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Lindsay McKenna is one of the best military romance writers that I’ve come across and some of her books are immensely memorable and have revisited numerous times. Along with badass soldiers, she also writes some great badass cowboy stories.

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Book 4 in the Wind River Valley series, gives us another glimpse into the life of army veterans, their service and courage, survival and betrayal, and the acclimating into the norm of everyday life. “Wrangler’s Challenge” is another such story of marine veteran Dair Wilson as she comes into the fold of Bar C Ranch, to start fresh.

Having lost her leg to an IED, Dair is so much more comfortable with the four-legged animals than the humans. There is still a black void in her mind as to the events that had taken away her team and her leg. And as the author say, “Healing like love, takes time”.

Noah Mabry is the animal whisperer of the Bar C Ranch and with Dair assisting him everyday, it’s inevitable for the attraction to reach the point of love. With the utmost patience and compassion, Noah guides Dair through her dark moments and when her life is threatened by a past that impaired her, he’ll lay his life down for Dair.

This was one emotional story of despair and trauma, support, compassion and empathy that gives these brave vets hope and faith that all is not lost in their fight to survive after war. This story is a testimony to the fact that there are people out there who care about others and who are willing to give unconditionally.

As always, Lindsay McKenna does another great job at a story filled with warmth, support, compassion, courage and love.

Received an ARC from Kensington Books/Zebra via Net Galley for an honest review.

Lindsay McKenna is one of the best military romance writers that I’ve come across and some of her books are immensely memorable and have revisited numerous times. Along with badass soldiers, she also writes some great badass cowboy stories.

Book 2 in the Wind River Valley series, “Wind River Rancher” is so much more emotional, heartfelt and there’s that sublime romance that added so much depth to the story. Discharged from the army due to PTSD, once a commanding officer, Reece Lockhart is on the streets, with no home or food. Arriving at Jackson Hole and hoping to find a job may very well be his last attempt to survive and Shaylene is his final hope.

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Army veteran Shaylene Crawford is no stranger to the trauma of the war and her Bar C ranch is her final salvation and her dream to make it a place where vets can slowly heal and make a life for themselves. Keeping her own personal issues at bay, she is literally an anger trying to keep the faith and give hope to the ones who have been disowned by the very country they had laid their lives for.

This was one emotional story of despair and trauma, support, compassion and empathy that gives these brave vets hope and faith that all is not lost in their fight to survive after war. This story is a testimony to the fact that there are people out there who care about others and who are willing to give unconditionally.

I loved this story more than her first one in the series. Lindsay McKenna gave more depth to Reese and Shay, developed their relationship with great insight as they battle through fears and insecurities, the care and support of the people around that gave strength to the entire premise of the story and the kindness and generosity that does exist to give back to the brave men and women.

Lindsay McKenna did a brilliant job weaving a love story around Reese and Shay as they look out for each other, rely on each other and finally find love that binds them with a common goal and solidarity.

“Wind River Rancher” will definitely hit right at the center of the heart.

Received an ARC from Kensington Books/Zebra via Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Lindsay McKenna is one of the best military romance writers that I’ve come across and some of her books are immensely memorable and have revisited numerous times. Along with badass soldiers, she also writes some great badass cowboy stories.

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Having said that, her new series Wind River Valley starts off really slow and remains slow. First in the series, “Wind River Wrangler” Roan Taggart meets city girl/romance writer Shiloh Gallagher as she comes to Wyoming to get away from a stalker and lay low until the danger passes.

With a past trauma that haunts her night day, Shiloh is not one to trust easy, yet she feels safe and protected as Roan guides her under the vast skies of Wyoming, helping and giving her confidence to rebuild her life.

It’s a nice plot and all, but there’s too much internal dialogue and I have to be honest I skimmed pages to get to the interesting part. The characters were not bad, although I really couldn’t get close to them or feel them in my heart. I guess Lindsay wanted to give more attention to romance versus action and danger, but the narration was slow. All in all its’ an okay read. And the cover is gorgeous!!!!

Received an ARC from Kensington Books/Zebra via Net Galley for an honest review.

Lindsay McKenna is an ace writer of military love stories with romance and a favorite of mine. Her attention to detail holds your interest, the thrill of danger takes you to the edge and the romance and subtle attention she gives to the progress of a relationship wants you to read her books more and more and again and again.

“Running Fire” is book#8 of her Shadow Warriors Series is equally drenched with adrenaline and romance in equal doses as Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah MacKenzie and SEAL Kell Ballard try to escape the Taliban infused mountains of Afghanistan.

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Badly injured when the Taliban brings down her helicopter, Leah is saved and nursed back to health by Kell. Ever the warrior and protector, close proximity with Leah opens feelings that Kell has subdued after an unsuccessful marriage. As they make their way one cave a time, keeping themselves one step ahead of danger, Kell and Leah succumb to the attraction that flares between them. With an abusive past and trauma dogging Leah, Kell vows to protect the love of his life forever, right next to him.

Another enthralling ride of danger and love, “Running Fire” keeps the readers glued to every page. With the chemistry between Kell and Leah stoking the pages, Leah gathers strength from Kell and his family to face her past and Kell fills Leah’s heart with love, warmth and the support of a wonderful family.

A definite re-visit with Kell and Leah for me!

Received an ARC from Harlequin (HQN) via NetGalley for an honest review.

Wolf Haven – A Safe Haven

Lindsay McKenna writes some astounding stories of awe-inspiring courage and love. I’ve read so many of her books, and each book is a testimony of her talent in creating characters with layers of depth, stories that bring you happiness and sadness, and circumstances that take you on a journey of selfless heroism and valor.

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Navy ER nurse Skylar Pascal comes back home alive, surviving capture and torture in Afghanistan. No amount of therapy can erase the pain and torment of she had gone through in the war-ravaged country. As she tries to find a footing in the midst of normal life, PTSD does not make it easy for her to keep at jobs. Her search for sanity and survival brings her to Elk Horn Ranch, Wyoming and she gets her first stable job at the ranch taking care of the young guests and running the dispensary.

Ex-Navy Seal Grayson McCoy is the pioneer in helping create a safe haven for wild life on Elk Ranch and Skylar brings out all his protective instincts. Having experienced insurmountable suffering and PTSD, he can really understand Skylar’s plight and is only a step away from lending a helping hand.

As Gray and Skylar work together, flickers of awareness ignite between them. As Skylar gains her confidence back, Gray stokes the flickers into embers of passion. As Skylar heals mentally and physically, Gray finds his center with Skylar. Skylar blossoms in Gray’s protection and the Elk Horn Ranch heals her with its open skies and warmth of the wilderness. Yet sometimes the wilderness and a safe haven can be threatened from the inside….

“Wolf Haven” is another remarkable story of two war veterans, coming back home wounded, and trying to find a place in the norm of life. McKenna does an outstanding job of etching Gray and Skylar, their recuperation and wellness, their support and empathy for each other and the humbleness of nature gives them a safe haven to heal with each, for each other. McKenna pays much need attention to the minutest of details of the healing process…truly a wonderful story in its simplicity of love and complexity of emotions.

Received an ARC from Harlequin via Netgalley for a honest review.

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