Series: Front and Center #4
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Military, Revenge, Romance
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Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.
Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help...and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.
Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don't belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they're witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can't help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he does make terrible coffee...
Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he’d lost forever. He can't stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.
I don’t know about you guys, but I totally love the whole tortured hero thing. There is just something about a guy who is a little bit on the damaged side coming through a story on the other side, a bit more healed then he thought possible thanks to a good woman. This was definitely one of those books.
So Janelle is our heroine, and she’s definitely in a tough spot. She used to be married to a crazy guy, who was everything she thought he wasn’t. Turns out when you marry a guy thinking he is a successful pharmacy rep, there is apparently the off chance he might actually be a heroin trafficker who has seriously psychopathic tendencies. Oh and when you divorce him, he goes nuts and wants to find you to either kidnap you away or kill you. Not really good options. So Janelle does the other thing she can, she goes into hiding with her sister’s fiance’s brother, Schwartz. I liked Janelle a lot. She’s funny, and kind, and easily adaptable. I loved how she took to living out in the woods in her own special way, drinking espresso and collecting clay for mud facials.
As for Schwartz, well you can’t help but feel for the guy. He’s in some kind of self-inflicted exile and basically hasn’t seen his family in 10 years. He’s a vet, and he came back from the war with some serious scars, but emotional and physical. So suddenly living with someone, especially a hot girl, is not something he was in any way prepared for. It’s sometimes funny watching him fight his feelings, and sometimes it is just plain heartbreaking. He feels like he has to do everything right because he doesn’t want to make any kind of mistakes and risk anyone getting hurts. It’s really kind of sad how much pain he is in.
These two are seriously hot and steamy, the chemistry between them is apparent right from the moment they met. More than that though they have some seriously amusing exchanges, like when Schwartz is teaching Janelle how to split wood for fire. The two of them are both swoon-worthy and hilarious. My only real complaint with the two of them is how quickly everything progressed in the last chapter or two, it just felt too rushed. But other than that I loved the two of them together.
I thought the suspense element of having to worry about her ex-husband coming after her was pretty good, but honestly after seeing Janelle in the woods of Montana I was really thinking the wildlife was more of a danger to her than anything else. But you know from the beginning there is going to be some kind of confrontation, and I thought it was written pretty well. I have to say that I do love Schwartz’s family, and they some seriously ridiculous, yet bad ass things that really worked for me and made me giggle. This book was a quick and fun read for me.