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 dangerno 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 lifewithout putting her love in the line of fire?
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By Donna Grant
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Northern outskirts of Austin
Two Dallas Area Men Charged with Identity Theft
Callie stood on the sidewalk in the warm sun with a grocery bag in each hand, staring at the headline of the newspaper with her heart thumping in dread. She didn't need to read the story to know that it was about her family.
There wasn't a person in the state of Texas who didn't know who the Reeds were. And it sickened her.
No matter how much distance — physically, mentally, and emotionally — she put between her and her family, they still managed to affect her life.
Numb, she turned and continued on her way. She knew she needed to be alert and attempt to spot those who might be watching her, but she couldn't generate the energy.
She caught sight of Mercy, her pride and joy. As she reached the red Dodge Challenger, she clicked the key fob and released the trunk latch. She set the bags inside and closed the trunk, recalling how just a few hours earlier, she'd wished to put a certain someone inside it.
The infuriating man knew exactly how to exasperate her, even without words. And he never seemed to get riled up about anything. Which only pissed her off more.
She adjusted her sunglasses as she made her way to the driver's side and unlocked the door. As she opened it, she heard her name. Instinct made her turn her head — only to have a feeling of alarm envelop her.
"Lookin' good, cuz."
With her stomach knotted in anger and revulsion, she looked into the blue eyes of Melvin Reed. Women stared at the handsome face and nice body wearing the latest designer fashion, unaware that the man's soul had been sold to the Devil long ago.
"What are you doing here?" she demanded.
His smile widened as he sauntered up to her, his eyes squinted against the blinding sun. He let his fingers trail along the car, nodding in appreciation at the vehicle. "No hello or nothin'? That's not very nice."
"I'm not nice. What are you doing here?" she repeated.
"If you checked in with the family once in a while, you'd know."
It had been over three years since she'd last spoken with the family. And she wasn't in a hurry to change that. "I'm busy."
"Ah, yes," he said and leaned back against Mercy.
Her hackles immediately rose, and she inwardly cringed at the thought that he might be scratching her baby. However, it was the bitterness and hatred she heard in his tone that made her fingers itch to grasp the handle of the knife tucked up her sleeve.
"So, you're still working for the Loughmans." Melvin laughed and hooked a thumb in a belt loop of his jeans. "How is ranching these days?" She was grateful that her family didn't know her job had gone from ranching to being a part of the Black Ops group — Whitehorse — set up by Orrin Loughman.
Callie tightened her fingers around her keys. "It's good."
"You're a long way from home, cuz."
The threat was there in his eyes — and his voice. A part of her wished he'd try something so she could take him down. But causing a scene in the middle of town wasn't part of the strategy she and Wyatt had.
Though, to be honest, they didn't have much of a plan.
Still, there was a bigger picture. And it didn't involve settling petty differences between her and her family of criminals.
Not now, at least.
That day would come. She could only run so far before she had to face her relatives and put her foot down once and for all.
She smiled, showing Melvin she didn't scare easily. "So are you. Cuz."
Without another word, Callie got into the car and drove away. She looked into the rearview mirror to find Melvin watching her. His arrival felt like an omen that things were about to come crashing down around her.
No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't shake off the unease at Melvin's appearance. At least the drive to the remote house was uneventful. However, her nerves were strung tight by the time she parked the car and turned off the engine.
She unloaded the groceries and put them away. Then she walked out the back of the house and stood in the September sun on the porch, looking out over the expansive land. It didn't take her long to spot Wyatt doing his check of the perimeter.
His strides were long, confidence pouring off him. The wind ruffled his dark brown hair that fell to his chin. He ran a hand through it, shoving the front strands to the side as he knelt on one knee to inspect something. It gave her a great view of his hard jawline and the shadow of a beard.
When he stood and continued on, her heart skipped a beat as she took in his long legs, narrow hips, and chest that widened into a V.
The clothes couldn't hide the corded muscles beneath, but that's not what made people take notice of him. It was the intense and powerful aura that surrounded him.
Though he could be harsh — and oftentimes cruel — Wyatt Loughman never sugarcoated anything.
As she knew from personal experience.
She crossed her arms over her chest and watched the way he moved with catlike precision and care. She still remembered the first time she'd seen him. It was a day that had changed her life — and he didn't even know it.
As a teenager, she'd sought employment at the Loughman Ranch. It had taken her almost a week to convince Orrin that she could do the work and not let him down.
Sadly, the notoriety of her family had already started to shape her life. Orrin had reluctantly agreed, but she'd seen the look in his eyes. He didn't think she could keep her word.
What they didn't know, was that she'd decided she wasn't going to go into the family business. Her parents were pushing her hard, and she feared that despite her wishes, her kin would win.
The Loughmans were the best family around. Even then, she knew of the brothers, as everyone did, but she'd never spoken to them. And no one had anything bad to say about the family — as individuals or a whole. The fact that they owned a ranch was a plus since she'd always loved horses. All that combined to make them a good steppingstone to cutting ties with her relatives.
The next day, Callie had shown up at the ranch. Orrin put her to work immediately. She'd been ecstatic to be doing something that felt right to her soul, her body, and her morality.
It was as she'd checked the fences that she had her first real look at Wyatt. Nearly fifteen years later, she could still recall every detail of that moment.
How the summer sun had baked her, how the sky had been devoid of clouds, how the sweat had trickled down Wyatt's bare chest as he raised the ax.
She could still hear the thump of the blade as it fell, and the crack of the wood splitting. Her mouth had gone dry as she gazed at the perfection of his rippling sinew.
Years of working on the ranch had honed his muscles, defining each and every one. His dark hair had been short then and soaked from sweat and the water he'd poured over his head.
That was the first time she'd truly noticed — and wanted — a man.
There was nothing soft about Wyatt. His mother's murder had turned him into a loner whose lips rarely lifted in a smile. But that hadn't dissuaded her.
In fact, it had made her want him all the more.
Callie sighed. The years had strengthened Wyatt's muscles even more and smoothed some of the rough edges. But he was still the same cynical man as before.
Yet, there had been a brief period where things were different. A time when hope had shone so brightly that it blinded her.
But when the sun leaves, the darkness consumes everything. So it had been with her. She hadn't allowed herself to wallow in her grief long. Instead, it turned to anger that burned strong enough to chase away the shadows.
It still blazed.
Never in all her life had she imagined she would see Wyatt again. He'd sworn never to return to the ranch. But fate had a way of ignoring such things.
The job Orrin had taken to steal a Russian bioweapon, Ragnarok, had altered several lives. All three Loughman brothers were pulled from missions and sent back to Texas to find their dad.
Callie had had no choice but to work with Wyatt in an attempt to locate and save the man who had become like a father to her. Orrin had given her the strength to turn away from her family once and for all.
She wouldn't let him down now.
If that meant she had to spend time alone with the pigheaded asshat, Wyatt, then she would suck it up. For Orrin.
Here Orrin was, with three strong sons, all of which had gone into different branches of the military to become living legends. Yet they blamed Orrin for their mother's death, refusing to return home.
They had no idea how much Orrin loved or missed them. They didn't know he had friends send him reports and pictures of his sons so he could remain in their lives in some way.
They didn't see his melancholy and unshed tears on Thanksgiving or Christmas when his calls and texts went unanswered.
She would've done anything to have a dad like Orrin, instead of one who tried to persuade her to commit fraud. None of the Loughman boys realized what an amazing man they had as a father.
Orrin's life being put in jeopardy brought them all together again. It was no surprise that Wyatt's thinking hadn't changed about Orrin. However, Owen's and Cullen's had.
It made her long to hit Wyatt over the head and toss him in her trunk.
"Dumbass," she murmured.
Wyatt's head swung to her as if he'd heard her from two hundred yards away. She was caught in his deep gold eyes that seemed to smolder with a fire of anger and skepticism. His skin, darkened by the sun, accentuated those amazing eyes.
The dark shadow of a beard highlighted his hollowed cheeks and firm jawline. She knew how soft and sensual his wide lips could feel against her skin.
A shiver went down her spine as she remembered rapture-filled nights in his arms. Of his lips along her neck while he whispered — in detail — how he planned to bring her pleasure.
She shook off the past as he made his way to the porch. He stopped before her, his eyes framed by thick, black lashes focused on her face. "What happened?"
"You've never been a good liar." He looked her up and down. "Your shoulders are hunched, which means you're stressed. Tell me what happened."
How she hated that he knew her so well. She couldn't say the same. He'd been gone, and he kept everything hidden and held tightly in check. The walls he'd erected were so tall and thick that no one could get through them.
She shrugged and looked away, only to have her gaze drawn back to his face. If she didn't tell him now, he'd find out anyway. It was better if it came from her. "My cousin is in town."
"Which one?" he asked.
Callie wasn't fooled by his soft tone. "Melvin."
A muscle ticked along his jaw. "Did he say anything to you?" "He approached me, wanting to know what I was doing in Austin. If he's in town, that means my family is expanding their reach."
"They've been doing that for some time."
For the second time that day, she was in shock. How the hell would Wyatt know what her family was up to? "What?"
"Their business reaches as far south as Galveston and as far west as El Paso."
Was he joking? No, Wyatt didn't kid about anything. She was shocked and dazed at the news. "How do you know that?"
"I made a point of knowing. Why didn't you?"
"I wanted to forget them." Perhaps that had been the wrong thing to do since there was obviously much her family had done over the past decade.
He was silent for a moment. "You needn't worry about your family. They won't bother you."
"That's not the impression I got from Melvin. Not that you need to concern yourself. I can handle them."
"They won't bother you," he repeated before walking past her and into the house.
Now just what the hell did that mean? And why was he so sure?CHAPTER 2
Rage crackled and hissed within Wyatt. The Reeds knew to keep their distance from Callie. He'd made sure of it. What the fuck was Melvin doing harassing her again?
"What do you mean they won't bother me?" Callie asked as she followed him inside the house.
Wyatt clenched his teeth. That comment should've never passed his lips, but the deed was already done. If he didn't give her some type of answer, she'd pester him for eternity. Though she didn't need to know the entire truth.
"They know you don't want anything to do with them. They won't waste their time trying to recruit you," he said.
She paused. "Yeah. You're right."
He grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and turned to her. It physically hurt to look at her, she was so goddamn beautiful.
Her sun-kissed skin had a gold tint to it, making her long-lashed, light blue eyes stand out in her oval face. Full, bring-a-man-to-his-knees lips were slightly parted as she stared at him.
A tilt of her head brought her long, chestnut hair falling over one shoulder in thick strands. One lock fell against her cheek, the end brushing against the corner of her mouth.
The white V-neck sweater she wore was thin and molded to her breasts, while dark denim encased the lower half of her body. She barely reached his chest, but he'd learned long ago that what Callie lacked in height she made up for in determination, spirit, and skill.
As he drank, he looked his fill. He allowed himself this small violation to the rules he'd put in place for himself concerning her.
With the water finished, he tossed the empty bottle into the trash. She walked past him to the dining room where her computer was set up.
For a week, they'd kept their distance from each other, rarely speaking. He told himself that this was a mission like any other.
Except it wasn't.
Because she was there.
Willful, impetuous, fierce Callie.
He moved so he could see into the dining room as she began working. Life had been stacked against her since before her birth.
But she looked any obstacles in the face and told them to kiss her ass. Despite her family's illegal empire of fraud, identity theft, extortion, and larceny, as well as their predisposition for being alcoholics, Callie had gone her own way.
He'd told his father it was foolish to hire her because Wyatt hadn't thought she would last longer than a week. A year later, and Callie had not only come every day, but she'd worked longer and harder than most men.
Over those months, Wyatt watched as his father taught her to ride and shoot. No longer did she cower, she walked with a self-confidence she'd lacked before.
As much as she flourished on the ranch, however, not all was good in her life. Wyatt recalled the conversations at dinner where his youngest brother, Cullen, told them how Callie was being bullied at school by members of her large family.
She never spoke of it, never complained. Not once. Even when Orrin asked her how things were. Wyatt wasn't the only one who began to think of Callie as more than just a ranch hand.
Maybe it was because of the interest his father had taken in her. Wyatt didn't know or care. Somehow, Callie had come to be important to all of them. His brothers watched over her at school. And Wyatt kept guard at the ranch. Not that the Reeds would dare venture onto Loughman land.
All seemed to be going well. Until one day, Callie didn't show. She was never late, so her absence alarmed everyone. Wyatt had immediately known something was wrong. He'd saddled a horse and went looking for her.
An hour later, he found her beaten and unconscious at the edge of the property. There were marks on the ground where he could see she'd pulled herself toward the ranch. Seeing her lying so still had brought back memories of finding his mother after she'd been murdered.
And something snapped inside him.
Wyatt brought Callie back to the ranch. While his father, uncle, and brothers doctored her, he went to the Reeds. There, he unleashed his fury on those responsible for her thrashing.
By the time he left, he had a busted knuckle and a bloodied lip, but he felt immensely better seeing all of the men either knocked out or rolling around on the ground, moaning in pain. And with the beating, he'd let every Reed know to leave Callie alone — or he'd return.
She didn't know he'd been the one to find her that day in the woods. Callie didn't like feeling defeated — or being reminded of it.
It was because of his mom and Callie that Wyatt had begun his quest to save others. It eventually brought him to Delta Force. The counter-terrorism unit worked hard to dismantle and bring down extremists.
"You're staring," Callie said without looking up from the keyboard.
She shot him a wry look. "About what?"
"The information Cullen and Mia gave us last night."
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Book three in the Sons of Texas brings us the oldest Loughman, Wyatt, and Callie. Their story is similar to Owen and Natalie’s; they had a relationship and then Wyatt broke things off and left 15 years ago with no intention of coming home. He is known as the cold brother because he never shows emotions and he doesn’t express his thoughts. He also blames his father for his mother’s murder and so he really didn’t want to ever come home to the ranch. He is also the only one how didn’t want to look for Orrin. He and Callie team up and Callie doesn’t hide how she hates him, and doesn’t like anything to do with him and his choices. She resents his disdain for a father that she would love to have as her own, and she doesn't understand how he can throw that away. She is quite vocal in her negative opinion of him, but while they hole up in a cabin while looking for clues to help bring down the Saints, they can’t run from their attraction. 15 years is a long time to build up tension and things get explosive. When Callie is shot, Wyatt decides it is time to head back to the ranch to make a stand. Along the way, new friends are found, old ones step in to fight, the father and sons are reunited, more members of the Saints are revealed and dealt with, and the culminating action at the end was epic. Great story. I’m glad Wyatt and his father mended things and that he stopped running from Callie. I hope this isn’t the last book in the series. So much has yet to happen and there are at least two men, maybe three, that I hope get their own book.
Wyatt is someone who has held my interest since the first book to this series. He was so hard headed, tortured and broken that I wanted to know what drove him and his reaction to Callie. His inability to love or be loved broke my heart. From day one Callie was a favorite for me with all her spunk and determination. She protected those she loves, she recreated her life so she wasn't like her loser family and her skill sets are amazing. At first I thought her dislike of Wyatt seemed a bit much in The Hero and wondered what a book about the two of them would be like. Throughout this book the author expands the past relationship between these two and the reader gets a very clear understanding behind what drives both of them. All this friction adds to an exciting and dramatic story, This book is about redemption, forgiveness, ever lasting love, and seeing hidden truth behind conflicting words and actions. I give it 5 STARS for all the action scenes, the sexual tension between Callie and Wyatt as well as the resolution between everyone and Orrin. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
If you liked Maya Banks KGI Series you will love the Sons of Texas series...I couldn't put it down! I read each of the brothers stories one right after the other and then started over again. Donna Grant has been one of my 'go to' authors for a while now and she is on my automatic buy list. Stories like this one are the reason why. Solid characters and the phenomenal plots that keep you entertained while either biting your nails in suspense, fanning yourself at the love scenes or just enjoying the snappy dialog. The characters are real enough that you wish they could just step off the pages and be your friend. :) I'm looking forward to the continuation of this series. You will not be disappointed in any of the books in this series so far (The Hero and The Protector).
The Legend is the third book in the Sons of Texas series by Donna Grant. It was truly a thrill ride with a ton of action. I wish that I had read the other two books, not so much because I needed the other two books for guidance, but more because it was so good that I couldn’t put it down. The Legend was exactly that, legendary. The fight sequences were amazing. The characters were passionate. And, I was drawn in from the very beginning. The Legend is the story of the oldest Loughman brother, Wyatt Loughman. He is all Delta Force bravado and skill. He literally kills on instinct and is a lethal weapon like no other. Wyatt comes back home to protect his family and the love of his life, Callie Reed. In addition, his family runs a ranch that is a front for a Black Ops organization that stamps out terrorism around the world. This time, they are under attack on all fronts. Past and current enemies join forces to bring down the Loughman clan. Oddly enough, one of those enemies is Callie’s family of criminals who refuse to let her live a life free of crime. Wyatt is relentless when it comes to protecting those that he cares about. When their lives are on the line, he answers the call with precision. Even when he is outnumbered, Wyatt doesn’t even flinch. Callie isn’t too shabby in her skills herself. She may not be as savage as he is but she is a very brave woman. They are made for each other even if they continue to try and deny it. Of course, when they stop denying it, things heat up. I really loved the family aspect of this book. The fact that the three brothers and their father also play an essential role in saving the world is great. More importantly, none of them are flawless. They appear to be real people with issues that they are willing to set aside for the greater good. And their extended family is quick to come to their aid. The final fight scene was epic and reminded me of a scene from Tombstone. I just may have to go back and read the other two books. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
3.5* I love Donna Grants books. This was a good story and I'm sure I would of liked it more if I'd read the first two books. This is definitely not a stand alone book. I will definitely be going back and reading the first two books. The two main characters Callie Reed and Wyatt Loughman are thrown back together after years apart to prevent the use of a bioweapon by The Saints. They decide to hide out in a remote cabin to draw the Saints away from the ranch where the weapons being hidden. Unknown to them there is also others headed their way, Callie's corrupt family and a villain from Wyatts past.
THE LEGEND is the third book in the Sons of Texas military romance that features the Loughman family, a father, Orrin, and his three adult sons, Wyatt, Owen and Cullen, who are all military operatives. Orrin was on a SEAL mission when his wife was executed nearly two decades prior, shattering their family. Wyatt uncovered his mother's body, and has hasn't recovered from the shock. He's now a solitary man, moving from mission to mission with the Delta Force, having loved only one woman in his life: Callie Reed. But Wyatt walked away at 18, and has hardly ever returned. Well, only returned to keep Callie's criminal family from troubling her, and now because his aunt and uncle were executed and Orrin had been kidnapped. THE HERO and THE PROTECTOR both give important background regarding the mission Owen, Cullen and Wyatt are undertaking to find their father and protect the biological weapon Orrin had stolen from a Russian base. This book features Wyatt and Callie, who works for Orrin as a tactician and computer hacker, trying to pinpoint Orrin's location, and also learn more about the shadowy Saints organization which seems to have put the hit out on the Loughman family this time. It's a complicated story, but at the heart of the intrigue is Wyatt and Callie reconnecting. Callie's been frustrated in love by Wyatt as a teen, and the years apart haven't brought her past the anger she harbors for him. Working closely with Orrin for all these years, she's seen how he suffered watching his sons turn away from him and go their own way. Callie thinks of Orrin as her surrogate father as he's a principled man who fights the good fight, unlike her grifter family, and she thinks Wyatt has been too hard on Orrin all these years. In close quarters and under fire, Wyatt and Callie recognize their mutual attraction didn't end in high school, and the dire straits they find themselves in could become their final moments. It leads to some sexytimes, but there's more battle cry than booty call when the Saints crawl out from their hidey-holes. The book includes POV from Wyatt, Callie and Orrin, as they navigate the path to redemption and forgiveness. Expect a lot of dead bad guys, some double crosses and a love (or two!) to outlast the danger. I liked the story, and was a little surprised that the entire series didn't conclude. I suppose a fourth book is in the works, this time with Orrin finding both love and revenge, as he and his sons, now reunited, look to destroy the Saints once and for all. Yee-haw! I read a review copy provided by NetGalley.
Wyatt Loughman has avoided going home for years because of his hatred towards his father. Now he is back and working with his brothers to find his father after their aunt and uncle have been killed. He and his brothers have separated and paired off while they untangle who their enemies are. Unfortunately he’s now with the one person who has always held his heart, Callie Reed. This is the third book about the Loughman’s and I enjoyed it just as thoroughly as the other two. This book had my full attention right from the beginning. I had been waiting since the end of the last one to find out how this courageous family would finish their story. Everything between Wyatt and Callie was heartbreaking. The one thing I love about the books from this author is her ability to write strong women and men that make them stronger and not weak. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
'The Legend' by Donna Grant is Book Three in The "Sons of Texas" series. This is the story of Callie Reed and Wyatt Loughman. I do feel that you will enjoy and understand this book better if you read the previous book. These book main focus is with the Loughman brothers and so this book opens us up to Wyatt. Both Callie and Wyatt are strong main characters that won't easily give into their feelings but love wins out for sure. This has some exciting situations...so if you love some drama and mystery to your romance this is your series. Love Ms. Grants writing and this just added to my admiration for her. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read.
This is the third book in the series and boy is it a good one. It grabbed me right from the beginning and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It's non stop action, excitement, and suspense. The bad guys are getting closer and closer while they're getting smarter. Wyatt and Callie are in their sights and they're coming at them everything they have. Wyatt and Callie being stuck together once again brings long ago feelings flaring back to life. Wyatt has some big life decisions to make, but first priority is to survive.
Callie and Wyatt's story will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding. This is an action packed love story with known and forgotten foes from the past. In my opinion, Donna should do a spin off or short story to really conclude Son's of Texas.
The Legend by Donna Grant Sons of Texas #3 The third book in the Sons of Texas series has Wyatt and Callie getting a second chance at love while fighting off numerous bad guys. Callie has worked with Wyatt’s father for over a decade while Wyatt has blamed his father for the death of his mother and stayed away for fifteen years. By the end of the book all three of the brothers and their father Orrin have found women to take into their futures…and also set their course to take down a global group known as The Saints. The story is action-packed and filled with fight scenes and rather horrible wounds to just about everyone. I found some of the things the characters managed to do while badly injured a stretch and really had trouble believing that Wyatt could be so very cold then thaw so quickly and why did Callie hanker after Wyatt for years? I am kind of curious to find out what happens next as the Loughmans, and their team, take on the nefarious international Saints. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3 Stars
I enjoyed the book. I really liked Callie as a character. She is a strong female who can take care of herself and hold her own against a lot of the guys. Wyatt annoyed me a little because he was so hard headed about certain situations in the book. I just couldn't see why he couldn't seem to understand where others were coming from and the need to push anything and everyone away. That is the reason I took a star away. The action scenes were really good but sometimes it was easy to get confused because there were so many characters and so much going on at the same time. It felt like there was a lot of back and forth especially later in the book.
I was hooked from beginning to end on this second chance romance, this is the 3rd in the series and to truly appreciate it, I do recommend reading the entire series in order. The story is fast paced with tons of drama and suspense. Wyatt and Callie have known each other since they were kids, however Wyatt know the kind of dangerous life he had planned to lead and left Callie behind. Now he must protect her and deal with everything happening with his family. Steamy chemistry and a great story.
I really struggled to get through this book. Part of this I attribute to trying to read the third in a series where the three are closely connected. Many of the characters were unfamiliar to me and I could definitely tell I was missing something. So if you're thinking about picking The Legend up, definitely read the previous books. Now, I'm a HUGE fan of Grant's paranormal romance series. This one? Not so much. There's plenty of action and suspense but none of it really worked for me (again, don't have the background of the rest of the series). Much like in her other series, she keeps the story and character development work well together, one not dominating the other. I guess I just wasn't invested. I enjoyed both characters with their second chance romance. I'm not a huge fan of this style of romance, especially when it seems like the heroine forgives too easily or doesn't notice that her love interest isn't all that great. I felt like that for a while with Callie and Wyatt and it made it harder to ship them as a couple, but I came around eventually. It wasn't a badly written romance or anything, but I think I was missing a few pieces to put the whole picture together. I never quite felt like I connected with The Legend. It seemed a bit over the top and at the same time confused me because it tied so closely to the other two books (which isn't a bad thing, just didn't work for me). But I have a feeling fans of the series as well as of romantic suspense novels will love it!
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This is the third installment in the series, I still liked the second book the best, maybe its because I just liked Cullen, the best. This one was Wyatt and Callie and there second chance at love, they had grown up together, and then Wyatt turned his back on her and she had not seen him for about fifteen years. However, Wyatt knew that Callie was the one for him, he never got over her, nor her over him, but he knew the type of life he was planning on living, that is why he left. The brothers are communicating, but they do have a strained relationship, due to having there mother brutally murdered years ago, and they blamed there father for it, they barely see each other, and now there father is missing, and someone is gunning for them, so they are the run, trying to figure out, who it is, and trying to stay alive at the same time, all the while, Callie and Wyatt can not fight the chemistry that they still have. Eventually everybody unites, and we finally reach the end, but I am not telling you, you have to read...
THE LEGEND is the third installment in Donna Grant’s contemporary, adult SONS OF TEXAS romantic, military suspense series focusing on focusing on the Loughman brothers-Navy SEAL Owen; eldest brother Delta Force Colonel Wyatt, and youngest brother/Marine Force Recon Captain Cullen- and their Navy SEAL / Black Ops father Orrin Loughman. This is eldest brother Delta Force Colonel Wyatt Loughman, and computer hacker Callie Reed’s story line. THE PROTECTOR can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order as each installment continues upon the events of the previous story line as the brothers search for their missing father. NOTE: If you have not read the previous installments, there may be some spoiler in my review. SOME BACKGROUND: While on assignment overseas, all three Loughman brothers are called home to Texas to discover that their beloved Aunt and Uncle have been murdered, and their Navy SEAL father Orrin is missing. The US government (or someone claiming to be) has tasked the brothers in locating their Black Ops agent father; and the retrieval of a biological weapon known as Ragnarok. Told from several third person points of view including Wyatt and Callie THE LEGEND continues to follow the search for Orrin Loughman, and the people responsible for the death of the Loughman’s aunt and uncle. With the revelation that Orrin Loughman is alive, eldest son Wyatt Loughman begins to focus on flushing out the people h*ll bent on destroying so many lives but Wyatt suspects that that the family has been betrayed by more than one source. His continued hatred of the man he believes responsible for his mother’s death, Wyatt has a difficult time forgiving his father for sins of the past. Returning home to find the one woman that could break through his hardened heart Wyatt continues to push away Callie Reed in an effort to keep focused on the coming war. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Callie and Wyatt, and their battle to stay one step ahead of three different outside factions intent on taking down the Loughman clan. THE LEGEND is an intense, revealing and detailed story about family, betrayal, revenge and trust. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Owen and Natalie (The Hero), and Cullen and Mia (The Protector), and an assortment of former Black Ops undercover operators. The requisite evil has many faces-some familiar to our story line couple. Donna Grant pulls the reader into an energetic, passionate and tragic story of greed and power, and the ultimate battle for control. The premise is engaging, startling and dramatic; the characters are colorful, passionate and inspiring; the romance is seductive and fated. THE LEGEND looks at one man’s struggle to move on from the past, and one woman’s need to save the man that calls to her heart.
Donna Grant continues her saga of the “Sons Of Texas’, weaving a plot around the Loughman brothers. The series started off with loved ones murdered and the Loughman father kidnapped. With a conspiracy spanning countries worldwide, the Loughman brothers are brought together to unravel the threat to the world and protect the ones they love. “The Legend”, oldest of the brothers and deadliest of the deadliest Delta Force, Wyatt Loughman knows the parties gunning for him and his family, and the deadly Saints hell bent on launching nuclear weapons to harm the human race. But more dangerous is Callie Reed, his forever love and the woman of his heart, and he will kill and get killed to protect her. A renegade and ultra smart hacker and a trained sharp shooter, Callie Reed needs no protection to save herself, but the heart is all together a different matter. Teaming with Wyatt to bring the Saints down, death stalks them, emotions weigh them down and love gives them the motivation and courage to fight the evil, and she will kill anyone who threatens her only family the Loughmans, be it her own flesh and blood. Things heat up in Donna Grant’s third book, “The Legend”, as secrets slowly come into the open, betrayal becomes their shadow and friends turn foe. Yet it also brings the entire Loughman family together, as they rally around their loved ones and fight one battle at a time, getting closer to eliminating the Saints. Donna Grant’s first foray into romantic suspense is just invigorating and brilliant. She delivers with intensity and passion, as the soldiers protect and serve, live to fight for honor and justice and live to fight for the women of their souls. Although each book can be read alone, it would be enjoyed much more if read in sequence as the sub plot flows from the other books, and new characters get introduced. A five star read and a definite addition to the library! Received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley for an honest review.
An awesome continuation of a riveting storyline… This is the third book in the Sons of Texas series. Finding his mother’s murdered body when he was a young man changed Wyatt Loughman’s path in life as well as his views on his father. All emotions were destroyed that day and he left their Texas ranch to join the service and become a cold-hearted man, a man trained to kill. Now a Colonel in the Delta Force he’s sent home along with his brothers to locate their missing father and the bioweapon stolen from the Russians. Wyatt had just one regret at leaving home, walking away from the young woman that he loved but was no longer able to and could no longer afford to love, that part of him died with his mother. Yet over the years he’s anonymously protected that woman from those who meant her harm, her criminal family. Paired with her in the continuing search finds him facing longings he’d thought buried deep, no other woman ever could compare to his Callie. Can he fight the pull of the woman she’s become? Taken in by the Loughman family when young, Callie Reed found them to be her true family of choice. She was trained by the father in weapons use and how to take care of herself in a fight. Being an expert computer hacker she also assisted the elder Loughman with his missions during the years. When he goes missing after a mission in which the rest of his team was killed there is no keeping her from trying to find Orrin and bring him home. Working with Wyatt brings back memories of their brief time together before his mother was killed, a tragic event which forever changed him. She might have understood but for her he was the one who got away and time’s passage has not changed the chemistry between them. Though she knows nothing is possible for them, with his presence her mind ponders the possibilities. If they survive the maelstrom that is coming their way is there a second chance for them? What an awesome continuation this was of a riveting storyline that does not quit. Two former lovers hunted by three attacking groups. Who can they trust? The shadow organization that reaches into all levels of the government across the globe has men everywhere, the chance of betrayal is high. When enemies align the stakes become deadlier and decidedly personal. Amid fast paced action and suspense and continued intrigue the Loughmans defend what is theirs against what should be insurmountable odds. This is a must read if you’ve read the first two books for an explosive climax. Does it all end here? Perhaps not and this reader is dying for the more that is sure to come. The second chance romance though overshadowed somewhat by the intense plot is no less emotional for it, the characters have deep raw feelings and strong stubborn natures to combat. Things between them develop in a good progression amid all the mayhem that surrounds them. Wyatt and Callie were great protagonists. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
This is book 3 in the Son's of Texas book series. For those of you used to reading her PNR books, don't worry because this book doesn't disappoint. I was a little iffy about reading a different series by an author I knew primarily for her PNR books. But I love her writing so figured, why not? I don't regret that decision at all! Ms. Grant definitely knows how to write a great story and keep you interested all the way to the end! This book is about Callie Reed and Wyatt Loughman. We saw both in the previous two books and I know I couldn't wait for Callie's story. She is such a strong, loyal, and just all around mouthy (which I loved!) woman. Wyatt on the other hand. I wasn't sure if I would like him based off the previous books. He just seemed like such a jerk. And then you get to know him in this book and realize exactly where his head is and why he does the things he does. Throw them together and you get a great couple. They worked together beautifully and they back each other up like the team they always should have been. I am really hopeful after reading this book that the series continues. I know I really want to read a book about Maks!!
I would highly recommend that you read the previous books in this series. I did not and felt a little lose which affected my overall enjoyment of the book. Wish I had known what was going on. Lots of characters I didn’t know. Other than that this was a fast paced, action filled book with two characters that I enjoyed. The romance is not front and centered and let’s face it, that’s why I read. I would definitely recommend this if you’re willing to read the previous books first. More than one POV ARC provided by Netgalley
Callie Reed is as tough as they come, she is an expert sharpshooter who is capable of standing toe-to-toe with any man. But when she catches the attention of some very dangerous men she finds herself a little out of her element, and in need of some serious help, so she turns to Wyatt Loughman... a man that comes with many accolades. And the minute he wanders into her world she knows she's met her match! From that point on the chemistry starts swirling, danger escalates, and these two have to find common ground in order to survive. This was my first visit to the Sons of Texas series, and I have to say it left a good first impression. At times though I felt like I was missing something, and I think if I had I read the first two installments previous I may have had a easier time understanding certain things in the story. But with that being said I did enjoy the story, the characters were well crafted, equipped with domineering personalities, emitted serious sparks, and were loaded with southern charm and lots of tude! Overall I would say it was a good read, with a thrilling story line kept me captivated from start to finish! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
This one is fast paced and action packed. Almost too fast paced at times. This far into the story there are a ton of characters involved and keeping them all straight was hard at times. I did enjoy the story though and I was glad to see all the Loughman men reunited. This is far more suspense than romance but there is the thread of romance between Callie and Wyatt. They've been dancing around each other throughout all the books and finally they have to quit lying to themselves and face whats going on between them. Overall a very good read. Just one you have to take your time through and absorb it all. I highly recommend this one as well as the entire series.
***I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review*** So in this book you have Wyatt Loughman the oldest son of the family. From beginning to end this book was pack with action and a lot of emotion. I loved the character insight and and the all too intense moments. Wyatt was a hard man to like though, his stubbornness made me groan at every turn. I understood why he was the way he was but come on love a little! I enjoyed reading about his combat skills and the drive he had to fight no matter what. And the scene towards the end was REALLY intense. Callie was pretty impressive, smart and determine. Took no sh*t from anyone she was a pleasure to get to know. And all the things she had to endure she still had so much hope and so much fight in her. Never gave up or gave in, she was a great heroine. Overall the book was intense the scenes were well written very edge of your seat style. I have never felt so much nerves reading a book before. Kudos Donna! Definitely a must read.
This book will tear your heart out and then put things right. Callie Reed has pulled herself up and out of more than one bad situation in life and kept moving forward. Even when Wyatt Loughman stomped on her heart. She kept going. Now he is back and old feelings are making themselves known. She will keep on going. Wyatt Loughman has forced himself not to feel. Ever since his mother’s murder he has put emotion to the side except when it came to Callie Reed. But he knew he had things to do so he put her aside as well but the feelings never did manage to go away. Now there are folks wanting to kill them can he face that without telling her how he feels? This story drops you into the middle of a war zone with conspiracies and unknowns everywhere. The only thing you can trust is your heart. Even though this is part of a series you can read it stand-alone. Fair warning it will have you reaching for the previous books while anxiously awaiting the next.
A Thrilling read Not having read the first two books in the series, I was a little disorientated at the beginning but, there are enough back story to give the gist of what went on before. Although, it might have been better to have read the previous books first to get the full picture, this is well rounded and didn't affect my enjoyment or the grasp of this story. Wyatt left home fifteen years ago after the loss of his mother. Blaming his father, his anger kept him aloof. He also left the love of his life by giving the impression that he didn't care. As far as he was concerned, staying away from his home and his family were the best solution. He is now in the Delta Force and a force to be reckoned with. Callie comes from a difficult family and to her, she is part of Wyatt's family. They have welcomed her and given her a life that she is proud of. Wyatt's father has recovered and hidden a biochemical weapon and, the owners or more to the point, those who want to possess and use this dangerous weapon want it for their selfish cause. She is now the target of a dangerous organisation who will use her own family against her. Wyatt and Callie find that they have to work together to survive this threat. They play it cool but, their feelings are still ingrained in their souls. There are misunderstangs and misconceptions. Quite justified! While they are planning to defeat the enemy, they discover that they can't trust anyone. Wyatt's old enemies are out to get him as well. They are cornered. Literally! They are not giving up without a fight. To avoid a prominent attack, they change their plans and have to face some dangerous and bloody situations on more than one occasion. Can they escape this dangerous predicament and rekindle their relationship? They deserve to realise what they think is an impossible dream! Whilst Wyatt and Callie are battling for their lives, the other members of the family are fighting with the same purpose in different parts of the country. This fast paced romantic thriller kept me on my toes and had me rooting for Wyatt and Callie throughout the story. I like how everything else falls into place in the end. It's fast, full of suspense, passion and romance. There are still some loose ends after the brutal war but, everything looks promising with the new set up. A thrilling read, indeed. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.