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Ten years ago, Jarrett Brandt left home and abandoned everyone of importance. After a hard reality check, the irresponsible young man matured into a ballsy DEA agent with a kickass Harley Davidson and a million-dollar bounty on his head. Ordered by his superior officer to take refuge at a safe house just days before Christmas, he headed back home to Washington State, inste ...more
Kindle Edition, 139 pages
Published May 2014 by Books to Go Now (first published 2013)
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MountainKat
I finished this yesterday and enjoyed it. There were a couple of glaring problems, (view spoiler), but it was easy enough to overlook them. There wasn't anything special, but a nice second chance romance and story of redemption. Add in the holidays and I'm gl ...more
Tammy Tate
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jarrett goes from being a drug addict, lost and confused to working undercover as a DEA agent. When he pays his twin brother's grave a visit he runs into his mother and father who remind him he's the black sheep of the family. His father is quick to remind him he's not welcome back into their life. They don't know he's turned his life around and he's trying to lay low for an upcoming trial that will put away a drug lord he's helped to bring to justice.

He runs into an old flame who is now widowed
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Christy
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors, arc
**ARC** (4.5 out of 5 Family Hero’s Returning)

What planned on being a drive through town, turns into a crazy story of passion, lust, longing, forgiveness and proving you are strong enough to let the truth out.
Jarrett has returned home after leaving his High School Sweetheart Marissa on curb holding her heart in her hands, 10 years ago.


“Once you left, I sat down on the curb and waited. I expected you to drive for a few hours and then come to your senses, but you didn’t return.”

Jarrett h
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Anna
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
For a "Christmas story", A Hero's Heart sure has a lot of action. The exciting kind, and the sexy kind. Jarrett left home 10 years ago to flee a strained relationship with his parents and to deal with his own drug addiction. He learns that his twin brother died five years ago, and he goes home to make peace with his brother's memory. He finds that the love of his life who he left behind when he fled married his twin and had a child with him. He and Marissa quickly realize that time and distance ...more
Trish R.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I should be shot for ever reading such a ridiculously awful, boring, teenagerish, stupid story..

What can I say about this story? Other than it was pretty damn silly and read like it was written by a teenager. And the sex was just stupid, “He entered her tight, moist hole.” Really? HOLE? If I didn’t know better I’d swear that part was written by a man, trying to write like a woman. I lost interest when “hole” came into play. There’s no way I would have even finished this if it hadn’t been such a
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Savannah
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
After ten year absent of his hometown and family Jarrett Brand has to return mysteriously. When he run away broke Marissa’s heart, she’s the only woman he ever has loved.

His twin brother died five years ago and Jarret just found out about it, so he decides return his town and present his respects to his brother. Marissa is now his sister in law and she has a little son, his nephew. His father’s reject is evident. His mother has missed him so much. Marissa and his son are so happy for his return.
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Sky
I adored this story so much! Here's a quick(ish) review! (I did go on a bit more than had planned, it was such a nice story!) We'll be doing a combined review for this later on our blog The Booknatics, so stay tuned for other thoughts we had on this Thrill-Packed Christmas tale!

Ten years after leaving his life behind, lost amidst the troubles of crime and drugs, a new and sober Jarrett Brandt has returned to his hometown to see his twin brother laid to rest at his grave, and to lay his peace. Un
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Krystle ~A Booknatic~
I'm ready for the movie version of this book, like...NOW!


After being MIA for 10 years, the hero of the book, Jarrett finally returns to his hometown. Only he doesn't receive a heart-warming welcome-home party from anyone...especially his father. Quite the opposite, in fact, and from what you read about Jarrett’s past, you can't blame them. He was on a self-destructive path led by drugs, who ran away from home like a coward. But the Jarrett we come to learn about now, in the present, is no drugge
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Gsd1985
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story, A Hero's Heart, is Amber Daulton's opus. While not my favorite of her romance stories it is definitely her strongest. The protagonist, Jarrett Brandt is a brooding troubled young man who has had a criminal past with drugs and rather than face stiff punishment, he ends up working a stint with the D.E.A. His hard ass father, a retired cop, never really appreciated Jarret, favoring his twin brother, who passed on five years ago. So, the emotional baggage that he carries with him, makes ...more
BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Jarrett left home when he was a teenager trying to get away from his family, leaving behind Marissa. Out in the world, Jarrett became addicted. Years later, he returns back to his hometown when he finds out his twin brother has died. He reconnects with Marissa, but she had fallen for his brother while Jarrett was gone. Can after all this time and hurt be able to reconnect and fix old hurts from Jarrett leaving?

The book was beautifully detailed and engaging, I felt anger, sadness and empathy for
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InD'tale Magazine
Thrillers are one of the most difficult sub-genres to write. An author has to research and spear a new creative idea in order to hold a reader.

Read full review in the 2014 June/July Double Issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Dee
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who would not root for this hero??

In A Hero’s Heart, Amber Daulton gives us a hero well deserving of our support. Jarrett Brandt was the rebellious twin. His brother Joel did everything right—graduated from school, joined the military, came home to follow their father into the police department…and married Jarrett’s former girlfriend, Marissa. Jarrett graduated from school and sunk into a life of petty crimes and drug usage before leaving home and family far behind him. The book opens with Jarre
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Jackie Roberts
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten years ago, Jarrett Brandt left home and abandoned everyone of importance. After a hard reality check, the irresponsible young man matured into a ballsy DEA agent with a kickass Harley Davidson and a million-dollar bounty on his head. Ordered by his superior officer to take refuge at a safe house just days before Christmas, he headed back home to Washington State, instead, to make peace with his deceased brother's memory.

Marissa Reinn Brandt never expected to see Jarrett again. Best friends
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Donna
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a man (Jarrett Brandt) and the woman (Marissa) he has loved ever since high school. He had a twin brother (Joel) who died when saving a woman from a mugger when he was a police officer. Jarrett and Joel's father (Harold) had always wanted both his sons to be police officers and, although Joel fulfilled that dream, Jarrett got involved in drugs and crime. Instead of being arrested for his crimes he took the offer of becoming an undercover DEA agent and going after a crime famil ...more
Victoria
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A HERO'S HEART IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF AMBER DAULTON SO FAR. I REALLY ENJOYED IT. I AM A BIG FAN OF FRIENDS TO LOVERS OR HIGH SCHOOL SWEET HEART STORIES. IT SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A MOVIE.

WE MEET JARRETT AND MARISSA WHO WERE FORMER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS. JARRETT LEAVES HIS LIFE AND MARISSA BEHIND DUE TO HAVING A DRUG HABIT. JARRETT RETURNS 10 YEARS LATER. HE IS NOT THE SAME MAN HE WAS BEFORE. JARRETT HAS CHANGED. AS MARISSA AND JARRETT REKINDLE THEIR LOVE, DANGER LURKS IN THEIR PATH. WIL
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Penny Ellgass
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marissa and Jarrett were sweethearts all through school. Then at 18 he let his drugs and problems with his dad make him run off and she wouldn't go with him.
10 years later he is back his twin brother married Marissa and they had a son, but now he is dead. His dad is still mad at him and his mom just wants him home. His nephew wants him there also.
Jarrett has a lot of baggage and there is so much water under the bridge but he still loves Marissa. Can he take a chance an he try and stay? Can she a
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Mary
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story! It's a fairly quick read and enjoyable plot. I love Jarrett and Marissa. They were sweethearts but he left due to a drug issue. She ended up married to his twin brother and a son named Jason. He has returned 10 years later on the fifth anniversary of his brothers death to a not so warm welcome. He ends up spending Christmas with her and Jason. Long ago feeling resurface and a wonderful Christmas happens. However, there is more to this story with some added suspense and dang ...more
Vinessa
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second chances never go unnoticed
He left town to explore life
He had his highs and lows
He left broken and irresponsible came back with a bounty on his head. The upside he found hid first love again. Raising his brothers son and loving his brothers widow. That was not what his superiors had in mind. But trouble follows trouble and he brought it home with him. When left the first time he haf no fight in him. Years has strengthened him physically and mentally. Nobody threatens his family and lives.
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poppy
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another super read from Amber I am a huge second chance romance fan and this one was just perfect for me it was well written with a good storyline. Jarrett was a great character and has come a long way since he left ten years before completely changing his life around now he is back and has to face his past and the woman he left behind. I really liked Marissa. This is a great read and I would recommend it to all
BusyM3
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story of second chances. Jarrett is a DEA agent and a former addict visiting his brother's grave and meets his ex girlfriend and his brother's widow Reinn. He is back and wants a second chance will Reinn let him back in for not? A roller coaster ride of emotions and it will keep you interested till the end.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written Amber Daulton; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Barbara
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance story between DEA agent Jarrett Brandt and his twin brother's widow who happened to be his ex-girlfriend Marissa Reinn Brandt who now has a son Jason. There is suspense, drama, danger, an evil man closer to Jarrett than he knows, attempted murder, and romance. A well written story that is worth reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tanya
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He left everything behind him as a young man but he now he is so.much different. He is now a DEA so when he is marked for death so he needs to hide out. He goes home where things will get complicated. Just how? Follow his journey at home

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was fast paced and flowed nicely. The turn of events were done beautifully and the ending was terrific!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Carol
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the storyline and the characters. This was well written and kept my interest through the whole book. I recommend it to all. I received it from booksprout and voluntarily left my review.
Sara Strand
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's talk about this cover, mmkay? Yum. I'll be honest, I didn't even read what the book was about and agreed immediately based on the cover.

Quick synopsis is we have Jarrett, who is a recovering drug addict who had a good thing at home with Marissa and because his parents and him have a rocky relationship, he took off. Meanwhile, Marissa married his twin brother, but twin brother died and he didn't even know it. Upon coming to pay his respects, he runs into Marissa and one thing leads to anot
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Char (1RadReader59)
Marissa and Jarrett were high school sweet hearts, each other’s first too. Marissa although a wonderfully sweet, loving caring girl came from the wrong side of the tracks. Jarrett on the other hand came from the other. His daddy was a lieutenant in the police when he had to retire due to illness.
Jarrett was a twin, his brother Joel was 2 minutes younger and the favorite son to his father. The good son who could do no wrong. Jarrett was always known as the one to buck the system which his fathe
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Ten years ago, Jarrett Brandt left home and abandoned everyone of importance. After a hard reality check, the irresponsible young man matured into a ballsy DEA agent with a kickass Harley Davidson and a million-dollar bounty on his head. Ordered by his superior officer to take refuge at a safe house just days before Christmas, he headed back home to Washington State, instead, to make peace with his deceased brother’s memory.
Marissa Reinn Brand
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Ashley Nemer
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Ms. Daulton wrote a great little tale about a man who turned his life around and was trying to prove to not only himself but his family that he was now worthy of them. After conquering a drug addiction he finds himself in the middle of the DEA, head deep in trouble. Now he must find a way to save the ones he loves.

This was an easy read that didn't take me long to fly through. It flowed smoothly and there were plen
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Angela Ford
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 out of 5 stars Rev Up Your Engine! November 10, 2013
By Angela Ford

Not only does the cover 'rev up your engine' but this amazing read by Amber Daulton definitely does. I was honored when given a copy of A Hero's Heart. I had read Amber's Forever Winter and have been anticipating her release of A Hero's Heart.

Agent Jarrett Brandt returns home at Christmas time, on his Harley, to visit his brother's grave. His twin brother. The man who married his first love Marissa. She wants nothing to do wit
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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.

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