Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wounded Hearts by Jayne Rylon

Attraction, fear, danger—an unlikely recipe for healing scars.

In the year since Ellie escaped The Scientist’s ghastly dungeon, she still can’t stop looking over her shoulder. Or stop feeling guilty over the man who sacrificed so much to save her.

He lost everything. His career, his aspirations—even part of his body. It’s no wonder he wants nothing to do with her. Too bad he’s the only man she can think about.

Lucas has vowed to stay away from Ellie, but not for the reason she thinks. The woman he craves doesn’t need to waste her life taking care of a man with a missing leg, not when she needs to focus on her own healing.

Despite the best matchmaking attempts of the Men in Blue—and their wives—the emotional and physical gap between them seems uncrossable. Until Ellie is threatened again, and the only choice is to work together until she’s safe.

But to stay in the land of the living, they’ll both have to fight through their pain—and relive a few nightmares—to guarantee their demons won’t destroy her future.

Warning: Contains an alpha male with a broken body, but whose best bits are in fine working order. And a woman who survived hell, and is determined to fit enough of their jagged edges together to make a whole. Vivid PTSD flashbacks of sexual violence could be disturbing for some readers.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of a series, and I had read a couple of them a while ago, so the background was familiar to me – I would recommend you do the same, as it is quite important to the story that you understand what Ellie was subjected to, and why. The rest of the review assumes that you are aware of the details.

Both Lucas and Ellie have deserved an HEA more than any of the other characters in this series, and that is saying something as there is some other pretty crazy badness addressed in previous books too! They both want each other, but they have demons which hold them back, both from guilt and from issues of poor self-image. The set up for resolution is dramatic and gives the reader an adventure worthy of attention, let alone the wonderful sideline of a romance which is finally coming to fruition. The chemistry between the two of them is absolutely phenomenal, even without the SO effects. It is the little touches which really set Ms. Rylon's work apart, as a word triggers memories for the reader as well as the protagonists. And the added bonus of knowing who are going to be the centre of attention allows the book to end on a promise of more to come.

Jayne Rylon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She received the 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Indie Erotic Romance. Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, and–of course–read.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wounded Hearts (Men in Blue #5) by Jayne Rylon to read and review.

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