Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Vonnie Davis welcomes readers to Wounded Warrior Falls! In this sizzling contemporary series, broken heroes meet women worth fighting for—and discover the healing power of love.
Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it's his soul that needs mending.After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he'd lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.
Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin's scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he's out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can't stop him, either.
Vonnie Davis is a new to me author and I love discovering those! I also love stories about service men and women both active and nonactive duty. Her Survivor has a former Navy SEAL recovering from an injury that cost him part of his leg. As this is book 1 in a planned series, the beginning of the book spends time introducing you to the service men who will be the focus of future books.
I expected the book to pick up once all the characters and setting were set up. However, I found the book to be slow. The catch phrases and nick names the characters used really bothered me (Land sakes, silver stud, etc). Between Dustin and Kelcee there was insta-hate and then insta-love so quick you would get whiplash. Some of the interactions were just awkward for me as a reader.
I think the story had potential and I am hopeful that perhaps in future books, the author will get rid of some of the unnecessary stuff that slowed the book down. The characters introduced have the potential to be really interesting so I am hopeful the series will get better.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: former military
- Triggers: Dustin is a wounded warrior and his story might cause some triggers for other wounded soldiers
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: no
Military romance like Susan Stoker, Suzanne Halliday…then you will probably like Her Survivor.