Publication date: September 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
When Navy Seal Operative Luke Kiersey is finally granted leave after five years, he finds himself driving to a house he doesn’t recognize in a town he’s never been to. The house is home to a beautiful woman and a little girl with big blue eyes. Day after day, he drives back only to hide in the shadows and wonder why he can’t seem to walk away from them.
His therapist says is PTSD.
His handler tells him he’s just not cut out to be part of the civilian world.
Luke can’t help but feel like it’s more.
The dog tags that once hung proudly around his neck, now feel like a collar; leashing him to a life that he fears he didn’t choose. After the terrible things he’s done in the name of freedom, could he possibly be worthy of something as precious as the woman and child he continues to watch?
When the two worlds collide, Luke needs his mind to be stronger than the implant the government placed in his back. They’ve told him he can’t survive without the implant they use to control him, but Luke’s wondering if he can survive without the little girl with big blue eyes and the gorgeous woman she calls mamma.
My Book Review:
This was my first book by Andrea – the blurb had me intrigued, a military read which I don’t read too many of, but this one looked really good – and it totally was, I really enjoyed it!
At the start of the book we meet Luke with his wife Jen and their new baby girl Bella, he was going on his last Seal mission before returning home to civilian life, but he never returned.
Fast forward 5 years to today, Luke is alive and still working as a Seal Operative, but has been enhanced with a special hard drive in his spine, supposedly the only thing now keeping him alive, but with no memories of his past existence. He is taking his first vacation and finds himself in a town by the sea he’s never been to, watching the mum and daughter who live next door, unable to get rid of the idea that he has a connection with these two people.
It’s a good story line, lots of drama and suspense, with twists and turns in the plot that you just don’t see coming. I was on the edge of my seat turning those pages over!
Luke is very alpha as you would expect, he is a killing machine and has done unspeakable things, but when it comes to Jen and Bella there is nothing he would not do for them. You can feel his anguish and despair at being what he now is and not the husband and dad he was meant to be. I really felt for him when he was battling his amnesia and having flashbacks, fighting the machinery that had been put inside his body to remember his past.
Jen is a heck of a mum to Bella, a very protective Mama Bear who would do anything for her little girl. Bella is just as sweet as can be, and her connection with Luke was just wonderful, seeing him through her innocent eyes.
This was quite an emotional roller coaster of a read, especially when they are reunited and Jen realises who Luke is. I’m glad I read this one, it was definitely worth the read.
Andrea is a wife, mother and writer from small town West Virginia. She spends her time while she’s not dreaming up lovers and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband.
Her overactive imagination and her husband’s wacky dreams attribute to her love of the written word. Guilty pleasures include reading all night and Reese Cups
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