Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday Releases! With a couple reviews!

It's a day late but Tuesday was the first big New Release day of the year!!! Here are some of my reviews and some I'm adding to my TBR!

Reviews coming soon: 

New Releases

Cowboy SEAL Homecoming (Navy SEAL Cowboys #1)
by Nicole Helm
My rating: 3 stars 

Three former Navy SEALs. Injured in the line of duty. Desperate for a new beginning... Searching for a place to call their own.

Alex Maguire never thought he'd go home again. The perfect soldier, the perfect leader, he's spent his whole life running away from Blue Valley, Montana―but when a tragic accident bounces him and two of his men out of the SEALs, there's nowhere left to turn but the ranch he used to call his own...and the confusing, innocently beguiling woman who now lives there.
Becca Denton's like nothing he could have imagined. She's far too tempting for her own good, but when she offers to help turn the ranch into a haven for injured veterans, he can't exactly say no. He'll just need to keep his distance. But something in her big green eyes makes Alex want to set aside the mantle of the perfect soldier and discover the man he could have and whole within the shelter of her arms.     

This was hard for me to read. The premise, a rehab ranch for veteran was intriguing. The way Helm delved into Alex's issues with PTSD was real. His mental thoughts, the refrain of, I can fix me, was hard to read but very well done.
I liked how, in the beginning, Alex was strong and in control, and Becca needed his support. In the end it was Becca giving Alex support. The romance just wasn't satisfying enough for me, I guess.
I'll be reading the next one though because Gabe and Jack need there HEA's as well.

The Ones Who Got Away (The Ones Who Got Away #1)
by Roni Loren
My rating: 3 stars 

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs.  

I spent a lovely Christmas Eve morning/afternoon immersing myself in this world Ms. Loren has created.  The setting is the Texas Hill Country and a small town with a tragic history. The characters, the survivors of that tragedy. This story hooked me and didn't let go. Finn and Liv had so much history and chemistry it just sparked off the page. Their interactions were genuine. If you have misgivings about the backstory being a school shooting, push past it. There is so much meaning in this story! The bottom line is, don't let the past hold you back, make it push you to thrive. I want to share this quote because this is what Ms. Loren has done with this book.

"She'd done what every artist sets out to do every time they lift a camera or put a brush to canvas or pen to page. Her work was making people feel something."

This made me feell so many emotions and left me with a full heart. Happy tears. I'm looking forward to the other ladies stories; Bec, Kincaid and Taryn's!

How did you spend your New Years?!