Javier Suarez left the Marines four years ago after experiencing the ugliest facets of war. He’s been to hell and back but now he feels that his life is complete. He runs his own private investigative firm, spends time with his family and volunteers for local charities. He doesn’t need anything else.
Valerie Larinsky has spent the last 18 years fighting for the lives of her patients as a naval combat surgeon. But now that she’s returned to civilian life she has a new fight on her hands; her husband has left her, taking their only child with him.
Javier’s life is turned upside down when he takes Valerie on as a client. He’s drawn to her in ways he doesn’t want to be. The two do their best to ignore the fire igniting between them as they forge a working friendship. When Javier’s old issues resurface, it’s Valerie’s turn to figure out how to help him before he loses the battle of life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gosh I just wanted to cry for both of these characters for very different reasons. Valerie comes back from her most recent deployment to be met with a new house that she needs to sell, no sign of her daughter and to be told her marriage is over but she still has to pay his support. She has to adjust to so much very quickly, because she is easy to like, genuine and loyal she soon starts making a few friends. Javier has his own business and is very family minded, they are extremely close and if one needs help they all run to so. He doesn't do relationships due to certain circumstances but is attracted to Valerie. A few twists and turns and lots of ups and downs in this awesome read, I found myself wanting to get violent with one or two characters in this book, they really needed to re-think their priorities. This could possibly be hard reading for some people due to subject matter, this has been researched or experienced by the author because symptoms described were very real. The marriage breakup as well isn't always pleasant. This series and this book follow very real feeling characters, full of vulnerabilities and flaws, gripping and almost compulsive reading once you start. I luckily bought all the books so I have been finishing one and going straight into the next, I love this because it keeps everything fresh. If you like stories with a bit of Military, hard hitting subject matter and very down to earth characters who are not perfect then I highly recommend reading this, it is beyond good.
This is the third book in this series and I've thoroughly enjoyed all three of them! In each story a military veteran has returned to civilian life and faced the turmoil of doing so. In this story there are two veterans. One is combat surgeon Valerie Larinsky. She returns to discover her husband has left her, taking their daughter with him! The second is Javier Suarez, who had been a Marine and now runs his own Private Investigation firm and also does lots of voluntary work for charities and spends time with his close knit family. When Valerie contacts Javier to help discover what her husband is up to and to help discover anything to help her keep contact with her daughter neither expected the chemistry between them to be explosive, nor did Javier expect his medical problems to resurface . . . They may well have left the armed forces but they still need to fight for their second chance at both life and love. This is a very moving story, emotively written and a real page turner. The characters are brought to life by the author's skilled writing. Regardless of gender, the characters are all robust, strong and independent but broken in some way, easy to relate to with dilemmas to be faced. The very mixed signals Javier sends Valerie are understandable when you realise his history and their journey to their HEA is full of twists and turns to keep you enthralled. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book (and this whole series) to anyone who enjoys superbly crafted romances where the love develops over time and there are obstacles to be overcome for all concerned. I requested and was given a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.