Monday, August 8, 2016

Man of Honor by Diana Gardin

The best rules are the ones worth breaking...

After his mother's funeral, ex-Army Ranger Drake Sullivan wants only to disappear and drown his sorrows in whiskey. Then he sees her: Mea Jones. An untamed, sexy-as-hell whirlwind of energy. A few years ago, she showed him the best-and hottest-night of his life, then walked away without a backward glance. But he's never stopped wanting more.

When it comes to guys, Mea has rules. One night. No dating. Whatever it takes to have control and keep it. With Drake, it's all heat and hurt and hunger, and pretty much the opposite of control. And that makes him dangerous as hell. Mea has her own demons, and falling in love-or even in lust-is strictly a no-go proposition. But she soon finds out Drake is incredibly single-minded when it comes to getting what he wants. And he's determined to be the exception to all her rules.

Reader advisory: The heroine's past deals with dark elements some readers may find disturbing. Recommended for mature audiences only.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
~~If you have triggers about childhood abuse, this book might not be for you.~~

No one truly knows what goes on in the heart and souls of others. Drake Sullivan is one of those men who learned to hide things at an early age. Never one to wear his heart on his sleeve, he nonetheless is blown away to learn that his alcoholic mother has died. Going back home brings back a lot of memories – memories that he, in turn, tries to drown out in a bottle of whisky.

Mea Jones also has demons that she hides away. Learning from an early age that trust is a fragile thing, she doesn't give it lightly – or often. She has her group of besties, whom she adores, but even so, she can't tell them the truth about her upbringing.

Mea also has rules about dating – she doesn't. She'll have a one night stand and then walk away. It’s the way that has kept her heart from being shattered. However, Drake didn't seem to get the memo. Their one night together was explosive but that's all it can ever be. She's taken great pains to avoid him, until their BFF's get engaged and now they are all up in each other’s business.

Drake doesn't "get" Mea. They had a great night of hot sex, but now she's determined to avoid him like the plague. Not understanding what, if anything, he did wrong, he extends a sincere offer of friendship and surprisingly, Mea accepts.

This book is not for the faint of heart. Both Drake and Mea lived gritty lives and their past has a way of coming up to bite them in the butt when they least expect it.

Drake Sullivan is in a bad place, his mother (if you can call her that) has died and he is at the funeral. He doesn't want to be there; she was never there for him growing up, but most of the town is there to support him as they were when he was a kid. He left the small Georgia town as soon as he could, joined the Army, and never looked back. But his demons followed him everywhere and even though he sent money home for his mother, he felt it was never enough. But he just couldn't go home.

Mea Jones is a tough, strong, independent woman. She met Drake a few years ago and thought a one night with him would be good and that would be it, she would never see him again. She didn't know that her BFF was going to marry his best friend. Now she sees him everywhere and they are even in the wedding party.

While Drake is fighting his own demons, he can tell that Mea has her own to fight. He wants more with her and he never wanted more with a woman. She acts as if she doesn't want more from him but her body language says otherwise. So as they get closer and she finally tells him about her past, it will crush him for the hurt and pain she went through, but it will also make him want to protect her more.

Can Mea and Drake help each other get over and survive the past and move toward a future together? What will happen when her tormentor from her past gets out of jail?

This story is a heart-breaker but will leave you smiling in the end because Drake and Mea are perfect together.

This is the second book in this series that I have read, yes I need to go back and read the first one, Last True Hero. I hope there will be more from this series because I love an alpha male and strong independent heroine both with broken past and it takes each of them to heal the other, makes great stories to me.

Also Available in the Battle Scars Series

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Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She's also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Man of Honor (Battle Scars #3) by Diana Gardin to read and review.

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