Title: Stitched Up Heart (Combat Hearts #1)
Author: Tarina Deaton
Genre: Military Romance / Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 18th
As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage.
Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD.
Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiancé in bed with another woman. Jase is something better – for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.
Jase’s possessiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone’s obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.
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Rating: 5 Groupie Stars
I always love a good military romance (it’s gotta be the way my mind imagines the uniforms.) I also love a good mystery romance…the whodunits are fun for me. Squish ’em together and toss in some sexy time and a social or psychological aspect and boom! Perfect storm.
Stitched Up Hearts is a fantastic debut novel for Tarina Deaton. It has a wonderful balance of romance and heat with a murder mystery to solve. Add in the social commentary about our military, honor, and PTSD and the story seems like it wrote itself. I found myself up reading at 1:30 am and struggling to keep my eyes open because I wanted to finish. I set it down though so I could read it coherently instead of in a sleep deprived stupor. The first thing I thought of when I heard the little voice from the doorway “Mommy is it time to get up?” Was ‘yes! I can finish.’
The main characters Bree and Jase were made for each other. Hitting it off from the get go it was almost too perfect until women started showing up dead and buried feelings come back to hunt both of them. There is a nice mix of military lingo and combat flashbacks but they really so well integrated and explained that there are no worries about confusing the terms.
The only problem with this novel is that I want more. I would love an epilogue but I will settle for stories about the other characters (specifically Chris and Denise. ) I loved this novel and will be watching for more from Ms. Deaton.
About The Author
Tarina has spent the last 21-plus years in the Air Force trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Currently stationed in Washington DC, she will soon be packing up her twin heathens (i.e. 4-year-olds) and moving to the Middle East for a 2-year assignment. As a single mom, her favorite pastimes include repeating the word ‘no’, the phrase ‘not right now’, and napping. Oh, and writing in her “spare” time.
Having never lived in one place for more than four years, her roots aren’t deep, but the friendships she’s formed over the years are.
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