Navy SEAL Dustin Franks can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to his former SEAL commanding officer’s home–the Eagle Ridge Ranch—to heal and find a piece of his soul again. In the nearby small town of Warrior Falls he discovers solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.
Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.
Navy SEAL Reece Browning sacrificed body and soul in the line of duty. He survived torture at the hands of America’s enemies, but lost his career and his voice in the process. Traumatized and desperate to get his PTSD under control, Reece escapes to Eagle Ridge Ranch. Under the big Texas sky, he finds peace, a renewed sense of purpose—and a woman who makes him feel like a man again. Her smile lights up his dark days, and her caress helps him forget the night terrors.
Ex-Marine Gina Wilson also bears painful scars: emotional wounds inflicted by men she once trusted with her life. She has fought hard to overcome her demons and build a good life for her daughter, and Reece is too intense, too damaged, too raw to let into her heart. Yet she’s drawn irresistibly to his steely gaze and heated embrace. No one else understands what it’s like to suffer in silence. And when Gina’s daughter is threatened, it’s Reece who risks everything to save the day.
Ok so like always I will start by thanking NetGalley and Random House Loveswept for providing us with a copy of these books so that we could bring you this review.
I don’t know where to start really other than I am in love and hope Ms Vonnie plans to write a million of these books in this series. A place that helps heal our soldiers… Maybe not physically but emotionally… to me that in itself is a win, but then to add all the awesome emotions and characters makes these books a must keep. Oh man did I enjoy how Kelcee’s bookstore carried so many of the books that I have come to love over the last 4 years. I really like the history of the falls and what they can do for those in need of healing. As someone who has a very good Shaman friend I took the traditions and stories of the falls and felt them deeply. Ms Vonnie has a great voice to tell these stories. I loved the way that Kelcee and Dustin fight to find their way to each other. Yes Dustin had lots of anger and its not easy to deal with PTSD, but Kelcee was strong and helped him. Even though I didn’t like the danger that Kelcee had to deal with I really liked how it helped be a catalyst for her and Dustin’s relationship. As for Gina and Reece’s story… well let me just say that it wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was had it not been for Gina’s daughter. She helps bring Reese out of that dark place he was in, and she was such a riot to boot. There was just one scene in the book that I might have been ok with Gina not talking about, but it is definitely a very necessary evil in the book. Like I said at the beginning of this review I am not ready for this series to end any time soon.
I give both these books 5 healing kisses…
Happy Reading… Adri