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The Hero (Sons of Texas #1)

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THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 315 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Alp
3.25/5

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
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Claire Robinson
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
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XxTainaxX
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing soon.
Sonya Heaney
Also posted HERE .

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 way
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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
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♥Rachel♥
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
The second chance romance was okay, the plot was not very believable.
Lillian ᴥ 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.

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Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gKV3wp

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
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Ezinwanyi  (Oh My Shelves)
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
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


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 of
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1-Click Addict Support Group
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
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Jennifer
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
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Laurie
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.

For this review and more, check out EDGy Reviews
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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Dawn
Jun 14, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  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
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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
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Under the Covers Book Blog

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 of

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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,
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Laura
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

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
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Claire
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
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Deniz
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
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Marleen
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
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✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
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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Audio Audits
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
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Rowena
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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!
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
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Anita
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
Angie
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.
Sandy S
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 6, 2016

THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

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 holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart
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Veronica of V's Reads
Natalie and Owen were high school sweethearts. Natalie's heart was broken when Owen left for college the day after graduation, without a word, or a look back. She went on to college and studied languages. Fourteen years pass. An expert in Russian, Natalie spent years in St. Petersburg before recently returning to her Dallas roots to work for the Russian Embassy.

She hasn't been home long when Owen's father, Orrin, asks for a favor. Knowing that he'd been a Navy SEAL, and still mourns his wife's m
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Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the
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“It was right that she was now staying at the ranch. She belonged there.
She belonged with him.
Always had. Always would.”
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“How different her life would be if Orrin hadn’t contacted her in July. She wouldn’t be embroiled in kidnapping, espionage, and murder.” 1 likes
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