Jake Weylin came home from Afghanistan a broken man. The former USMC scout sniper is lost between the dreamlike operas stuck forever in his head, and life in Anacostia, a hardscrabble Washington D.C. neighborhood. Some days he’s back in Kabul. Other times he’s lost in the land of the ‘brave and the free.’ He doesn’t know what he’s searching for until he locks eyes with the new nurse at the free clinic and thinks, ‘Do I know you?’
While in the Marines, Lacy Wright served by providing security to the international press corps in Afghanistan. Now she carries every image of the carnage she witnessed like a curse. To deal with the pain of all those hard memories, she commits the men and women she saw die to canvas. With a steady hand, she gives them a few last moments of life. She breathes on them and she talks to them. She calls it painting them home. Jake calls it crazy. He may be right.
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Irish Winters writes about hot, hunky, sometimes troubled heroes. In her intro to Jake, she warns us that Jakes does not fit the mold. He is one of those heroes who fought for us and lost part of himself in the process. Remember, don't choose a book by it's cover. Jake is much more than he appears at the beginning. He's always a hero. As we learn about this marine (not an ex-marine. A marine is always a marine) we see his protective nature is unchanged. He watches over his buddy who tries to find peace in the bottle. He watches over Lacy, the former Marine, now a nurse, at the free clinic and more people in the neighborhood. Circumstances put Jaamal and Jake in Lacy's apartment as she refuses to allow Jake's buddy to get lost in the system. At the same time, the neighborhood is being threatened by an evil man wanting to renovate it at the expense of all. When they find out there is more, we see Jake's metamorphosis. Can the three of them with limited resources take on a wealthy man with big connections? When danger hits home do they risk their lives? The feelings they finally acknowledge? This story touched my heart in the way few books have done. The raw emotions, the methods of dealing with their pain, the fears and nightmares, as well as the support shown, and the love between these broken heroes touched my heart. One of my favorites things about a series is checking in on the lives of those characters from earlier stories. In this case, there are a lot and a celebration brings many together. I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.
I absolutely love this series!! Jake pulled at my heart probably more than any other book i have read for a very long time. However Jack and Lacy both have some very real and very scary demons they are trying to move on from, Lacy has found a way to send hers "home" and Jack finally found a woman that could help him in moving on. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!