This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Legend by Donna Grant
Series: Sons of Texas #3
Also by this author: Firestorm, Dark Alpha's Lover, Blaze, The Christmas Cowboy Hero
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC, E-book
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A LONE STAR LOVER
Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger―no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…
A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life―without putting her love in the line of fire?
The Legend is the third installment of the Sons of Texas series. The storyline from the previous books is that the father’s wife had been brutally murdered years ago and it caused a rift in his family, as his sons blamed him for her death. The sons grew up and each left for some form of military service and didn’t look back. In book one they find out that their father has been kidnapped along with a bioweapon of unknown danger. Each book is a different brother’s story of their investigation into their father’s kidnapping.
What I really enjoyed about The Legend was the second chance romance. I loved both Callie and Wyatt’s characters. They grew up together and had a few steamy months before Wyatt turned his back on Callie because he knew what kind of life he was going to be taking on. He thought that it was best then but after fifteen years he had to accept the fact that he was never going to get over her. Callie had moved on with her life but reality was that she was willing to take her chances if it means that she can have the one and only man she has ever truly loved. The slow building heat between these characters was quite steamy.
In addition to the romance there is plenty of action to be had with three different factions of bad guys gunning for the brothers. The brothers had each taken a different part of the puzzle to investigate and/or throw off the bad guys. The key to staying alive is to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. I really liked that the main characters did not pull their punches and didn’t do any over necessary dialoguing with the bad guys. Nope, they just killed them.
Although I have not read the other books in this series I liked that the brothers were coming together in this one. It is clear that relationships were strained but that when push came to shove they were going to stand together. Also, the rift that had divided this family has been coming together and in this story there is some closure on that issue. By the end the family was united with a common cause and a mutual enemy.
There were some parts to this story that I felt were unrealistic but my biggest hang-up is about where they take their last stand. There are guns, grenades, and RPGs exploding everywhere. Not to mention a plane that is flying around while the battle rages on. Someone is going to notice. I agree that in Texas some of the ranches have a lot of land but not that much. The local authorities would have come for sure. I think that if something had been said regarding why there was no local involvement it would have sat better. Being in the middle of nowhere just wasn’t enough for me.
I did find this story to be quite a page turner. Once I started reading it I did not want to put it down. I thought that the romance was sweet and steamy. The action was fast and non-stop with a wonderful blending of the romance element. I liked that there was a happily ever after for the couple but that there was also a next step in the upcoming battle. It was a good read!
*Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of The Legend*