A nice way to plant your boots on the ground!
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Book Length (Est.): 106 Pages
It takes a strong heart to connect roots with wings.
Homefront, Book 1
With a life that started in foster care and nearly ended in the mountains of Afghanistan, Grady Reid is more than ready to hang up his sergeant’s stripes when his Army contract expires.
Small-town Meridian, Kansas, seems as good a place as any to finally put down roots. He’s dumped his savings into a ramshackle farmhouse and is on his way to trading bullets for bull breeding when an exquisitely beautiful, totally unattainable blonde turns his head faster than a pivoting cutting horse.
Dr. Laurel Hayes longs to escape the confines of stuffy, small-town life for an adrenaline-fueled, transient lifestyle delivering medical aid in unstable regions around the world. Then she meets Grady, a man with enticing eyes, a slow smile—and not an ounce of the wanderlust that tugs at her soul.
Their lives are headed in opposite directions. But as something more powerful than attraction, desire, or even lust draws them together, something’s got to give…or their hearts could break under the strain.
Warning: Contains a strong, silent Texan military man with wounds he can’t name, and the gorgeous doctor tough enough to heal them.
*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Samhain Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
I always enjoy reading any story that has to do with a strong military man. Grady Reid is fresh out of the Army and must adjust to the civilian lifestyle. With him growing up in foster care he is accustomed to being on his own and making his own choices.
Dr. Laurel Hayes lives in a small town that her family practically built. Her only dream is to leave this town and volunteer in medical-aid missions around the world. Seeing a strong man in her exam room will definitely throw a wrench in her plans.
I really enjoyed this story. The author shows the readers what soldiers must go through coming back into the civilian life after years of deployment. Grady is very jumpy when it comes to loud noises and crowds. The instant chemistry between them is felt throughout the book. I did feel that Laurel kind of changed her mind as to what she could handle very fast. She just woke up and it was an instant mind change. I do believe we will read more about their story in the future but I really think this book could have used another chapter or two.
Overall, I think this is a good book for anyone that loves a romance story, just the right kind of emotional and a light but sexy read.
My Favorite Moment: I really like how Laurel tries to make light of the situation to make Grady feel like he can open up and talk to her.
“At least you get to travel in the Army. That’s pretty cool,” she offered.
“Yeah, Iraq and Afghanistan. Nice beach weather, shame about the IEDs.”
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