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Hero By Night

(Independence Falls #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  50 reviews
He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed…

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbl
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Claire Robinson
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "I never gave up and I never will." Stars!

Hero by Night is the third book in Sara Jane Stone’s Independence Falls series, I was expecting good, and I got great with this one. We were introduced briefly to Lena Clark at the back end of the second book, and it was plain to see that this is a woman, that although a fighter, is struggling with a whole wealth of personal demons.

”I guess I made one helluva first impression.”

Chad Summers, is your typical commitments free, one night, no-strings kind
One of the shortest DNFs. I was interested in the potential of a contemporary romance involving a female Army vet dealing with PTSD. But from the first few pages, when alleged hero shows up for their first date with a dildo in order to "cure" heroine's disorder through the power of orgasm, I was so offended by the trite treatment of such a serious issue, and its offensiveness to the multitude of Army veterans who are actually going through that hell, that there was absolutely no way I could go o ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2015-reads
There was a moment when I was reading this book that I realized I loved this author and wanted to read more from her...everything from her. This is my first book from this author. I read this book out of order in the series, not that that mattered one bit. But I'm down to go back and read the first two and I so want to read the fourth.

Why? This story works. It's a great balance between sexy and story.

There's is some HOT and SEXY Chad moments in this book. He loves his dirty talking and he finds
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Best book of the series so far.  I knew when we were introduced to Lena that her book was going to be something special. As for Chad, he was such a great character.  Despite his well earned reputation with the ladies, he was a perfect match for Lena.  He needed someone he could date/have a fake relationship with and she needed someone to lead her back to the physical aspects of a relationship.  She struggled on a daily basis to just exist in the real world, much less be touched or appro
Honestly, when I saw this review I was completely shocked. I cannot believe someone would be so naive to think that could help the heroine get over her state. Just too untactful and ignorant of the real life situations! ...more
The Brunette Bookworm
I LOVED THIS BOOK! While I liked and very much enjoyed the first two books in the Independence Falls series, Hero By Night is my favorite by far. It was absolute reading perfection—beautiful, sexy and heartwarming. It gave me all the feels and I DID NOT WANT IT TO END. These characters, Lena and Chad, just completely stole my heart. I loved both so very much.

Lena, our strong warrior and former US Army Soldier battling PTSD, was such an admirable and lovable character who didn’t recognize her own
Defying Tradition Allisia Wysong
Hero By Night by Sara Jane Stone
Sara Jane Stone is one of those writers that takes you by surprise in a great way. I have only just this year discovered her books and have been transported to the Town of Independence Falls, Oregon. With every book, she lets us know more and more about this great town and the people that live there. At the beginning, we meet only a select few, in her second books, we meet a completely new awesome family, and in this newest instalment, we meet a great deal more o
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a recommended book to me since they knew I went for books that have military in them. It opens with Lena the lead female character and her story is the basis for this one. As in that I mean what happened to her and make-up of personality with the road she is on now. Now that she is no longer a active member in the military her adjustment is still on going. She also has a constant companion who is gorgeous and the only one at this time she can tolerate at her side-Hero, the four legged k ...more
Becca Moree
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been and always will be a HUGE Sara Jane Stone fan. There is just something so addictive and real about the way that she writes. Her books come alive as the story grows with each word read and every page turned.

That being said, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Chad’s story. He has always come across as a bit of a player and well if I’m being honest a pompous ass! Boy am I glad that I looked past that and stuck with it! This story may have been one of my favorites! Okay…who am
Booked  Every Night
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
“No, I’m the guy who will move heaven and earth to make damn sure she is not afraid.”
~ Chad

This is the third book in the Independence Falls Series. I have not read the other two books before reading this one. It is a standalone but the characters from the other books are in this book. You do not need to really know what happened in the other books to be able to read this book.

I enjoyed this book but I also felt like it could have been more. I really liked Chad and Lena but I didn’t feel complet
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lena is a war hero. But after what happened to her, she could no longer go back to service, or her own kind of normal. She has a dog that stays with her, a revolver on her hand bag and triggers that causes her hyperviligance, panic attacks and not to mention - nightmares. Yes, just like some heroes who came back from the battlefield, Lena might be out of it, but still fighting her own battles everyday. Staying at Independence falls is her first step in trying to get back into her normal life, un ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
This just wasn't the book for me. From the start I found the pace to be too rushed. The description says the book is 384 pages, but it read so quickly it felt like a much shorter story. It made me wonder if my eARC was missing significant parts of the story.

I found that there wasn't any real character development that would have allowed me to become invested in the characters or their love story. There were a few situations that felt very unbelievable, right from the start, and I just wasn't abl
Cocktails and Books
HERO BY NIGHT was one of those books that took me totally by surprise. The storyline was one that grabbed you right away and then there was the hero. Sweet, charming, dirty talking Chad. I <3'd Chad.

Lena Clark was struggling to find her "normal" as she adjusts to civilian life and how to manage her PTSD. After walking away from her old life, she and her trusty service dog, Hero, start building their life Independence Falls. She never expected the town playboy to be the one that helps her put her
Catherine Crook
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
My favorite so far!!!

Sara Jane Stone hit gold with Chad and Lena. Chad is the playboy of Independence Falls and it is affecting his place at Moore Timber. As a favor to his boss he agrees to lay low and possibly look at settling down. Chad knows this won't happen, so what better than a "fake girlfriend" to get some heat off his back.
Enter Lena Clark. Military brat and vet, she moved to Independence Falls to try to get back on her feet after her attempt at civilian life failed in her hometown o
Hero By Night was a fabulous read. I really enjoyed the characters and the whole story, and will definitely be adding Sara Stone to my list of need to read authors.

Lena Clark has served two terms in the army and was ready to start her life as a civilian when she discovered she was suffering from PTSD. Moving away from her family, friends, and ex-husband Lena tries to start a new life. Living in her friends’ apartment over a barn she thought she would never be able to allow someone to touch her a
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If only there were six stars--this one would rate it. I became a huge fan of Ms Stone's work with her first Independence Falls story. We all hear about PTSD with returning soldiers. Usually men. Ms Stone gives us the female side of this debilitating affliction.

Lena is fighting her way back with the help of her service dog hero (who is a hero and impossible not to adore) and by distancing herself from family and friends whose pressure for a heal-date makes it worse. In Independence Falls she has
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read one of the first drafts of Hero by Night, and I have three words of advice: Order it immediately .

Hero by Night is my favorite of Sara Jane Stone's books (so far) and that is saying something. I loved Lena from the first time we met her in Full Exposure--she is strong, intense and caring but also incredibly vulnerable due to her PTSD. I also liked Chad, but was always interested to see how he would become someone's love interest; while he seemed like a fun-loving, su
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it

Hero By Night is the 3rd book of the Independence Falls series, but it can be read as a stand alone novel because I surely did just read it without going through books 1 and 2. And now I have a good reason to do so because I enjoyed this story greatly I'm pretty I will like both too.

I have read about PTSD and emotional instability and liked reading about characters dealing with them, but I have never read about a woman experiencing the effect. In the 3rd book of the series our heroine Lena has
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 sexy stars

Hero by Night is my first from the author, but now that I've read it I want to read every word she's ever written.

I love, love, loved this book!
Lena is strong yet just vulnerable enough, not a weak heroine in need of constant rescuing. She's ex military suffering from PTSD and fighting her way through it trying to get back to a relatively normal life. She's one tough cookie, but Chad could be just what she needs even though she won't let him touch her.

Chad is a love em an leave em ki
Shanoff Reads
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story

I really enjoyed this story! I loved the characters right from the beginning. They were all well written and easy to connect with. I especially loved the ladies man that was Chad Summers and his ability to make Lena fall for his charm.

I liked that this book was about a veteran woman who didn't know her own strength because the lack of support from her family. I liked that she was determined to find herself again and start her life over with her own expectations instead of the one
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Contemporary romance with protected sex. This is the 3rd in the Independence Fall series. Once again, a winner.

Lena is a Vet who came back home from Afghanistan with PTSD. She can't stand loud noises, is suspicious of large groups & can't stand for any touching. She believes she's getting better when she can hold a new acquaintance's hand in a stressful situation. She's staying with Georgia, another vet with PTSD issues.

Chad is one of the Summers brothers. The middle man whore one. He's attra
Kelley Schmidt
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait to read this book! Love the Independence Falls Series! An actual review of this book to follow.

Excellent story! Love the characters and Ms. Stone's writing style. She is a great story teller! Her depiction of veterans with PTSD is very well thought out and well written. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading them in order. You will not be disappointed. And, once you read one, you will want to read them all. My only complaint...I wish Lena wo
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The only thing I would change about this book is that it wasn't longer! I loved every word of Chad and Lena's story and I desperately wanted more time with them.

Hero By Night was fantastic; it was emotional, funny, and super sexy. Seeing how fighting in the war impacted Lena was really interesting. I haven't read a heroine like her before, and I thought Sara Jane Stone did a great job of portraying an aspect of PTSD that was different to Georgia's. I also loved the inclusion of the other couple
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara Jane Stone, the author, has created much more than the usual romance novel. This is an engaging story of Lena, a combat war veteran, and her long struggle to overcome PTSD and get her life back in order. Helping her along this path are a golden retriever service dog, Hero, and an unexpected love interest, Chad. The novel is well-written and the author does an excellent job with character development. Did not want the erotic bedroom sessions to end:)

Disclosure: This review is based on a pape
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Each book I read become my new favorite!! Chad and Lena have broken pasts, an unexpected meeting, and decisions to make about their futures...but how can one plan a future when the past is still present??? This is a great story about courage, hope, and trust...things sometimes taught best by someone who sees you as you are right at this very moment, who has no expectations for tomorrow. Can't wait for book 4!!!
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars means probable keeper.

I don't remember where I ran across this book but I am glad I did. I am going to go back and read the others in this series. I liked the heroine with PTSD. I liked the hero who was strong enough to back off when she needed that. The supporting cast is fun and personable. I want more.
Kristina Farmer
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love the book. It has a great story line. Sara really has a talent when it comes to writing and explaining the obstacles of love and life ( in this case using war and army). I recommend this book to all my friends.
Laura Pucillo
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Once again Sara Jane Stone is so great at writing strong female characters. And like all Sara Jane Stone's male leads Chad is super steamy! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sexy yet sweet love story!!
Kristin ~ Book Lovers Obsession
I just finished Hero by Night!! ☆☆☆☆☆+!! Amazing! ! I definitely think Chad has quickly become my favorite so far! I loved Lena too!! Absolutely amazing!!!

ARC given by author.
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
Poor Lena. At least she gets sexy Chad! Great read!
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Sara Jane Stone lives near New York's Hudson River with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, a lazy Burmese cat, and a very active dog. When she is not finger painting with the kids, she loves writing sexy stories, staying up past her bedtime reading red-hot romance, and chatting with her readers on Facebook.

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