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Battle-Tested Love was a fast and fun read. I look forward to more books from Ms. Bailey.
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Battle-Tested Love is one of those stories you just want to savor slowly because it's so good you don't want it to end. I have nothing, but love for this book.
Darcy Williams never intended on getting kidnapped when she decided to go on a little adventure to Quarry Pit, a strip club, to plan a friend's bachelorette party. However, that's exactly what happens. Left without much choice, Ben carjacks Darcy's car and kidnaps her as a last resort in his effort to get to his sister, Ana. What follows is a scary, thrilling, and dangerous journey for the both of them. During the flight from Carson City, NV to Bend, OR, the two must stay one step ahead of law enforcement as Ben is a wanted man and Darcy is a now a 'missing person'. However, when Ben saves Darcy from a group of thugs after trying to escape she realizes that Ben is a good man. He's loyal and protective and she'll do her best to help him get to his sister, but danger surrounds them at every turn as they get closer to Ana.
Wow. Battle-Tested Love was unbelievably good. This book grabbed me from the very beginning from the opening scene in the alley to the very last page in the municipal courtroom of Carson City's courthouse. What a thrill ride this book was. I loved the characters, the plot and the writing. There were a few typos that I noticed, but it wasn't anything major that deterred me from the story. Furthermore, Battle-Tested Love would have easily been a five star read for me except due to the lack of an epilogue I had to push down the rating a bit because I felt like the ending needed a bit more. I would have loved an epilogue just to extend the story a little further. I had no issues with how the story ended; I admit it was pretty great. I even got teary-eyed, but I would have loved to get the chance to glance more into the future lives of Darcy and Ben as well as Ana. With everything that they've been through especially Darcy and Ben, it would have been great to see more of their happily-ever-after.
Overall, Battle-Tested Love was a fantastic story filled with action, suspense, romance and danger that will have you on the edge of your seat. Without a doubt, Ms. Bailey has delivered a nail biter and page turner with Battle-Tested Love. I'm excited to discover this new-to-me author and will be hunting down Lynda Bailey's backlist! Battle-Tested Love gets a highly recommend from me.
*I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Escape, not love, is the only thing on Darcy Williams’ mind when she gets kidnapped and taken out of Carson City, Nevada by a handsome but dangerous-looking man who takes her car to get to his intended destination, Oregon. However, everything changes, when her abductor becomes her protector and saves her from the clutches of some lecherous men with plans to harm Darcy.
Ben Gallegher doesn’t need Darcy, only her car, but he isn’t the type of man to walk away from a woman being hurt, even though intervening may thwart his plans to reach his sister, Ava whose life has been threatened. When Ben intervenes and attacks the men, giving Darcy the chance to escape to safety, she realizes that Ben isn’t the bad guy he appears to be, and she believes whatever he’s done must be for a good reason. The tables turn when Darcy rescues a severely beaten Ben and decides to help him even though aiding him may make her an accessory to his crimes as well.
Darcy and Ben are two well-developed, very likeable characters who gained my compassion and support very early in the book, in part because the story is narrated from both of their POVs. Darcy is feisty, and she challenges Ben at every turn, refusing to be a passive victim. Ben likes her tenacity but refuses to let her deter him from getting to Ava, and Darcy can’t seem to stop the strong physical reaction she has around Ben, aka Mr. Hottie, even though he did take her against her will and is running from police. In another time, another place, under much different circumstances both privately imagine being in a relationship. Their time together shows they are good for each other’s self-esteem and they work to help each other overcome personal insecurities.
Although Ben and Darcy initially fight the attraction they have for each other because of their precarious circumstances, they eventually give in to their desire during the brief down time Ben needs to heal before he can travel again. Darcy knows her time with Ben will soon come to an end and most likely she will never see him again. She wants to be close to him, and their first time together surprised me by the unexpected outcome. However, I like that Darcy puts her emotional feelings aside and continues to do whatever she can to help Ben because she believes it’s the right thing to do.
The danger escalates as they get closer to Oregon, leading to a very suspenseful climactic situation that ends up separating them much earlier than I anticipated. From this point on, the action fizzles out and focuses more on how the previous events have made Darcy a much stronger young woman, willing to finally stand up to her domineering family. I really enjoyed this book until the end. Although some readers may like the conclusion, I felt the story wrapped up much too quickly, and some aspects of the book are still unresolved, such as Ava’s situation. Will her story be continued in the next book, since this is a series? I really hope so because it’s one I’d like to read.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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disappointed me. I really look forward to reading more from Lynda Bailey. I give Battle Tested Love 4.Read more