writing style, from characterization t 3.5 stars... It was better than I expected. Most importantly, it capturead my attention and it kept me in the story till the end. I liked heroine and loved to read her unyeilding love evidence and her effort trying to make hero (Chase) happy. Hero was little bit cruel, though I should give credit for his honesty and his struggle being gentle about it. Yet, it was not enoguh. I would love to see his grovel and his love for heroine more. However, I like authoer writing style, from characterization to story developmentç I think, I misjudged Ms Boıwn's talent. This is my second book of her and liked a lot. I think, I started reading her books with wrong one. I'll definetly check it out her other books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book was like a retelling of Fatal Attraction where Glenn Close succeeds in killing Michael Douglas' wife and then they go on to live happily ever after in their psychologically messed up world. And to quote one of the more apt lines from Sex and the City: " The dead wife factor: It doesn't matter how much of a bitch she was alive, now that she is dead, YOU'RE the bitch that can't live up to her." Amen This book was like a retelling of Fatal Attraction where Glenn Close succeeds in killing Michael Douglas' wife and then they go on to live happily ever after in their psychologically messed up world. And to quote one of the more apt lines from Sex and the City: " The dead wife factor: It doesn't matter how much of a bitch she was alive, now that she is dead, YOU'RE the bitch that can't live up to her." Amen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was excited to win Texas Chase from Good Reads because I have recently been on a bit of a romance novel kick and I typically enjoy Sandra Brown books. I can usually count on them to be well written, with mainly plausible plots, and I usually find them to be quick and enjoyable reads. Sadly, I did not feel that way about Texas Chase. My main reason for disliking the book was the heroine, Marcie. Honestly, I felt like Marcie's actions due to her "crush" on Chase were desperate, creepy, and made I was excited to win Texas Chase from Good Reads because I have recently been on a bit of a romance novel kick and I typically enjoy Sandra Brown books. I can usually count on them to be well written, with mainly plausible plots, and I usually find them to be quick and enjoyable reads. Sadly, I did not feel that way about Texas Chase. My main reason for disliking the book was the heroine, Marcie. Honestly, I felt like Marcie's actions due to her "crush" on Chase were desperate, creepy, and made me incredibly uncomfortable. Instead of feeling like all the things she did for Chase were cute and romantic I found them to be cringe inducing. I wanted to tell Chase to hide and then call the cops. When reading romance novels I like my female characters to be strong and independent, and while Marcie was that way in the business world, her desperation when it came to her personal life ensured that I could not relate to her. Additionally, I hate it when characters seem to have no friends and that was certainly the case with Marcie. I think I could have gotten interested in the plot (nerd from high school finally gets a chance with the Prom King) if Marcie had been written more sympathetically and less like a stalker. My other problem with the book was one specific plot point that I found stupid and was clearly in the book only to cause conflict between the main characters. I am, of course, referring to the phone call from the painting company. Here were my big problems with this: 1) Why would a painting company assume that a nursery would still need to be painted 2 years later? 2) Why would Tanya give the painter the phone number for a house she didn't even own yet? 3) I have bought several houses and my phone number has never been the same as the previous owners. Phone numbers don't come with houses. This scenario was so ridiculous and outlandish to me that it completely took me out of the plot. I understand why it was there, to cause conflict, but I think there were smarter, less lazy ways to accomplish the same thing. I still like Sandra Brown books and will continue to read them but this particular book was really not for me. Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book through the Goodreads' First Reads program but my opinions on the book are entirely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Texas! Chase" is the story of Marcie and Chase. We know from the end of previous book that Chase loses his wife Tanya and his unborn child in a freak accident- where Marcie is injured too. Two years have passed, and Chase has left all responsibilities to be a drunk manwhore in his wife's memory. When getting trampled on in a rodeo makes him cross paths with Marcie, she finally decides to chase the love of her life. Basically we have a hero who's in love with his dead ex, hence sleeps with all thing "Texas! Chase" is the story of Marcie and Chase. We know from the end of previous book that Chase loses his wife Tanya and his unborn child in a freak accident- where Marcie is injured too. Two years have passed, and Chase has left all responsibilities to be a drunk manwhore in his wife's memory. When getting trampled on in a rodeo makes him cross paths with Marcie, she finally decides to chase the love of her life. Basically we have a hero who's in love with his dead ex, hence sleeps with all things walking; a heroine who's loved him forever; a marriage of convinience and pretty damn painful verbal spars. Did I feel bad for Chase? yeah. Does it excuse how he behaved with Marcie? NO. He was deliberately hurtful to her time and again, and even if she apologized and groveled, he didn't blink an eye. Some scenes were really painful to read, and my heart broke for Marcie throughout the book. The hero was a childish whine baby and I soon had no sympathy for him. They have a mini reconciliation towards the last 1/2, but the H goes back to being a dbag pretty soon. There's a secondary plot of Marcie having the stalker, but it was pretty much overshadowed by the main story. In the end, I was extremely disappointed and didn't believe the hero at all because the heroine felt like a replacement- because the hero is never actually portrayed getting over Tanya. I LOVE a good second chance/ I've loved you forever trope- but not this one. Unsafe by definition 1/5

  13. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    2 STARS - IT WAS OKAY AUDIOBOOK Why oh why do I continue to try Sandra Brown romances that were written in the 80's & 90's. They are so sexist! I'm not a bra burning feminist by any means but seriously, the women in Ms. Brown's 80's/90's romances are total doormats. I couldn't believe some of what Chase says to Marcie in this book - really cruel stuff - and she just takes it. He never really apologizes for it and she just keeps giving and giving to him. It's very frustrating. Most of the story was 2 STARS - IT WAS OKAY AUDIOBOOK Why oh why do I continue to try Sandra Brown romances that were written in the 80's & 90's. They are so sexist! I'm not a bra burning feminist by any means but seriously, the women in Ms. Brown's 80's/90's romances are total doormats. I couldn't believe some of what Chase says to Marcie in this book - really cruel stuff - and she just takes it. He never really apologizes for it and she just keeps giving and giving to him. It's very frustrating. Most of the story was decent, but some of the way Chase treats Marcie was just unacceptable. I need to just stick with Sandra Brown's thrillers that were written in the 2000's. Those are much more acceptable reads.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    3.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn Rykiert

    Chase Tyler has been grieving for his dead wife and unborn child for 2 years, burying is grief in alcohol. He abandoned the family business and left his younger brother to run it and hit the rodeo circuit and the bars with equal disregard for this life. Marcie Johns has been in love with Chase since childhood and had been driving the car when it crashed killing his wife and unborn child. She was at the rodeo by chance but took him under her wing when he was tossed off the bull he was riding and s Chase Tyler has been grieving for his dead wife and unborn child for 2 years, burying is grief in alcohol. He abandoned the family business and left his younger brother to run it and hit the rodeo circuit and the bars with equal disregard for this life. Marcie Johns has been in love with Chase since childhood and had been driving the car when it crashed killing his wife and unborn child. She was at the rodeo by chance but took him under her wing when he was tossed off the bull he was riding and she talked him into going back to his family. Chase was shocked when Marcie made him a brazen proposition to save his company, but he went along with it anyway. I truly enjoyed this story, it was well told.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lyuda

    I was looking forward to read this story as it had elements I love in romance: MOC, brooding, dark hero. But the story was a disappointment with both main characters being very unsympathetic for different reasons. The hero was so absorbed by the death of his wife that he came across as narcissistic, brutal bully. The heroine who loved the hero from kindergarten turned this love into unhealthy self-demining obsession.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Serial Romance Librarian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Marcie! Marcie! Marcie! “Goosey” is a homely (so she believes) smart girl. High school valedictorian and now a successful real estate agent, she is a knockout ginger. She’s always carried a torch for Chase, the handsome popular boy. Chase lost the love of his life and mother of his child in a tragic car accident. Marcie was driving because she was showing his wife a house. Chase drowns his sorrows in alcohol, loose women, and taking risks. Of course he’s tall and gorgeous. I thought most bull ri Marcie! Marcie! Marcie! “Goosey” is a homely (so she believes) smart girl. High school valedictorian and now a successful real estate agent, she is a knockout ginger. She’s always carried a torch for Chase, the handsome popular boy. Chase lost the love of his life and mother of his child in a tragic car accident. Marcie was driving because she was showing his wife a house. Chase drowns his sorrows in alcohol, loose women, and taking risks. Of course he’s tall and gorgeous. I thought most bull riders were small men? Not being stalkerish at all (I kid), Marcie just happens to be there when Chase is injured by a bull and she rescues him. She pays his medical bills and stages an intervention of sorts. She also happens to have bought the house he was supposed to live with his dead family in. He discovers this later and is furious. She’s always loved him and pined for him, only him. She convinces him to marry her so he can have access to her money to bail his company out of bankruptcy. Their first encounter is mechanical but Chase and Marcie eventually succumb to passion. As I write this, I can’t believe that this premise actually became a book, but it did, and I liked it. Sunset Embrace is my favorite book by this author, but there was decent angst. The murderer at the end forced Chase to get his head out of his ass. HEA. 4 stars!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tmstprc

    3 ⭐️ story, 1 ⭐️ for fond memories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Truusje

    I read Sandra Brown’s Texas! trilogy a few years ago for the first time and I wasn’t crazy about it. Yet I remember the basic plots of all three books, which is very unusual for me, so it must have made an impression on me anyway. This month’s read, Texas! Chase, is the second book in the series and to me it seems very very dated, especially in the attitudes of the characters. I always find it interesting to see how far we’ve come and this book definitely shows me. But I’m reading this with my 21 I read Sandra Brown’s Texas! trilogy a few years ago for the first time and I wasn’t crazy about it. Yet I remember the basic plots of all three books, which is very unusual for me, so it must have made an impression on me anyway. This month’s read, Texas! Chase, is the second book in the series and to me it seems very very dated, especially in the attitudes of the characters. I always find it interesting to see how far we’ve come and this book definitely shows me. But I’m reading this with my 21st century goggles on and I just can’t relate to some of it, e.g. a woman’s reputation can be ruined if she’s seen entering a house of a man. It’s not a Regency after all. *** MILD SPOILERS *** As for the story itself, I feel it has potential but doesn’t quite deliver. I understand Chase is grieving but he really is an arse for most of the book. And ultimately he accepts quite easily he loves Marcie. Marcie was a little creepy with buying the house for him and her when she hadn’t even seen him in so long and didn’t know when/if she’d see him again. And he had no idea she’d been in love with him since she was 5 (or so). Disturbing. In general I think the plot could have done with a little more substance so that the characters and their interactions would have been fleshed out a little more. I always like Sandra Brown’s writing and this book is no exception (apart from that random ! in the title), but I prefer her crime books to these dated romances with attitudes and views I can’t agree with.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    I am going to give this one a high four stars. Marcie has been in love with Chase since childhood, but unfortunately for her, Chase is happily married to his wife, Tanya. Chase and Tanya are seeking the perfect house before their baby is born. Marcie, being a real estate agent, shows Tanya a house that Tanya falls in love with. Chase is too busy to go to the house viewing so Marcie drives Tanya over to the house, but on the way there, a car accident occurs, instantly killing off the pregnant Tany I am going to give this one a high four stars. Marcie has been in love with Chase since childhood, but unfortunately for her, Chase is happily married to his wife, Tanya. Chase and Tanya are seeking the perfect house before their baby is born. Marcie, being a real estate agent, shows Tanya a house that Tanya falls in love with. Chase is too busy to go to the house viewing so Marcie drives Tanya over to the house, but on the way there, a car accident occurs, instantly killing off the pregnant Tanya. Two years later Chase has abandoned his business and spends his day drinking, whoring, gambling, all to forget Tanya’s death. Marcie happens to witness Chase nearly getting killed in a rodeo arena, and she, still very much in love with Chase, wants him safe, so she drives him back to his family. Chase arrives at home, and after an argument with Marcie, decides he needs to do something with his life. He starts off by checking how the family business is striving under his brother, Lucky’s management. Chase learns that the business is not doing well and he must try to pay the debt that they owe to the bank. That night, Chase is invited to dinner with Marcie who proposes that he marry her. She explains that the marriage will benefit both of them, Chase will be able to pay off the money his business owes and Marcie will get some companionship in her big house. After much thought (and another argument with Marcie), Chase agrees to the marriage proposal. The beginning of the story was rather dull, but it kicks off after the marriage. I was wary about reading the book because of the many reviews that said Marcie was a lunatic, or obsessed with Chase. After reading the book myself, I can say that Marcie was a strong and independent woman. She isn’t afraid to stand up to Chase and she not only argues with him, but she even slaps him once! I’m glad that Sandra Brown didn’t hover over the fact that Marcie had a crush on Chase. I mean yes, it was mentioned a few times, but Marcie in no way seemed crazy about him. Marcie simply wanted to help Chase, and when she figured that she didn’t want to end up as a lonely spinster, she asked him to marry her. Chase on the other hand, was much more dislikeable than Marcie. ***Spoiler*** When he found out that Marcie bought the house that Tanya wanted, he insisted that they were living in Tanya’s house, that Marcie was second place to Tanya, and that Tanya was the wife that he loved. Then he had the gall to say that sex with Marcie was to dull his memories for Tanya and that their marriage is only on paper. And to top it all off, he never apologizes for any of this. So my conclusion? Marcie is a much more bearable character than Chase. ***End of Spoiler*** I also found it extremely annoying that Chase constantly thinks about his wife throughout the story, even in the last few pages, he thought about his love for Tanya. I can understand that he will always love Tanya but this is supposed to be Marcie and Chase’s love story, it focused way too much on Chase’s feelings and deep love for Tanya. Lucky and his wife Devon have some great scenes in the story that made me wonder if I should read Texas! Lucky after all. The story would’ve been five stars if we could erase those scenes where Chase was being a bastard. There were some heart-tugging scenes that made me shed a few tears and that’s probably why I ended up giving the book a high four stars. This is a book I would recommend if you don’t mind the hero being a little too mean, overall, it’s an above average romance novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    With a wife he adores and a baby on the way, life is great for Chase Tyler. Then tragedy strikes when Tanya and their unborn child are killed. A grief stricken Chase pushes his family away and abandons the family business to start riding on the rodeo circuit and drinking himself into oblivion. Real Estate Broker Marcie Johns was driving Tanya to look at a house the day of the accident. Even though she didn't cause the accident, she feels responsible. Marcie has known Chase since childhood and wa With a wife he adores and a baby on the way, life is great for Chase Tyler. Then tragedy strikes when Tanya and their unborn child are killed. A grief stricken Chase pushes his family away and abandons the family business to start riding on the rodeo circuit and drinking himself into oblivion. Real Estate Broker Marcie Johns was driving Tanya to look at a house the day of the accident. Even though she didn't cause the accident, she feels responsible. Marcie has known Chase since childhood and wants to help him get his life back in order. When she sees him get injured during a rodeo, she follows him to the hospital and eventually bullies him into going home to his family. As Chase realizes that Tyler Drilling is barely staying in business, he devotes his time to trying to save it. Marcie offers him a deal. She will give him the money to pay off the creditors if he will marry her. Taking her up on the deal just may be the best thing that ever happened to him. This is the second book in Brown's Texas series. I read it over 20 years ago and decided to revisit it on audio. Colleen Marlo does a great job as narrator of the audiobook. Chase is a tortured hero who wallows in his grief. Marcie has loved Chase from afar since childhood, and decides she is the woman who can straighten him up. I enjoyed their various battles where Marcie would verbally kick his butt and get him back on track. I thought the whole marriage of convenience storyline was a bit over the top. It made Marcie look desperate to win Chase no matter what she had to do. From that point the story was predictable with no surprises, as Chase realizes his feelings for Marcie. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    Re-read Picking up soon after the first in this trilogy left off, the events of the ending of Texas! Lucky have left Chase Tyler devastated. Having lost his beloved wife and unborn child to a tragic car accident, his gut wrenching slide into alcohol and dangerous living on the Rodeo circuit is hard to watch. Self-made Marcie Jones can hardly stand seeing the unrequited love of her life waste away after the loss of his wife either. With a bold proposal to save his family business, Marcie puts hers Re-read Picking up soon after the first in this trilogy left off, the events of the ending of Texas! Lucky have left Chase Tyler devastated. Having lost his beloved wife and unborn child to a tragic car accident, his gut wrenching slide into alcohol and dangerous living on the Rodeo circuit is hard to watch. Self-made Marcie Jones can hardly stand seeing the unrequited love of her life waste away after the loss of his wife either. With a bold proposal to save his family business, Marcie puts herself out there in the hope of seeing Chase happy once again- but will her gamble work? And what will he say when he realizes it’s more than her money on the line- and sees he’s had her heart the entire time? I accidentally read this one first many years ago not knowing it was part of a trilogy and I still like it much better than the first in the series. I love that Marcie- or “Goosey” as Chase calls her- overcomes her shy teenage years and makes something of herself, before getting the hero! Chase, in his very real grief for his first wife, is not so nice to Marcie at first- but that’s okay, because he eventually wises up. As I’ve stated before, self-sacrifice is to me the ultimate expression of love and when a character gets rewarded for that sacrifice with a Happily Ever After? Well, I’m hooked. Sure this series is a bit dated in the way the hero responds to the heroine, but it remains way more compelling than most of the boring crap being peddled as contemporary romance out there right now. So yeah. <3

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review after reread: I've downgraded to 3 stars. I really liked the first half of the story with the damaged hero Chase. He really did hurt and slashed out where he could. I also liked Marcie in the beginning, she was though and didn't put up with Chase's bullshit. And yes, I also told myself to forgive the story for the traditional role patterns between man/woman throughout, this book was written many years ago. But after the marriage of convenience, Marcie's character deteriorated, and the stal Review after reread: I've downgraded to 3 stars. I really liked the first half of the story with the damaged hero Chase. He really did hurt and slashed out where he could. I also liked Marcie in the beginning, she was though and didn't put up with Chase's bullshit. And yes, I also told myself to forgive the story for the traditional role patterns between man/woman throughout, this book was written many years ago. But after the marriage of convenience, Marcie's character deteriorated, and the stalker added external conflict I could have done without. In the end I skimmed through the last pages, not interested in the resolution to the stalker-problem. Still, all in all, I enjoyed re-reading this story and might even reread the first half again sometime. ------------ Review after first time reading: I really liked how chase was down hurting and therefore mean to everyone else. It wasn't always nice to read but it did feel heartfelt and real. It is a bit dated though, mostly in how he reacts to her; the no-saying and then kissing her anyway. That is also how such things could go, but nowadays writing it down like that would be frowned upon. I'm going to Re-read this in the future to see if it's stil worth the 4 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Like Lucky's story, this was good but nothing to sing and dance about! My heart went out to Chase but I thought that Marcie's character was a bit creepy. Like Lucky's story, this was good but nothing to sing and dance about! My heart went out to Chase but I thought that Marcie's character was a bit creepy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*

    No... I didn't like it No... I didn't like it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION: A blast from the past. This 1990's contemporary novel reads more like a historical at times, but I love the characters and this book is one of the early damaged hero stories I read. THE STORY: Marcie John has been in love with Chase Tyler since childhood. When his beloved wife is killed by a teen driver while a passenger in Marcie's car, Chase falls apart. When Marcie sees him again, she rescues him and in order to save the family's business, she proposes a marriage of convenience FINAL DECISION: A blast from the past. This 1990's contemporary novel reads more like a historical at times, but I love the characters and this book is one of the early damaged hero stories I read. THE STORY: Marcie John has been in love with Chase Tyler since childhood. When his beloved wife is killed by a teen driver while a passenger in Marcie's car, Chase falls apart. When Marcie sees him again, she rescues him and in order to save the family's business, she proposes a marriage of convenience. She gets a husband who will help her own business (although she is secretly in love with him) and Chase will get money to protect the family legacy. At the same time, Marcie has a stalker who is making obscene phone calls to her and has become more threatening. OPINION: This is one of my old-time favorites. The story was shocking to my expectations years ago. Chase's beloved wife is killed in the beginning of the book, and he becomes a mess afterwards. Broken, aimless, drunk most of the time, Chase is hardly the type of hero that I expected. Marcie rescues him from his circumstances and whisks him away to safety. Marcie is put together, successful but haunted by the accident that took Chase's wife's life and also continues to pine after Chase. I loved that these two struggle to build a relationship together which has problems and fits and starts. As deep and complicated as more recent books would be expected to be? No, but this book blazed a trail that those books got to follow. My recent re-read was comforting and completely satisfying. Marcie might be in love with Chase, but she doesn't put up with his self-pity or his lashing out in his pain. This was one of those books I remember from years ago that still worked for me. WORTH MENTIONING: This book was written in the early 1990's and thus readers should be aware that situations, themes and characters are set in that time and may be jarring for modern readers. CONNECTED BOOKS: Texas! Chase is the second book in the Texas! Tyler Family Saga. The romance here is self-contained and the book can be read as a standalone although characters from the other two books in the series appear. STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    This was a good story. Mostly it’s about how grief can go so wrong and deprive us of any second chances in life. It’s about how life isn’t fair. The Tyler family is such a favorite of mine. This is a quick, not too deep but enjoyable story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    3* nostalgic stars. This story wouldn’t work for me if I read it for the first time today, but because the teenager in me loved it then, I still enjoyed it now, even with the issues I have with it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    FlewB'DoobeyDoo

    CHOO-CHOOOO Get ready for the feels train Honey! Holy mutha freakin' ballz, this book had me in my flippin' feelings. It had all the chemicals to create a perfect potion of angsty mellow-dramatic heartache. Unrequited love? Absolutely. Lost love? Gah Yes. Mourning and self-blame? Sure Shootin'. An H I would have probably beat the tar out of if he even tried o pull any of that bull? YEAH Boo. An h who gave far more than she got? MMMMhmmm. A heavy breath'n dirty phone-caller? .....well, yeah that too. M CHOO-CHOOOO Get ready for the feels train Honey! Holy mutha freakin' ballz, this book had me in my flippin' feelings. It had all the chemicals to create a perfect potion of angsty mellow-dramatic heartache. Unrequited love? Absolutely. Lost love? Gah Yes. Mourning and self-blame? Sure Shootin'. An H I would have probably beat the tar out of if he even tried o pull any of that bull? YEAH Boo. An h who gave far more than she got? MMMMhmmm. A heavy breath'n dirty phone-caller? .....well, yeah that too. My only peeve I have here, is that I wish there was more of one of my favorite romance occurrences to ever occur in ever. Groveling While Chase and Marcie struggled a whole-heck of a lot, I wish there had been a bit more groveling from Chase, cause he really was a piece of work. But Oh Well, I can't complain! I was dayum nervous for this book, because I knew it would be a heavy redemption, and focus on some more serious topics. I think it was handled superbly, and that it shows some real insight into grieving from loss, and also the heartaches of unrequited love. Which Hun, we have all felt. Fantastic read. 4.25 I'm-just-happy-we-didn't-hear-about-Chases-Escapades-every-other-sentence stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    OMG!!! How creepy Marcie was and lonely. In my opinion, I much rather spend my life alone with my cats and the ocasional fling than spend it with someone who didn't love me, who was still in love with his dead wife. What kind of life is to be someone's second chance when they didn't even want you?! Yuuuuuck!! Pure torture!! I wouldn't put myself through that situation, ever!! And 35 isn't old!! just for your information! But, all in all, it was Marcie's choice, she wanted to be the consolation prize. Cha OMG!!! How creepy Marcie was and lonely. In my opinion, I much rather spend my life alone with my cats and the ocasional fling than spend it with someone who didn't love me, who was still in love with his dead wife. What kind of life is to be someone's second chance when they didn't even want you?! Yuuuuuck!! Pure torture!! I wouldn't put myself through that situation, ever!! And 35 isn't old!! just for your information! But, all in all, it was Marcie's choice, she wanted to be the consolation prize. Chase was boring, the steamy scenes were just plain sad and pitiful. A question to ponder: What is better: having someone love you and therefore being turned on by you which was what Chase felt for his beloved wife or to have someone sort of lusting for you? which was what Chase felt for Marcie. Yuuuuuuuck again!! You can have a one night stand with that, but to grow old with someone that only lusted after you?! When your body starts to get old and you are not so pretty?! I don't think so. It probably won't last and you'd end up feeling all insecure and ugly. NO WAY IN HELL!! I LOATHE that!!! Second chance romance, to me, only works when there was a previous spark of love before getting the second chance. When the other person has alredy loved another one deeply while you were single, lonely and in love, just waiting in the outsides, MAN, ain't that fucked up!! It wouldn't be fair to you, you deserve more. I like stories when two people find each other after loving others. That is a nice second chance in love and SO not the one we found in this book. I did not like it, at all. The ending was sweet but far fetched, because we all know he much rather have Marcie died than his beloved wife.

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