Thursday, June 7, 2018

4 stars [quotetastic] Cowboy SEAL Redemption (Navy SEAL Cowboys #2) by Nicole Helm

Oh my damn. Cowboy SEAL Redemption was just...whew. Yeah, it's a keeper.
The Gist: Jack has a problem. His family is coming to town. Including his ex fiance who married his brother. Yeah. His solution? Find a lady to be his pretend girlfriend while they're visiting because he'll be damned if he lets them see how much their betrayal really hurt him. Seeing as she needs a temporary bouncer at her bar? Well, Rose is down for a trade. 
I loved these two. Jack is a good man. He does what's right, he's hard working, he's kind. He's just one of those people who radiates goodness even if he's hurt, angry and trying to pull his life together again after everything blew up in his face-- quite literally. And Rose. She's hard, mean, rough edges. She's led a traumatic life with abusive parents and doesn't really understand kindness or think she's worth love. Deep under that hard protective shell, though, is an amazing woman.

They were incredible together. He softened her jagged edges with unending patience and kindness. Showed her what it was like to have someone care for and love her. She gave him fire and purpose again. Challenged him and helped him break out of feeling so lost after coming home broken from war. They had an amazing dynamic and seeing them get protective of each other...loved it. And, things do get steamy. Noms!

The family drama on both sides was something. It was hard watching both of them deal with things. The betrayal of family, abusive relationships, buried hurts, the trauma of war, physical injury and PTSD. It's not always a pretty but it made it feel real and powerful as they start to heal from everything life had thrown at them and confront all of their issues.

All in all, Cowboy SEAL Redemption was a stellar read. Helm is an incredible talent. It's amazing watching such broken and struggling characters come back to life and find love, hope and purpose again. Add in amazing friendships, hilarious animals, and characters you can root for? Yeah. It's pretty dang fantastic and has me wishing Helm would write just a little faster because I need to have that next book in my hands.

She was holding a bag and looking incredibly grave. "Sorry I'm late. I ran into a llama jam."

Jack opened his mouth to tell her it was all right, but those words penetrated his automatic response. "I'm sorry, did you say *llama*?"

"Yeah. I ran into Bozeman this morning, and the road coming back was completely blocked by llamas."

"Am I supposed to believe that story?"

"Have you not heard of Dan Sharpe's llama ranch?"

Jack shook his head. "I think I've heard Becca talk about llamas. I'm almost certain I pushed it completely out of my mind."

"My sister's brother-in-law runs a llama ranch. There was a fence breach, and they were all out there on the road blocking traffic. So, yes, I'm late due to llamas and that is not something I ever thought I'd say."

Jack Armstrong's been slowly piecing his life back together after a career-ending injury bounced him from the SEALs. The only trouble is, his family's on their way to his new haven in Montana...and Jack refuses to let them know he's still hurting. Desperate, he makes a deal with local bad girl Rose Rogers: in exchange for some extra security, she'll play the perfect loving girlfriend.

Rose doesn't trust any man, much less some tough-as-nails former SEAL. But the more they settle into their ruse, the more things start to feel real, and the more Rose's true fear surfaces―that she'll never be good enough for love. But Jack isn't about to lose Rose. He's done running when things get tough, and he's determined to prove―once and for all―that even the most troubled hearts can find their way to redemption.

Amazon | Goodreads | Helm on HCBS
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