Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jean Brashear Book List


Interview with Jean Brashear
When not writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
Reading, walking, cooking, needlework of all sorts (lap quilting a king-sized quilt right now--what was I thinking?!?!) yoga, chocolate…;)

Do you laugh and cry while writing your books?
I do--and I figure that if it doesn't make me laugh and cry, why would my readers?

Do you ever forget that the characters are not real?
LOL…my husband could tell you stories. He chuckles when I get really animated or worried and start talking about them…and he has to remind me "Um…you do know they're not real, right?" But they are to ME!

Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
Always…it's like losing a family member. As relieved as I am to finish, I'm also really, really sad.
Harlequin NASCAR Series
A NASCAR Holiday 3
A Family For Christmas by Jean Brashear
Gib Cameron was living his dream as the crew chief for a NASCAR team. All the championships couldn’t replace the one empty place in his heart, his lost love. He finally returned home after thirteen years to spend time with his aunt and uncle and wouldn’t you know the first day home he runs into her, the woman who broke his heart.

Cassie Wheeler Maguire couldn’t believe her eyes when her daughter walked up to her with Gib. The man she never stopped loving but had kept a secret and lied to him. And now he’s being nice and bringing her kids presents and getting them all to fall in love with him as well.

Four exciting and heartwarming stories are packed into this Christmas anthology.
**Some of the stories contain mild language
Book 15:NASCAR Secrets & Legends Book 15: Extreme Caution
Maeve Branch has been through so much since her cheating, stealing, no-good husband took the money and ran. She’s been hiding out and missing out on life. The one good thing she went back to her once a week volunteer job at the animal shelter under her maiden name that no one recognized. Everything was great until the day someone from her past life recognized her. Did she go back to imprisoning herself in her home or continue doing what she enjoyed?

Chuck Lawrence couldn’t believe that the plainly dressed woman at the shelter was the ice queen socialite he had met. Only this woman was broken and brought out his protective instincts. When he realized she was nothing like he assumed she was he wanted to get to know her better. Problem was her husband had really pulled a number on her and left her to not trust men or to realize what a strong, brave woman she really was. She fought his attention but Chuck was a man who always got what he wanted. And he wanted Maeve.

This family has been through so much especially with Alyssa Ritchie and her tell-all book on the twenty year affair with Hilton Branch. Maeve needed to get back in the world so that people like Alyssa and Hilton wouldn’t win in the end. And she had to do it without pity or others doing things for her. Victory Lane is the final book in this series going back to Dean and Patsy Grosso’s story. The stories continue in later books where both Will and Bart Branch get their stories told along with some of the other drivers who have been introduced in the previous books.
NASCAR Hidden Legacies Book 2: Black Flag, White Lies 
Playboy NASCAR twins, Will and Bart, had a tough year after their dads betrayal to his business and family, but they survived. Will’s dad had pushed him to give up someone special to him ten years ago and she ended up marrying his best friend. His life changes quickly when his best friend dies and the girl he once loved tells him that he has a son. At the young age of thirty he wasn’t quite ready to grow up yet. Can he?

Zoe Lane Hitchens had loved Will. When he chose racing over her she was devastated. When Will’s friend Tanner offered her marriage, security and to love her baby as her own, she took the deal. Only after the I do’s he became a different person, and not a good one. Will says he wants to be a father to Sam, but she can only think how he left her high and dry all those years ago. Can she ever trust the handsome hunk with her son’s life and her own?

The previous books in the Secrets and Legends series introduced the reader to the Branch’s. Hilton’s betrayal and the struggles it caused his wife and four children. Bart’s story is told much later in Right Before His Eyes: End Of The Line by Abby Gaines. The secrets continue in this series with Checkered Past where we meet another Matheson brother. Chad was first introduced in Back On Track.
NASCAR Hidden Legacies Book 16: Crossing The Line 
Grace Hunt Winters has been through a dark time but has come through it. A widow with three small children to raise and yet she started her own business. Catering for the NASCAR elite and even her own TV show. What she doesn’t need is the attention that a playboy driver is giving her. And yet something inside her wants to let loose if even for a little while.

Garrett Clark is thankful for his step-dad and is doing his best to win the championship to save their business. To win for the the man who believes in him and loves him more than his own mother ever did. He never planned on his own family but something about Grace and her three children pulls on something inside of him. Makes him a better man.

The finale to this sixteen book series was excellent. Full of emotions and characters who came to life and pulls the reader into the story. When the last part of the mystery is solved and they find Gina Grosso, who was kidnapped thirty years earlier, the author does an excellent job of expressing how this young woman feels. She has a family she has known and loved for all this time and a new family who are strangers to her.

All of the books in the Harlequin NASCAR Library are worth reading and have many of the same characters in them. There are more books that follow and continue with characters the reader has already been introduced to in the previous books.
NASCAR Family Secrets Book 5: Hard to Resist
Downright Distracting by Jean Brashear

Ryder McGraw, crew chief for Jeb Stallworth, has his hands overfull as it is and now his boss has asked a favor. Dixon Rogers is like a second father and has been good to Ryder so he can’t refuse to help him. Even when it includes keeping his daughter, that he just reconnected with, happy. A daughter who seems to be a distraction in more than one way to not only Ryder but his whole crew. Hailey Rogers is a gorgeous tofu eating and yoga twisting handful.
NASCAR Family Secrets Book 8: Right Before His Eyes
End Of The Line by Jean Brashear
Bart Branch is working towards winning the championship this year. His twin Will is now happily married with a family as are the rest of his siblings. He can't see having a family after the way his dad behaved, that is until Mellie Donovan and her adorable daughter Lily. The skittish young woman holds Bart’s interest as none other ever has. Mellie is on the run and is searching for her step-dad to help with Lily. She wants to tell Bart her secrets and lean on him, but she can only imagine she’ll hurt him more with the truth.

Hilton Branch continues to write in his journal while in prison. Locked behind the bars of a prison and another jail of his own making, he feels helpless. The woman he loved has died without knowing he didn’t just abandon her and now what is left of what he had with her is missing. He can only hope that his son can help even if he’ll be doing it out of the goodness of his heart and not for any love for his father. Hilton knows he lost any hope of that when he betrayed his family.

This is the last book in the Harlequin NASCAR Library and has been worth the read. A majority of the books had the same characters so the reader really gets to know them along the way. I personally find it’s one of those series that it’s hard to say good-bye to.
Complete Harlequin NASCAR Series
Texas Heroes Series - eBooks
The Gallaghers of Morning Star
Book 1: Texas Secrets
Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father's life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed—by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. 

A former SEAL, rugged cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he's ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn't want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days—or it will be lost to them both.
Book 2: Texas Lonely
Mitch Gallagher is a loner, down to the bone. Banished at sixteen from everything and everyone he held dear, he's an intensely private man whose rusty, unused heart long ago gave up on love.

Fragile Perrie Matheson is on the run to protect her beloved son. Too ill to travel further with a winter storm on the way, she has no choice but to gamble her child's safety on a man who wants only to be left alone.

But during days spent together in the mountain cabin, Mitch and Perrie each find surprises in store...and all the reasons they should stay apart battle with the yearnings of hearts too long denied love.
 Book 3: Texas Bad Boy
Everyone thinks Lacey DeMille is the next thing to royalty, a society girl with beauty, brains and money—but sexy Texas bad boy Devlin Marlowe knows better. Twenty years after being exiled in disgrace for daring to want her, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks has sweet revenge in his grasp...for only he knows that her whole life is built on a lie.

And revenge may be more costly than either of them can imagine.
The Marshalls
Book 1: Texas Refuge
Seeking peace after nearly dying in a failed attempt to save his sister, the last thing former Houston detective Quinn Marshall wants is another woman to watch over, but someone important to his brother is in trouble, and Quinn's basic nature is to protect. Soap opera star Lorie Chandler has already lost her husband to an obsessed fan and now her son is the madman's new target.

While the police hunt the killer, Quinn's rugged Texas ranch is the ideal hiding place for Lorie and her child. Neither Quinn nor Lorie expects the explosive heat or the powerful emotion that flares to life in his canyon refuge, yet there is no future for them and both are painfully aware that their time together can only be temporary. When the madman finds them, Quinn's sole focus is on keeping Lorie and the boy he's come to love safe, even though his success will mean that he will have to give them up to a life where he cannot belong.
Book 2: Texas Star
Sexiest Man Alive Josh Marshall is on his way home to Texas when he rescues a woman on the run. In contrast to the many women crushing on him all over the world, this woman does not trust him and wants nothing to do with him, seeking to escape every time his back is turned.

Elena Navarro is running from an abusive husband with criminal ties. Terrified to trust anyone, she finds Josh's tender care a miracle, but his fame could be a death sentence for them both. When echoes of a shared past life threaten, Josh questions his sanity, but he's a white knight to the core and cannot stop trying to help her, even at the risk of his life. 
Book 3: Texas Danger
Texas rancher Case Marshall is driving a truck instead of his hell-raiser Harley after a crooked partner nearly bankrupts his Flying M Ranch. 

New Orleans socialite Samantha St. Claire never dreamed she'd be on the run from the mob--or that she'd find her white knight at a truck stop. Their worlds couldn't be less compatible or their attraction more high-octane…but there are dangers and shocking secrets to battle before they can dream of a future together.
The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Spring
Book 1: Texas Roots
When scandal and an ambitious prosecutor wreck talented chef Scarlett Ross's life and she learns of a grandmother she never knew she had, she flees the notoriety to pay an anonymous visit to Sweetgrass Springs, Texas, a town kept alive only by her grandmother's determination and carried on the strong shoulders of sexy Texas cowboy Ian McLaren. There she is surprised to discover a yearning to sink roots deep in the Texas Hill Country—but she is terrified that the secrets she's hiding will endanger everyone she's come to love.
Book 2: Texas Wild
Hollywood's hot playboy stuntman Randall Mackey replaced the adrenaline rush of his career in the SEAL Teams with another life courting danger, but that existence is jeopardized by injury. The sexy bad boy of Sweetgrass Springs returns to the town where his teenage exploits made him a legend, only to find that his buddy's tomboy little sister has grown up in very interesting ways. If he thinks, however, that gifted horse trainer Rissa Gallagher will simply fall into his arms and help him dodge dealing with a haunting past and a future that looks grim, Mackey might want to think again.

Rissa Gallagher has been abandoned by everyone in her family except the hard-hearted father who is physically present but cold and critical. She is the last hope for the land that has been in her family for six generations, and though Mackey is pure temptation incarnated in one very sexy package, he can never be more than a fling when the only thing he does better than make love is…leave.
 Book 3: Texas Dreams
 From USAToday bestselling author Jean Brashear, a new tale in her popular TEXAS HEROES series that brings all three branches--The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs and Morning Star plus The Marshalls--together in a heartwarming homecoming that's all about family, and all about love:

Take two reluctant brides and two frustrated grooms, mix with both clans of Gallaghers and season with a SEAL or three, a movie star, a Hollywood Barbie and a country music giant--and you get a recipe for family mayhem, laughter and a tear or two. Watch as Sweetgrass Springs matriarch Ruby Gallagher and her granddaughter Scarlett, aided and abetted by the irrepressible Maddie Rose Gallagher, try to pull off surprise wedding plans for each other in the worst-kept secret in Texas.
Boxed Sets
Texas Heroes Volume 1: The Gallaghers of Morning Star 
Texas Heroes Volume 2: The Marshalls Book 1 & 2
 From USAToday bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear, two emotional and sexy Texas romances about brothers from Texas—tall, dark and gorgeous—one deeply private, one world-famous…each in his own way, a woman's dream lover…

Quinn and Josh Marshall are all that is left of a once-loving family, both born protectors, men who never hesitate to put themselves on the line to defend others.  
Love Me Some Cowboy Box Set: Texas Secrets 
Wounded Heroes Box Set: Texas Refuge
The Pearl of Paradise
Five years ago, covert operative Damon Alexander became guardian of the sacred ivory carving, the Pearl of Paradise, and he sacrificed any chance for a life with the woman he loved, the price required to save her from being killed by his archenemy, Kwan. The vow curses him to die, should he leave holy ground, but his enemy is back and is picking off those Damon cares for most, taunting Damon to risk the curse to stop him.

Lily Shen has spent five years closing off her heart from Damon after his devastating betrayal, but hearing that he means to sacrifice his life to stop the killing, she knows that she may have the only means to save him—by revealing to him that he has a son. When Kwan kidnaps their child, the love that never died draws them together in a race to find some means to break the curse and save the son Damon has never met.
The Light Walker
Newly-minted detective Jace Carroll's innocuous first case plunges her into a world of shifting realities. At the center of the tangled knot is the mesmerizing and mysterious billionaire Dante Sabanne, a recluse whose proficiency with ancient poisons, mystical lore and exotic sexual practices makes him by turns a crucial expert witness, a devastating lover...and possibly the man behind a cult whose profane rituals have turned from depraved to deadly.

Dante is the last of the Light Walkers, guardian of a magical amulet with healing powers—but that amulet has been stolen, and Dante's powers are fading. As he seeks to fight the evil intent on perverting the amulet's powers, Fate plays a cruel joke: the beautiful detective—who only believes in logic and the tangible—is his Prism, able to separate Light and help him walk the path back to his birthright.

The powerful attraction between them complicates everything, as the Jace who thought she knew exactly who she was and what she wanted becomes both pawn and queen in a battle between the dark and the light. Innocents will die if she makes the wrong choice between the evidence before her eyes and the yearnings of a heart she is no longer sure she can trust.
The Choice
Deep-cover FBI agent Drake Cullinane is driven by guilt over a terrorist attack he couldn't prevent. It's taken him years to become the trusted head of security for arms dealer Klaus Hafner, the man responsible for that attack, and he's within days of taking down Hafner and his whole network.

Jillian MacGregor found a splashy way to apply to be one of Klaus Hafner's bodyguards, and she's out to kill the man the mysterious Cullinane is sworn to protect, seeking revenge for her sister's death at Hafner's hands.

White-hot attraction flares between them, but both are hiding dangerous secrets. Only one of them can win—and if they cannot learn to trust each other, both of them could die.
Grief. Hope. Love. Sword fights. And the crisp glory of fried okra. Ex-cocktail waitress and "convenience store professional" Eudora "Pea" O'Brien is filled with grief and regret, low on cash and all alone. Headed down the hot, dusty back roads of central Texas, Pea is convinced she'll find a sign leading her to the reincarnated soul of the sister who raised her. A sign that she's found her place in the world of the living again. At least that's what the psychic promised. 

In an unforgettably funny and poignant journey, Pea collects an unlikely family of strays-a starving kitten, a pregnant teenager, a sexy con man trying to go straight, and a ferocious gun dealer named Glory, who introduces Pea to the amazing, sword-wielding warrior goddesses of Texas author Robert E. Howard-creator of the Conan the Barbarian novels-and celebrated in festival every year. Six foot tall, red-headed Pea looks good with a sword in her hand. Glory, the goddesses, and a grandmotherly café owner become Pea's unlikely gurus as she struggles to learn swordplay and the art of perfect fried okra. She'll have to master both if she's going to find what matters most-her own lost soul.


  1. So glad that Jean joined Just Judy's Jumbles Blog Party. I really enjoyed the NASCAR series.

  2. I want to read The whole Texas series. I loved the NASCAR books along with Pamela Briton and Wendy Etherington and Nancy Warren.