Title: Stitched Up Heart (Combat Hearts #1)
Author: Tarina Deaton
Genre: Military Romance / Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 18th
As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage.
Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD.
Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiancé in bed with another woman. Jase is something better – for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.
Jase’s possessiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone’s obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.
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The story opens with Bree, she is a take no nonsense kind of girl with a heart of gold, who comes home after work one night to discover her fiancé is the loser she thought he was. She’s not letting that stop her, so she calls up her best friend Denise who is an excellent character and they head to The Deck.
Here is where we meet Jase who is out with buddies. With his party days behind him, Jase is far from looking for love, but that doesn’t mean it won’t find him. Enter a fiery red head and this is where things really start to get interesting.
Car chases, explosions…Not really, but there is plenty of suspense and mystery and the characters make these pages burn with their chemistry. Even though a couple of the plot lines were a little predictable it didn’t take away from the story at all. This author did an excellent job of conveying these characters’ emotions, and the story will keep you pulled in from beginning to end. She was a new to me author, but I’ll definitely be looking for her other books.
About The Author
Tarina has spent the last 21-plus years in the Air Force trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Currently stationed in Washington DC, she will soon be packing up her twin heathens (i.e. 4-year-olds) and moving to the Middle East for a 2-year assignment. As a single mom, her favorite pastimes include repeating the word ‘no’, the phrase ‘not right now’, and napping. Oh, and writing in her “spare” time.
Having never lived in one place for more than four years, her roots aren’t deep, but the friendships she’s formed over the years are.
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