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The Christmas Cowboy Hero

(Heart of Texas #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  704 ratings  ·  286 reviews
’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays―even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.

Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she w
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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The Christmas Cowboy Hero is book one in the brand new series Heart of Texas by Donna Grant. This book gets all the stars. Five most definitely isn’t enough. It’s only October but I think I have already found my favorite Christmas book for the year. I’ve only read one book by Donna in the past, one of her paranormal romances in the Dark Kings series. So I jumped at the chance to start with this brand new series on my favorite topic, cowboys. And who could resist that cover. Not me!

Clayton East i
The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

This one’s a winner!!

Ex-Navy SEAL AND a Cowboy? Yes, please.

Clayton has returned home at his mother’s bidding, due to his father’s sudden illness and the family ranch teetering on bankruptcy, due to a major embezzlement scheme and cattle theft ring.

When Abby Harper’s younger brother is caught stealing cattle, as his guardian, she must sort things out. When Clayton realizes Abby is raising her brothers and is a l
Claire Robinson
4.5 - "Christmas has come early..." Stars!

Donna Grant writing a Christmas Romantic Suspense, with an ex-SEAL cowboy…


Clayton East was truly a Prince Charming with a Stetson, and I loved the Cinderella aspect with the way Donna built Abby and her brother’s story around them and the East family accepting them into the fold, in general.

"It seems like our families are intertwined…"

The suspense comes in the form of some good ole’ cattle rustling, and the romance between this pair fell a
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After leaving the Navy Seals Clayton East was not ready to return home to the East Ranch owned by his family so he'd taken a job elsewhere and tried to avoid heading home. The ranch had been hard for Clayton to visit since the death of his brother but when he gets a call that his father is ill and the ranch is in trouble he packs up to head home just in time for the Christmas holiday. When Clayton arrives he finds that there have been a lot of the cattle stolen and the family is in trouble finan ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I loved this book! I am not usually someone who reads a lot of Christmas stories. I will read them but I don't really look for them. This book made its way into my hands and something about that cover drew me right in and I wanted to start reading it right away. Once I started, I didn't want to stop and I ended up reading the whole thing from cover to cover in a single day. I really enjoyed every moment I spent reading this wonderful
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The family ranch is the last place Clayton wants to be at. Still haunted by his brothers death and all the things he’s seen and done as an ex-seal has kept him from coming home. The choice is taken away when he finds out that his father suffered an illness after having cattle stolen.

The police was only able to catch a young teenager from the group of men taking the cattle. That young teenager is at the heart of things just a good kid with a tough home life. Clayton recognizes the good in Brice
Stacey is Sassy
Those Cowboys sure know how to ride…

When I was a little girl, I wanted a horse…until I rode one…and fell off. That’s a bloody long way down. And, if you’re not used to it, that is some serious butt sore you have to suffer through. So, my dream of becoming a Cowgirl never came to pass. To be honest, I’m not great with animals, so it was probably for the best.

There’s a little part of me, that always dreamed that I’d be a Cowgirl to my very own Cowboy. Hubby may not be a cowboy, but he did grow up
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
5 ~ Feel good/Christmas-y/Cowboy ~ Stars!

Struggling to make ends meet is the least of Abby Harper’s concern right now. Not when her young brother has been arrested for stealing cattle. And not just any cattle either, but East Ranch cattle!

After her mother up and left them when she was just eighteen, Abby has worked herself raw to clothe, feed and properly raise her two younger brothers. Seeing her brother behind bars nearly breaks her and drives home the feelings of failure she has been harb
A reluctant but hot rancher and a family that will do anything to keep themselves together make for one extremely heart-warming, feel-good, romance that will stay with you long after you through!

Clayton is a troubled retired Navy SEAL that has returned home for the holidays only to find his family’s ranch in financial trouble. Their accountant has been stealing money from the coffers and someone has rustled the cattle needed to pull them out of the dire straits they are in.

Abby Harper is doing e
4.5 stars

This was just what I needed! A sweet Christmas story with a cowboy/ former Navy Seal? That's a double whammy right there.
Fantastic main characters, aswell as secondary characters. I was thrilled that it was a true romance. The drama was from outside sources, not anything to do with their relationship. No ow/om situations for the sake of drama.

- no cheating
- no ow/om drama
- no violence of a sexual nature
-a few steamy scenes (could have used a bit more)
- safe
-just ok epilogue.
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The Christmas Cowboy Hero is the first in a new contemporary series by Donna Grant and it is full of family, healing and romance. Clayton East is called home to Texas when he finds his father is ill and the ranch has financial difficulties. A teenager was caught rustling his cattle and decides to give him a chance to work off his debt at the ranch. Abby Harper is relieved that her brother isn’t charged and hopes that this chance can do more for him than just stay out of trouble. No one would rea
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet cowboy read with some steam, family and a little mystery thrown in.

Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO by Donna Grant is exactly what I needed to read after a long day and I completely fell in love with Clayton and Abby as their story unfolded in front of my eyes.

Ex-Seal Clayton East knows death and destruction first-hand but when he leaves the Navy he does not return to his home as the ranch where he grew up, holds too many memories that cut too deeply since that tragic accident all those years ago. But when he receives a phone call telling him his father is ill and th
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Lover of Romance
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Christmas Cowboy Hero is the first book in this trilogy which is focused around the Harper siblings. A couple of weeks ago I read book three (Clay's book) and it was fantastic and so when I discovered this book at my local library, I snatched it right up and it also has some Christmas time
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant is the First book in a new series called "Heart of Texas". This is the story of Clayton East and Abby Harper. Abby has been taking care of her younger brothers for a long time but had to look after them full time after their mother just up and left them. So while trying to keep up with her brothers she is also trying to put food on the table and finish her college degree. Clayton feels the lost of his b ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Ex-Navy SEAL called home to save the family ranch meets beautiful woman struggling to raise her two younger brothers when she arrives at the local jail to bail out the eldest brother for cattle rustling...from the SEAL's family's ranch. Talk about complicated. I found the premise of this book to be interesting and promising and once settled in, I enjoyed the characters even though they were quite predictable. I found myself wanting to see more dimension in the plot line and something beyond the ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant is a beautifully written, heartwarming contemporary romance.

I loved Abby and Clayton, they were strong, passionate people who warmed my heart watching them fall in love.
What a great start to the Heart of Texas Series.


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Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartwarming story of love overcoming tragedy, emotional healing and true family values, together with a suspense filled mystery with danger and drama - a great read!

Ex-Navy SEAL, Clayton East has recently returned home after receiving a call for help from his Mum. The ranch is in financial difficulties because someone they trusted has stolen from all their investments and accounts. Now he's endeavouring to ensure his family doesn't lose everything. Cattle rustlers stealing his prize b
Alex ♈
4.5 stars

Safe, sweet read with heart.
Strong heroine, caring hero.
Zero OM/OW drama.
Marta Cox
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three and a half
This is a classic prodigal son returns home story but with the added twist of some cattle rustling ! Plus it's all set in the run up to Christmas so expect sweet moments designed to melt the coldest heart.
This story actually had a lot going on with a cowboy/Seal hero returning home to the last place he really wants to be. Yet Clayton isn't the typical wounded hero no, he's simply a man tired of death with demons of his own . He's come home to help save his families ranch but qui
LOVED this book so much! Sweet, protective, ex-navy SEAL hero and a woman who is raising her two brothers - this was the perfect romance! I loved everything about this book! A little touch of suspense and a couple steamy scenes, this book was absolute perfection! Highly recommend!!
L.P. Logan
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not ashamed to admit that I read this one and loved it. Big time. Because you know why???? It was actually developed!!! The characters were 3 dimensional, allowing me to know and cheer for them. So often these Christmas/romance books are lacking on so many levels. Not this one. You will grin, and flush, and be wrapped up in feelings when you read this. So read it!

Recommended to readers who are looking for some romance with plot, tied with a Christmas flair.
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Clayton East is a former Navy SEAL with PTSD. He didn’t go home after his service because he was concerned how the man he had become would affect his family. When he is called home due to his father’s illness, he goes out of his sense of duty to his family but has reservations. When he gets home, he discovers the farm that has been in his family for hundreds of years is facing severe financial issues. Their prize bull and a 100 head of cattle have been stolen and their CPA has embezzled most of ...more
The title on this one made it irresistible and it wasn't far into the story that I found even more reasons to be in love with this first in series.

The Christmas Cowboy Hero tells the story of two broken people beaten down by their past and just getting by until events conspire to bring the pair together so their attraction along with a bit of Christmas magic can bring them romance and bring their families for healing and happiness.

Clayton and Abby, separate and together, were a great hero and he
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant is one of those that makes you think in terms that they are real. In the back of my mind the pessimist kept saying, 'It's too good to be true Abby! Don't believe it." but then I kept reminding myself, "It's a romance of course it's too good to be true because it isn't true, it's fiction. Shut up and let them have their HEA!" So it is a little unbelievable but it's such a good story and Abby and her brothers deserve that HEA.

Clayton East left h
Three and a half stars.

Clayton East is a former Navy SEAL. He's returned to his parents' cattle farm in Clearview, Texas after his father had a stroke only to discover that their accountant has robbed them blind and absconded with the money. Added to which rustlers have stolen 100 head of cattle and a prize bull. After being involved in an ambush in which the rest of his SEAL team died Clayton has suffered PTSD, he also still feels guilt at the death of his twin brother Landon when they were chi
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, what a nice and cute surprise! I'm always in for cowboy romance, but this one took the cake, I dare say!

Abby Harper has learned that people leave you when you most need them the hard way. Left alone to raise her little brothers on her own, she tries to juggle her work, studies, and family - with sort of disastrous results to her personal psyche. However, when Brice, the middle child, steals cattle from Clayton East's family ranch, things turn out shockingly for the better. Clayton decides
Debbie DiFiore
Hero was awesome

But the book was a little slow. It took me a while to get into it but once I did it was very engaging. There was a mystery weaved into the storyline about stolen cattle and there was romance. I loved the hero and I am glad that the heroine got an HEA. It was kind of a Cinderella story too which I adore. She was raising her two brothers and had very limited funds. One of the boys gets in trouble trying to raise some and the hero comes in to save the day. The two boys were so proud
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“I want you.”
She chuckled without opening her eyes. “Again?”
“Always,” he replied.”
“I wanted to wake with you in my arms,” he whispered.
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