I was a Sixty-Eight Whiskey—a combat medic. So when I hear someone shout “MEDIC!” training just kicks in. It’s automatic, immediate. I don’t think I even saw the guy whose leg I tended to, not really. All I saw was him. Zane Badd. His tuxedo fit him like he’d been sewn into it, and his eyes reflected the fury and the hardness of a combat veteran, but when he looked at me, he just…softened. By the time I had his brother patched, Zane and I were both covered in blood, and I knew I had to have him.
The trouble with Zane isn’t getting him, it’s keeping him.
And the trouble with me is, even if I could hold onto a man like Zane, I wouldn’t know what to do with him. It’s not in my nature, and if life has taught me anything, it’s to not trust anyone, least of all men like Zane. He’s a warrior through and through, hard, muscular, gorgeous, tenacious, and yet oddly tender toward me.
Experience and instincts are telling me to run from Zane Badd as fast as possible, but my heart and my body are telling me to stay, to hold on and not let go. Yeah, it’s a conflict as old as humanity itself, but it’s brand new for me.
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Life as Navy SEAL doesn’t exactly prepare you for normality. Yeah, I can tend bar and goof off with my seven crazy brothers, but what do I do when the woman of my dreams—dreams I didn’t know I’d had until I saw her—explodes into my life like a frag grenade? I’m trained to attack, to win, to survive at any costs, and figuring out what to do about a woman like Amarantha Quinn will take every scrap of tenacity and courage I possess. Combat is easy, it turns out, in comparison to facing your own fears and scars.
And then sometimes, just when you think you’ve got it finally figured out, fate throws you a screwball and sends everything FUBAR.
4 of 5 Stars
Well, I ALMOST stopped reading this in the first couple of chapters because some of the dialog is just silly. Claire and Mara sounded like overly excitable 13 year olds. I found myself rolling my eyes several times. The excessive use of ‘hoo ha’ and ‘no-no bits’ was just too much for me and there was really way TOO much dialog about Zane’s perfect c*ck. I get that this is erotica but the first few chapters were painful to me.
However, I persevered and got to the meat of the story which is really good.
Mara has had some really tragic experiences with dating so she pretty much gave it up and has become the queen of one and done. She’s a strong, beautiful, entertaining woman so Zane is pretty hexed by her when she basically brushes him off. Zane is a really good guy – surprisingly sweet and romantic under his gruff exterior. He is suffering a bit of survivor’s guilt from his time as a seal and still a bit depressed about losing his father. His life has been pretty much about the Navy so he doesn’t have much experience with relationships and finding the woman he might want to spend his life with. Obviously, they have a hard time fighting their chemistry, both sexual and emotional but neither knows what to do with that. They end up getting a pretty big surprise and have to figure out what to do about it. I like them together…they just fit. What Zane does for Mara at the end is an amazingly sweet gesture. I look forward to seeing more of them in future stories.
We learn more about the brothers and they all stand to have good stories. Brock and Claire are next as we get a quick glimpse into the start of their story. Even with the rocky start to this book, I’d recommend it for the story we get after it and I look forward to the rest of the series.
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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and internationally bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include Alpha, Stripped, Wounded, and the #1 Amazon.com and international bestseller Falling into You. You can find her on her farm in northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children, and a menagerie of animals.