- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Melissa Foster
- Audible.com Release Date: August 2, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JF36UV0
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Healed by Love: Nate Braden: Bradens at Peaceful Harbor, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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To recap, Nate always had a thing for his best friend Rick's little sister Jewel, but there's the age difference... He went into the military, and Rick joined him a few years later, but died due to a sniper attack. Now Nate is back in Peaceful Harbor, having retired from the military... and Jewel is all grown up. Now Jewel is determined to claim Nate for her own, and Nate is determined to resist, because he hadn't told her one terrible secret...
When you add up survivor's guilt and more plus PTSD, shock, and "best friend's sister" all add up to an uncomfortable tension between the two, as they always wanted each other... but can love heal the wounds... or will guilt drive them apart? As this is a romance, HEA is guaranteed, but it was fun getting there. Nate wasn't brooding THAT much, and Jewel... well, she didn't turn into full seductress (unlike a lot of less-well-crafted romances). Just enough angst and inadequacy and shame to spice up the relationship.
I received an audio ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nate Braden has secretly harbored serious feelings for his best friend Rick Fisher's little sister Jewel, but due to their age difference and out of respect for his best friend, he never acted on those feelings. Nate went through ROTC before joining the military and Rick joined as enlisted after losing his father. Several years later Rick died in Nate’s arms after a sniper attack.
Nate is back in Peaceful Harbor, having finally left the military and Jewel is no longer the little girl he left behind, but all grown up. Survivor’s guilt and PTSD are eating him up alive, as well as the promise he made to Rick to take care of his family.
He fights his attraction to Jewel because of one terrible secret that he hasn’t come to terms with yet and he’s fearful when Jewel and her family find out they’ll all hate him. Jewel is determined to break down his barriers after sharing one scorching hot kiss on New Year’s Eve.
The mixed signals these two send each other add to their angst. Jewel deals with her brother and father’s loss in the only way she knows how. In the process she’s alienating her younger siblings without even realizing it.
Nate doesn’t consider himself a hero, but he truly is in so many ways. Mrs. Fisher does much to aid Nate and I loved her for treating him as her “other” son and appreciating him. She helps him see things more clearly and as a man who always does the right thing he takes a chance that could cost him Jewel.
Jewel has her own issues to work through and Nate opens her eyes in ways no one else could. It’s a heart wrenching, yet heart-warming story of loss and love.
Melissa Foster did what she always does – touched my heart long after I finished Healed By Love.
B.J. Harrison does another amazing job of bringing these characters to life. Put it on your “I must listen” list! You won’t be sorry.
And then Jewel...there is no easy way to get over losing a family member. Jewel does her very best with what she thought was the way to deal after losing her dad and brother.
With each other's help, both Nate and Jewel find their ways through the anguish and pain that the deaths brought them.
I highly recommend this book. I listened to the audio version after first reading this book when it was released. I frequently wanted to reach in and shake them both and tell them to just let go and FEEL! As usual, Melissa does an amazing job of getting me emotionally invested in her characters!
Loved the Audio so much more, loving the narrator more and more