Review: Texas Summer by Leslie Hachtel

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What if your car broke down on a deserted highway in the middle of Texas?  Would you think it was fate and that it would change your life?

When Wylie Nichols walked toward the nearest town, his future was forever altered.  Waiting was earthy, sexy, enigmatic Kennedy.  With a convoluted family history and the power to make his dreams come true.

The problem when you’re a stranger in a small town is you never know what you might discover.  In this particular town, there is murder, greed, lust.

“Texas Summer” is a contemporary romance set against the backdrop of murders in a small town and the passion matches the heat of a Texas summer.



leslie-hachtelLeslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various occupations, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and is now working on novel number six.  “Texas Summer”, her contemporary, is now available on all major e-book sites and in print. “The Defiant Bride” is also available as an e-book and in print, as well. . “Captain’s Captive” is scheduled for release later in 2015 from Black Opal Books. And now, “Hannah’s War”, her historical set in the Civil War, will be published by Eternal Press.

Her murder mystery, “Harriet”,  is available on Amazon.

Leslie currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her fabulously supportive husband, Bob, her wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.


sassyreviewAs always I want to thank Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this honest review.

Well I finally found a book that I struggled to read. Now let me start by saying I did finish the book and waited to give it a chance even when at the beginning of it I wanted to throw it to one side and not do so. Here is the deal I think the idea that the author had with this story was a good one. I can see where she wanted to bring us a great suspenseful romance. My problem was with a few things that are triggers for me and my PTSD. So that made it very difficult to get through the book. Again though I can see the potential this book had to be fantastic, heck I was hooked on it thanks to the synopsis, there was a few things that I really struggled wrapping my brain around. At one point I believe I described it  one of the girls as a bad red-neck story. Now let me clarify something, to me there is a big difference with being a country bumpkin who struggles, and a red-neck. When one of the characters describe another character as a smelly unwashed dirty bad breathed person in a run down home, yeah that doesn’t sound like a country-bumpkin to me as so much as an ignorant dirty red-neck. I mean don’t get me wrong I don’t expect all characters to be good perfect people and can see how a character who is supposed to be not all there could be describing others, but yeah I didn’t get such a great impression from these characters.

Now again this is something that is solely on me and should not reflect on the author, but if this type of thing bothers you I suggest staying away from this book. At one point there is a character in this book that is in love and sees nothing wrong with being with her step-dad or doing bad things to their sibling while the step-father watches and gets himself off, is just wrong to me… again this is a personal opinion and something I personally have a problem with. So if you don’t see anything wrong with it then go for it. Also I want to stress that I completely understand why the author wrote these things, and it was a way to show the source of the depravity that the villains in this story came from, but I can’t really read it. Again for me its a trigger into my PTSD

But because of these things I struggled with this book and have trouble giving it more than 2 1/2 kisses.

Happy Reading… Adri


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