The Loner

The Loner

by Lindsay McKenna
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The Loner by Lindsay McKenna

A ma n at war with himself

In all her years as deputy sheriff, Shelby Kincaid never met a man as stubborn as Dakota Carson. Practically eaten by a grizzly bear and still that man insists on returning, alone, to his isolated cabin in the Tetons. Shelby's not even sure why it ruffles her—but she suspects it has a lot to do with the instant, powerful connection she feels with Dakota. If only he'd let down his guard with her….

Ten years as a Navy SEAL took its toll on Dakota's body, his mind and his heart. Since being released, he's endured months of painful physical therapy…and brutal nightmares. Dakota wants nothing more than to hide from the world, so why does Shelby's gentle presence suddenly make him question his seclusion? But when Shelby's life is threatened, Dakota knows his warrior spirit won't hide any longer. He just hopes it's not too late….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460315194
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Series: Jackson Hole, Wyoming , #7
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,547
File size: 372 KB

About the Author

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition.  Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women.  Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories. Visit her online at

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The Loner 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS It seems to be that most of all Lindsay McKenna stories have some military theme to them. This is no exception. Dakota is an ex-navy seal dealing with PTSD. So he lives high up in the Teton mountains in a cabin no running water. He hunts for most of his food. He found a wolf pup that a bear killed his whole family and Dakota rescued and raised him. Storm he calls him. When Dakota was out checking on his traps he runs into a grizzly bear. He takes a beating for he is able to kill the bear. He has his pockets full of items that he was trained to have with him. he uses a tourniquet to slow bleeding, puts pad and duck tapes his arm. He knows he need help fast and his truck is a mile away. He makes it to hospital parking lot. Shelby is a deputy sheriff and is picking up some paperwork at hospital when she sees a truck park into two spaces and she thinks he is drunk when she sees all the blood. Calls for help and gets him into the hospital. Dakota has seen the doctor once before and she knows what is problem is. Dakota gets Shelby to take care off Storm till he gets done. He has no plans to stay overnight in the hospital. Dakota tells Shelby that she won't know where he lives. Shelby is a tracker like Dakota and she knows right where his cabin is. She gives Dakota her phone number in case of emergency. He ends up needing it. Shelby and Dakota end up tracking together to find missing campers and they work well together. Then they end up working too capture two escape convicts that are personal to both of them. They rape and tortured Dakota's older sister and Shelby is the one who tracked them down last time and took them in for it. They sure encounter a lot of wildlife in the back country. This starts off with lots action and drama and continues throughout the book. It deals with some issues of PTSD that soldiers go through and law enforcement. Dakota helps Shelby to cope with some of the events that she is facing. Shelby helps him to cope with his problems and gets him to talk about what he went through. I like it that they both end up saving each other at different times. They are able to work to save some of the lost. They are both strong characters and have good points and faults that make them human. Their are a few love scenes and some scenes describing what Dakota's sister suffered through years ago. I am sorry for all the soldiers that are facing PTSD and are having a hard time fitting back into regular life. I hope that the drugs work for them to help their cortisol levels even out. Thank you for your service where ever you serve or what ever you do to serve this country and keep us safe. Thank you. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of The Loner when finished by Netgalley. June 18th 2013 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN:0373777728
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
The action started on page one and wove in nicely with a returning SEAL's struggle with PTSD. I liked how the author dealt with this topic and didn't make it stereotypical. The romance was both tender and fierce as they dealt with so many emotions. Two strong people faced with ongoing danger and finding each other through it all. I couldn't put this book down. ***ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grate read. I like the outdoors woodsy type. This book had me tearing up and I'm a guy! As a vet I could relate. War changes people and they need space but also trust and support. Ramprat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could I would rate this as a ** 10 ** This book is very spell binding and captures your interest from the very beginning. It subtly teaches you to appreciate the depth of trauma in our military, particularly SEALs, who endure, while bravely putting it ALL on the line to defend our rights and freedom. PTSD not only affects service men and women, but everyone in uniform (or plain clothes) who step up to protect us. The Loner, Dakota Carson, is an ex-SEAL with a wounded soul. With patience, warmth and kindness, Shelby Kincaid, a Sheriff’s Deputy, helps him heal. As circumstances evolve, they alternately become each other’s support and means of survival. Also getting into the act is the endearing Storm, a rescued wolf who saves each of them. When Dakota and Shelby join forces against a common enemy who has gravely impacted both of their lives, they learn that as a united front they can accomplish so much more. Although they are human with frailties and flaws, together they develop a bond of trust and become a much needed rock for each other. SEALs are highly trained and driven by Heart, Teamwork and Family. You don’t have to be related by blood to share a common bond and create familial ties. The invisible injures are often the most damaging. Understanding, respect and love can aid the healing process. We owe ALL of them a HUGE debt of gratitude!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Lindsay McKenna books years ago and enjoyed them, so decided to give her another try and I was disappointed. The writing style didn't flow and the characters seemed shallow. This seemed like a plot with a lot of potential, but it was slow moving and just didn't follow through.
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whimsical More than 1 year ago
This book held your attention right from the beginning. Lindsay McKenna writes storys that keep you reading til the end.
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Hey guys! I was thinking, you cant easily rp a rouge! So, this is a big rouge/loner/former warrior/former kittypet place. It is not a clan or group. Its really lot of land. Just rp a cat for fun or one of your cats in a clan or group can come here. Dont ask to join cause like i said, were not a group. You can meet a cat, chat, hunt, spar, whatever!(though i ask that you dont do public mating.)the first five results are as following:res one(info)res two (field.)res three(forest.)res four(river and marshland.)res five (hilly moorland)(i did clan terrain cause itd natural and simple.)if an evil clan attacks, its your choice to unite and fight, or flee. Btw, personal dens are result six and beyond. One den per result, though if two cats become mates they will choose one of their dens and move there. Obviously, the rejected den will be up for grabs. Be creative! Your den could be a bush, an abondaned twoleg shed or something, a hole, etc! I really cant think of anything else to say, except have fun. <p> ~Sky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The's just much like my neighbor! I'm laughing so hard right now, because I'm imagining his face on the cover! Hahahahaha! LOLZ! XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loner has a nice balance of romance and action throughout the book. Lindsay McKenna handled the issue of PTSD with respect and dignity. This was all shown with Dakota and Shelby as they hunted criminals, discovered love and delt with emotional challenges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teleports to 'forever'