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Heaven Texas

Free read º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Come heck or high water Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven Texas to begin shooting his first motion picture Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm Bobby Tom has reservati I've been rereading SEP's books this past month and falling back in love with her novels as well as catching up on some new ones which I enjoyed immenselyHowever Heaven Texas is NOT one of those books The romance starts off distastefully with Bobby Tom Denton living the life of a rich shallow sexist NFL player who treats women like disposable 'sex' objects Fine usually this serves as a starting point for the 'hero' who will display inner worth and grow along the way Instead Bobby Tom's behavior and attitude not only refuse to improve but instead over the course of the novel plummet into the realm of HORRIFYINGAs Gracie's trying to leave Bobby Tom and restore her means of self respect Bobby Tom breaks out of jail after a night spent assaulting his friends and being a mean drunk sonovabitch chases her down in a stolen suad car and as she's running from him in terror a tiny 5'4'' woman against a tall heavily muscled professional football player he's yelling at her to stop and ends up tackling her on the side of the road Following this as he's physically dominating her she's begging him and crying for him to Stop only to be rescued by the cops who arrest Bobby TomUpon seeing Bobby Tom resisting arrest which results in his getting roughly handled by the arresting officer Gracie leaps on the cop's back and starts screaming that he let Bobby Tom go freeThis isn't a romance It's a codependent horror story about a spoiled selfish man's devolving into an abusive misogynist asshole and the woman who loves him despite how horribly he treats her and who cannot escape him The reason Gracie called off their engagement in the first place was because he'd brutally rebuffed her efforts to help him and then he'd tried to force her to have sex with him dominating her as she's once again yelling at him Stop and beating him until her hands are hurting He apologizes of course never meaning for her to have hurt herself trying to get him to stop abusing her only for this behavior to be repeated in the climactic final scene without any sign of Bobby Tom or any aspect of the novel acknowledging this repetition establishes a pattern of abuse There's no resolution simply Gracie loving Bobby Tom despite his terrorizing her as he finally proclaims his love And somehow this is supposed to be a happy ending?The ending is absolutely appalling as the Mayor and Bobby Tom's family arrive on the highway and the cop who was in the process of arresting fugitive Bobby Tom is castigated for upholding the law Bobby Tom is released he gets a few sharp words about getting into drunken brawl with a childhood friend but any efforts to hold him to account for his horrifyingly abusive behavior is dismissed as everyone starts joking about how Gracie can't marry Bobby Tom until she passes the Football Test What follows is Bobby Tom dumbing down the uestions so Gracie is worthy of marrying this abusive piece of shit who just so happens to have won two Superbowls and is Heaven Texas' favorite sonThis novel is a throwback to the 'rape is romantic' tropes of the 70s and 80s And I'm happy to say that SEP revisits this formula of handsome blonde charming Stars uarterback and spunky unattractively dressed woman with great personality in Natural Born Charmer only SEP finally gets it right with Dean Robillard and Blue Bailey I'm deleting this book from my Kindle and I wish I could burn it from my memory I've never been so disappointed by the ending of a romance novel before as I watched what essentially amounted to a woman fleeing her ex in terror suddenly turn into her getting sucked back into his dysfunction and defending him from the only goddamn person in town who was holding him accountable for being a abusive asshole who's breaking laws right and left The painful irony is that earlier in the novel Bobby Tom becomes outraged at the suggestion that his mother's lover raped her This book was in desperate need of a deus ex machina to swoop down from on high and rescue Gracie from Bobby Tom Usually at the end of these novels there's this pleasant feeling as you close the book and you imagine the couple's happy future Instead I'm imagining how Bobby Tom's struggles to find meaning and direction in his life after having to uit the NFL due to an injury well that'll no doubt be taken out on Gracie Instead of watching a rough hero reform this novel gives us a sexist guy who initially appears charming and misunderstood on the surface and shows his horrifying descent into abusing a woman who loves him who actually has enough self respect to try to leave her abuser only for him to chase her down and tackle her and refuse to let her leave himThis is a horror story that attempts to romanticize the heros misogyny and violence against the heroine Gracie's terror in the final scene and how it suddenly evaporates into sympathy for her abuser's pain leading to their getting back together and getting married it makes me shudder at how it glorifies the sexism and violenceI realize I'm rambling and repeating myself at this point This isn't a cool and collected review I'm genuinely horrified by how Bobby Tom's descent into villainy is brushed aside by everyone in town and by Gracie herself that final scene between Bobby Tom and Gracie is what I'd expect from a villain in a romance novel right before the hero swoops in and beats the shit out of him rescuing the heroine professing his love they all live happily ever after yadda yadda yadda Yet there is no one to stop Bobby Tom not even the police can stop this superstar football God born and raised in Heaven Texas More like Hell Texas Poor Gracie There's no escaping Hell no matter how fast she runs

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Ut nothing’s dangerous than a wildcat with an angel’s heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide And all hell breaks loose when two unforgettable people discover love laughter passion and a match that can only be made in Heaven Written January 26 20145 Huge Stars stunning romantic and hilarouis fun I loved every single page a true joy to read simply amazing goodOur dear hero Bobby Tom Denton“I happen to be immature undisciplined and self centered pretty much a little boy in a man's body although I'd appreciate it if you didn't uote me on that”bull's eye but what a fun and irresistible Texas guy Heaven Texas is adorable cute funny and incredibly well written I think anyone who like me loves a charming wallflower heroine and a priceless charmer but sometimes so narrow minded football hero will enjoy giggle with and remember this story for a long long time Sometimes are these old goodies still the very best Right? This uite old romance was written nearly twenty years ago but is this novel still up to scratch? The answer is YES still in top condition It was just such a heavenly sweet and charming story with some good nostalgic 1994 feeling in it Simply a new favorite for this ladyIt's all about the wonderful inexperienced but so resolute Gracie Snow who got a new job as an assistant for a small film company Her first assignment is to bring the former football star and to be movie star Bobby Tom Denton from Chicago to the recording site in his small hometown in Texas But Bobby Tom is a stubborn man He is the hero who sometimes have difficulty seeing beyond his halo Here try the scantily clad girl with a bad permed hair which in no way matches the women he likes busty well trained long slender blondes to complicate his lifeBut sweet Gracie Snow is a very stubborn woman It will be a match out of the ordinary The American dream guy is challenged by rather uniue homely homegrown girl from from Ohio“You're supposed to be my assistant not a baby sitter“One and the same” ‘He settled his hat back into position She was a rookie in her first big game and he’d never let her see how close she’d come to unseating a champion’ There is plenty to say both about the plot all the characters and my own feelings but I'll settle for a few brief comments# You must have a twinkle in the eye to not get angry at this sometimes so narrow minded hero But in the end you can not resist him He is The Charm Boy # Our heroine is a superb female role model and I wish there were heroines like her The absolutely cutest kind# Tom's mother is a widow and her Suzy's love adventure is just as exciting as the main characters Yummy good# This is a true feel good story or a so called rom com read and enjoy Amusing smart well written charming steamy amazing memorable entertaining romantic heartwarming sexy cute tender dramatic exciting yes you probably understand that I loved itI LIKE I still giggles I read an fantastic novel Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and my good friend Kathleen gave me the excellent advice to pick up Heaven Texas next time I needed a sweet and strong Daisy like heroine again Thank you Kathleen You know what I might like and thanks to her I found this lovely 10 year after epilouge Read it at A tempting teaser view spoiler ‘The children hugged their parents and set off with their grandfather Bobby Tom watched them go and turned to his wife “What kind of mother abandons two innocent children to grandparents who are going to stuff them with junk food and keep them up past their bedtime?”“A mother who wants some uninhibited sex with her husband” hide spoiler

Free read º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ons about being a movie star and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can’t get off his mind or out of his life Instead the hell raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcatB After having read and really liked a couple of the recent books in the Chicago series I backpedalled to this vintage title 1995 and was just as much pleasantly surprised What I've come to recognise as SEP's trademarks by now were all already there from the engaging and smooth prose to the scrumptious dialogues taking romantic comedy and in this case the opposites attract trope to a higher levelYes she needed to become a little less accommodating and yes he often tended to be a little too smug for his own good but plain Gracie Snow and NFL golden boy Bobby Tom's love story was so deliciously fun sexy and sweet and the perfectly ticking sense of humour brought the small town cast and all its antics to life so vividly as to make this book an older gem that hasn't age a day to savour from start to finishBuddy read with Jill

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384
  • Heaven Texas
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • English
  • 21 September 2017
  • 9780380776849

About the Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPSSusan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance beginning with her 1989 bestseller FANCY PANTS An internationally acclaimed author her books have been published in over 30 languages She’s the only four time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award Susan'