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Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author, Netgalley
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant returns to Texas, where a small-town legend just might find the greatest gift of all. . .
’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 was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby—and the inescapable longing in his heart—off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?
The Christmas Cowboy Hero
(Heart of Texas #1)
By Donna Grant
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 on acreage. He used to ride his pony from house to house (in the neighbourhood) so they could all take advantage of the horse’s grass eating skills. You may scoff but this is about as close as I’ll get to marrying a Cowboy.
I guess I’ll have to stick to Cowboys in my reads….
Anyways…I really enjoyed The Christmas Cowboy Hero. It was sweet and a little cheesy, but in this case, I loved it. Most likely, the fact that it was offset by a sexy, tough and virile Ex-Navy SEAL, helped. So, he’s got the bada$$ down pat, add the jeans, boots and cowboy hat AND knows how to RIDE…HUBBA HUBBA!
Yes, the Cowboy had all the right moves and says all the right things. I think I like him. Now, add in that he’s fighting demons from his past, well, who doesn’t love a wounded hero?
As you may have guessed, it’s all about the hero for me in this one. Sure, I actually liked the heroine. She’s strong, resilient and loving as she brings up her two younger brothers. But, for me, her job was just to give the hero something else to make him shine.
There is an actual storyline besides the love story and it kept me enthralled from start to finish. Money laundering, cattle theft and protecting loved ones were the main focus of the story. Christmas is in the title, but only in a small way. Plenty of sweet and sexy times to show the connection between the hero and heroine. Another part that made this a great read for me, the angst is outside the couple and they fight together. Sure, they had their doubts, but it wasn’t drawn out and no one went running for the hills for 6 months (thank goodness).
If you’re looking for a light read with a great love story, a little suspense and a sexy Cowboy, I definitely recommend you try The Christmas Cowboy Hero.