Review: The Legend by Donna Grant

Review: The Legend by Donna GrantThe Legend by Donna Grant

Series: Sons of Texas #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press on 27 June 2017
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A LONE STAR LOVER

They live to protect. They live to fight for honor and justice. They live to love the women who have captured their souls. These are the Sons of Texas, from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.
In The Legend, 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 Delight

A Delta Force operative comes home and keeps safe his once childhood sweetheart against a huge, lethal shadow organization with a doomsday rule the world type of goal.  Oh yes, count me in.

Review

So… The Legend is the third book in the Sons of Texas series.  Heh, yeah, I missed that when I was all excitable over the blurb and cover.  It was not the best of reading experiences for this book as a result.  Then again, I had little trouble with getting into the ongoing series arc or already introduced characters.

The Legend was my first book by Donna Grant.  It not exactly what I was expecting and I’m not referring to the fact that it was book three and I had to get up to speed.  I was expecting maybe some local troubles and a second chance romance.  Instead, I got an American version of a James Bond story with Wyatt being the James Bond figure and The Saints organization being the evil, secretive world-wide criminal group and the bio weapon with scientist fitting right in.

Now, I’m not trying to say this is a James Bond retelling because its not, but just trying to explain that I had to alter my expectations and get used to what I had.  Its got some far-fetched going on, but I went with it since I tolerate that better in spy thrillers.  It did tip into over the top a few times with the addition of the terrorist group out for revenge on Wyatt and Callie’s criminal family trying to steal her back.  Callie’s family motives made no sense to me since I had no idea what they thought they were going to do with her once they had her back.  They seemed more distraction than anything else.

I hadn’t read the earlier books about Wyatt’s brothers, but for those who did, there are several cut to scenes with them and their dad.  I enjoyed encountering all of them and some of the family’s allies and friends.  There were a few villain scenes, too, that were quiet intriguing.

This was one of those romances that worked for me because of everything else going on around it.  I didn’t have much patience for this pair though I could understand, to an extent, why they were dinking around.  The pair were already in love, but were equally as strongly in denial.  Wyatt denies because he’s still messed up after his mother’s murder when he was younger.  Callie denies because Wyatt hurt her when he pushed her away as a teen.  I smirked over their denials because here they are so protective of each other that they hide vital information so the other doesn’t worry and they dash into trouble to throw themselves in front of each other.  And then there is all the sniping because they are sexually frustrated.  Yeah, definitely not into each other.  At all.  Nope.  Definitely not.  Now, I didn’t hate them, but I thought they were good for each other and just needed a swift kick in the butt to get with it.

All in all, I had a good outing with my first Donna Grant.  I’m curious about where things are going particularly if a couple of the side players get their story now that the brothers all got their HEAs.  I’m all on board with the small band taking down the evil Saint organization, too.  I would recommend this one, but I would recommend starting rather with book one, The Hero.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • sometimes we’re lucky or not when we jump in an on going series like that. I heard a lot about this author but I haven’t tried her novels yet I confess

    • Very true, Melliane!

      Sometimes I get lucky when I accidentally grab a book out of order, but with this one I always felt like I was missing stuff so I should have read the others first. Still, I did end up liking the author’s writing so it was a win on that count. 🙂

  • Karen

    I haven’t read anything by her either but I know several readers that love her books. Good to know I should start at the beginning.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Yes, LOL, definitely start at the beginning. I had a bit of a struggle jumping in at this point. 🙂

  • While it sounds interesting I’m not sure it’s my kind of book. Thanks for the great review.

    • You bet, Mary. It had some iffy moments, but I will definitely try others of her books.

  • I really enjoy Donna Grant’s books. I haven’t tried this series, but I’ve read all of her Dragon King books, or Dark King I think the series is called. I don’t recommend starting those in the middle either.

    • LOL, yeah, I really need to pay better attention and make sure a book isn’t part of a series when I pick it up. I do want to try her dragon books at one point. Love the dragons. 🙂

  • Not sure if it is for me as it sounds very frustrating with all the needing of arse kicking. 😉 I still like the HEA though. Need those lately.

    • This pair definitely tried my patience a bit, but at least they weren’t dull. LOL

  • I go back and forth on whether or not I want to try this author, because I find the blurbs to be so hit or miss. I’m glad you were able to enjoy the suspense portion of the story.

    Great review.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen her dragon books and wanted to try them. This one is definitely one of those sketchy blurbs that doesn’t quite give the real picture, but I suppose it is book three so readers are already supposed to be in the know unlike me. LOL

  • Haven’t heard of this series before but I love romantic suspense so maybe I’ll be checking this one out. And did it just said the heroine is a hacker?! Ok, now I’m convinced, hehe. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Yes, she is, Vanessa. A good one. 🙂 This is an exciting book so you’d probably love it.

  • Hrm I think probably it’s a good thing I stopped with this series. Book one was my first from her and while I didn’t hate it I wasn’t all that impressed either. Just an average one. The covers, though, holy cow. I love them to bits!

    • Yes, the curse of the average struck me about this one, too. It tries to be big and suspenseful, but with that sort of romance it was being pulled in too many directions to do well at either. I still want to try her dragons and see how that goes.
      Le sigh on the covers, though. 🙂

  • It can be really hard to start with a book in the middle of a series. Even when you can follow the story, it still sometimes feel like you are missing something. Glad you enjoyed it in the end.

    • Yeah, I’ve caught a few times when I went to grab a book and it was in the middle of a series, but I didn’t pay attention this time. Oh well. I might go back for the others, but not sure since I know what happened now. LOL