Navy SEAL Dustin Frank 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 the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds 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.
I got a huge kick out of this story, it was just the kind I wanted to read right then and there, the wacky whimsical humor, the characters that cracked me up with their crazy sayings, little bit danger, and lot of loving made one entertaining package I enjoyed.
I haven't read this author before, to my recollection, and her writing style took me by delightful surprise. It's peculiar with lots of made up sayings, pet names, and overdramatic behavior. But put it all together, and it oddly fits, and made me laugh out loud several times while reading the book. I don't know if you have to be in the mood for it, and would it work in another mindset, but I truly did enjoy it.
The small Texas town vibes were palpable, the protective nature of the inhabitants, all taking care of each other, looking after each other when needed.
Kelcee and Dustin had a connection, they had a unique understanding between them, they were scorching hot and sexy together, yet sweet, tender and loving, and so adorable. No, neither one of them were perfect, they both had habits and characteristics that needed ironing out, but that is what made them likable, lovable, and human.
But it is not only fun and games, the PTSD suffered by the characters is dealt in knowledgeable, respectful manner, giving the story depth and acumen that I admired. The symptoms, the triggers, and the guilt that followed, all spoke volumes of the serious illness, and I was glad to see them getting professional help to deal with it.
This story has a lot going on for it, as the book one in series it is setting the scene, introducing the history of the main characters, and is packed with events, incidents, and crisis. The suspense and action at the end were a bit over the top at times, but still fitting to the overall tone of the tale.
With a unique and fun writing style, the author pulled me into the story that was filled with comical situations, caring friends, loving moments, and some deadly danger to top it off. A very entertaining tale
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me