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Author: Anna del Mar
Genre: Romantic suspense, Contemporary romance, Military romance, SEAL romance.
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: February 22, 2016
Number of pages: 336 pages
Word Count: Approx. 95,000
Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her.
Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.
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Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.
Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.
My 5* Review:
WOW! What an amazing debut novel! This is definitely not a “nice romance”, it is a suspense filled, stunning novel which has has well portrayed characters, a superb, enthralling plot and is a real page turner. It has two central characters who are both suffering from PTSD but for very different reasons. He was a SEAL who had been seriously wounded, both mentally and physically, in Afghanistan. She has had a father killed in front of her then been physically, sexually and emotionally abused before escaping – she’s now running from her abuser, making something of a life for herself but always ready to run again and wary. Together they can help each other heal but danger still threatens and trust is always an issue. Will they stand a chance to find their HEA or will fate be cruel and intervene, preventing their happiness once more?
This is one of those books that I really didn’t want to put down till I had finished it.Whilst the romance slowly develops and realistically as the two characters help each other heal the novel also deals with some traumatic issues in a manner that explains what happens but certainly doesn’t glorify or excuse them. Filled with suspense as well as some brilliant banter between the characters, it is an engaging read that will stay with me for a long time. The range of secondary characters are also well developed with some other veterans with various injuries from their experiences in the arenas of war as well as a delightful, brave veterinarian and, most amazing of all, a German Shepherd assist dog called Neil! The traumatic events are fast paced, taking the reader into the centre of the action, experiencing the drama with the characters.
It is an action packed read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending, it is definitely one of my favourite reads for this year so far and, I suspect, will still be a favourite for the year.
To read the first chapter for yourself click here.
About the Author:
Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
Many thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for organising this tour and providing an ARC of this novel for my honest review as well as additional materials and links for this post.