About the Book:
Title: A Hero’s Heart
Author: Amber Daulton
Synopsis: Lies. Betrayal. A million-dollar bounty.
After an undercover mission goes awry, DEA agent Jarrett Brandt hides out in the last place he wants to be—his hometown. Now he’s stuck with his judgmental parents and the memory of his perfect brother hanging over his head. His one bright light? Marissa Reinn Brandt—his high school sweetheart and former sister-in-law.
Marissa lost Jarrett once before. No way will she let him back in; then her son offers him their guestroom. His wicked charm and smoldering stares are hard to resist, but she’ll make him work to reclaim his spot in her bed.
When his enemies close in, how will Jarrett keep Marissa and her son safe, or will he lose his shot at redemption?
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A second chance romantic suspense, A Hero’s Heart follows Jarrett and Marissa, childhood sweethearts that reunite and reconnect after the loss of her husband and his brother. A DEA agent, Jarrett returns to his hometown and must confront his complicated past. When he visits his twin brother’s grave, he comes face to face with his parents and his brother’s wife, who is also Jarrett’s first love. And when Marissa’s son invites Jarrett to stay for the holidays, Jarrett can’t say no. However, there’s a bounty on his head, and he fears endangering the lives of those he cares about.
Jarrett is a compelling character that has been through a lot – addiction, a controlling parent, and a lack of direction pushed him away from home and all that he knew. Now, years later, he is a changed man and has turned his life around, though his family does not know it. Marissa, Jarrett’s first love and high-school sweetheart is a strong woman and devoted mother. Kind and caring, she has a wonderful relationship with her in-laws, Jarrett’s parents.
The relationship between Jarrett and Marissa is one I completely rooted for. It’s complicated and a little messy, and the couple has a ton of history, especially considering how their relationship ended and that she married Jarrett’s twin brother. However, both have such strong feelings for the other, and it’s clear that they still hold onto the love they had for each other when they were younger. Life got in their way, but time and distance didn’t affect their feelings for each other. I love that they rekindle their relationship! It’s pretty obvious that their story is unfinished, and I so hoped for them to find their way back to each other. Plus, their chemistry is fantastic!
Jarret’s relationship with his parents is complicated and strained. They have a lot to work through and many wounds to heal. I found this aspect of the story really interesting and like that Jarrett realizes how important his family is to him. Though a decade has passed, they prove it’s not too late for this family to work things out. There are some great messages here about healing, communication, and forgiveness.
In addition to the well-developed characters, there is also the issue of the people who are looking for Jarrett. His life is in danger, and he fears jeopardizing the lives of his family and Marissa just by being home. The intrigue and suspense are great, and there are a couple of surprising revelations that I enjoyed. Thanks so much to Amber Daulton for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance!
- The intrigue.
This is an intriguing story for readers who like contemporary romantic suspense!