by Nicole Blanchard

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These U.S. Marines are always the first to fight when it comes to their country...or the women they love.

One night with a hero. One secret. One man who can save her life.

MARSOC Operator Benjamin Hart is used to having control in all things. As his Team's Joint Terminal Attack Controller, he's always responsible and contained. His careful composure snaps when he sees Olivia "Livvie" James, his best friend's little sister. She's a spitfire with heated looks and smart mouth to match. He comes alive when he's around her and for once he throws caution to the wind and spends a night with her before he deploys to parts unknown.

Livvie has always wanted Ben and even though sensibility tells her to steer clear, her heart can't resist. The night was supposed to be no-strings-attached, until it produces consequences neither of them had anticipated. When she reaches out to Ben without success, she decides to forget him -- and how safe she felt in his arms.

When Ben returns after a career-ending injury, Livvie has no other choice but to come clean. Until a devastating attack bares her secret on national news before she has a chance. She has only one way to repair the damage.

She must trust the man she lied to. The only man who could save what they had created together.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157999858
Publisher: Bolero Books
Publication date: 03/10/2016
Series: First to Fight , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 209,794
File size: 591 KB

About the Author

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat. Visit her website www.authornicoleblanchard.com for more information or to subscribe to her newsletter for updates on sales and new releases.

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Warrior 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The summary of this book sounds similar to alot of books in the romance genre lately but oh it is far from ordinary or similar. This book has alot of depth, issues unlike the boring sleeping with my brothers best friend concept we usually read . It has history with the charactors, a mystery to solve, heartache, injuries, death, kidnapping and betrayal and unbreakable bonds. A definate must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story.
DorisB More than 1 year ago
Love and Bombshells Surprise!! That’s what you will get with this book. It was a war veteran, a friend’s sister, and a suspense story all rolled up in a book that was hard to put down. The love was heartwarming and the “who done it” was a bombshell. The author did a great job of giving me a strong female character in Olivia and with Ben she made him in to a guy that most people would love to have in their life. For me this definitely won’t be the last time I read this author. I can’t wait to see what’s next. I received this book as an ARC for a freely given and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
This is going to be an exciting series if the first book is any indication! This story had some gut wrenching heartache that made me gasp and some moments I giggled, screamed and encouraged Olivia and swore at Ben! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking froward to reading more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good book. Worth the read
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The overall concept and story line had the makings for an emotional story, however there was too much crammed into the plot and not enough emotional connection to the characters. So many bad things occured it was almost like reading a parody to a good suspensful romance. Halfway through I started skimming, the authorr did have me curious as to who the bad guy was and how it ended.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Warrior is an incredibly extraordinary story of all-consuming redemption, fierce determination, and unapologetic love. This is one story that will take your heart on a ride of a lifetime, and not stop even when the ride has ended. What a priceless treasure to find such a brilliantly astounding story that has been fashioned by a heart so deeply ingrained with love and hope that you will never be able to walk away unchanged! I invite anyone who enjoys a beautifully crafted and emotionally challenging story to pick up this outstanding work of art. You will never regret it. Olivia’s heart has always belonged to Ben no matter how much she has tried to convince herself or those around her of the opposite. Ever since she was thirteen, she has compared every male to him, and they have all fallen short. She knew that things wouldn’t work out for them, so she has never asked for more than friendship from him even though her heart longs to belong to him forever. Ben has loved Olivia ever since he first set eyes on her. Her heart and her spirit captured his attention like no one else, and he has never been able to shake her from his heart. He has longed to have so much more than friendship with her, but he knows he will never be good enough to claim such a strong and beautiful girl as Olivia. Life has a way of bringing about what we deem as impossible but not usually in the way that we desire. When Olivia is handed such a gift, she grabs hold with a bone deep determination, and finds more joy then she ever dreamed possible. Will their hearts be able to hold them together no matter how far and how strained the ties that bind them are stretched? Ben and Olivia are two exquisitely broken souls who find a comforting refuge in each other, but what they long for the most – a deeply, binding human connection – always seems just beyond their grasp. I love that they have held onto a precious friendship no matter how hard it has been to maintain. They cherish what little they have because they know how much it is worth. Watching their paths collide and separate tore my heart to shreds at times and it healed and remade it during others. Through all of their trials and suffering, they only wanted the best for the other, and their pain was not in vain. Through everything, they found the deep connection that they had been missing their life and they found with everything in them to keep it close and alive. Ben and Olivia are absolutely amazing characters that I just couldn’t get enough of. I hated to see their story end because I loved just how good they are together. They complete the other and bring such peace and joy into their lives that they wouldn’t sacrifice that for anything. Their value is beyond measure, and they cherish that beyond anything else. Nicole Blanchard is an absolutely breathtaking author who has captured my heart and entranced my mind. Her work is unlike anything else I have read. The deepest parts of her heart flow from each word straight into your heart. You feel everything and it changes something within you. You feel a shift from within, and you know it’s genuine. Her stories hold an unimaginable power that will never you leave the same again. I challenge you to experience one of her truly outstanding masterpieces! You will never be disappointed.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Ben and Olivia have been fighting their attraction for one another for a couple of years, but now Ben is leaving again on another tour and Olivia doesn't want to fight it or wait to see what happens if anything when he returns. She makes sure that he can't say no to her advances. If all they ever have is a one night stand then she is going to make sure they both have great memories when they walk away. Ben leaves for his tour with best intentions of trying to keep in touch with Olivia when phone and internet are available to him, but by the time he has service on a regular basis he has been wounded and is in a hospital in Germany dealing with a TBI and PTSD. Coming back home he doesn't feel like he has anything to offer anyone especially Olivia so he makes his choice to avoid her, but when she finds herself in danger he doesn't want to leave her by herself so he moves in to protect her. Their attraction to each other may have not changed, but getting past the hurt feelings and lack of trust takes time to get past. I really enjoyed this story by Nicole Blanchard. It had just the right amount of suspense, action, drama and romance all rolled up into one great story. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by Nicole in the future.
CrystalSnyder More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Ben is a badass Marine getting ready to go back for his next deployment. Oliva is a feisty redhead who just so happens to be Ben’s best friend’s little sister who is finally all grown up. The night before Ben leaves for his latest deployment they finally give into the attraction that has always been there. The results of that night will last a lifetime. When Ben finally returns from deployment will they be able to pick up where they left off? Ben’s sense of honor and duty will always compel him to protect Olivia and his family. Olivia is faced with danger and Ben was not able to protect her. Will this be the final wedge that will drive them apart or will they finally be able to put the ghosts of the past behind them and be happy together? This is the second book I have read by Nicole Blanchard, and let me tell you that I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series, or any other book she writes. Warrior is book one in the First to Fight series. It is a standalone book with the all-important HEA. Ben and Olivia’s story will evoke so many different emotions from you; laughter, sadness, happiness, longing, suspense, love, and hope for the future. I loved how Ms. Blanchard tacked real-life feelings and events surrounding members of the military and their families. She used just enough military jargon to make you feel like you were interacting with a member of the military without leaving readers confused about t what was being said (and she was even kind enough to provide a “Military Slang Glossary”). She also bravely tackled the subjects of PTSD and physical injuries resulting from deployments with sensitivity and honesty. This story was well written with several different plot twists that I did not see coming. Warrior is definitely not your typical predictable contemporary romance novel. I gave it 5 stars and (one box of tissues)!
isatude More than 1 year ago
Received this as an ARC for an honest review so here goes. Honestly, I couldn't put the book down & when I did to try to get some sleep for work, I dreamt about it. I awoke early because I just had to finish it. This book will make you smile, laugh & cry. First author to have me crying in the first few chapters. Nicole will keep you on the edge of your seat with this book. I HIGHLY recommend even if its not your usual cup of tea, give it a shot. It's well worth it.
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