Struggling with both PTSD and the trauma of his ex-wife's infidelity, retired marine Wesley Holt seeks a simple civilian life. His favorite waitress at the Perfect Diner secretly stirs his heart. Yet Wes - scarred by betrayal and racked by guilt over his fallen comrades in Afghanistan - stays quiet, convinced he can never love again...or be loved.
Waitress and single mother Carlie Stewart hides fear behind her smile. Her ex-husband has escaped from prison and wants their son - and revenge. When the fugitive arrives to wreak havoc, Wes insists Carlie and her son stay with him for protection. Finally daring to let her guard down, Carlie divulges her dark past to Wes, and, to her surprise, Wes appreciates her strengths and longs to trust her with his tattered heart. The safer they feel with each other, the more trust and passion grow. But can they overcome the demons in their pasts - and the heartbreak they've carried into the present - to build a lasting future together?
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I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
This series, about a group of ex service people working at a furniture company in Indiana has been consistently good. There is enough emotion, angst and damage to keep the characters sympathetic and back story to keep it interesting. I don't think this fourth book in the series is as strong as at least two of the earlier entires, but it was still worth reading. There isn't much humor, but you do like the characters. And the ending is positive. Dove does a good job with narration.
I love this series as I have said before all of the characters are so relatable to today's time it's very easy to start this book or the first book and just not be able to put it down. With it being a series I'm glad I found all of them before I started reading in the wrong order however if you come across this and then find out that you're actually reading the last books instead of the first books 1st it doesn't matter it's still will make sense which I love that about series. But I do have a request for the author I would really like one last book to wrap it all up from the characters of this last book and then the very last follow up on all the other characters that we've met through theis four books journey.
I loved how strong they were for each other, both putting the other before themselves. It's what we all want in a PERFECT romance! Love your books, Barbara Longley! I've read them all! -Felicia Johnson
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
Got used to these two narrators, so Eric Dove's voice just didn't fit in. I hope Barbara Longley writes more in this series.
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