The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge

The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge

by Anne Carey

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ISBN-13: 9781483570655
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/06/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lucky to live Hawaii! Yep, don't hate me. I live near Waimanalo Beach on the gathering isle of Oahu. I love swimming in the ocean, hiking in the mountains, and gazing at the stars. What am I going to be when I grow up? I asked myself that for almost 50 years, trying so many different jobs, I lost count. Once I started writing, I realized I'm finally following my passion.

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The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal and Revenge is a novel written by Anne Carey. After meeting and falling for young writer and journalist, Janet Blake, at Sunshine’s Diner in Texas, Bobby Brayden Jr. sweet-talks Janet into an innocent kiss before going in for a much deeper and romantic second kiss. Little does Bobby know that he’d just swept Janet off her feet and stolen her heart. Janet quickly learns that San Antonio is filled to the brim with hatred and racism, and she is horrified by billboard signs at the side of the road which openly tell Blacks that they are not welcome – something to which Janet openly voices her disdain, branding her a Negro-loving Yankee. After a run-in with a group of white supremacists tattooed with swastikas, Bobby and his friends barely escape with their lives, but learn the following day that the same men they’d fought off had later captured and tortured another man, Davis Johnson Jr., to death. Bobby asks Janet to move to Texas to continue her career so that Bobby can follow in his father’s successful footsteps, but she is loath to do so. At the news of Bobby and Janet’s engagement, the town is in shock that such a promising young man could lower himself to want to marry ‘some Yankee who sympathizes with Negroes.’ As the wedding draws nearer, lies and deceit within the family are uncovered which change the lives and the future of the Brayden family forever. As a Black woman, I cringed every time a Texan opened their mouth or a roadside billboard was described, clearly letting the world know that Blacks are not welcome in Texas. The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal and Revenge goes into detail of a woman who expects goodness to come from a state where she has been sent on assignment, only to realize that racism, bigotry, and lies are the driving heart of the people who live there. Money may buy power, but it certainly doesn’t buy humanity or common decency, and the disloyalty and discarding of Janet’s love becomes a time bomb when the truth is discovered. While I had a hard time reading Anne Carey’s novel due to the content, the story itself was very well written and I recommend it to those who enjoy a dark romance thriller.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge is a darkly humorous contemporary fiction novel written by Anne Carey. Janet Blake has gotten her first big career challenge out of the way. She's written a novel and joined her famous author-father in the pantheon of published authors. But while she's not above spilling the beans about the sordid and disappointing nine months she spent in the hill country of Texas, the subject of her first novel, she'll not give out any real names. The players and the small community, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing all the time, would recognize the characters in her drama. Janet had been on assignment to San Antonio, Texas in 1980. The novice New York writer was thrilled with her assignment -- to photograph six hot and buff cowboys. She arranged for her favorite photographer, Ronald, to meet her there once she found the subjects. Once in Texas, sitting in a tiny diner and figuring out the logistics of her assignment made her an unwitting witness to the entrance of a group of cowboys, who were all a bit rough around the edges, and acting as though they were finishing off an all-nighter of partying and more. Viewed professionally, they were all pretty hot, and she had to wonder if six-packs lurked under those Texas cowboy shirts. The leader of that posse was a nearly 30-year-old named B.J. Brayden, who still lived at home on his parents' spread,albeit in a separate house, and who worked with his dad managing their gentlemen's clubs. And as unlikely as it would ever have seemed to the savvy metropolitan woman, he seemed to exert an irresistible pull over her. Anne Carey's dark romantic comedy, The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge, posits an urbane young writer who finds herself inextricably drawn into a world where boys will be boys and their wives should be happy they come home to them at night. Janet's love interest and eventual fiance, B.J., can give her everything material a girl could want or need, including a luxurious house on a river, her first real job as a reporter, and a shared interest in an incredible chocolate Labrador retriever named Bullet. But there's one big problem -- he can't keep it in his pants, no matter how much in love he is. His daddy is the same way, and his long-suffering mother puts up a brave face. Janet seems to be headed the same way, or is she? Carey's plot also touches on the ever-present and inbred racism of the Texas town Janet's found herself in, and the effect it has on just about every facet of life. It's sad to consider that things may not have changed that much all these years later. Anne Carey's writing is breezy and assured as her heroine finds the Texas Two-Step she's living to be very different indeed from the lifestyle she's known in the familiar canyons of Manhattan. The Texan: A Tale of Betrayal & Revenge is highly recommended.