Title: The Hero Series: The Sons of Texas #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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. . . .
Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…
Also by this author: Dark Heat .1-.4, Dragon King, Dragon Fever, Firestorm
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Welcome to Jen’s Book Review of
THE HERO by Donna Grant!
The Hero by Donna Grant is a sweet, yet action-packed, romantic suspense novel. I enjoyed reading it, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get it finished to write my review.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the chance to read it.
About the Story
THE HERO is about a couple who has been separated for a long time, coming together under dangerous circumstances. Natalie, who works for the Russian embassy, is asked by her ex-boyfriend’s father if she’s heard of something called Ragnarok. This sets events in motion, and Natalie becomes a target for people who will do anything to obtain Ragnarok (a bioweapon). Her ex, Owen (a SEAL) finds out his aunt and uncle have been murdered. His father is missing. When Natalie comes to their ranch, old feelings resurface for both Natalie and Owen.
I love stories that have long-lost lovers and second-chance romances. The characters don’t suffer from insta-love. At times, however, they suffer from the problem of forgiveness coming too quickly. I didn’t feel that was the case in THE HERO.
The physical attraction between Natalie and Owen was strong, but they didn’t let it rule their thoughts or emotions. Also, the characters did what they needed to do to keep the story moving forward. The story didn’t get bogged down by the characters’ feelings or sexual attraction. They stayed focused on the problems of the bioweapon and Owen’s missing father.
The secondary characters were well-developed. Owen’s brothers are distinctive. Without looking at the blurb for The Protector, I’ll guess that each brother will be the star of a book.
Sometimes Natalie is Too-Stupid-To-Live. For example, she knows there is a hit out on her, but she goes to her apartment anyway, with only one deputy to protect her.
I had a hard time following what was going on, especially in the beginning. I kept going back to re-read to see if I missed something. For example, I wanted to know why the house didn’t stink with dead bodies. I didn’t understand where the bodies had gone off to, why there was still blood in the house if the bodies were gone, etc. The explanation for this isn’t given until much later, which left me distracted and hung up on these details in the interim.
I think most of my confusion stemmed from the author expecting me to believe that things could happen, without giving much explanation of how they were possible. For example, it seemed far-fetched that all the brothers would be brought home from their military assignments without being briefed. A quick explanation for this is given later, but I didn’t find it believable, especially how they responded. I didn’t believe that they could all just ignore orders and get away with it.
Don’t expect the story to be wrapped up at the end. The romance reaches a resolution, but the other story lines are left hanging.
My Overall Opinion of THE HERO by Donna Grant
THE HERO is a four-star novel (a B, in my opinion). I can overlook most of my dislikes. Donna Grant is an excellent writer. This book, though, was hard for me to follow in places, mainly because I was having a hard time understanding how events had happened the way they had.
I recommend THE HERO to anyone who likes books about old lovers who come together after a long time, espionage, bioterrorism, and/or military men. If you can suspend disbelief, you will probably enjoy this fast-paced romantic suspense.