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- Publication Date: May 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0714MDP9H
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Olivia is headed to a new town to open another Paws for Cause shelter. A place that rescues dogs from being euthanized and pairs them with returned veterans as support animals. It's a win-win for the dog and the veteran. Until August Cotton completely blows her plans out of the water. Tie that in to an unwelcoming town and she has a huge job ahead of her with no small number of obstacles to overcome. If August wasn't such a beautifully crafted male who she knew needed her and Paws for Cause she would have left town already. But he is damaged and broken and gorgeous and she cannot see herself moving forward without him. Despite his best efforts to push her away.
August has his scars. Sure - he lost a limb in Afghanistan, he has scars. The scars that trouble him the most, however, are the ones only he can see. The guilt at the damaged he caused when deployed. The guilt over the loss of his best friend in the Marines. His guilt that he feels every time he lashes out at Olivia. Knowing he doesn't deserve her, wanting her anyway. He doesn't want the help she offers but he can't stay away from her and if he gets too close he will hurt her.
Beautifully written! Practically un-put-down-able! I LOVED this book so hard and while I haven't read much from Carmen Jenner she is on my author watch list. Enjoy!
Olivia's business is not only important, but it's booming. Needed in another town, she is requested to start another shelter to help war vet August Cotton among others. For Olivia, it's simply another one bites the dust.
Until she's face to face with him that is.
"I am totally screwed. And to make matters worse, August Cotton is a jerk. A hot jerk, but a jerk none the less."
August Cotton hasn't always been this way.
But coming home from war not only with PTSD, but with the news of his parents passing and new guardianship of his younger sister, he can't help but feel more than a little lost.
And with Olivia around, that seems to just make matters worse.
"I have no idea who I am anymore, and now this pushy pain in my a** comes along and wants me to talk about my feelings, and open up to her as if she could fix me."
Olivia could fix him. Because a determined persistent woman who's worked with plenty before him knows what she's doing.
"At some point, that moment of clarity comes for all returned soldiers, or death does. It's my job to ensure that pulling the trigger is no longer an option for August Cotton."
In the midst of breaking down each other's walls, one doing it intentionally while not realizing the other is doing it in return, what Olivia and August weren't prepared for was the crackling attracting and sexual tension between each another...
"He wets his lips, and my own breath catches in my throat because it's been a long while since I had a man look at me this way."
"It's something akin to torture, not being able to touch her, not being able bend her over a counter, or a chair, or the f****** hood of my truck and take her like I would have before war ruined me."
They fight. They lust with a burning passion...
But what happens when two broken people let that burning fire spark between them?
"The heat wave is over, but the flames scorched everything in their path, and the devastation will smother us in the smoke and ash."
OK, so wanna hear the weird thing about this one? I LOVED so much of this book, but the one thing I was meh on? The romance. *rolls eyes* Like seriously, isn't that odd? It's kind of a romance book. It's not the whole point, but it's kind of a main point. *sigh* I was going to leave that til the end like I've been doing lately, but how about we just get it out of the way and end on a high note?
I 100% felt the lust and attraction between Olivia and August. I did. It made it a little frustrating that this ended up being a slow burn book, and that the author tended to rely heavily on the interruption to stop things from going in a physical direction (I can't even tell you how many times they were about to kiss and someone/something interrupted them). I don't mind that in general, but if it's multiple times, I tend to start rolling my eyes. My problem was not in their physical chemistry, it was that I didn't completely follow the development of their feelings and emotions. I got some of it, but these two were just so ridiculously damaged that they were just not healthy with each other. I mean, like I said to my husband, it was quite a bit of hate boinking (except I used a more colourful word that definitely won't make it past the 'zon's approval process). I know some people really enjoy those kinds of angsty relationships, and I honestly actually got how it made sense in some ways, given what they'd been through in each of their pasts, but it just kind of leaves me feeling icky and unsatisfied. And it probably didn't help that I didn't understand the point where Olivia got fed up...it didn't feel like it fit, I didn't understand how she got to the end of her rope. Oh well, sometimes I am dense. And I *really* didn't like how she handled the PTSD stuff with both August and Dalton. Honestly, I was a bit surprised how often she made really silly mistakes, and then the author would excuse it away as she should know better...but for realz people, SHE DOES THIS FOR A LIVING. She *should* know better. I didn't buy being distracted by her feelings for August. It was just too much to watch her constantly putting herself in dangerous situations.
OK! Now onto the fun stuff!! Well, and heartbreak. But the good heartbreak. The elements that put this book up there for me are actually kind of diverse. I actually thought Olivia was hilarious and sassy and in general she had an amazingly tender heart. It's kind of a strange mixture actually. But I just fell in love with the way she took in strays, from animals to humans. I loved the way she interacted with many of the strong secondary characters. She was wonderful with Bettina (though can I just say I'm never a fan of writing out 4 year old dialogue with the lisps included? Personal preference). I was pleasantly surprised with the way her relationship with Josiah progressed, and my heart ached in that storyline (though I will admit I read another review that mentioned some race issues, and in the end I agree with that reviewer, even though my little white reader self didn't completely ferret that out on my own). I thought Josiah and Beau added to this full, hilarious household. And, being an animal lover, I ADORED Betty, Zora, and the bit we saw of Xena.
And while I never really felt like I got to know August quite as much, and particularly not until the second half, I loved a lot of what I got to see in his story. I felt for him with the Jude/Sav storyline. But where he really shone was in watching him with his dogs (either Havoc or Zora). I felt like I learned a LOT about Marine Working Dogs, and how that all works, and while heartbreaking at times, it was also fascinating and gave me EVEN MORE respect for both the animals and handlers.
So yeah. It's weird when you like characters on their own, but when they don't bring out the best in each other. Or at least not in my opinion. So, needless to say, this book left me feeling very mixed. The parts I loved I REALLY LOVED. But if I can't connect on a romance in a romance book, well...I don't know. It's a bummer, at minimum.
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