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?
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.
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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