Hero By Night: Book Three: Independence Falls

Hero By Night: Book Three: Independence Falls

by Sara Jane Stone

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He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed …

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389138
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Series: Independence Falls , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 260,988
File size: 636 KB

About the Author

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

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Hero By Night (Independence Falls Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
cherigCG More than 1 year ago
If only there were six stars--this one would rate it. I became a huge fan of Ms Stone's work with her first Independence Falls story. We all hear about PTSD with returning soldiers. Usually men. Ms Stone gives us the female side of this debilitating affliction. Lena is fighting her way back with the help of her service dog hero (who is a hero and impossible not to adore) and by distancing herself from family and friends whose pressure for a heal-date makes it worse. In Independence Falls she has support and friends who understand and suffer as well. Chad is the epitome of the words to a country song, "I may be a bad boy but I'm a real good man." In this case bad boy has been bad with too many of the small town female population and he has to clean up his act or forfeit his dream career. Who would have thought the town one-nighter would be the one man who could give Lena the understanding others could not. He certainly wouldn't have believed it. But a deal to benefit them both brings them more than either planned. Chad the charmer gives her space, romance, laughter and friendship. Lena shows Chad what real strength is and hero does not have a gender. There is a shower scene that will amaze you--and it's not what you think. However, there is plenty of steam. I dare you to read this and not fall for both of them. This book has emotion and romance. Don't miss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Good but could've been better. Middle of the road for me. First, what I liked: That the veteran was a woman this time was awesome. That she was awarded the silver star was tremendous. I love that she was gorgeous because beautiful women can be soldiers too. What I didn't like: Chad being the town tramp because that just gets old. The sex scenes left a lot to be desired. Not good. I wanted to see Lena make SOME progress but it wasn't to be. It was always one step forward, two steps back with her. It was beyond frustrating. After all the amazing reviews, this book fell short for me.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another awesome read in this series!! I love this author's writing style and super sexy storytelling! In this book we have Lena, who have 2 tours in Afghanistan is having serious trouble dealing with every day life. As long as she keeps to herself and has her companion dog, she can get through the day. Who would ever believe the one person who could help her reclaim some form of normal would be self proclaimed commitment phobe Chad Summers! Theirs is a wonderful story that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it!
slz52 More than 1 year ago
Well written, the relationship between Lena and Hero is especially interesting to read about.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
Hero By Night was a fabulous read. I really enjoyed the characters and the whole story, and will definitely be adding Sara Stone to my list of need to read authors. Lena Clark has served two terms in the army and was ready to start her life as a civilian when she discovered she was suffering from PTSD. Moving away from her family, friends, and ex-husband Lena tries to start a new life. Living in her friends’ apartment over a barn she thought she would never be able to allow someone to touch her again, until Chad Summers lands in her bed thinking she’s someone else. Chad’s been the only person to touch her in over a year and when Chad needs help she offers to help him on the condition that at night he’s her lover. Lena didn’t expect to get feelings but Chad the town playboy is more of a hero than she could have ever thought. Chad is known as the town playboy. He promises only one night because he doesn’t want a commitment. When the accidental night with Lena ends up with him almost losing his job he needs a girl to be his girlfriend during the day. He doesn’t expect Lena to offer girlfriend by day lover by night, but he’d do anything to be able to fly and spend time with the lovely Lena. I enjoyed Chad and Lena’s characters. Lena is a super strong woman who is always trying to find her new normal and doesn’t ever give up on her dream. Chad is the super sweetest guy ever. He’s completely supportive of Lena and her boundaries and I just love how sweet he is. Hero By Night by Sara Stone was fabulous and a complete must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to hear about a woman veteran and not the usual male one. Great book
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "I never gave up and I never will." Stars! Hero by Night is the third book in Sara Jane Stone’s Independence Falls series, I was expecting good, and I got great with this one. We were introduced briefly to Lena Clark at the back end of the second book, and it was plain to see that this is a woman, that although a fighter, is struggling with a whole wealth of personal demons. ”I guess I made one helluva first impression.” Chad Summers, is your typical commitments free, one night, no-strings kind of guy, so reading of the lengths he went too in order to give Lena back some of the control she feels she has lost from her life, made this a book hard to put down, in fact I didn’t put it down, the player became the protector, but he also became so much more, and it made for an extremely emotional and engrossing read… I like that in this series Sara is focusing on the strengths (and in some ways the weaknesses) of women, and not in a bad way, each of these books has offered up a positive message in its themes, and although the journeys of each of the couples are not without their drama and angst, everything is so beautifully written and un-glamorized, that it is easy to fall in love with the down-to-earthness of it all. ”Just wait until I touch you… I want to find your sweet spots. I’m going to explore every wet and wanting inch of you. Taste you. Make you scream. I’ll make sure you’re with me. Every. Step. Of. The. Way.” Chad exceeded my expectations, stepping back from his natural dominant tendencies to allow Lena to take things at the pace and in a way that was comfortable for her; there aren’t many guys who would stick around after their initial meeting goes south extremely quickly. ”You’re the first woman who has pulled a gun on me in the sack.” The whole building of their relationship, and connection between them was sexy and sensual and offered so much more than initially expected. This author has ticked every box with this series so far, and for me has added herself to my auto-buy author list. ”For the record, you never disappointed me or let me down… Not once.” I highly recommend this series if you are looking for your romance with a little difference, with strong leads, dealing with very real issues, and lots of originally written sexy times.
Patty1CA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the way the story line was. It would help soldiersand their partner understand ptsd and how to handle it.I hope to hear more about them in the next books. Thank you Sara
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gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Sara Jane Stone did it again. I can honestly say that I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up the first book in the Independence Falls series but her story-telling blew me away then and she has continued to do so with all three of the books – Hero By Night being the latest. Lena Clark is the veteran in this book. To look at her, you wouldn’t be able to see her “scars” but as happens with most of our veterans, she is “fighting for normal”, as Ms. Stone puts it. Along comes Chad Summers, who I would not have pegged for having a deep understanding of how to help Lena as well as proving there is more to him than just a pretty face. I love how protective Chad is of Lena and it is beautiful to watch their relationship grow. And Lena’s service dog…oh man, he is a cutie! I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish this book as I become so entrenched in her stories. Ms. Stone writes such amazing words to tell the stories of wounded (female) vets. This series blows me away and I can’t wait for the next one.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Lena is a war hero. But after what happened to her, she could no longer go back to service, or her own kind of normal. She has a dog that stays with her, a revolver on her hand bag and triggers that causes her hyperviligance, panic attacks and not to mention - nightmares. Yes, just like some heroes who came back from the battlefield, Lena might be out of it, but still fighting her own battles everyday. Staying at Independence falls is her first step in trying to get back into her normal life, until she came across Chad Summers. All Chad wanted to do was to fly helicopters. It was his dream since then. But when his wild nights threaten his day job: he was left with a choice between settling down or saying goodbye to his job. When he ended up in the wrong bed with the only woman he couldn't touch, she offered him a proposition that was too hard to resist. Lena offers him to be his fake girlfriend during the day, but at night, Lena would be his. You will like Chad - he didn't push, he gave it to her on her own time, when she was ready. He has dirty notes to make her smile when she feels that her world is engulfing her. He saw her for what she really is - a strong, capable woman who deserves to be love. I love that he waited for her pacing - not that she asked for it, but he still gave it to her. He's a great guy.  I think this might be my favorite among the three books in the series! I fell in love with both characters - their imperfections, their baggage, and how they try to overcome it. Chemistry is no question, the first time they met is pretty epic, and it went on from their.  Hero by Night is a story about second chances in both love and life. It's a story about an amazing woman who was brave enough to find cure to fight her demons and not give up on her life. It's a story about a man who cares deeply for her, enough to fight with her.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 5 out of 5 Licks I am loving this series soooo hard!! I am so glad I signed up for that blog tour months ago. I may have never found Sara without that tour. Once again we have a female soldier as the heroine and she is awesome! I love that Lena has a dog, very appropriately named Hero, too. Sara did a great job injecting lots of fun and cute moments with Hero along with showing the unconditional love, loyalty, and sense of security he brought to Lena. Chad is right up there with the sweetest (and sexiest) heroes I've ever read. He makes it his mission in life to help Lena recover the part of herself she thought she'd lost. I found myself with tears in my eyes several times while reading this book. I couldn't force myself to put it down once I started it. I truly never wanted it to end. This is a great series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
AllisiaWysong More than 1 year ago
Hero By Night by Sara Jane Stone Sara Jane Stone is one of those writers that takes you by surprise in a great way. I have only just this year discovered her books and have been transported to the Town of Independence Falls, Oregon. With every book she lets us know more and more about this great town and the people that live there. At the beginning we meet only a select few, in her second books we meet a whole new awesome family, and in this newest instalment we meet a great deal more of the townsfolk. It is nice to get a taste instead of a heaping load of people. I find we can grow to know them better this way. Thank you Sara for knowing this about your readers and sharing these friends of yours with us ;-) Now, Hero by Night is the third book in Sara’s Independence Falls series and in my opinion the best yet. I know this may chance when Brody’s story comes out next because I fell for him at first read. For now thought Chad gave me new qualities to add to a great guy. He is a playboy that swears he will never date, he doesn’t do relationships and most women in town know this. He likes to have a good time and this has never been a problem until now… Chad’s new boss/new owner of his families company has put his foot down. Chad’s carefree, one night stand attitude has caused a problem with his dream of flying helicopters for the lumber company. If he doesn’t settle down, or find a way to take himself off the market he won’t be flying anything anytime soon! Lena served her country but came home with the wounds you can’t see, PTSD, with massive anxiety. She is determined to get back to normal. She has a service dog named Hero that has helped her be among people more but wants to be able to leave him home someday. To her surprise she finds herself being drawn to Chad, he is funny, charismatic, and doesn’t push her to “fix” herself right away. When she hears of his dilemma she comes up with a plan. A fake relationship, it will help repair Chad’s reputation and at night help Lena regain her self. Chad is all for the hot sexy nights with Lena part of the plan but doesn’t count on the conversation. Getting to know her might threaten his long term plan of staying single. As the two start to spend more time together and Lena begins to trust someone again her world comes to a crashing halt that threatens to mess up all her hard work. What happens to Chad and Lena will thrill and worry you. This is a book you will love from start to finish. Sara Jane Stone has written a nail biter with some major suspense and surprises even I didn’t see coming….
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book with a lot of emotion. Very good series so fr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To keep and to re read. That is the payment. If you borrow from library that is an honest review . Did not finish this book did not buy this book honest review is it is too violent unpleasant and too much sex but a typical series will not bother to read another
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
Excellent story! Love the characters and Ms. Stone's writing style. She is a great story teller! Her depiction of veterans with PTSD is very well thought out and well written. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading them in order. You will not be disappointed. And, once you read one, you will want to read them all. My only complaint...I wish Lena would have tried to fight her fear more when faced with a fear inducing situation instead of giving up right away. I would like to see Lena's brother get his own story. ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.