All The Right Reasons [Damaged Heroes 3] (BookStrand Publishing Romance) [NOOK Book]

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[BookStrand Contemporary Romance] Can love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend's death. He buys an old mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses. Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering effects of the Holocaust, her family follows the traditional ways. A husband has already been selected for her, and her father insists she work at
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All The Right Reasons [Damaged Heroes 3] (BookStrand Publishing Romance)

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[BookStrand Contemporary Romance] Can love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend's death. He buys an old mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses. Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering effects of the Holocaust, her family follows the traditional ways. A husband has already been selected for her, and her father insists she work at their ethnic restaurant. But Joy wants to use her talent and be an artist, and she wants no one but Lucas. How can Joy find a way to help Lucas break out of his prison of grief? Although they've committed their hearts to each other, can the growing love and passion between Lucas and Joy survive her family's insistence that she marry within her culture? ** A BookStrand Mainstream Romance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606013083
  • Publisher: Siren-BookStrand
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Damaged Heroes , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 3,706
  • File size: 468 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    unsure of the "right" reasons

    Disclaimer: I haven't actually finished this book and I'm not sure whether I will. My viewpoint comes as the spouse of a soldier who fought in the Middle East. Because of that, I can't see the story as simply a fun romance read.

    All The Right Reasons has a lot of potential with mixing cultures and highlighting the similarities and contrasts of all mentioned. It doesn't quite make it. The story here is clearly more important than the cultural accuracy. That's fine: it is contemporary fiction, but readers should be aware of several things.

    The military is a separate culture. Writing about a soldier with reality means understanding that culture and it's very hard to understand without being immersed in it, particularly when Hollywood almost always presents it with huge inaccuracy. I can't help but sigh when authors do the same. I didn't buy Lucas as a soldier, or ex-soldier. If he was, he's one of the very few who would turn against the military when he's out and chase others away from joining. It's not realistic. That doesn't tend to happen. Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, whatever they've gone through, are 99% likely to be fully proud of what they've done, even to the point of reenlisting to continue what they're doing. Most of them do. Most would stand beside someone else who wants to join and even walk them to the recruiter. Yes, they all come home scarred in some way, but people who never leave home are just as likely to carry scars from other things. A soldier's background before he joins says how he will deal with war. That, we never find out. (At least, not by the time I got 2/3rds through it.) A shame, since Lucas is inherently likeable and I would have enjoyed more of his story than Joy's.

    Joy, the Gypsy girl, represents why others need to stand up for those who won't stand up for themselves. I'm never sure whether she agrees with her family ideologies or whether she doesn't. Her ambivialence irritates me and it goes on for far too long. I think the story could have been about half the length it is with some of the "because I'm a Gyspy" stuff pulled out. The Gypsy men are shown as villains for wanting their cultural beliefs to be passed along, and yet there are passages that complain about how non-Gypsies were disrespectful of them and how wrong it is.

    Stereotyping the Amish as nothing more than house builders irritated me, also. I didn't find any reason for that brief clip.

    It felt like compassion was shown toward one culture, with a huge lecture as to why it was wrong to stereotype them and put them down for who they are and the choices they make, and yet, the same was done by the author toward both the military and the Gypsy culture. I didn't find any real understanding of the backgrounds of any of the characters. They seemed more political tools for the author to protest, but without anything really backing it up.

    About the time I found myself skimming to find the story in between the miscellaneous scenes, I set it down. Maybe I just couldn't get past the anti-military feel of it. I don't think that was the author's intent; I think she was trying to show compassion for returning soldiers. That didn't quite come through as it should have, in the same way those who protest war actually hurt the soldiers and their families more than they help.

    I do have another Sandy James novel on hand and I'll give that one a try.

    24 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Amazing!

    I LOVED this book! It was such a quick read. I felt completely connected to each character and their emotions. I felt like I was right in the middle of everything watching everything happen! Thanks for the great read!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This was a very interesting books it was a very heartfelt story the plot was good. Is similar to a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet except without the tragic ending, the story was very sweet and touching and makes you feel that no matter what barriers no matter what trials or tribulations you have to face that love is possible.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Excellent

    What a wonderful book. Being introduced to a culture I was not familiar with was enlightening. The main characters were delightful and interesting. They had alot to overcome insofar as their upbringing was so different, one so engrossed in tradition. Lucas had his own cross to bear, overcoming hisPTSD. Love really is all you need because it includes having faith in each other.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Touching

    What a beautiful story. Well written. So in tune with what is happening today. Will read more by this author for sure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Heart Warming

    One of the best books I have read in a while. You know your reading a great book when it has you laughing and crying. You really feel what the characters are going through emotionally. I couldn't put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Loved it

    Great story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This was a great book, very emotional, very real. Kept me entertained from beginning to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Awesome

    Loved this story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    nice story

    good

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    A wonderful book to curl up with.

    I realy enjoyed the full story. It was nice not to assume the ending. I cryed and i laughed. Thank you for a wonderful story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Recommend

    I really enjoyed this love story. Joy and Lucas are great characters. 1196 pages. Read it you will love it too. GJRA

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Loved this book.

    Well written. Good plot, believable characters. Will read more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Perfect

    What agreat story. Could haveread forever. Great job ofwriting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Really a good book

    Loved it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Captivating

    I so enjoyed this book. It captivated me from the start. To me, it was descriptive enough to draw you in and give you a feel for the surrroundings, but not so much that it distracted or took away from the characters. I sometimes get annnoyed with descriptive books, but her detail added to the poignancy of this book. Thank you for a creative, descriptive, and wonderful story! I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    Loved it!

    This was a good book. It was long, but not like 1,000 pages long. It had a really good storyline that really got you into it! I didn't realize till half way threw it that it was part of a series and the 3rd one. Now I want the other 2 though I think they are part of this book too!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Amazing!!!!!

    I loved every moment. Sure things unfolds quickly, but with a gypsy its definitely worth it. Its a lo.g book with 1270 pages, give or take a few but def over 1200 . The characters are amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Books

    I loved this book, 1275 pages!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Terrific

    I skipped through the sex scenes some but overall a treat to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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