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This novel is a throwback to the 'rape is romantic' tropes of the 70s and 80s. 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 quit the NFL due to an injury -- well, that'll no doubt be taken out on Gracie.


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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 him.

This is a horror story that attempts to romanticize the "hero"s 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 violence. I 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.

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Heaven's Road (Texas Angel, book 2) by Judith Pella

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. There's no escaping Hell no matter how fast she runs. View all 17 comments. Apr 14, Shawna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I actually found myself thinking that Gracie might be better off just driving into the sunset, without Mr. Bobby Tom Denton, and I was a little disappointed with the ending because I wanted about two more chapters and an epilogue of some serious groveling on his part.

In fact, I thought their intriguing relationship almost stole the spotlight from main couple, Bobby and Gracie. Overall, I really enjoyed this fun, sexy contemporary romance, but I would have liked it even more and given it full 5 stars had the playboy charmer been taken down a peg or ten and done a little added soul searching and a whole lot more begging! View all 31 comments. After having read and really liked a couple of the more recent books in the Chicago series, I backpedalled to this vintage title 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 level.

Yes, she needed to become a little less accommodating and yes, he often tended to be a After having read and really liked a couple of the more recent books in the Chicago series, I backpedalled to this vintage title and was just as much pleasantly surprised. Yes, 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 finish.

View all 25 comments. Rolling with this series. Looking forward to finally finding out why my good friend Karen has this in her review. View all 6 comments. Mar 20, Natalie Monroe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have you lived here long? I don't much like it myself, but the architect is real proud of it. She calls it urban Stone Age with a Japanese Tahitian influence. I sort of just call it ugly. In many aspects, their plots are similar: But like Obsidian and Twilight , one of these things is better than the other and it sure as hell ain't the one that tries to pass off Tess of the D'Urbervilles as an analogy for their epic love story.

Gracie is homely and doesn't give a fuck "She was of medium height, neither shirt enough to be cute, nor tall enough to be willowy. Although she was flat chested, she was the next closet thing. Her eyes were neither a warm brown nor a sparkling blue, but a nondescript gray. Her mouth was too wide, her chin too stubborn She concentrated on being grateful for the more important gifts God had given her: She runs a nursing home and concentrates on doing her damn job as a production assistant. Although she thinks herself unworthy of Bobby Tom's attention initially, she changes and finds self-worth on her own terms.

It's okay to be insecure. It's not okay to be so self-deprecating that you talk down every single one of your qualities until a man comes along to restore your self-worth. She's not a blind doormat. Her love wouldn't let her compromise her principles either.

Everyone takes something from Bobby Tom, be it a loan or a promise to show up at someone's birthday party. She can't give him anything that he doesn't already have, so she's settling for taking nothing. Bobby Tom is not an abusive asshat. This is a very important reason. Gracie gets drunk at one point and throws herself at him, lacy lingerie and all.

Bobby Tom, yet un-reformed womanizing ass, coaxes her back into her clothes. Later, when she's sober, they work out out an agreement allowing them to bang their brains out consensually. The one and only time he attempts to shut Gracie up with his dick, this happens: She took one last swing at him and settled back on her heels. Her chest heaved as she clutched her blouse closed. His physical aggression hadn't been about sex, it had been about power, and at the moment she hated him for it.

I'd do anything in the world to take back what happened. It'd been a dick move and he knows. Christian Gray would rather hang himself with his steel-gray tie than admit he did something. On account of how he likes to be in control and all. His go-to move is shutting Ana up with sex.

Skip Fifty Shades and read Heaven, Texas. All the gooey, fuzzy sensation of devouring a romance with none of the rape-culture crap. Am I right, Ellen? View all 9 comments. Sep 14, Ingela rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ingela by: Written January 26, 5 Huge Stars - stunning romantic and hilarouis fun - I loved every single page - a true joy to read - simply amazing good!! Our dear hero Bobby Tom Denton: Heaven, Texas is adorable cute , funny and incredibly well written.

I think anyone who, like me, loves a c Written January 26, 5 Huge Stars - stunning romantic and hilarouis fun - I loved every single page - a true joy to read - simply amazing good!! 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..

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This quite old romance was written nearly twenty years ago, but is this novel still up to scratch? It was just such a heavenly sweet and charming story with some good nostalgic feeling in it. Simply a new favorite for this lady. 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..

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 more 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. 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 You know what I might like.

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Bobby Tom watched them go and turned to his wife. View all 66 comments. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has a unique way of combining romance with laugh out loud humor and then mixing in unusual characters to create an engaging rom com story. Heaven, Texas has her distinctive funny, sexy style written all over it. This is the second book in the Chicago Stars series but can be read as a standalone. The story surrounds Bobby Tom Denton, a good ole southern boy.

Bobby Tom is sexy, irresistibly charming, generous to a fault, affable, but very stubborn. Bobby Tom is due to begin filming his first movie in his small hometown in Texas. Gracie Snow is a production assistant for the film and she has been tasked with escorting Bobby Tom from Chicago to the movie set on time. Gracie is a Plain Jane and one huge walking fashion disaster — from her bad haircut to her ill-fitted matronly clothes. Gracie has led a sheltered life. Gracie and Bobby Tom get off to a rocky start but they get to know each other better when they set off on a road trip to Heaven, TX.

The town seems to be filled with selfish people who think he owes them for his success.

It irritated me the way Bobby Tom let everyone walk all over him. Since nobody would believe he could fall for someone as homely as Gracie he arranges for her to have a complete makeover. Although the lines between fantasy and reality are in danger of being crossed, Gracie enters the scheme with open eyes and a vow to take nothing from Bobby Tom.

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She would give herself to him out of the fullness of her heart, not with the hope of receiving anything in return. And when it was over, this man who had been kissed by the gods would at least be able to remember that Gracie Snow was the one person in his life who had never taken anything from him. I love how independent and feisty Gracie is. She puts Bobby Tom in his place when nobody else will.

She often refers to herself as homely and acknowledges her fashion faux pas but I never thought of her as being ugly. Her humor, her selflessness, and her many acts of kindness make her appealing. The makeover merely brings out the pretty girl who was always lurking there but who was never taught how to flourish.

Bobby Tom and Gracie make a fun pair and I love their verbal sparring as well as their easy joking. There are a couple moments that manage to be simultaneously hilarious and sexy. Bobby Tom likes her but he never tries to make her feel desirable. He likes having sex with her but it seems more about scratching an itch than feeling attracted to her. It makes him seem shallow in my eyes for most of the book and I wanted to shake Gracie for selling herself short.

Many zany characters are introduced as old relationships are tested and new friendships are forged. The unforgettable all-hell-breaks-loose ending is not to be missed! It alone is makes the book worth reading. The story concludes without an epilogue, however, leaving an air of uncertainty. Will he continue acting or go into philanthropic work? Where will they live? Has Bobby Tom come to terms with prematurely ending his football career? Luckily Susan Elizabeth Phillips has now posted an Epilogue on her website! Said no one ever.


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The man had charming only his name… Strike that. His name was all but charming. I mean, Bobby Tom. But leave it to SEP to make me fall under the charm of an improbable duo. Bobby Tom Denton and Gracie Snow are 2 different people that everything opposed. A 30 years old virgin sent to babysit a cocky retired football player reconverted movie star. With promises of banter, teasing, and awkward situations, I let myself wander in Heaven, Texas… And despite Bobby Tom existence, I truly enjoyed myself there. Let it be absolutely clear: The heroine, despite her naivety and out of this world gullibility, was endearing and charming.

She was an interesting mix of clueless and feisty woman, and I enjoyed watching her emancipate as the story evolved. Overall a nice story, not sure about the romance part though. He could be charming in a way… I guess? These books can be read out of order, no problem! More reviews and book talk at: View all 12 comments.

Feb 20, Writerlibrarian rated it it was ok Shelves: A very average Phillips, with some recycled plot points from other books or maybe it's the other way around since I haven't read them in order of publishing dates. The good old southern boy character is getting a bit stale. The strip-tease in front of friends the first time the heroine meets the hero is also somewhat icky by now. Gracie Snow the lead female character is just The two lead characters kind deserve each other.

Why did I keep reading you might ask? Well, because even if her lead characters were very average, Phillips managed to created two very interesting characters in the male's lead mother, Suzy, a 52 years old widow and Waylan Sawyer the town's bad boy, turned philanthropic wealthy man.

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I wished that the book would have been focused on them. Suzy's still grieving her husband's death after all these years and Waylan has come back and found out he's still very much in love with the girl he couldn't even think of approaching all those years ago. Their story I would have wanted to have more of but it plays second fiddle to the young couples shenanigans. Mar 09, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: That must sound so freaking lame to some people but I swear the best way to describe this book is FUN!!

The authors sense of humor and sarcasm and writing style are so freaking engaging and I couldn't stop listening to it! The character were awesome the storyline super cute and the dialogue!! I have laughed thru out the whole book, all the characters are a trip! All you guys need to know is Bobby Tom Denton.. Mar 06, Nisha rated it it was amazing Shelves: April 25, Bobby Tom is egotistical, selfish, privileged, conceited, and insensitive - not exactly what you look for in a hero. But raised with southern values, he's also charming, sweet, charitable and seems like an overall nice guy, but when fashion disaster, average-looks Gracie Snow enters his life, things get a little screwy for both of them.

Needless to say, I loved it. They make 1st Read: They make a very interesting unlikely couple. Bobby Tom is really a child in a very hot man's body. He has his life on the platter and is actually quite giving - without actually involving himself. He even has a football quiz to find the perfect woman to marry It's more of an ego rush for him, really. It's just that, B. One of those things is Gracie. She's an average looking year-old virgin who has been raised in a Old Age home, that she has never really lived life.

She is easy to relate to and is both hilarious and unpredictable, but she has some serious self-esteem issues. It kinda drives their relationship and the climax. He's just very slow in the emotional sense. But Gracie, on the other hand, is the absolute opposite. As all SEP books, there is a secondary romance for B. It's really sweet and painful for both of them - but their love scene is very sensual. They seem to personify a very tragic love story - but they get their HEA. But most of the time, they were in the small town of Heaven and the set of a movie, kinda. The story was great, both the characters were well fleshed out and were exceedingly entertaining.

Then in the end, they finally grew up. SEP is great at writing humor along with the sex, drama and romance, so I just think that she's amazing. My favorite part was the 5 questioned stupid-easy football quiz that Gracie had to pass at the end. It's funny how I read this book again, 2 years later. Sin duda la forma de escribir de SEP Que bonito!!!!!! Sin duda la forma de escribir de SEP atrapa, pero sus historias enamoran.

I didn't like the characters or the plot much, TBH. It had all the elements I try to avoid in a book and yet I found this book highly entertaining. I definitely enjoyed it more than the 1. Rolling with the chick-lit shit. This book is Not safe, IMO. Let's start with the heroine Gracie. She's weird, naive, insecure and a virgin.

This book is from 90's so I let it pass along with the silly fashion sense. She falls in love with the H immediately. I almost laughed to tears at some of her antics. There were times when I really liked her or felt bad for her. The hero, Bobby Tom. The way he belittled, embarrased or bullied the h bc he was petulant put him on my shit list. Bullies tickle my fancy. But in this case it didn't work for me. Sometimes he showed his sweet, honest side and I chuckled at his silliness. So he wasn't all bad. Their banter was really witty and they had some steamy love scenes.

In a weird way they actually had good chemistry.

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It takes away that fuzzy feeling when the H realizies he loves the h. I can't even tell you how bizzare it was. What does he do!? He makes out with OW in front of everyone. Then, in a matter of minutes he realizes he really loves her, publicly proposes to her and when she rejects him, he acts like an ass and humiliates her. Ludicrousy goes till the very end and I laughed like crazy.

What the fuck was that? Overall, I really enjoyed this book despite mixed feelings and weird scenario. I'm going to entertain my friends by reading more of SEP books in the future. I find all that heavily detailed furniture description, 90's fashion tips, witty humor and out of norm characters' antics fascinating. View all 22 comments. Jan 26, Kimberly Carrington-Fox rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments. Jan 13, Anuradha rated it liked it Shelves: Alright you guys, I'm kind of busy right now to read the good stuff, so it's fluff all the way.

Well, mostly because reviewing a classic, or some literary fiction requires time for me to do it justice, and it's a lot easier to review fluff. Shantelle rated it liked it Jun 06, Holly rated it really liked it Sep 25, Tracy rated it liked it Jul 25, Stina rated it liked it Dec 24, Crystal Smith rated it really liked it Jun 02, Savanna Kaiser rated it liked it Aug 18, Karen rated it really liked it Jan 07, Ashley Carter rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Dena rated it really liked it Apr 08, Natalie Harding rated it really liked it Jun 10, Stephanie Werkman rated it it was ok Aug 21, Donna Porter rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Emily rated it liked it Aug 22, CSR rated it liked it Sep 20, Joan rated it it was ok Oct 09, Jeannie rated it really liked it Dec 31, D rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Elizabeth rated it liked it Mar 08, Esther rated it liked it Oct 20, Nancy rated it really liked it Jul 16, Sarah Trout rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Cheylyne Wassenaar rated it really liked it Mar 07, Margie rated it it was amazing Apr 15, Kristine rated it liked it Feb 27, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Judith Pella is a bestselling, award-winning author whose writing career spans two decades. Her in-depth historical and geographical research combines with her skillful storytelling to provide readers with dramatic, thought-provoking novels. She and her husband make their home in Scapoose, Oregon. Other books in the series. Texas Angel 2 books. Books by Judith Pella. Trivia About Heaven's Road Te No trivia or quizzes yet.

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