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This novel has just about everything -- wounded warriors, a dog who is amazing, romance and danger.
Dustin "Dust" Frank, a Navy SEAL on medical leave, is just about to be discharged from the hospital with nowhere to go. Home was an option, but he knew his amputation and scars (inside and out) would upset his mother too much and he would go crazy with her hovering. His former commander ZQ contacts him to invite him to his ranch for some quiet and peace till he's ready to face the world or go back to the teams. He reluctantly agrees. A former SEAL brother, JJ, and his very sweet military dog Nance are there already. ZQ keeps in contact with his former team members and helps any way he can. His mom, Junebug, has appointed herself everyone's Mama.
Dust has an architectural degree, so ZQ suggests he help the new owner of the town's bookstore with some renovation plans. Their first meeting is a disaster.
Kelcee Todd inherited the book store from the kind and gentle man who owned it. She loves the store and is excited to update, until she meets Dust and his terrible attitude. Turns out Kelcee is a spitfire when challenged and gives back as good as she gets. Kelcee is known for her kindness and willingness to help everyone. ZQ sees something in her eyes that makes him feel she is hiding some deep secrets. Dust apologizes and they begin as friends. Soon their attraction to each other is too strong to deny. Dust suffers from PTSD, including terrible nightmares, which sometime make him combative and sudden flashbacks which leave him disoriented. Kelcee tries with all she has to convince him she loves him. But soon a very dangerous secret from her past endangers them both. Dust is going to prove how good a protector he is.
3 1/2 STARS!
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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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Until Next Time,
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