Title: The Way Back Home
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2017
August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way.
As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.
They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room.
Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?
Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.
Sigh. I can’t with military romance books, darn. They’re like a whole other level of intense. Is there a military romance book out there in the world that is not good at all?! Because every single—I swear, every single—military romance book I’ve ever read is marvelous.
I have nothing to say but good things about the characters in this story.
August is such a broken, lost and flawed character. For me those are the best kinds of characters. It feels like he’s an actual skin and bone person. The thing with August is, he’s not only hurting from the war, he had to live something that probably broke him even a bit more than war did and that is something that—for me—added such an original element to the story. It made the story richer and less cliche.
There are a lot of Auguts—men and women—out there in the world and I love that authors write about incredible veterans/soldiers that are strong and have wonderful loving people helping them overcome everything they’ve gone through, all the pain and loss, among lots of other things.
I think it was fantastic that Carmen also wrote about others veterans/soldiers that aren’t able to get their pieces together because they don’t have anyone supporting them and helping them walk through the process of going back to “normal” life. It shows us that it is vital to show support to those that are trying to heal, just like Olivia does with her amazing proyect Paws for Cause.
Olivia, Olivia. I just remembered Olivia is an actual One Direction song and now I love Olivia’s character even more. (Don’t judge me, I’m such a fangirl.)
Olivia’s gone through her fair share of ugliness too. She might not show it as much as August does because she’s an easy going, happy woman and for some—like grumpy August—it might seem she’s just a spoiled rich girl but that she’s not. Olivia is a kind character with the cuttest soul. Plus she’s so clumsy and hilarious at the beggining I almost fell of my chair from the laughter. She’s got it all. (Even a One Direction song, smh.)
So in a nutshell, The Way Back Home is an amazing story about two lost people finding their way back home together. It even features a toodler, two teenagers, another broken veteran, tons of dogs, a cute pliget called Betty, a hot Doc and lovely southern accents, what else can you ask for?? It is incredibly hot and real and even funny at times. Towards the end it even has a bit of action and lucky me because I’m a sucker for scenes where you don’t know what the heck is going to happend and your hanging on a thread. So read it because the end is so darn fantastic.
5/5 lost-and-found flowers ✿
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“Are we going to ignore it forever?” The words are sharper than I intend, and they slice through the silence as if they were a roar, bitter and bruised with frustration.
His whole body stills. “No.”
“Then why won’t you say something?”
“What am I supposed to say?” he shoots back, equally as angry, and I’m stunned for a second, because it’s he who walked away, it’s he who’s been avoiding me, and he who seems to be perfectly fine, while I’m the one feeling like I just handed him my heart and he stomped all over it.
“What do you want to say?” I snap. “Obviously, you’re angry with me. You can’t even look at me. You haven’t looked at me since—”
“I can’t stop looking at you,” he hisses. “It’s all I’ve done since you got here, seen you and nothing else.”
“Then what?” I plead. “What aren’t you saying?”
“I’m terrified, okay?” he shouts, standing up and slamming his fist down on the table. I flinch. Zora sits up and growls. “I’m absolutely fucking terrified.”
“Of you, of this.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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