calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to
the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED
detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old
sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s
as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could
they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her
broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs
either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of
their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work.
The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’
bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly
escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.
the same room.
show his heart the way back home?
contain triggers for some readers.
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Having just finished this book for a second time, i am honestly struggling to put into words how utterly fantastic it is. Carmen is one of the few authors that literally has me living and breathing her books. I literally don’t know how she gets so much feeling, so much emotion into her words. The characters are always so real, so believable you can feel the sticky Alabama heat, hear the crickets chirping, you can feel that she has put her heart and soul into each and every page, every word.
August Cotton, ex-marine, lost more than just his leg during his tour of Afghanistan. His wounds are deep and lasting, he feels broken both physically and mentally and like he really doesn’t belong in this world. When tragedy strikes and he is left as the sole guardian of his 4 year old sister, Bettina, he has no idea how to raise this little tornado, handle her pain and suffering when he has no clue how to manage his own and struggles to get through each day.
Olivia Anders has her own set of wounds which she has buried deep within. Running Paws for Cause, she is no stranger to broken and damaged men or for that matter dogs. Paring the two together, seeing the relationship develop between man and dog and how much they enrich each others lives is what she does and she has never met a man she couldn’t help but she sure meets her match with August.
Thrown together, August finds Olivia both beautiful and infuriating. She makes him feel things he hasn’t felt in a very long time but to accept help, admit that he needs it, feels weak. Olivia is not going to accept no for an answer. From the minute she meets August, not only is she attracted to him but the pull to help him is strong. Olivia is a fighter, she is one strong woman, she puts others first always, her priority to help those in need before her own and August is no match for this woman’s stubbornness.
This book was so much more than just a story. There was no sugar coating, it was poignant and raw and in its rawness almost brutal at times. The way Carmen wrote about August’s PTSD, the blackouts, was fantastic – the total break from reality, the desire to protect, the violence and then the guilt that follows handled in such a way that you felt every single emotion. August has truly stolen my heart, this beautifully broken man with a huge heart that deserves to be loved and in turn to receive love back and Olivia is just the person to do that.
I have truly lost another little piece of myself to Carmen’s beautifully written and powerful story. A story of love, of hope and one that shows us that out of the darkest of times can come light. This book evoked every emotion possible in me and it has stayed with me since I finished it the first time some weeks ago. Well done, Carmen, one of my favourite reads of 2017 so far.
forward with a maddening smirk on his face. “What are you doing?”
because he’s too close, and I can’t think straight with the heady scent of his
sweat and sandalwood soap distracting me. It wasn’t my intention to run my hand
over that sweat, to feel the hard-won muscle beneath, but here I am, petting
him as if he’s my favorite kitty.
ain’t above fightin’ dirty.”
wedging his hips between my thighs. He hooks a finger in the sash and unties my
robe as if he were opening a gift made just for him. I wrap my legs around his
hips to pull him closer, and that’s all the admission he needs. He threads a
hand through my hair and pulls my neck back to expose the tender flesh to his
mouth. I close my eyes and whisper his name as my whole body turns to flame,
starved for the oxygen that only his touch can bring. His hot mouth trails down
my neck, his hands cup my breasts, squeezing, kneading, and I slide a hand
between us, into the waistband of his shorts. I take his hard length in my
hand, stroking him from base to tip. August grunts as he pushes my negligee out
of the way with frenzied hands. His fingers find me bare and exposed with no
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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