This was a great introduction to a new series. It jumped in with both feet getting to the character, setting and plot introduction quickly, but didn’t stint for all that. I was drawn in by the former SEAL with a need to recover a bit of himself, the home town girl with her own past burdens, the service dog, the stalker plot and even the romance though I felt it was quick. The epilogue was the perfect finish and lead in to the series.
The story opens with Katie Crowley worried and scared not sure if she is going out of her mind imagining a stalker after the break in and her past traumatic experience, but the sight of an old high school crush is not her imagination. Katie was the wallflower who nobody noticed, but Tyler Rexall was the star athlete and school golden boy who became the hometown hero when he went on to become a Navy SEAL. He is barely recognizable in the bitter, hard-featured man who stands before her. She is determined to help him even if subterfuge is needed.
Tyler lost his foot and it ended his career- his life. He returns home to find his mother doesn’t recognize him because of the disease that took her memories, his sister has her own life and he is left in an empty house staring an empty future down until a girl he barely remembers from high school and now a beauty woman pushes into his life with a dog leash in one hand and a dangerous stalker over her shoulder. Katie triggers the protector in him and her acceptance of who he is now brings him to life again.
The narration was one of the best I’ve heard as of late and I was able to sink right into the story. I felt David Brenin has a good voice for a thriller or Romantic Suspense such as this one. He did a very good Tyler voice and wasn’t bad with Katie’s female voice. He’s got a nice gravely, gritty tone for Tyler in a mood or the bad guy.
All in all, a nice beginning to a new series that leaves me ready to jump right into the next book. This was a new to me author that I’ve been meaning to try and I’ve found a new author to pursue. Those who enjoy Romantic Suspense with military heroes and some spicy romance will want to give this a try.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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