Killed in Action – the most dreaded words imaginable for a soldier’s wife. Jess Albert has been living with them for four years, since the death of her husband in Afghanistan. Finding blessed numbness in routine, she doesn’t dare to look ahead, any more than she can bear to look back. Then Tyler Brown, a former special-ops warrior, shows up at her small general store in Minnesota North Woods, jarring her back to life. Jess knows better than to fall in love with another man who places duty to his country before love of his wife- but there’s no denying the longing and the hope for a future that Ty makes her feel. A world away, a man ravaged by years of captivity and torture, a man with no memories, finally escapes- clinging to life and sanity in a hostile land. In his darkest hour, he awakes in a lantern-lit cave to find a woman at his side. Dark-haired and dark-eyes, her touch is caring, despite the resentment he hears in her voice and sees on her face. Rabia is bound by honor to save the lost American soldier in her keeping, this broken warrior from a war that has brought so much devastation to her land. But is it honor igniting her compassion for her enemy, or is it something more? While a Black Ops team plans a daring rescue mission to bring the solider home, two women on opposite sides of the world walk a dangerous path between betrayal and honor, and must find for themselves where to draw the lines between duty and love. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cindy Gerard’s latest novel is a heartwarming, richly emotional, action-packed story about homecomings- just in time for the holidays.
There was a little something missing. And I also took of half a star because I knew from chapter 1 how this was going to play out. I do applaud the author for making the journey interesting and emotionally engaging nonetheless.
Jess Albert lost her husband Jeff as he served his country in the military in Afghanistan. A few years later, she meet Tyler Brown and they fell in love…then she received a call that her husband wasn’t really dead. Instead, he had been a hostage, hidden from the Taliban, and was now he has been rescued. How does Jess reconcile her past with her current and which one of these men does she see as her future?
The authors writing is very descriptive. It played like a movie in my head. I haven’t read the other series so I lack The background on Tyler from the Authors Black Ops series. I know I’m in the minority but I would have liked the choice to be a little more angsty than it was. I like triangles but this one wasn’t a real love triangle. Each man had great character and was likable.
Jess was put between a rock and a hard place, but she showed tremendous grace. This is a book that I would have enjoyed more on audio though. When it becomes an audiobook, I’ll listen to it again.