Release Date: May 29, 2017
Genre: Military Romance
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.
“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.”
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?
I don’t normally start my reviews this way but GET THIS BOOK!! I promise The Way Back Home will touch your heart and make you swoon. Honestly, it’s one of the best books I have read this year.
Olivia and August’s story freaking gutted me to my core – it is filled with passion and angst. Love. Pain. Healing. I could try and describe how August and the other character were just struggling through life to entice you to this highly emotional and raw romance but there is no way I could give them the justice they deserve.
So instead, I’ll tell you a story. I was talking to a friend the other day and she said ‘I just want a romance book that is more’. More what I asked? She answered – I need more story. Better characters. Heightened drama. Less insta-lust and love. I really just want a book that I can sink my heart into.”
I don’t remember how many chapters into this book I was but I called her and said I found it. I found the more you’re looking for and then I told her that she needed The Way Back Home.
I feel like everyone should meet Olivia and the people who become her world. This group of characters is hilarious and smart. Quick witted and charming. But their lives and experiences are also gripping and painful.
I LOVED this book and I cannot recommend purchasing it enough. One-click The Way Back Home as soon as possible. It is a must read.
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