Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saving the Soldier by Irene Vartanoff (Selkirk Family Ranch Book 2)

Saving the Soldier
by Irene Vartanoff

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Selkirk Family Ranch - Book 2
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Irene Vartanoff
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance | PTSD
Print Length: 162 pages
Available from: Amazon
Wyoming Ranch Heartache

Investment banker Paula Barton harbors a secret love for JD Selkirk, brother of her best friend, but the wounded warrior refuses to leave the VA hospital and get on with his life. Then his brother threatens to sell the family ranch and Paula commits a rash act that puts JD in the middle of the crisis. Her daring tactic leaves her vulnerable to JD’s sudden campaign to charm her, an about-face she knows she shouldn't trust. But how can she resist the man she loves?

JD wants to be left alone to brood over the haunting memories of the day an IED blew him up and ended his Army career. When Paula forces him to intervene in the ranch crisis, JD angrily decides to get revenge and use his well-honed seduction skills on her. As the cocky player suddenly faces new physical challenges on the ranch, JD realizes he has more to reckon with than a romantic game. Someone could get hurt. Will it be him, or Paula?  

Saving the Soldier by Irene Vartanoff
(Selkirk Family Ranch Book 2)

Saving the Soldier (Selkirk Family Ranch Book 2)When JD Selkirk went to war, he had no idea what horrors he would experience or what they would do to him. Home, hospitalized and feeling like less than a man, physically, JD is getting much better, but the emotional loss of a limb and digits while surviving what killed his friends is too much and he does his best to alienate everyone who cares about him. Guess he wasn’t counting on the stubborn and hard-headed Paula who is determined to both cushion his rants from his family and force him to re-join the land of the living. When the family ranch goes up for sale, Paula is determined to give JD something to live for and that would be managing the ranch, even if it means kidnapping him and taking him home.

Fighting with every rude, crude and abrasive thing he could say or do, JD continues to barely stay afloat in the quagmire of his depression, refusing to become involved, but Paula’s determination is stronger, because she is a woman secretly in love. Is her love strong enough to save the ranch, save the man and save her heart?

In a family where the ranch is everything, there are a lot of adjustments to be made, from expectations to dreams to the flaws of each member, but a little bit of love can go a long way. Saving the Soldierby Irene Vartanoff successfully combines romance, family and the horrors of war and PTSD, creating a tale with enough conflict to raise the tension, enough simmering heat to warm a romantic’s heart and enough pain to raise the awareness of one of war’s biggest nightmares and enough hope to build on dreams. A great flow, some intense moments and one heck of a snowstorm!

I received this copy from Irene Vartanoff in exchange for my honest review.

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