WHY why why did I leave this book sitting in my enormous pile of books sitting one & around my bedside table? I have no answer but do I regret not reading this about a year ago YES. The story sucked me right in straight away even my fever, a cough could not stop me from reading this wonderful story.
I now remember why I started to read and follow this author Lyz Kelley in the first place for the wonderful characters and depth she brings to every book she writes. The book is part of the Elkridge series of books to which I have only read two of before this one:-Spurned (Elkridge #1.5) & Blinded (Elkridge #1). So I can happily say you can read them out of order as stand-alone or part of this great series. I was great to catch up with some of the characters from the past books to see what life has thrown their way of late as well as meet some new members of the community.
Karly is struggling to keep her animal shelter business afloat to keep her dream alive but when her brother wants her to ask her high school boyfriend to train one of her dogs, she becomes more worried than just her business. Her heart is in these animals a heart that can not afford to be involved with the one person that has broken it in the past.
"She didn't want to have to worry about him leaving her again, the way her dad and brothers had. Why couldn't Thad have just stayed away."
Thad, as returned to, is home town after being wounded in Afghanistan after 10 years away, he is hoping the quiet country cabin in the woods will help him heal more than just the physical damage of war. But returning home also means returning to the woman he left behind 10 years ago and all the memories that made him leave in the first place.
He’d failed a lot of people.
When strange things start to happen around the animal shelter and Karly’s struggle to keep the animals feed and the business going she may need to accept the help other. She may be strong and determined to keep her dream but can she keep the past from destroying her future?
Thad has been trained to protect and fight but when it comes to Karly how can he protect her when she is so strong, independent, kind and loving to all? She will not let him get close enough to learn what he can do to repair his mistakes of the past.
I love the way the author wrote this book with # being added as thoughts and smart funny one-liners that will have you LOL. This is a suspenseful, tender, heartwarming story about an animal shelter owner with a secret and a dream and a war veteran needing more than just physical healing. If you have read anything of the other books in this series you will also get a few answers to some of the past drama’s in Elkridge. Also, the author has recently changed the covers and the blurbs of this series as I had the paperback book this cover is the old one. I would highly recommend this book, series and author to anyone.
File Size: 4613 KB
Print Length: 558 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Belvitri Services LLC (September 11, 2017)
Publication Date: September 11, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
A suspense romance novel filled with community, friendship, and forgiveness from Lyz Kelley, an award-winning author of Blinded.Blurb
She swore never to speak to him again.
Even if he was her first.
She can’t refuse her brother anything, even if the promised is to check on Thad, the guy who left town without a word ten years ago. She’s been waiting a long time for him to tell her why he disappeared.
He owes her an explanation. Heck, he owes her a lot more.
Helping her train service dogs would be a nice start to rebuilding their friendship. More than a working relationship is out of the question. He might be perfect in every way, but she won’t ever open her heart again to the pain.
Thad might want to pick up where they left off, but she can’t risk it.
He can never know her secret.
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