Friday, January 30, 2015

Resilient Heart by Annabeth Albert Blog Tour

Originally released as part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle, now available as a stand-alone novella complete with BRAND-NEW 10,000 word short story/epilogue. When a wounded soldier is forced to accept help from his former best friend, both men discover the true strength of their entwined hearts.

Army IT specialist Xander keeps his emotions wired as tight as his NETCOM gear, but when he’s seriously injured by an IED, his whole life unravels. Running out of options, Xander must accept help from his ex-friend-with-benefits, Mackey. However, Xander’s had feelings for Mackey for years, and close quarters only complicates his emotions. Further, Xander doesn’t know which is worse: combating his inner demons or dealing with Mackey’s guilty kindnesses.

Mackey’s always kept his emotions close to his chest, but now he’s got a secret that could destroy his one chance with the man he cares far too much for. Both men will have to heal their wounded hearts to ensure a future together.

Entwined Future: In this new short story, Mackey has news that could change everything for him and Xander, but a visit from Xander's family jeopardizes Mackey's plans--and forces Xander to confront some harsh truths.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I didn't know what to expect from this one but I was pleasantly surprised. I lost myself almost immediately. Military reads can be tricky. Resilient Heart brought real issues affecting military into a fictional world very well.

Xander is ready to end his long stay in the hospital after his Humvee hits an IED, but he has no idea where he is going or how he will care for himself. He's bitter, he's angry, he's depressed but won't admit it. Mackey, his buddy with benefits, is waiting to help. Can Mackey make Xander see he's cared all along? Will Xander's depression push him over the edge?

I hope this isn't the last of Mackey and Xander. The sweet emotional love story was a quick read. I couldn't put it down. This was my first read from Ms. Albert and hopefully not my last.

Kudos to Ms. Albert for bringing more attention to the Wounded Warrior Project and America's Vet Dog Program!

Xander gets seriously injured in the Army and his whole life is in a tailspin. After pushing everyone away after his accident, Xander doesn’t really have a choice but to accept help from his ex, Mackey. Mackey has always had feelings for Xander but will he be able to convince Xander of that and have a future together? Many issues are addressed in this story, depression, living with a disability, trust, and true feelings. The story was well written and I love both Xander and Mackey.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Was part of a bundle, now available as standalone
Genre: M/M/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This is a really life affirming story, which has a wonderful epilogue. The relationship between these two men, how they have got to where we meet them, it all combines to give us a really good read. Strong, damaged military men are hot, two of them are off the temperature scale!

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Resilient Heart by Annabeth Albert to read and review for this tour.

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