Denver Heroes # 3
By: Kathy Clark
Releasing August 18, 2015
Sure to thrill readers of Nora Roberts and Karen Robards, the breathtaking Denver Heroes series from New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark continues as two adrenaline junkies find themselves fighting unexpected passion—and unspeakable terror.
Ex-soldier Chris Wilson lost too many friends to war. Back home in Denver, he’s trying to make a difference as a paramedic, treating victims of crisis situations. Not even active combat could prepare Chris for the rush he gets when violence and tragedy collide, but the job isn’t the only thing making his heart race. His partner is his closest confidant from childhood, and the girl he remembers is now a strong, sensual woman . . . who needs him more than ever.
Sara Richards is more comfortable risking her life than asking for help. The petite blonde medic put a wall around her heart long ago, vowing to never let anyone hurt her again. Only now her long-buried secrets threaten to destroy everything she’s built. And though she should be able to trust Chris, his smoldering blue-gray eyes ignite desires that feel more dangerous than whatever’s lurking in the shadows. For once, Sara can’t go it alone. But Chris might just be stubborn enough to stand by her side as she faces down her worst nightmare.
Heart-rending, emotional story of survival, with lots of gory details and bloody situations.
Sara is a strong woman, a true survivor, who has been able to build a successful life for herself, despite the tragedy of her childhood, that no one is aware of. The story starts with a prologue, that is not for the faint at heart, and continues from there to the adrenaline filled work situation, that Sara and Chris face daily, as EMTs.
Chris has a need to protect and serve those around him. The way he takes care of his former mate of military, Miller, is touching.
I liked both Sara and Chris, the characters are deep, they have faced tragedy, pain, and sorrow, but are working with the issues they have, they support each other when needed, and the passion between them is tender and loving. They have been friends since their childhood, but now as work partners and roommates, get to know the person their grew up to be. The attraction and interest between them is realistic, and the built up of the relationship is credible. I wish the book would have concentrated a bit more into the building of the relationship, and the characters. Because there are lots of stories of their daily life as EMTs, going into a great detail, that in my opinion, made the story move slowly, and the possible messages it could have delivered were lost in the excess of details.
There were lots of potential for deep, meaningful moments and messages, since the story touches many sensitive, and sometimes raw, issues, like suicide, PTSD, problems with legalized drugs, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, etc.
With the struggle and pain from the past, both Chris and Sara go through a journey to heal and conquer their past demons, with the support and love from each other, and the family and friends who stand beside them. A poignant, moving, and yet a joyful story of the healing power of love
~ Three Spoons and a teaspoon on the side