Before I start this review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept for allowing me to review this book.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Her Survivor from NetGalley through Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now, onto my review:
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Author: Vonnie Davis
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept
Expected date of publication: July 19th 2016
Where the book can be found: Amazon (Kindle)
Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.
Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.
I am guilty of stereotyping a book and I am sorry. See, when I first started reading this book, I thought to myself “Wounded Army vet meets spunky girl and sparks fly. Yawn.” And I am here to say….”I am wrong” and “Not even close”.
Dustin’s character was extremely well written and his PTSD symptoms were point on. There were points in the book, mainly in the beginning, that I wanted to cry for him. I understand how his mental fog, anxiety and depression were affecting his everyday life to the point where he couldn’t function. I really do. So when ZQ offered him a place at the ranch, I wanted to cheer (but didn’t because, honestly, it was 11 at night, I was in bed and BK would have been so confused….lol).
Then when I think I couldn’t get anymore emotionally vested in the book, we meet Kelcee and the rest of the town. Talk about a town that I would love to live in!!! What eccentric people. I loved it. From ZQ’s mom (Junebug) to Sugar Loaf/Silver Stud (OMG, did those names make me crack up laughing!!), they definitely stick in your mind. I also could see Kelcee being one of my good friends. She was so real and I giggled at some of her zingers and one liners.
The sexual tension and eventual sexual chemistry between Kelcee and Dustin was off the wall. From the minute they met the tension was there, even though they were both not wanting it. And when they finally ended up in bed, it was so bittersweet that I wanted to cry.
Now the subplot about Kelcee being in the Witness Protection Program was kept pretty much under wrap for me. Translated: I didn’t pay attention to the blurb (was too busy staring at the cover and drooling). So when it was revealed, it was very surprising to me. The only thing that I didn’t like about this was the Kelcee took forever in telling Dustin. Which in my mind was stupid because he could have ended that whole thing for her when she got hurt.
The ending was hilarious, in a way. Not giving anything away but when Junebug freaks out, I laughed until I had tears running down my cheeks. It was that funny.
3 Things I liked about Her Survivor:
- Dustin and Kelcee’s romance
- Junebug (OMG, loved her)
3 Things I disliked about Her Survivor:
- Kelcee’s brother
- Dustin’s PTSD
How many stars will I give Her Survivor: 3.5
Why? One word: Instalove. Other than that, this was a well written romance with some raw and gritty sex scenes in it and some very memorable characters.
Will I reread it? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Adult
Why? Some pretty descriptive sex scenes and some violence.
Is it part of a series? Yes, it is Book 1 of the Black Eagle Ops series.