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The Hero

(Sons of Texas #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,060 ratings  ·  228 reviews

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he
Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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This was a nice read. The plot itself was well-told, too far-fetched but enjoyable. The story was filled with action-packed fight scenes, dangerous situations, and suspenseful moments that kept me hooked and on the edge of my seat the whole way through.

What worked for me: The suspense part.

What didn’t work for me: The romance part.

I probably set my hopes too high for this part since it was a second chance romance, which is my thing. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Owen and Natalie at a
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series, smp
3.5 - "Looks like we're going on a mission..." Stars!

Donna Grant’s first foray in to the romantic suspense genre was for me in the main a success, The Sons of Texas series, offers up some well-loved tropes around the Loughman brothers and the woman who will eventually tame them, and I am interested to see where the story goes for this family.

The only two issues I had with this book were the beginning, in that you are bombarded with an awful lot of characters from the off, and it takes a little t
Sonya Heaney
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I WANTED to like this book. However, it fell victim both to some glaring research errors and the bane of the romantic suspense genre: mental lusting and sex at the most inappropriate times.

When I saw The Hero was about Russia and espionage, I got excited and wary in equal parts, because that’s a subject I know far too much about, and far too often Kremlin politics and aggression are glossed over and romanticised. I became a bit more hopeful when I realised that wasn’t the wa
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance romance so nothing really new there but the action in this book is outstanding and this is not a book you would want to stop with. This first book doesn’t leave you with a cliffhanger BUT it doesn’t answer all of the questions that Need to be answered. There is clearly much more to learn and figure out so continuing with this Sons of Texas series is a must!!
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
The Hero is the first book in the Sons of Texas series. All I know it's a military / second chance romance but I didn't expect it will be more of romantic suspense, which is one of my favorite subgenre. The story is about ex-high school sweethearts Natalie Dixon and Owen Loughman.

This couple broke up after their high school graduation when Owen left Texas to be part of US Navy Seal. After fourteen years, he was pulled from his mission to go back home. He and his brothers, Wyatt and Cullen knew
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
The second chance romance was okay, the plot was not very believable.
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

To be honest, The Hero felt like an action film. There's some mystery, action, and romance. Everything was well balanced, and I really enjoyed it.

The series is about the Loughman brothers. Wyatt is the oldest. Owen is in the middle. And Cullen is the youngest. All three of them are in the military. And all of them have been avoiding their home in Texas because of their dark past. When their father gets captured during a mission, the brothers are called in for help.

This book
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
3.5 stars

In this interesting series opener, author Donna Grant introduces the Loughman family, a father and three sons, all dedicated military men whom have sworn to serve and protect the United States of America.

However, the patriarch Orrin has been kidnapped and the sons, Wyatt, Owen and Cullen have been tasked by the government to find and rescue him. The plot unfolds revealing a dastardly plan for world domination that boasts enemies with access into the highest levels of multiple government
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

My first Donna Grant! I couldn't resist the cover for The Hero. Goodness it's yummy! I mean, seriously pet-able! lol And it was a decent read, too, though I did have a couple quibbles.

What I Liked:

--The set up. Three military brothers suddenly being brought home to Texas-- after over a decade away-- to help find their estranged father who had been kidnapped by terrorists along with a bioweapon.

--And the characters. While ther

When I heard that Donna Grant was going to be writing Contemporary Romance, I grew excited. This series has a big emphasis on action and suspense so I can hardly say no to an alpha hero. However, in reading three chapters of the book, I knew something was going wrong when I kept scratching my head in confusion. I persisted though because I’ve read every single one of Donna Grant’s books for years and I wanted to like this one too. But the problem was…I just couldn’t.

First off, there’s quite
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Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Family, danger and second chances…

Intrigue, suspense and romance - the trifecta I was just in the mood for. Cue up an author whose historical romances I adore and I was excited to start this new military adventure.

Owen and Natalie had complicated history. Oh yes, complex, heated and, ultimately, painful history. They are brought together again by circumstances that quickly escalate their reunion into a dangerous race against time…

“It’s like I never learned to let go. All those feelings are back
Jenny Q
DNF. I was sucked in by the covers and blurbs and great reviews, and I got the whole series on sale, but I am sadly underwhelmed. It started great but then started waning for me. I find moments of mortal danger to be really implausible times for rhapsodizing about someone's lips--or any other body part. The black ops plot is far-fetched, though I was prepared to go along with it. But the most dangerous weapon known to man, intercepted for safekeeping and transported...through the US Postal Servi ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

4.25 stars (you don't get 5 stars when you leave people hanging in the wind)

I like Ms. Grant's PNR stories, so thought I'd give this one a try.

Natalie and Owen were high school sweethearts. Then Owen walked away from her to join the military beacuse he thought he couldn't have both. Now years later Owen and his brothers are brought home to find their father and a new super virus. Owen and Nat's chemistry is still there, and they finally give in to it while dodging nasty R
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted to like this book, nothing about it worked for me. The plot was OTT and questionable at every turn, the actions of the characters were TSTL and usually made absolutely no sense, especially the heroines. Plus, although the relationship of the main couple was solid, the book ended on a cliffhanger.

Rating: 2 Stars

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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Book Lover
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a copy from Netgalley.

This is a CLIFFHANGER! Nowhere in the blurb does it say this. Since it involves 3 brothers, it will most likely take 2 more books to get the conclusion. Maybe 3 if the dad gets an HFA or HEA. Not cool. This is not the only problem I had.

Owen, a Navy SEAL, his two brothers, Wyatt and Cullen, also military men, have all been pulled from their current missions and sent home. When the brothers arrive home, they discover their aunt and uncle have been killed and the
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When I heard that Donna Grant was going to be writing Contemporary Romance, I grew excited. This series has a big emphasis on action and suspense so I can hardly say no to an alpha hero. However, in reading three chapters of the book, I knew something was going wrong when I kept scratching my head in confusion. I persisted though because I’ve read every single one of Donna Grant’s books for years and I wanted to like this one too. But the problem was…I just couldn’t.

First off, there’s quite

Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read book two.

A family was torn apart by the murder of their mother and they've all gone their separate ways since only to be returned by the military they serve, to find the father they can't stand, and the biological weapon he stole on a clandestine mission.

This first book focuses on Owen and Natalie while running simultaneously with with others. Owen walled away from Natalie fourteen years ago, on graduation night, and hasn't seen it heard fro
Siobhan Davis
Donna Grant skillfully blends political espionage and second-chance romance in this thrilling read.

The cover and blurb attracted my attention immediately and I was delighted when I got the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.

Owen and Natalie were high school sweethearts with their futures all mapped out. Until Owen dropped Natalie straight after graduation without a proper explanation. It's been fourteen years since they last met one another and now fate has thrown them together in
Kristin & Sue Ellen ~ GirlyGirlBookReviews
Donna Grant took paranormal romance by storm with several of her one of a kind series, like the Dark Warriors and Dragon Kings. Let me tell you she has done it again with her new contemporary series Sons of Texas! The Hero never slows down, so many twists and turns that weaves an intoxicating tale of love!
Danger lurks at every corner. Government conspiracies and secret organizations. A bioweapon that if in the wrong hands could destroy the world! Russian Hitman. Second chances not just for love,
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will have a review up for this on the 1st December as a part of the Blog Tour

This is my first time reading Donna Grant and I can't believe I haven't read her sooner I honestly still can't get over how good this was and just how much I loved it. It's bursting seriously bursting with nail-biting action, sexual chemistry, second chance romance and packed to the brim with male hotness. The pure danger and pulse pounding moments in this book are enough to have you speed reading, I mean I literally
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

I liked this overall, but I was not a big fan of the end and the fact that the story isn't finished. I don't mind it when a story goes over more than one book, as long as the principal arc in which the characters were involved is resolved. In this case, it wasn't.

There were also some issues with plotting and pacing, some changes in hair color from one point in the story to the next that was often enough that I think it may be a part of th
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the suspense and military bits of this book, the romance however? Not so much
While the is a second chances kinda story it felt a bit to insta or maybe it was just to lusty for my taste?
The whole one and only, completing my soul vibe is never my thing and the entire romance is built on that. Add to that several makeup sessions that were in the most inopportune of times and its too over the top for my taste. The end of the romance felt rushed as well.

The story is no where near th
Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
To my great disappointment, this book was a waste of money. I realize I’m way past these superficial books, with female lead characters, going all gooey and swooning at the first sight of broad-shouldered men. In this case, the lead female is Natalie Dixon, who it appears has a prior relationship with Navy seal, Owen Loughman.
I couldn't appreciate this Natalie, nor the other characters. She's supposed to be a smart lady, a great linguist, speaking Italian and Russian, and at the same time, she
This one was odd for me. From the start I didn't care for the brothers, they came off too cocky and I hated how having to go home and in that horrible situation it seemed like it was the worst thing that could happen to them. Even when the boys realized that there was indeed trouble they seemed put out. After about 3 hours I couldn't listen any more, this one just wasn't for me. ...more
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ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Donna Grant is a new to me author, but she had me at SEAL.

I am not going to lie, whilst this book started with a bang, it too me a while to get into the swing of the story.

But once I was in there, it was full throttle action.

I adored our MCs Own and Natalie, the unresolved feelings between them, the tension ramping up as their story continued.

There is mystery, suspense and drama all rolled into one book, and I never knew what was going to happen nex
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Dixon has a meeting in Dallas with Oren Loughman the father of Owen Loughman, the man she fell in love with years and broke her heart when he ended things when they graduated high school. Now working for the Russian embassy an innocuous question from Oren about Ragnarok opens up a Pandora’s box,

Owen heads home to Dallas after being gone for six years when he arrives at his Uncle and Aunt’s house and finds them murdered. Owen and his two brothers believe their father’s dangerous missions
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Full review to come but some quick thoughts...this book started off okay but suffered from the inappropriate turn ons that drove me batty so it didn't end well for me. Too much happened that made me roll my eyes around the room so yeah, it was a disappointing read for me which is too bad because hot damn, that cover is the bomb! ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for introducing me to Donna Grant. I loved the international intrigue and military plots of the story. The characters are strong and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
This is my very first book by Donna Grant and let me say this: based on her extensive back-list (which I haven't yet read) and the rave reviews, I had very high expectations for this book. Besides, the cover alone was enough to grab my attention and I'm glad to say that I enjoyed it. THE HERO is all about danger, intrigue, family and second chances, and a promising start to this new series.

Owen Loughman hasn't been back home in ten years and his return now has nothing to do with a joyous occasio
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Being that I'm a bit obsessive-compulsive about books, I am going to admit that the only reason I'm reading this is because I've got #3 as an ARC. I'm also going to admit that I would have chucked it at about the 1/3 point. I can accept the bending of real world rules and realities, most of the time. However, there comes a point that just doesn't work when every page brings an eye roll. To go into the plot deficiencies would be pointless, so I'll just say if you are a semi reality based reader, ...more
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