THE CHRISTMAS COWBOY HERO
By Donna Alward
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant returns to Texas, where a small-town legend just might find the greatest gift of all...
’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays—even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.
Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wits’ end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby—and the inescapable longing in his heart—off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire. Her acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.
When Clayton East gets word from home that his father has fallen ill, and is not able to do the work needed to keep the family ranch afloat he knows that it is time to return to his roots and take care of what needs done. Once he is back home though he realizes there is more going on than his family let on, someone is stealing their cattle and he intends to catch the thief and put a stop to it, only to soon discover that the one of thieves is only a sixteen year old boy named Brice. Instead of turning Brice into the law he meets with the boys guardian, his gorgeous sister Abby, and works out a deal with her to put the young boy to work so he can "work off" the debt his thieving accrued. But somewhere along the way Clayton starts to fall for Abby, and things between them start to take a very unexpected steamy turn...
Abby Harper is in over her head... between going to college and trying to care for her younger brothers she has very little time to do much of anything else.... which means no love life! It is a daily struggle to keep them and herself on track, and when one her brothers slips off the track and gets busted for rustling cattle she is certain she will go off the deep end... but by sheer luck the cattle owner is willing to give the boy a second chance, and he quickly becomes her hero. She has never met a man quite like Clayton East, and she quite sure men like him are few and far between, he is kind, gorgeous, and stirs the butterflies in her belly like no one ever has...
The Christmas Cowboy Hero is a heartwarming story that is sure to put you in the holiday mood, and leave your heart overflowing with joy! From the moment I started this one I sensed that I had stumbled onto a real literary treat, Ms. Grants endearing characters pulled me right into their world and made me feel right at home. The story line had a good mix of everything I like in my romance reads, a swoon-worthy male, light humor, a feisty heroine, enthralling plot, and lots of chemistry and heart!! Highly recommend this one, the moment you meet Clayton he will steal your heart and have you swooning!!