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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More from Lindsay McKenna

The Wyoming Series Book 9
Lindsay McKenna
Harlequin HQN
ISBN:  978-0373779031
November 2014
Contemporary Romance

With this latest in a very successful series, the very talented Lindsay McKenna delivers a book about Sky Pascal, an RN with the US Navy, and Grayson McCoy, a former Navy SEAL.  Like many of her recent books, this one deals with the immediate effects of trauma on a serviceperson, specifically Sky, and the aftermath of her capture by enemy forces in Afghanistan.  Yet, the book is also about trauma endured by Grayson as he served as a SEAL, even though he is farther along in his recovery and the PTSD is less noticeable.

These two meet at Elk Horn Ranch, a guest ranch and wildlife preserve.  Sky has been hired to work with Gray as an assistant and also as a nurse for the ranch.  Sky is fragile, having found her parents’ home intolerable after discharge and needing to work.  The ranch is focused on rehabilitating wolf cubs left without their mother.  Much of this novel tells the fascinating story of this process.  It also continues a prior story line about nefarious characters running a trucking company as a front for smuggling.

But the bigger picture is the accurate and painful portrayal of PTSD.  The debilitating effects of trauma, specifically military trauma, are realistically and honestly described.  The process of treatment and recovery are also detailed.  I suspect that some readers, looking for a simple “happily ever after” romance novel, may not like this story.  But honestly, this author is so skilled at seamlessly weaving in the process of these two people falling in love, facing past trauma, and planning a future, that this book should not be missed!  Once I started reading it I could not put it down!  This latest in a long series will not disappoint and offers excellent character development with a seamless plot and believable situations and characters.  Highly recommended!

Reviewed by:  Jeri Neal
Rating:  4 1/2 

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