Prepare to Have All the Feels | Review: The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
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The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #1
Published by: St. Martin's Press on October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Holiday, Christmas
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About the Book:
’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 wit’s 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?
I’m not quite sure what it was about The Christmas Cowboy Hero, but I cried. A lot. Prepare to have all the feels as you dive into Donna Grant’s new Heart of Texas series and follow Abby Harper and Clayton East on their journey together as they deal with two teenage boys and a nasty case of cattle rustling.
Abby Harper has some abandonment issues, which is to be expected after her mother walked out on her shortly after her high school graduation, leaving Abby to raise her two younger brothers on her own. But Abby loves her brothers more than anything and she did what she had to do to keep them all afloat. She works, manages to make enough to pay bills and get food on the table and when she has a little extra cash she goes to night classes in order to become a CPA. But things have never really been easy for the family. And when she gets a call from the police station saying her brother, Brice, has been taken in for stealing some cattle from the biggest ranch in town, things go from bad to worse real quick.
Clayton East has his own demons he’s been dealing with. After the death of his brother, Landon, it was expected that Clayton would be the one to take over the family business. But Clayton doesn’t want something that was never meant to be his, so he joins the armed forces instead. An ex-SEAL, Clayton has seen a lot of violence in his lifetime, and when he left he took up a job in South Africa. It’s only when his mother calls saying his father has suffered a heart attack that Clayton comes home. Not only is his father sick, but the ranch is broke, and a whole bunch of their cattle have been stolen. A believer in second chances, Clayton tells Brice he can pay the family back by working at the ranch every day after school until the cattle can be recovered. And it doesn’t hurt that this gives him an excuse to keep seeing Abby.
Like I said, I cried off and on throughout the whole book. I just wanted to hug the Harper siblings and tell them everything would be ok. Abby is such a strong character doing what she can to be both a sister and a mother to her two younger brothers and it really tugged at my heartstrings as I watched her struggle with getting Brice to open up to her. Clayton is a sweetheart, doing everything he can to help the family out, even when Abby insists on doing things on her own. It was so satisfying to watch these two fall for each other and help each other heal from their past wounds.
The only thing that didn’t make this a five star book to me is that it comes off as very damsel-in-distress. Abby has clearly been strong enough to raise her brothers for the six years, even if they’ve been just barely scraping by. So it didn’t really sit right with me the way Clayton just kind of swoops in and saves everyone.
However, I did really love this book and highly recommend it for anyone who needs some warm fuzzy feelings this Christmas. The Christmas Cowboy Hero gets 4 out of 5 from me, and I can’t wait to see where Donna Grant goes next in the series.