After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecting her from a distance is essential. To be in close contact with Brenna McMurtrey means fighting the guilt and desire waiting to destroy him. Being honest with her would reveal more than his heart can bear.
Over a year after the death of her husband, Brenna is finally ready to move on. Yet, just as she begins to push past the grief and start living again, danger rises at every turn. Several close calls prove she is the target of a sinister scheme. Nowhere is safe, especially not home. Her next-door neighbor appears to be watching her, a handsome if bad-tempered stranger who seems everywhere at once—and whose gray eyes hold an ocean of tragedy. Even if he is capable of protecting her, a part of Brenna will still be in jeopardy. The part that believes she can never love again.
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Brenna McMurtrey is having a bad day, at least she hopes it is just a bad day. She was almost run over while out jogging and was saved from serious injury by her grumpy neighbor. Although she has seen her neighbor over the past year, she has never had contact with him. Now her neighbor seems to be popping up everywhere. Sgt. Ryder Bronson is her neighbor and Brenna does not know that he was with her husband, Kenny, in Afghanistan when Kenny was killed by enemy forces. As he lay dying, Kenny asked Ryder to protect Brenna due to a flash drive that he had mailed her and that might put her in danger. Kenny was an officer on the Bridgewater police force and witnessed an incident, involving other officers, prior to his deployment. Ryder knows that Brenna is not just having a bad day, but that someone is out to hurt or kill her because of the flash drive. There are many twists and surprises along the way for Brenna and Ryder as he works to keep her safe. Brenna is ready to move on with her life and is slowly becoming attracted to Ryder. Meanwhile, Ryder is attracted to Brenna, but is dealing with feelings of guilt that he wasn’t able to prevent Kenny’s death. Another great romantic suspense novel by Ms. Benefiel. I have read other books by this author and highly recommend her writing style to those interested in an emotional and satisfying read. I DID NOT receive a free copy of this book, but voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)