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Lies. Betrayal. A million-dollar bounty.

After an undercover mission goes awry, DEA agent Jarrett Brandt hides out in the last place he wants to be—his hometown. Now he’s stuck with his judgmental parents and the memory of his perfect brother hanging over his head. His one bright light? Marissa Reinn Brandt—his high school sweetheart and former sister-in-law.
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Published November 2nd 2021 (first published 2013)
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Julie - One Book More
Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A second chance romantic suspense, A Hero’s Heart follows Jarrett and Marissa, childhood sweethearts that reunite and reconnect after the loss of her husband and his brother. A DEA agent, Jarrett returns to his hometown and must confront his complicated past. When he visits his twin brother’s grave, he comes face to face with his parents and his brother’s wife, who is also Jarrett’s first love. And when Marissa’s son invites Jarrett to stay for the holidays, Jarrett can’t say no. However, there’ ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Renee Entress
Nov 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2021
4 star

The story has laughs, suspense, secrets, pain, and heartbreak.

This is Marissa and Jarrett’s story. Marissa lost Jarrett before and was heartbroken. She does not what him near her heart again. But her son has other ideas. He offers him a place to stay. As he falls harder for her his enemies start getting closer. Can he keep them safe and also take out the danger? Can they build a future together if they get the chance or will the danger that is hunting him take away that future before he ge
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Heare Watts

The story is action-packed, romantic suspense, second-chance account. It will have Jarrett Brandt coming back to Washington state for a quick stop that turns into more. After all these years, seeing his parents isn't easy, but seeing the woman he still loves is even more complicated. The story is full of secrets, lies, betrayal, and danger. Not everything is as it seems; not everyone is as they appear—and then, add a million-dollar bounty of Jarrett's head. He
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Hero's Heart by Amber Daulton is second-chance romantic suspense.

The plot is engaging with great word building and good descriptions. The length of the book is on the medium side but it's quick-paced and feels that it's shorter. This isn't your usual sweet holiday romance, it goes much deeper and brings out a lot of emotions. The story takes place around Christmas time. It's focused on the reunion between Jarrett and his family, especially his
C.B. Clark
Nov 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a well-written romantic suspense with a handsome, tortured hero, edge-of-your-seat action, and lots of fiery sexual tension, A Hero’s Heart by Amber Daulton is the book for you. The heat level between the main characters, Jarrett and Marissa, is off the charts. The plot twists kept me reading late into the night. Ms. Daulton’s skill at creating multi-faceted, interesting characters that you can root for, will keep you reading until the last page. Well done!
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.
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
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
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
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kirsty Warner
Sep 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well hot damn...

Totally wasnt expecting the twist and turns that this storyline was set to unravel.

The story constantly made you question who would survive and if they did would they be coming out whole?

Betrayed by the one person expected to have your back?

Fast action, bullets flying, hot sex whats not to love about this story?

Will definitely be looking out for more from this author.
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Read full review in the 2014 June/July Double Issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jackie Roberts
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Penny Ellgass
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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.
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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 Daulton Publishing, 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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